1. North Carolina: The returning cast makes the Tar Heels a huge favorite in the ACC, as well as nationally.

2. Wake Forest: James Johnson has reminded folks in Winston-Salem of Rodney Rogers and could be first-team All-ACC this season.


3. Duke: After helping the "Redeem Team" win gold in Beijing, Coach K's other redeem team might have to settle for bronze in the ACC.

4. Miami: The fan base isn't as large as for football, but a second straight NCAA tournament appearance could do the trick.


5. Virginia Tech: The Hokies faded a little at the end of last season; more experience and depth should get them back into the NCAA tournament.

6. Clemson: If the Tigers can shoot free throws better, they'll have an easier time making the NCAA tournament again.

7. Florida State: Leonard Hamilton has always been a great recruiter; the jury is still out on whether he can make the Seminoles competitive in the ACC.

8. Boston College: Al Skinner is going to start feeling some heat if the Eagles don't improve from last season.

9. Maryland: The lack of frontcourt depth will make it tough for the Terps to compete with the top half of the league.

10. Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets still haven't recovered from the double loss of Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton two years ago.

11 North Carolina State: After being picked too high last season, the Wolfpack is going to be near the back or at the bottom of the pack.

12. Virginia: The obnoxiously loud public-address system at John Paul Jones Arena might have to be turned down a little if the Cavaliers struggle.



1. North Carolina

2. Duke

3. Wake Forest

4. Miami

5. Clemson


6. Virginia Tech

7. Maryland

8. Georgia Tech

9. N.C. State

10. Florida State

11. Boston College


12. Virginia

* Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association