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Stephen, we got our last conference preview to get through.
We've ran through over 16 different conferences.
So if the A c c is not yours, jump back and watch out one of our previous ones of your favorite conference.
We got to cover it all the way there.
How you doing tonight, Stephen? Good.
This is the last conference preview because that means college basketball so close to starting again.
And I need it back.
I cannot wait for November 25th.
We're about three weeks away from all the games popping off.
What's running through some of the top Marquis ones on opening night? We'll probably get you covered on that next week or the week after tonight.
We're going to solely focus on the A C. C.
Because we got 15 teams to run through hate when these conferences have odd numbers.
But that's what we get in the A C c real quick point before we gained through the teams.
Is this the best conference in college basketball? You're right.
I'd have to say this year I'd say Probably not, because when I'm looking at the best conference, I want the best conference top to bottom.
And when I feel like there's four or five teams that probably don't really have any business making the tournament, I feel like that makes him a little bit weaker than like the Big 10 that we talked about last week.
I think just their bottom is a little bit higher than the A.
C s bottom and then, like their top teams, can be with the A.
C s top teams, so I'd probably give it to the Big 10.
Yeah, this season, I don't know.
The A C C is kind of for flux.
I think it's completely up for grab.
The one thing that we've seen the big 10 more of the teams to play all the same style in the A.
Will get teams that play up tempo will get Virginia that plays at the smallest pace.
Um, and then you have one extra teams.
I don't think that makes the bottom that much worse.
I just think the recruiting and just knowing that you're going to the bottom feeder the A C C is kind of a hard sell, even though it might be the Marquis Conference, where the Big 10 bottom schools can recruit a little bit better because they're also more spread out geographically.
These these schools are kind of all we are all going for the top guys in the same areas.
If you aren't the top three or four, that's just going completely nationally.
Yeah, I mean, the only like the main point that I would give for the A C C.
Is that, like every year, you know they have a national title contender like the Big Ten's good right now.
But I don't think the big kinds always had a team where it's like, no, we expect them to make a deep run like all the time, and the A C C usually has two teams that can do that.
So if you're looking at, like the best conference over time, it's still probably is the A C C.
But I think it might start leaning like some other places, like a going into the future.
I think it's starting to lean more away from the A.
C C and towards everybody else nip.
So it's a good way to get into it for, uh, for what we're gonna talk about this week.
So last year, just as the A C C.
Overall, it was the third best for if you want close games, which end under four points over a quarter of each other's, end it that way.
Last season, um, Pittsburgh ended in last, but that was just due to the conference record.
They didn't have the worst record overall.
We're gonna give you how we think it's going to shape up. 15.
The one to Stephen and I will do our best store I'll through him all.
I've gone first the past two weeks.
Give me your 15 the one real quick.
Alright, Starting at the bottom, we got Wake Forest, followed by Virginia Tech at 14, Boston College at 13, Notre Dame at 12, Pit up at 11.
Syracuse 10, Clemson nine.
North Carolina State eight.
Georgia Tech seven.
Miami six, Louisville five.
Virginia for North Carolina three.
Florida State, too.
And due back up at number one.
All right, you got do taking it down.
I'll run through monaural quick before we jump into each team's preview.
I got Wake and last, followed by pit Boston College, Notre Dame, Clemson and then Virginia Tech at ninth.
I got Georgia Tech, N C.
State Syracuse, Miami at six U.
F five Louisville up four u Va.
At three do got to.
Then I got the Seminoles taking at number one.
Time to get ****y.
I like to see someone else to do it, and we'll get more into it once we get down to the Knowles, but really like the way that squads breaking up this year.
So since we gotta since we both got the same team in last just the obvious place to start offices at Wake Forest.
13 and 18 last season.
Six and 14 overall coaching replacement change.
So we got Steve Forbes coming in here first season, probably inheriting the worst thing that you could possibly dio not not a nice welcome that they're giving them down in week for Forbes his first year.
They know this is gonna be a much bigger project given who they have on the roster.
Um, he's bringing in one of his boys from E. T s. You.
So I think that some continuity has other than that, um, they're returning.
Only 29% of the roster.
Might be good, given how their season went last year.
I think this is just gonna be a foundation year.
Where Forbes just gonna introduce this system, beginning begin to get his guys week always won't be at the bottom.
But for this season, where, um, all the returning players, none of them averaged more than 10 points.
They have five transfers who are probably gonna be impact players for them.
A lot of money in and out parts of the season.
I just don't think it's this year and I think they end up under 500 again.
No, this isn't This isn't gonna be the year for them because you can't be one of the worst teams in the conference last year and then lose Brandon Childress, Oliver Sorrow and Chand EBrown your top three players from last year and think you're gonna be any better than you were last year.
So I think it's gonna be a lot of Isaiah Museum us with paired with a lot of their transfers, like Jaylin Johnson.
Um, a guy from E t s.
You that you said Debut and Williamson, Isaiah Wilkins from Virginia Tech, and Jonah Antonio, I think are all gonna have to be guys who play well for them.
Um, I'm just really I'm not.
I mean, I'm not sold on any of their big men because they don't really have anyone that you would look towards and say this is an impact like center on.
They need one of those being the worst defense and conference play overall last year, so they need to clean it up because I believe, yeah, Stars leaving out And the only category they didn't finish last in was offensive rebounding.
So that's where who's going to step in and try to help.
The only good part that they had of their defense last year.
