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2017-2018 ACC Men’s College Basketball Preview

2017-2018 ACC Men's College Basketball Preview
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2017-2018 ACC Men's College Basketball Preview

 

Analyzed Sports | Stephen Patrick

 

Anyone ready for some college hoops? The regular season of the Atlantic Coast

Conference starts the weekend of Nov. 10 and the 65th Annual New York Life ACC

Tournament will be played for the second consecutive year at Barclays Center in

Brooklyn, tipping off with first-round games on Tuesday, Mar. 6 and concluding with the

Saturday night championship game on Mar. 10. The conference plays an 18-game,

regular-season conference schedule. Let’s take a look at this upcoming season.

 

ACC Freshman of the Year

Duke freshman Marvin Bagley was named the ACC preseason freshman of the year.

The 6’,11” Bagley made USA Today’s All-USA First Team as a junior last season before

reclassifying to the class of 2017. ESPN named him the top recruit in the nation.

 

ACC Player of the Year

Notre Dame senior forward Bonzie Colson was voted ACC Preseason Player of the

Year. The Notre Dame product finished strong during the closing of the 2016-17

season. He scored at least 20 points in eight of 12 games to end the season. He

finished the season averaging a double-double with 17.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per

game. Colson ranked ninth among all scorers and led the conference in rebounding.

2017-2018 ACC Men's College Basketball Preview

 

All ACC Team

Colson, Allen and North Carolina’s Joel Berry II lead the Preseason All-ACC First Team.

They’re joined by Duke’s Marvin Bagley and Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers. Berry was

voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, while Lammers was last season’s

ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The Preseason All-ACC Second Team consists of

Miami’s Bruce Brown, Jr., Louisville teammates Quentin Snider and Deng Adel, Georgia

Tech’s Josh Okogie and Boston College’s Jerome Robinson. 

2017-2018 ACC Men's College Basketball Preview

 

ACC Winner

The Defending ACC champions Duke Blue Devils lead the preseason media poll

conducted during the league’s annual media conference in Charlotte. The Blue Devils

finished 28-9 last season and won the New York Life ACC Tournament. Duke also

earned its 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and received 57 of 69 first-place

votes in the preseason poll.

The Blue Devils were also tabbed as the favorite prior to last season. The Blue Devils return Grayson Allen (the only starter) while welcoming a highly-rated recruiting class led by forward Marvin Bagley III. Allen, who averaged 13.5 points last season, will be moved from point guard back to his natural position of shooting guard, thanks to the arrival of freshman point guard Trevon Duval. Duke was picked as the ACC preseason favorite for the 18th time in the 49-year history of the poll and the 17th time under current head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

2017-2018 ACC Men's College Basketball Preview

 

Best of the Rest

Defending NCAA champions UNC Tar Heels (seven first-place votes) placed second in

the polls followed by Notre Dame (four first-place votes), Miami (one first-place vote)

and Louisville. The ACC preseason poll had Virginia sixth, followed by Virginia Tech;

Florida State; and Georgia Tech. Syracuse was picked 10th, while Wake Forest, NC

State, Clemson, Boston College and Pittsburgh rounded out the voting.

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