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An Early Ranking Of ACC Teams For Next Season

The Louisville paper took a stab, but there are some things in the ACC which you have to sort of get used to.

ACC teams know, and Louisville will find out, that there are some very difficult road trips in the conference.
ACC teams know, and Louisville will find out, that there are some very difficult road trips in the conference.
Tyler Smith

Jeff Greer of the Louisville paper has a column up trying to rank the ACC for next season.

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He sees Duke #1, Louisville and UNC tied for second, Syracuse fourth, Pitt fifth and Virginia sixth.

The rest: Notre Dame #7, State #8, Virginia Tech #9, Miami #10, FSU #11, Clemson #12, BC #13, Wake Forest #14 and Georgia Tech #15.

Greer is new to the ACC, but we're still going to have to call B.S. on a couple of these picks.

It's too early to  make a really informed call on this, but we're reasonably sure that Virginia Tech and BC will finish last.

Wake Forest has a long ways to go but there is a core there just waiting to be inspired. The team has been knocked around for a couple of years and talented players eventually get sick of getting their butts kicked. That's about where Wake is.

We're not sure Miami is ready to rise all that fast, but they'll be improved. Tenth place already? Maybe not.

And as far as Clemson and FSU go, defense is always going to propel teams coached by Leonard Hamilton and Brad Brownell.

Rick Pitino said the other day that he'd never really watched Clemson. Wait until Louisville goes to Littlejohn for the first time and encounters that wet cement defense. Wait until Montrezl Harrell or someone like him gets bounced around like a pinball in the lane.

It'll take awhile for things to even out, but we see no reason why Tech and Wake Forest have to stay down, and we expect Danny Manning will do a solid job.