I mean, this is gonna be a season that's just trying to build towards something, hopefully, But you need Jacoby Neath to become like a lead guard for them because he was their best freshmen last year and he's probably gonna be the starting point guard this year.
So without a ton of other talent around him, um, like just him and, uh, muc ous and Jaylin Johnson it's gonna be a team that doesn't have a lot of depth and not enough high in talent to really compete.
Nope, with Wake Mascius is probably going to be their biggest go time score.
Probably gonna have to grab most of the boards as well.
So they're gonna be asking a lot out of him.
So if you're looking for one guy to watch next year, he could potentially be the only bright spot for the Deacons.
Next, we're gonna jump to pit pit.
Last season when 16 and 17 overall, six and 14 in conference played at extremely slow pace of Jeff Capel didn't like the uptempo style at all.
Uh, they're returning 62.
7% of the roster.
The thing that I found that went wrong for them last year was they started off 15 and nine, right in the prime of a C.
play and it's 16 and seven.
What? Seven straight losses, Uh, down the year before the conference tourney.
So cable looked like he finally got that pit side going after leaving Duke to finally coach there.
But I just couldn't sustain it for the entire season.
A C C play really got to them.
Um, they made no big noise in it where they went one in 13 against the quad one a or one or one schools, which is mostly the top teams in the A C c.
So you're gonna end up with that six and 14 record if you're going up one in 13 against five or six of those other schools.
And it was just the offense, which dreadful last year, which is really cost. That streak.
They were bottom 35 3 point and two point shooting percentage.
The only thing that saved them was there hitting the boards.
Uh, and they're and they're forcing turnovers.
So there is a team that's just creating havoc and just shooting poorly everywhere else.
Yeah, um, right.
I really I really do like Justin Champagne.
Who is, uh I mean, he was essentially their best player last year as a freshman.
So you bring back him, you bring back Xavier Johnson.
Um, you bring back Audi's Tony.
All these guys air like good size combo guards.
And even though you lose Eric Hamilton, I think they bring back Terrell Brown.
Yeah, um, so you get him back, you got, uh, which they have Ah, transfer.
Coming in from Miami, Ohio, Right, Nick Saban Day.
Yeah, I know he has to sit one, but who knows the way they're just handing out those waivers, he might just play anyway.
Um, I do like a lot of their recruits.
I think John hugely is going to be somebody who's gonna play pretty much immediately because he's a good size big man who is a top 100 recruit.
And then they really fill out that front court with Max modest on and William Jeffries.
And then, uh, you got Noakhali.
Here is more of a project, but you got me.
But you do Calais who can possibly maybe back up some of those guards.
At 63 he was a top like 1 50 recruit.
Um, I think I think just another year of playing time for a lot of their young guards is gonna improve the offense.
And then they added the necessary depth up front with their recruits to make them a little bit more competitive in the A C. C. This year.
Yeah, it's just the 62.
7% of returning production is the only thing that maybe gets me to think they could get.
This often is going, Um, it was just so dead at some points of the year last year where Champagne and Johnson or decent players, but their best when the system's working, they're not the greatest I So our got to feed them the whole time to get it.
Horan, to transfer from Delaware, might end up becoming one of the bigger pieces that potentially could actually give them a three point threat.
Unless, uh, you do like Lay is a good shooter.
They still don't have any three point shooting death on this team other than Horan.
Where and the a.
If the teams know that they could just sit in that zone or force you the bombs away, that they're gonna let it, they're gonna let pit beat them that way because that is not their strength going into next year.
After pit, let's hit up Boston College.
So Boston College last year.
13 097 and 13 overall in that conference play, Jim Christensen is coming back for seven season.
7% of that returning production.
But in those seven years, only one season of March madness, it felt like it been a long time since Boston College has been relevant in the basketball world.
Uh, this year, if I have them down to 13th, Steven, I know you have them below tennis.
Well, that's not looking like B C is going to become relevant again.
Once again, they're a team that went one and 12 against the quad one egg or the quad one.
So not doing it there? Um, yeah, they just had a **** done injuries, which we really played them last year.
And they also we're a team that was like pit.
They weren't as bad on offense, but bottom 60 and to three point percentage.
So they're really relying on their defense, the bail amount of most games they have transfer coming in.
That could be an instant impact player, but with Providence didn't do much there.
So they might be having their sets high a little bit to wear their.
I think their best player coming back are coming in.
Is the returning player from injury and tabs because I think he's one of their best players on this roster, if not the best, next to Heath.
Yeah, Um I mean, I am definitely excited for a couple of guys on this team.
I also definitely like J.
Um, I'm mostly really excited.
Thio watch their freshman Damar Langford, come in.
I mean, he's a really good get for Boston College.
Rank 106 And he's a he's a Northeast guy.
He's gonna be a key player in that backcourt with Heath.
Um, but, I mean, should not very Templeton out.
Um, it's I mean, you have you have some guys who should be good.
Like ash in Langford, you said, is our action.
Lankford's a guy coming in from Providence.
I mean, I think he's gonna be better now that he left that trash school in Rhode Island.
But I don't know if he's gonna be a major piece for them.
Is another guy who sat out last year as a transfer or no, not a transfer to think he was just injured.
He's the biggest piece of that offense.
Yeah, I I really like.
I like I like their backcourt.
It's another team.
I'm not sold on their bigs.
So when you got Heath Tabs, um, Langford and Ashton Langford you got you got the piece needs toe, have a solid backcourt.
I don't see them with depth outside of some of the other transfers they have coming in this year with, like, Andre items coming in from Southern Utah and James Karnik coming in from Lehigh.
