Revised ACC Predicted Standings

By Mychal Hunter

In the preseason I released what I felt would be the final standings in the ACC for the 2018-19 season. Those predictions were released on the ACC Basketball Report podcast. Now that we are only a few days away from league play, let’s play around with those a little bit.

The original looked like this:

  1. UNC
  2. Duke
  3. Virginia
  4. Syracuse
  5. Virginia Tech
  6. Florida State
  7. North Carolina State
  8. Clemson
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Miami
  11. Boston College
  12. Louisville
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Georgia Tech
  15. Pittsburgh

Right now, I feel as if I was not THAT far off. One team in particular is going to jump up quite a bit. One team is about to take a tumble, and the worst team in the league is about to change.

As of 12/28/18, here are my projected final ACC standings for this season:

  1. UNC
  2. Virginia
  3. Duke
  4. Florida State
  5. Virginia Tech
  6. North Carolina State
  7. Louisville
  8. Syracuse
  9. Clemson
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Boston College
  12. Pittsburgh
  13. Georgia Tech
  14. Miami
  15. Wake Forest

As you can see, Louisville has ascended and Syracuse has descended. Duke and Virginia have flip flopped and I now think Miami may challenge for the worst team in the league. How do I justify all this? Well kids, you’ll just have to tune in to the ACC Basketball Report on Sunday 12/30 to find out. I am going to hit on every team in the ACC as well as give you five games I am really looking forward to, as well as five “land mine” games that could be shockers over the course of the conference season.

Here are some nuggets to hold you over:

  • Over the course of the season, eight players in the ACC have attempted fewer than 13 field goals in a game and scored 24 points or more. Shockingly, none of them are named Zion Williamson. (Kabengele, McMahon, Chatman, C. Johnson, Eli Thomas, Battle, Bowman, McGowans).
  • Only one player in the ACC has scored 25 or more points this season in a true road game. That player is Ty Jerome.
  • Wake Forest and Virginia are the only teams in the ACC to have shot less than 35% in a game and come away victorious.  On the flip side, Notre Dame is the only ACC team to hold an opposing team under 35% and lose.
  • Eli Thomas is the only player in the ACC to accumulate more than 150 points, 90 rebounds and 35 fouls.
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Cameron Johnson are the only two players in the league who average better than 16 points per game while shooting less than 3 FT’s per game.
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