Seven or more: How many teams should the ACC get in the NCAA tournament? League coaches say at least seven. Coaches from mid-major conferences say second- and third-place teams from their conferences deserve bids over the seventh-place ACC team. Stay tuned. This argument will heat up in March. But the NCAA selection committee likely will reward those who have played the toughest schedules, which means more ACC teams can expect tournament berths.
Luke Schenscher: The 7-foot-1 Australian became a fan favorite in the NCAA tournament for Georgia Tech. He looked so smooth, particularly in the season's most important games. Schenscher averaged 14 points and 11.5 rebounds in Georgia Tech's two Final Four games. Few teams in the country have someone to offset the senior in the post.
Rashad McCants has compared playing basketball at UNC to being in jail. "I think he is misunderstood by the people who know him," Coach Roy Williams said.
(Bob Jordan -- AP)
Jamaal Levy: The return of a healthy and confident Vytas Danelius will allow Levy to play his preferred position of small forward for Wake Forest. At 6-9 and 186 pounds, Levy is an excellent defender. "His teammates should take up a collection for him on a game-to-game basis because he makes up for so many of their mistakes," Coach Skip Prosser said. If Levy's defensive intensity is contagious, the Demon Deacons can reach the Final Four.
Rashad McCants: The North Carolina standout is an enigma, to say the least. Already this season, he has compared playing basketball at North Carolina to being in jail. Coach Roy Williams summed up McCants with this: "I think he is misunderstood by the people who know him." Wait until Duke's Cameron Crazies start chanting when North Carolina visits Feb. 9.
Duke's back court: The Blue Devils don't have a natural point guard to replace Chris Duhon. Sean Dockery is adept at providing defensive pressure at the point. Daniel Ewing can bring the ball up at times. Also watch DeMarcus Nelson, a freshman combo guard, who is recovering from thumb surgery. Ball-handling will be an issue.
Seniors: Only one player picked on many of the first- and second-team all-ACC lists is a senior. That would be N.C. State's Julius Hodge, who will be enjoyable to watch because he's intent on bringing a championship to Raleigh, and also earning his degree before he enters the NBA. Hodge is the exception; almost all the rest of the impact conference players are underclassmen.