I think those I You're not gonna break the top 10 in the a.
C Relying on transfers coming in from smaller schools.
I was about to say, uh, they're just plucking with Providence, Lehigh, Quinnipiac and Writer there.
Just play a plucking like that mid Atlantic like top talent of teams that really didn't excel last year, and I guess Kelly was their best get because he got 16 points.
But that's what Quinnipiac.
So he's stepping up a lot there.
This Boston College team and Christiansen Man, I just don't know when they're finally going to get it going.
Maybe this youth that they got in that you're talking about can finally turn it over.
But I think you'll Seymour one and guns here than guys that stayed out with lying for.
I don't think he'll be one and done next season, but that seems to be the way that you're trying to get this program to go.
I mean, I definitely think he's gonna be good.
I don't think he's at the talent level.
I mean, he might mentally think he's talented enough to be a one and done, but he's one of those guys.
Or if he tries to be a one and done, then, uh, that's where, like the MBA and, like, their type of like what they dio is just gonna, like, eat him alive and he might stick in the D League or he might have to go overseas.
He can't do one year in Boston College and expect Thio be successful in the N B.
He definitely needs a couple of years in college.
Yeah, I was about to say you'd be a late second round pick if not undrafted.
If you went that route, let's get into the Irish.
Notre Dame 20 and 12 Last season, 10 and 10 and Conference.
Notre Dame beat up on all the week guys.
Squads returning for 42.
8% of the roster went to and 13 against the quad one and quad 12 and four against Quad to and then 16 and one against Quad through your quad.
So literally beat who they're supposed to be lost.
Everyone that they try to accept for three squads.
Um, this team Mooney is gonna be a huge loss for them because they were amazing at defense last year, but they were terrible about getting to the line.
So, um, they're a good team at forcing turnover Their terrible team of forcing turnovers and could have taken care of the ball So that Notre Dame just slower offensive style, just no turnovers, getting getting the best shut up that you can.
They'll they'll milk that clock down.
I just very apprehensive of this roster because they're gonna be relying on three freshmen as key depth that I don't know if they're a c c ready at a Stanford transfer that had to sit out a year is going to be in that starting lineup.
This offense is going to be I don't think the worst in the A C. C.
But, um, it has the ability to be top 50 but I think this is going to slow our slew way more towards the bottom half of the low eighties.
Toe high hundreds.
And that's what ends up Notre Dame down in 12th.
Where do you have these guys next season? Yeah, I think I got him.
Yeah, I also got him in 12.
I mean, you lose T.
Gibbs, John Mooney, Rex Pflueger.
It's There's not a lot of great stuff coming back late.
I think there best peace will probably be like Juwan Durham.
Um, he's gonna be there big guy in the middle of 6 11 and then you bring back.
I think it is Prentice Hub and Prentice Hub and Dane Goodwin, I think are gonna have to be.
Do you start it for him.
And then it is going to rely a lot on that transfer from Stanford.
Um, once the last time that someone relied on a Stanford transfer to do something solid in the A.
C C or in a big time conference any year after this year.
Now at Stanford, finally has a good team.
That's right, did pick them to win the Pac 12.
So I gotta keep off my Stanford hate a little bit.
So, yeah, it's gonna be like Ryan Goodwin, Hub and Durham.
And then after that, you don't have a lot of deaths anyway.
None of their incoming recruits are really great because they're all three start guys ranked outside the top 200 like Elijah Taylor, Tony Sanders, Matt Zona, Um, and when those air the type of guys you need to be like your some of your first guys off the bench.
It's not looking good for Notre Dame, who didn't who never, who has never really been a team who runs like a deep bench.
But even this year, when you have to run a short bench, relying on guys who don't have any experience, it's gonna make it that much harder for them to have any sort of success this year.
Yep, And if Hub and Goodwin get into any trouble off in foul trouble or can't get that offense going and running into the Notre Dame style they like.
I don't think Ryan's going to be Aziz impactful as the scouts and everyone thinks he's going to be Lazarus Key or Lazar Wazowski.
However you say his last name, uh, they're projecting him to be over a 10 point per game score.
Does he take this jump finally, his junior year? He hasn't done much so far.
Durham's gonna grab the boards, but still not, Ah, not not the cleanest postgame, especially the A C C.
Maybe it doesn't have the most doubtful bigs, but at 6 11, he's gonna have to use this frame ally and clean up those oh, boards on on some of these lineups, especially these bottom teams.
So that's where I think.
Notre Dame 16 01 last year against the Quad three and Quad four teams.
I think they regress a little bit, dropped maybe three or four against them, which puts them much lower down the table and get some negative in 500 a C C play.
So I think they go below 500.
There they win their out of conference games, and they barely finished at 500 over also, uh, buying what I wanna Notre Dame team that maybe recently hasn't done too well.
But I think this is a year they kind of stumbled.
Okay, Yeah, I probably will be.
This is This is the year Notre Dame's you don't want to regret.
All right, let's get to who I have in 11th.
Brad Bowl squad Are Brad Barden Brown? Well, squad, I'm just not a huge fan of his.
Since 2011, he's made the 20 twice.
He's had good talent down there, Clemson and getting guys to the MBA but not really showing much of its 67.
5% of the roster coming back, um, of the roster that's coming back.
Last season they went 16 and 15, 9 and 11 overall, Um, against the trend that I've been saying so far, they actually went six and 10 against Quad one and quad one.
So they did get some upsets.
They slipped up more against a weaker teams.
