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November 3, 2006
ACC Preview: Bounce-back season likely
• Preseason Top 25
• All-ACC Team
• The College Basketball Wire
Get the inside scoop on your favorite team:
When it comes to ACC standards, it was considered a down year for the league last season.
Four teams reached the NCAA Tournament and nobody went to the Final Four, the first time that's happened since the 1999-2000 campaign.
There are many indications there won't be a repeat performance this season.
For starters, the league is loaded with experience. Ten teams return at least three starters (N.C. State and Wake Forest don't), with six bringing back at least four.
That group includes some of the nation's best players.
North Carolina center Tyler Hansbrough became the first freshman to become a unanimous first-team ACC selection last season.
Virginia's Sean Singletary, who is widely considered one of the nation's top point guards, joined Hansbrough on the All-ACC first team.
The league also welcomes a large and extremely talented group of newcomers. Four of the nation's top 10 recruiting classes come from ACC schools: North Carolina (No. 1), Duke (No. 5), Georgia Tech (No. 8) and Wake Forest (No. 10).
How will all the new talent affect the ACC? How valuable are all the returning veterans? Find out in our in-depth preview of the league.