While Duke obviously has the toughest test of the night, three other ACC teams also open the season tonight. It’s been a good day for the ACC thus far, which has a total of seven teams in the top twenty-five. These three are expected to have an impact on the college basketball world:
1. UNC Survives Wofford
I’ve got to be honest: making UNC play Wofford in their first game of the season is a little bit mean. Last year’s fiasco would not repeat, though, as UNC survived on the road, 78-67. It was closer than UNC probably would have liked it to be, but they survived and, by the way, it’s the first game and this is going to be a sentiment for many of these power programs vs. up-and-comings on either side: It’s the first game. Not much to look into.
2. Virginia D as Good as Ever, Offense Better?
Every year, the ‘Hoos look just about the same: their D is nearly unstoppable, while their offense could use some work (or a lot of work, depending on the week). This season doesn’t look too different. However, the offense could look a little different. A positive difference. Kyle Guy and especially Ty Jerome will drive a lot of people crazy with their speed. UVA defeated Tyson 73-42. Those forty-two points tell us one thing: that Virginia defense is stifling again.
3. Florida State Will Be Good
Florida State isn’t as consistently in the conversation for college basketball, as Duke, Kansas, and Villanova are. But last year’s Elite Eight run turned eyes on them, and now this year, they’re projected to be pretty darn good. They creamed in-state rival Florida today, 81-60, and it wasn’t even as close of as the final score. Watch out for the ‘Noles!