So there may be, uh, squad that played more tour the towards like the talent level of the competition.
Um, they're they're losing Mac and Scott, so that's a decent hit to their returning production.
But they're gonna be relying on afford, um, point guard to be the top guy in the A C.
Even though Nick Honor was a bucket getter relying on a Fordham point guard if you couldn't get any better, looks out of high school.
Fordham is just not a good team.
PJ Hall is a good piece, which I like for them.
Uh, and then the mere Sims is a beast in the inside that decently on their size.
So this team, I like maybe two or three pieces on this roster, Max.
I just think they have the big game hype.
They play the top teams.
It seems like when they go into their home court, they always take down one squad a year.
So I have more faith on these guys catching a few of the top teams than the ones that we covered so far.
Yeah, um, I mean, I think Clemson did a lot to shore up the interior, which they kind of needed to dio anyway after last year.
Plus, they lose trade.
Jemison, who transferred to U A B um Bye.
When you have Sims coming back and then you have, like, John Newman, the Third Allomere Dawes, Um, and like Alex Hemenway all kind of coming back his guards.
Then you do have Nick Honor who's gonna be in there starting as is there already has what? There's point guard, um, and then on then you got Clyde Trap as a senior.
Who's going to need to make some plays? I think it gives him a good balance.
Um, I don't think I don't think their guards are at a high enough level to be really competitive.
But when you add free, essentially top 100 guys in P.
Hall, Lynn Kid and Oliver maxims prosper.
We're all anywhere from 6826 10.
It gives you high quality big guys to pair with already.
Really good big man in a mere Sims e think it's gonna make it tough to score on the inside against Clemson? I don't know if they have the scoring around the court to match up with some of these other teams, so they might.
They might be the same thing they did last year like they'll get some upsets over some good teams because they have a good mix of talent, but they're definitely not going to be consistent enough to be ranked anywhere high in the A C C.
Yeah, they got those big wins against the It was Duke last year.
Florida State and I believe Louisville were three of their signature wins last year, and they just have a top 30 defense in the House and returning 67.5%.
I don't think that all goes away, but they just need to find a way that clean up this offense once again.
It's another team in the A C C that just dies by the three because they don't have a legitimate outside threat.
Maybe with honor coming their whole space out the core a little bit court a little bit more.
But Simms was a huge impact for why they were a team that shot over 55 or 54% from two.
So the made up from the inside not a threat from the outside.
So another team that when you're watching them, teams might just sit against zone in them and they had some sleepers last year.
Other times If teams just want to go.
Adam, you had some more of their fund high paced games.
But with Clemson, it really depends on what type of system that the team plays against them.
And they kind of just go with that rather than, like implement implementing their style in the game.
Yeah, all right, let's jump to Virginia Tech.
I got them at 10th second year coach, most young coming in for Buzz Williams returning 57.
6% of the roster last year.
Virginia Tech went 16 and 16 overall, seven and 13 in conference play.
Um, I'll let you start this one off.
I think you have Tech lower than me in the standings.
I think you have them at 14th.
So I wanna hear why you're extremely well on the squad.
Yeah. I mean, they just lose.
They lose a lot of good pieces, you lose Landers.
Nolly, he's out.
You lose PJ horn, you lose Isaiah Wilkins.
I mean, all that stuff like that all hurts.
And then, um and then including that, like you're relying on Cartier tiara, a transfer from Kansas State.
Like when you got a team that bad in the Big 12 and a guy trying to transfer to your school.
Unless you're a smaller conference team where you could use the power five help.
I don't I don't like him making that kind of lateral partial step up transfer to the A C.
C and just immediately being a starter, not sold on that at all.
And then when you got Alou MMA as your center at 69 use another transfer from Lawford.
He wasn't even scoring that well when he was at Wofford in a weaker conference.
I don't see him doing a ton of scoring here either.
And then you got Cornell penso coming in from Iowa like you got guys, you got bigger guys because they're both around 2 50.
But neither of them are taller than 69 And it's just not something I'm sold on that you got go, uh, Obama Seal who's probably gonna have to be a key guy off the bench as a true freshman.
Um, there's no players I really like.
I mean, maybe, like Tyree's Radford, I'll have to be good, but he'll have to dio pretty much everything for that team and you got a lot of guards.
Not a lot of size.
Definitely not a lot of proven size.
I don't I don't think they have anywhere close to a good year this year.
So for this squad last season, um, they were at 14 and five at one point.
Then they just got destroyed in conference play, their sent at five and three in conference play and ended at seven and 13.
So you do the math.
They lost, they went to and six over the final stretch and then lost into U N.
C in the first round of the 20.
This is gonna be the Tyreese Radford show.
Um, he was extremely productive.
That's the sole reason why I have them up at 10.
Because, um, as a freshman, I think he just gets that much better.
This year is a sop****re.
Everything's going to run through him.
Diarra and Elena are nice pieces toe have around him.
It's gonna be can bead really facilitate and be that assist player? And he's averaging 5.
5 for his for his career.
So it seems like that's there.
The pieces for the offense finally seems like there's some what They're alumina.
The water transfer is going toe have to be ready to go right away.
They bring in a Delaware and Iowa transfer as well.
So I'm gonna be relying on four transfers in this roster, changing the style up from Buzzes Williams ways.
But last season, they just died by the three third team that couldn't shoot the two.
So they had 11 games last season, where they scored less than 64 points.
They put up 39 against Virginia.
