ACC College Basketball Preview for the 2021-2022 season is here. This is the first of many articles from each basketball conference that leads to March Madness. The ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) has fifteen teams in the basketball league.
ACC College Basketball Preview – Look at 2021-2022
2020-21 Conference Record Overall Record
1.Virginia 13-4 18-7
2. Florida State 11-4 18-7
3. Virginia Tech 9-4 15-7
4. Georgia Tech 11-6 17-9
5. Clemson 10-6 16-8
6. North Carolina 10-6 18-11
7. Louisville 8-5 13-7
8. Syracuse 9-7 18-10
9. NC State 9-8 16-11
10. Duke 9-9 13-11
11. Notre Dame 7-11 11-15
12. Pittsburgh 6-10 10-12
13. Miami 4-15 10-17
14. Wake Forest 3-15 6-16
15. Boston College 2-11 4-16
- Check out my Field of 68 Projection HERE
ACC College Basketball Predictions for 2021-2022
- Duke– Yes, coach K. is back for his final season as head coach of the Blue Devils. He and his assistants got after in the recruiting trail. hey went out and got three five-star recruits with the likely #1 NBA draft pick in Paolo Banchero and A.J, Griffin in the fold. Look for sophomore Mark Williams to have a breakout season. Newcomer Trevor Keels is an straight out scorer. Three starters return include sophomore point guard Jeremy Roach, junior forward Wendell Moore, Jr. and the already mentioned Williams. Associate coach Jon Scheyer will be on hand for every step this team makes, As it is his job next year. Expect this squad to get back to the Elite Eight.
- North Carolina– The Tar Heels have a new coach in Hubert Davis. He has a team that can compete for the conference championship if point guard Caleb Love can stay consistent.The feature on this team is inside player Armando Bacot as he returns just over 13 points per game. But they have a few new weapons at their disposal. Freshman Dontrez Styles and D’Marco Dunn will add to the depth along with three top transfer players.
- Florida State– Scottie Barnes left to become a lottery pick in the NBA. Head coach Leonard Hamilton. New recruits include 7’1″ center John Butler and outside players Matthew Cleveland and Jalen Worley. The most impactful might be Houston transfer Caleb Mills. Veteran leadership returning include forward Malik Osborne.Look for sophomore St Louis native Cam Ron Fletcher (transfer from Kentucky) to receive many chance to impress.
- Virginia Tech– Tyrece Radford is gone and that hurts a bunch bu Mike Young can step in with Keve Aluma (likely ACC first teamer) and Storm Murphy ( Wofford transfer).
- Virginia– Coach Tony Bennett knows what he is doing. His cavaliers are loaded with talent. Kihei Clark and Reece Beckman returning, he has added some top recruits with Armaan Franklin and Jaylen Gardner to fill out his squad. Only two post players return from last year with Francisco Caffaro and Kavin Shedrick.
- Louisville– The Cardinals should get to the tourney this year but lost two good ones in Carlik Jones and David Johnson. Head Coach Chris Mack has been suspended for six games to begin the season. This could be a cloud hanging over the team all season . It was due to an infraction dealing with an extortion attempt by an assistant coach. Sophomore Jae Lyn Withers returns with is ten points per game. Malike Williams must show improvement.
- Syracuse- Coach Boeheim will rely on player Buddy Boeheim, a senior, to get as far as they can. However, transfer Jimmy Boeheim from Cornell ill suit up for this father. Joseph Girard III returns for stability. This is a veteran squad and will make some noise in the ACC.
- Miami– The Hurricanes return some experience. Kameron McGusty come back with 13 points per game. DePaul transfer Charlie Moore will bring in some scoring and defensive help and Isaiah Wong is one of the best back court players in the nation. This is a team that could make some noise for coach Jim Larranaga.
- Notre Dame– Head coach Mike Brey has been telling telling talk shows all summer his team is stacked. It really is. Three guards each averaged in double figure scoring with Prentiss Hubb leading the team with 14.6 ppg and Dane Goodwin at 11.8 ppg and forward Nate Laszweski had 13.3 ppg. This trio may sneak up on the conference and move up a few spots than where we have them. Stanford transfer Cormac Ryan along with Santa Clara transfer Trey Wertz will round out an experienced squad.
- Georgia Tech– Moses Wright and Jose Alvarado are gone and Michael Devoe is left to fill the void. Defense is where this team will lack. Don’t expect anymore than an NIT bid.
- NC State- Lots of hole in this roster with most help needed in backcourt. Coach Kevin Keatts neess o rely on Manny Bates and Jericole Hellems to lead this squad. It is going to be hard to be relevant in this conference for the Wolfpack.
- Wake Forest- This team has three double figure scorers returning and four solid transfer players in the fold. Center Tariq Ingraham score 11 ppg guard Davien Williamson led with 12.9 ppg. Isaiah Mucius. will need to show he can defend and help the rest of the team. No likely postseason here.
- Clemson- Aami Simms is gone. It is time for PJ Hall to have a breakout. South Florida transfer David Collins should help the team score. This team is a bit above average in the perimeter This team will need to know how to defend in this league to win.
- Pittsburgh- It is a big hill to climb for coach Jeff Capel to succeed this season in the conference. The Panthes were pathetic the first part of the year. They lost their best three players. Transfer Jamarius Burton from Texas Tech may help s bit.
- Boston College- This team has been to the dance since 2009 and new head coach Earl Grant has his work cut out for him. Top to scorers each transferred as Jay Heath and Wynston Tabbs headed out the door. The Eagle allowed 79.5 point per game to their opponents last season. Defense must improve.
ACC College Basketball Projected First Team
Armando Bacot- North Carolina
Paolo Banchero- Duke
Buffy Boeheim- Syracuse
Mark Williams- Duke
Isaiah Wong- Miami
just missed: Keve Aluma VT, Kihei Clark VA, Dawson Garcia NC