Coach: Steve Donahue (1st season)
Last year: 15-16
Returning starters: F Corey Raji, G Biko Paris, F Joe Trapani, C Josh Southern
Impact newcomers: none (freshmen G Danny Rubin and G Gabriel Moton aren't expected to play)
Skinny: A veteran squad will struggle against stronger, more talented opponents.
Coach: Brad Brownell (1st season)
Last year: 21-11
Returning starters: G Demontez Stitt, G Tanner Smith, F/C Jerai Grant
Impact newcomers: G Cory Stanton
Skinny: Led by Stitt, the Tigers will try to transition to Brownell's half-court offense and secure a fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (31st season)
Last year: 35-5
Returning starters: F Kyle Singler, G Nolan Smith
Impact newcomers: G Seth Curry (Liberty transfer), G Kyrie Irving
Skinny: A repeat of last year's NCAA Championship will be difficult with only two returning starters, but hyped freshman point guard Kyrie Irving will see substantial minutes.
Coach: Leonard Hamilton (9th season)
Last year: 22-10
Returning starters: F Chris Singleton, G Michael Snaer, G Deividas Dulkys
Impact newcomers: G Ian Miller, F Okaro White
Skinny: An imposing Seminoles team — features four players standing at least 6-foot-9 — will be a well-rounded, defensive-minded challenge for any opponent.
Coach: Paul Hewitt (11th season)
Last year: (23-13)
Returning starters: G Imam Shumpert, G Mfon Udofia
Impact newcomers: G Jason Morris
Skinny: The Yellow Jackets are expected to struggle after losing three starters, including top scorers Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal. They will need Shumpert to find the basket.
Coach: Gary Williams (22nd season)
Last year: 24-9
Returning starters: G Sean Mosley, F Jordan Williams
Impact newcomers: F Mychal Parker, G Pe'shon Howard, F Ashton Pankey
Skinny: The Terps will need Mosley and G/F Cliff Tucker to emerge as offensive threats after graduating Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne.
Coach: Frank Haith (5th season)
Last year: 19-13
Returning starters: G Durand Scott, C Julian Gamble, F Adrian Thomas
Impact newcomers: F Erik Swoope
Skinny: The Hurricanes return three key starters and should build off last season's surprising ACC Tournament run.
Coach: Roy Williams (8th season)
Last year: 20-17
Returning starters: F Tyler Zeller, G Larry Drew II, F John Henson
Impact players: F Harrison Barnes, G Reggie Bullock
Skinny: Barnes should emerge as one of this year's top freshmen and the Tar Heels will be out to prove that last year was an aberration.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Coach: Sidney Lowe (4th season)
Last year: 20-16
Returning starters: F Tracy Smith, G Javi Gonzalez, F Scott Wood
Impact newcomers: G Lorenzo Brown, F C.J. Leslie, G Ryan Harrow
Skinny: This year's team is the best the Wolfpack have produced in recent years. The addition of three heralded freshmen to a core led by Smith has N.C. State thinking big.
Coach: Tony Bennett (2nd season)
Last year: 15-16
Returning starters: F Mike Scott, G Sammy Zeglinski, G Jontel Evans
Impact newcomers: F K.T. Harrell, F James Johnson
Skinny: The rebuilding process continues at Virginia, but Harrell and Johnson should have Cavaliers fans excited.
Coach: Seth Greenberg (8th season)
Last year: 25-8
Returning starters: G Malcolm Delaney, F Jeff Allen, F Victor Davila, G/F Terrell Bell, G Dorenzo Hudson
Impact newcomers: F Allan Chaney (transfer Florida), G/F Jarell Eddie
Skinny: The Hokies return all five starters from last year and will rely on Delaney, perhaps the best guard in the ACC, to lead them deep into March.
Coach: Jeff Bzdelik (1st season)
Last year: 20-11
Returning starters: G C.J. Harris
Impact newcomers: F Travis McKie, G J.T. Terrell, G Tony Chennault, C Carson Desrosiers
Skinny: Bzdelik will benefit from an extremely talented recruiting class, but growing pains will hurt the Demon Deacons, who lost four starters from last year's team.