I remember watching that game, and that was just probably one of the most ugliest basketball games I've seen from a Virginia Tech side offensively, So I don't know if you put up 39 points it I have to keep you low and just given how the last season and it the pieces air there for them to change it around, and I'm high on Radford this year, I really wanted to put him on my first team.
There's just a little too much talent there, and losing and losing landed knowledge is probably going to be their biggest hit this season.
So, um, the Hokies think they'll stay competitive but still probably end up with like the same exact record last year, right at 16 and 16.
They did catch Michigan State last year, which was an impressive one, though.
Beating Michigan State's pretty good.
But I don't That's that's kind of kind of goes to what you said, and they must have just had a good game shooting the three.
But it's not gonna happen every night and they don't I don't think they have.
I don't think they have.
I still think they're trying to rebound from what Buzz Williams did, and I don't think they have enough good big guys yet.
No, it's gonna be a big style change.
Because Buzz Williams was in that press style.
Maekyung was the old Wa for coach.
So you're standing the one guy and and you see them in the tourney.
All they do is shoot the three, so they're going through.
Ah, big scheme Change.
This year is the year you want to start seeing them put it together.
The next year is to pay off year, because that's how I evaluate coaches in the first three seasons with the team.
You get three years to show me those signs of improvement, so let's see what they got next year.
Georgia Tech Last season.
17 and 14 overall.
11 and nine as a coach.
It's 11 and nine in conference Josh Patner as a coach before I even get into the team.
Is he a good coach? Stephen? I'm just so split on this guy.
Yeah, I mean, I really I do think he is actually a good coach.
I mean, I was told on him when he was that he was at Memphis, right? Yep.
He replaced Cow.
I mean, I did like him at Memphis.
I thought he kept him decently relevant after, you know, they had those allegations when Cal was there.
Um I mean, I do e I think he knows how to build a program.
And now that he's at, ah, higher level program like if you could do it at Georgia Attack, which is a tough place to do it in the A. C. C.
Then that's gonna prove that he could coach anywhere and build you a winner.
Last year they had the 10th best defense, so I definitely think this There's signs of showing the passengers a good coach.
His offense has always struggled when he just hasn't had the top talent.
So maybe it's scheme.
Maybe it's something else and that the season with four straight wins didn't get their conference tourney game in, um, Alvarado and Devo, where their top guys last season, I believe both of them come back.
Yep, Banks is really the only loss because they're returning 77.
5% of their production.
So that 12 combo with guards with Al Bardon Devo is nice.
Everywhere else is a very questionable Moses.
Rate is a serviceable center.
Nothing that you're gonna be too scared of.
So I think this defense stays up as the returning.
I think no clean more is gonna be the new guy into the starting lineup.
So with one new piece into the starting lineup, expecting a lot out sop****res and freshmen because that's all of their depth.
So this could be a good season for them, which I think it's gonna be because I have them in there at nine.
But I could see this hidden the rails hard.
If this offense stalls in, the defense isn't top 25 talent, they could end up more towards the back So that's why I think the teams and 9249 to 14 in the conference not much separates them because I think they'll all end up between, like, 10 and six wins in conference play.
Yeah, um I mean, I'm going to go off the assumption that some of their transfers do get immediate eligibility.
And if you can bring in, uh, like if you could get a guy like Rodney Howard to step in and play serviceable minutes.
He was a 6 11 guy from Georgia.
He provided Okay, so that's another good piece on the inside.
You have some good freshman coming in on the inside in Sabha G bit do job area.
He is a 7 ft freshmen who played with the number one recruit in the country, Jalen Greene at Prolific Prep.
You got Jordan Mika, another 69 center who could.
He could get some playing time this year.
If he doesn't, that's fine because it looks like they have the depth, and I think that was I think that was the biggest thing that they need to find.
They need to find depth behind Moses, right, which it looks like they have now Because you can definitely rely on the guards like the backcourt solid with Alvarado and Devo.
Those air Two really good players? Yep.
And then you got Jordan Usher as the swing guy at 67 Hill Help as a rebounder.
And then it is just like which guards are going to step up.
You have a Santi a Santi Price.
Um, Khalid are no, Collymore starting at power forward.
But you have Ah, Santi Price, Coleman Boyd, Nico Broadway.
Uh, David did Denko, who will probably be Ah, back up, big guy.
But Jelani James, all these guys or guys who got limited minutes last year, and I think they have enough options that one or two of them will definitely step up in the bigger roles to round out a solid rotation for door detector, have them as I have him as a middle of the road team, finishing somewhere around seven, which would be a really good season for them and have them fighting for probably a tournament berth.
Yeah, I think right at Georgia Tech.
I have them at ninth.
I think that's right.
When you start, um, the at large bid consideration for them last year.
Uh, the Patrick Bracket Matrix only projected five teams to get in there, and Notre Dame, a 2012, wasn't projected to get there, so it could be a tougher way.
But they finished fifth in the A C C standings last year.
Not with the best overall record.
Their more towards the bottom.
They had a tougher non con schedule, but, um, Georgia Tech, I think the signs were there because they had the third strongest defense and conference play.
So if you're gonna be able to do that, you're gonna be ableto hang with the guys.
They just I want to say they need to get a better home court presence, but, uh, start upsetting Mawr, the top guys on your team with passenger there and we'll start talking about Georgia Tech as a top five team. Potentially.
Thio Kevin Pizzas, NC State team So N. C.
State was projected to make the tournament.
They went 20 and 12, 10 and 10 overall last season.
Um, top 50 fishing offense, which really helped their squad last year, have a huge freshman coming in, so I'll let you talk about the Qinghai's heap.
