Schedule Advantages: When you talk to ACC coaches about the elimination of the conference's traditional double round-robin schedule, they either don't want to talk about it or express outright opposition to this byproduct of expansion. Last year was the first season of unbalanced schedules, and all things weren't exactly equal. For instance, the top two teams, North Carolina and Wake Forest, played each other only once, in Winston-Salem, N.C. Consequently, there was talk in the final week of the season that perhaps three ACC schools could earn No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. And this season, the top two teams, Duke and Boston College, play each other only once, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.


Demise of the League: Don't believe the hype, or lack thereof. Sure, the ACC lost all those underclassmen to the NBA last season, including one player (UNC's Marvin Williams) who did not even start for his team, but the top two teams still feature four players as good as anyone in the country: Duke's Redick and Williams, Boston College's Craig Smith and Jared Dudley. The much-touted freshmen at Duke and North Carolina will impress and -- who knows? -- might even stick around for a few years. The expanded Big East will get all the headlines this season and could conceivably receive double the amount of NCAA tournament bids: eight to four. But there is a better than decent chance that the national champion will emerge from the ACC for the second consecutive season.