Are the Camp Hayes hype as a weird combination of words? I just did there other than that they have not.
I mean, they have a lot of guys coming in.
They're returning 56.
9% of their production, but, uh, they have, I think, only six guys on the roster coming back.
Everyone else is a freshman or transfer.
So I have, um, at eighth.
I might just be buying on the N c State name here a little bit too high.
Davante, Daniels and Funderburke are their top two guys that I really like on the squad past that.
They're gonna have a lot of freshman impact.
So let's hear about these guys.
Yeah, I like, obviously you gotta like Daniels and Funderburg coming back both 12 point game scores last year.
They'll probably both be averaging closer toe 15, if not more than that this year.
And then, um, I like I like Manny beats to step up as a back up big man.
I think he's gonna be some good length.
He is a talented guy.
He was ranked inside the top 100 coming out of high school Red shirted two years ago.
She was a redshirt freshman last year, and I think Braxton Beverly will be a good piece to use as I'll call them or Oven opener, not a starter, because I do think Cam Hayes is the most talented point guard on that team.
But with with Beverly being a senior, I like him getting in there just to start the game and then you and then you bring in camp pays for the majority of the playing time, even if he doesn't get, like, the closing minutes or this opening minutes, Um, and then, yeah, I like, um, I like dairy on.
I'm pretty sure Dairy on Seaborne just red shirted last year.
Which, if he did, I think he could come in and make a decent impact for them.
Um, And then there's another guy who adds good depth from at the point guard spot you got.
She killed more.
Who is, uh I mean, he's more of a true point guard campaigns.
You could honest a stick at point guard or shooting guard whenever Daniels or Beverly needs a break.
And we're just would this would Thomas Allen being another transfer coming off the bench.
He's a guy coming in from Nebraska.
I don't think he's gonna make a big impact, but he'll he'll be.
He'll be somebody who could be relied upon just to play minutes when you need him to play minutes, he doesn't need to be like a big core anything.
But he's gonna be serviceable on the court, which I think could be good figuring out who can play power forward for them because Funderburke and Bates are both really true centers.
Oh, if Jericho Jericho Helms can be that power forward, I think it keeps them in the middle.
Not not high, not low, just kind of in the middle.
So Keats, since coming from U. N.
C Wilmington, has had this club role in 21 years in his first three seasons.
I think this is the first year since he's got in there.
They don't get to 20.
Um, last year, almost all of their buckets came from Funder Boat, Johnson, Bryce and Daniels.
You get two of the four back.
You're bringing Hayes in.
Who is? I think a solid replacement for Johnson.
Um, Daniels is probably not to just take a bigger step up with Bryce.
And then, if you think Bates is going to be the guy that takes the next step forward, then I don't think this team takes as big of a hit.
But I still think they're not finishing as a March Madness team next year.
Funder Brooke is, or Funderburke might be the best center in the conference or the most established returning one there.
I'm just really concerned about this depth, and this offense was performing at the Top 50 clip last year.
I just have a little bit of worry that N C State's offense is going to regress toe greater than the fifties.
The defense is still gonna be questionable at best, and that's gonna leave them at eighth.
Yeah, I mean, I definitely I mean, I have them at eighth in my rankings, too, but I have them there because I think Bates goes from five and four, which he was at last year, up to say like nine and six, something that would be really serviceable off the bench.
And then I think my biggest like X factor for them would be like if Nick Farrar, who's a 67 £230 power forward coming in.
If he can get serviceable minutes behind uh, Helms, then I think that makes him a pretty deep team at most positions to make them not better than I'll.
Not better than any of the teams.
We're gonna talk about above them, but I think it makes him teams that are gonna be competitive.
Like you don't really want to see NC State coming in, even though they might not be as talented as like, u N C R Virginia, any of those teams? Yep.
Just a lot of unproven talent yet, so I'm just gonna be a little bit bullish on them.
Stephen, I'm going to get into your favorite team in the A C c.
I know what you were saying was probably that this team definitely rank slur than n c state in years because I'm decently high on them.
I'm gonna give you their record from last season.
How much returning minutes they have that I'm just turning it over to you for the Orangemen.
Last season 18 and four, Tenant tenant conference, both times returning 71% of the roster.
The floor is yours for cues.
Um, let's not Let's not give them a lot of credit.
They were not 18 and four. They were 18 or 14.
They were average.
I mean, obviously I don't really like I don't really like Syracuse as a school.
I'm definitely not sold on them as a team.
I mean, you got khodary Richmond.
Not necessarily a great score.
And I mean, Frank Ansel, um, maybe what? He Newton Also, maybe neither of them are.
You know, like the sun you ever named the Sun yet, E bro, that guy's essentially me on the court.
He's just gonna stand there and he's gonna try to shoot threes.
That's not that's not what I wanted my team.
Unless you're already a proven starting the MBA like Clay Thompson, I don't want I don't like, I need somebody who's gonna play more defense than him.
I need somebody who's gonna be willing to, like, bang down low a little bit.
That guy looks like if he takes contact, he's gonna fall into, like, six different pieces.
I don't I don't want that on my team.
When you're 66 almost £200 you can't even grabbed two rebounds a game That's not it for me.
They got Elijah huge gon hate to see that.
Um, you got to rely on it.
Looks like it's gonna be Joe Gerard.
I mean, he scored pretty well.
See, that's where I have a problem with Buddy Boeheim.
Joe Girardi Jr is where the third is.
He was averaging 12.
5 points and three rebounds.
Buddy Boeheim's out here at 66 200.
He could only have 1.
9 rebounds a game.
Come on, if you're gonna be 66 you gotta bang down low a little bit.
Are you at least got to be willing to try? Um, so I I mean, I just want to get into Maybe it's the general notion of queues, but they play that zone.
They were the 121st.
Best team at defending the three.
So they guess the zone work and makes up for some of your weaknesses.
But they gave up.
They were only 20 teams worse than them giving up the offensive boards on the defensive end, so they need to clean up the glass.
Last season, you think of accused heavy three point team Onley.
Three guys on the roster shot threes last year.
And what I mean, that is no one else other than three guys on the roster had more than 25 attempts.
That was all through Hughes, Boeheim and Gerard.
So I don't know if for this team Thio be up in seventh, though I'm Villar's Gerard and C B are all gaining over 10 points per game and they're just grinding out wins in that growth to three zone that they will never, ever get out of.
So oh, I'm I mean last season he ended up on Lee shooting 37% from three.
Putting up a lot of attempts toe, maybe create other chances.
This is a team that last year was just street.
He had the 19th best offense somehow given it.
So Hughes is the big loss.
I think they're ableto weather that huge loss a little bit because I really like what CB and dealers has, uh er thing coming in from the line I is a I would eyes a approving pieces.
Ah, hard word to say, but averaging nine points per game in the big 10 will transfer over mhm.
Do you like Richmond or new and at all? Because those were the two pieces that get me up there to seventh because they're starting five is very serviceable for the A C C.
It's not going to stand you out, but I always look for your next to pieces off the bench.
And I'm gonna be relying on two freshmen here that to get it for May.
Yes, I don't I don't know, man.
Richmond's from Brewster Academy up in New Hampshire.
Well, I did see them play a good amount when they played some of the teams down here, and he's not e mean.
He'll hit some threes.
I don't see him as a shooter, and when he's coming in at only £175 it's It kind of goes along with what they have.
They have a lot of thin guys.
They're a team that could easily get out physical by a lot of teams, and I think he just fits into well with that.
That is gonna make it tough for him.
And then, um, Newton.
I'm a little bit more sold on Newton than I am Richmond.
He's another guys sitting at less than £200.
I think I know you play the zone to make it a little bit easier for guys or rebound.
But when doulas I e mean when Sandy bays, your heaviest guy starting outside of maybe Gary like when your heaviest guys £210.
You don't think teams like Duke and North Carolina and Virginia are just gonna throw it to their established big men in the middle and just goto work on you the whole game because they could easily back you down like I don't like, I think.
I think if Syracuse had one or two of those bruising big men that they used tohave, this would make them, ah, lot better than they are right now, because this just seems like the It seems like the small high school team that just wants toe spread you out and just try to grab easy rebound because there's not a lot of congestion down low, which doesn't really fit with their zone style.
So I don't I don't know.
It's just like it, just like it seems like the style they want to run doesn't fit with the players they have, and I think they're gonna try to change players before they change styles.
Oh, yeah, that style.
It's been there for too long.
The new generation is here.
I don't think Boeheim is ever going to change that style now.
Definitely not well, but, I mean, it's good to see Syracuse is still gonna finish worse than us this year.
So I'm a fan who? All right, let's see who makes the tourney.
That will be one.
I'll definitely be tracking close to see what's going on there.
Let's get to the you.
So for the remaining 16, Stephen and I all have the squads in our top six.
We just have the order jumbled around a little bit.
So with Miami last year, 15 and 16 overall, seven and 13 in conference Jim Larranaga squad returns 71% of their roster.
Their biggest piece in probably Onley piece they're losing is Vasilievich.
So he shot 35% from three last year, so maybe they're just going to get some new shots up for some new players.
That air coming in? Uh, this team last year I mean, I've been ragging on teams for doing **** against the top teams they went to and 16 against Quad one A quad 12 and 16.
So Clemson went six and 10.
They held their own mawr.
Anytime they played someone, that was a big game.
They just always showed up flat.
Uh, they worked very competitive and many games as well against the top teams beat up on the little guy so good for them.
Uh, I mean, he might be one of my favorite players in college basketball, but relying on likes as a senior, they get 16 points per game to run that offense with MK Gusty.
They have a nice piece with Timberlake and a transfer coming in from Cincy.
But when likes is your top guy, I mean, Miami just has the talent, the dudes on the roster.
But when I When I look at your tops, the top six teams in the A.
C c and you're gonna throw out Timberlake and likes as your top two, that's why you're gonna be last in that top six.
Yeah, I mean, this is ah, big throwback to something we haven't done in a while.
But we watched that we watched that Loyola Illinois and Miami tournament game.
And if you want likes to be your best player.
I mean, you could be all right, But you're right.
They're not gonna be any higher than six because this guy is averaging about the same amount of assists as he has turnovers a game.
And when you're doing that and you're also mostly a liability on defense, because again, he's like 57 like 100 like 60 whatever pounds.
And so you got those three things working against you, and I don't see him being efficient enough from three.
I would almost want Timberlake to be the best player on the team.
And then you got my gusty Wong as your Ma gusty and Wang as your other two guards with Arlen Beverly as a guy off the bench and then I mean nice here, Brooks and maybe dang Doc have to be or actually no Sam Sam Ward in Bergen.
Brooks have toe like they can't really get in a foul in trouble because that's essentially all of Miami size right there.
If they get into foul trouble, it's gonna be bad, like Miami is gonna have some bad games and e mean how good Timberlake is his first year.
He's going to determine how far they can go.
But every situation I've looked at, I don't see Miami finishing any higher than six in this conference.
Five seniors on the roster will play next year, but I think it's Wong, rising sop****re Timberlake, freshman and Beverly rising sop****re.
And then you can even throw cross in the mix.
You're you're three.
Starting seniors are going to be solid.
You know where you're gonna get for them.
Likes has his issues but makes it up on the other end.
It's what can Wong Timberlake and Beverly do for this team that brings them to the next level? 71%.
They're They're losing literally one guy.
So they have all the pieces and all the reasons to get better mature together in this off season and take the next step.
So that's where I don't think they finished with.
That's putrid of a record for the U basketball, like they did last year, but I think this is a good step in the right direction.
Could be a little bit of regression after this year.
They do recruit well still six top 100 guys on their team, so can't knock him there.
I don't know if this is a year for them to make some noise.
But everyone's gonna have to be clicking at full capacity to get that.
And I think it's Timberlake and Wong that determine this season.
I mean, I think I think my gusty is going to be a bigger impact guy than long, but that that's just me, I think.
I mean, my gusty was a better guy coming out of high school.
He had ah better all around start his first couple of years.
I think if he finally breaks out, he could become the guy over likes and then with Timberlake as his like number two.
I think that would be the best case scenario for them.
Alright, so definitely a lot of things toe watch for down in Miami.
Let's get to you and see next.
So the Tarheels last year worst worst season since Roy's been there, maybe 14, 19 overall, six and 14.
The injury to Coal Anthony really put this season off the rails.
They do have 1 may be a great thing they learned from last season, and that's Garrison.
Brooks is a baller.
Uh, I think you might be one of the top guys in the A C C.
Probably the top returning talent in the conference.
Alright, Bring in.
Caleb Love all your depth is freshman, but that's because that's you and see styles.
Now they're finally doing it.
I like the mix that they have their returning 52.
6% of the roster.
I think it's hard to take a lot from what they did last season because, I mean, they just lost games in a row.
They had a five game losing streak, and then they had a seven game losing streak in there.
If you take out those 12 losses, they finished the season at 14 and six, so the team of two tails last year didn't beat anyone with a name to there.
So that's where you and see, I think you just forget what they did last year.
You know how Williams gets his team back up with Brooks back out and black and love.
I think that's a great piece with sharp there as well.
This is top six a cc talent, so I think they're ready to make some noise.
But maybe I just have too much of a sour taste in my mouth from last season.
I mean, yeah, but, you know, I obviously love this team.
This team has so much talent coming in.
Love and Day Ranch are both cop 15 guys.
You got Walker Kessler, who can coming off the bench if he doesn't end up starting by the end of the year.
J Davis, another just true score type guy coming in off the bench.
Your last name? Basketball? Yeah, going up.
You know, Puff Johnson, man. A legend.
We're talking about him. Legend.
We we've stand ourselves the East Coast, Boise boys, but we might have to incorporate Puff Johnson in there with us and just do those two things as their mantra.
Yeah, so I mean, but there is not.
There is not a single team in the conference with better front court depth than u N C.
When you when you can say you can run out when you say you can run out Garrison Brooks, Armando Bacot, dei Ron Sharp and Walker Kessler as your top four big men.
I mean I mean, there isn't anybody who can say Oh, yeah, we can beat that because nobody can beat that.
And then, I mean, you have leaky black as along ah, long guard at 68 coming into play either small forward or alongside Caleb Love.
I mean, I think Caleb Love is gonna project to play more like, um, Kobe White did Then what Cole Anthony did last year.
And if you and then you got r.
J. Davis is a true score.
Just another long guy and Kurban Wall.
And when you're saying Kurban Wallens, your worst incoming freshmen at 123rd in the country, that which is better than a few of the other teams you've already talked about like that z gonna be a deep team.
I know their freshman, but they're all such talented freshman.
It's not gonna matter.
No, you bring there.
You bring in six really good guys and match it with bring back a really good amount of talent from a team last year that underperformed.
They're not going to underperform two years in a row like Roy would have the definition of a balance back here.
And what's scary for this team? Is there a team that likes to play with Paste? You have all those big guys that are able to run the court and you can rotate them in and out and you're losing a little bit of talent.
But nothing by any means that someone who's going to their backup big guys that So that's where, Yeah, I think it falls down to Caleb Love.
If he's ready for the prime time, the lights, I think he has to get over 10 points per game.
I've watched a decent amount of love tape. He's a score.
I think if they just let him and Brooks just like, get it going early in the Games or early in the season.
But these other freshmen mature in and then just have a deadly eight man roster that are eight man rotation.
That's just huge.
UNC is gonna be back happiest team that there wasn't a tourney last season, so, uh, they probably get to keep whatever street going that they have of making the tournament.
Yeah, I mean, honestly, I think Sharps Probably the guy most ready, even though they're loaded in the front court, I think Sharps, the guy most ready to play this year because he played on that mob bird team with Kid Cunningham and all those other guys that went undefeated in high school last year, and they just throw out high tier college players every single year.
So he's probably had more competition in practice just going up against guys from Mont Bird than almost any other freshman in the country.
So he's probably the most ready for a sec play out of anybody we're going to talk about.
Alright, so it's Stevens telling you, Definitely keep your eye on Deron Sharp.
Uh, not a name that might become household one by the end of this season.
Let's get the Louisville, Um, team.
I know you're a little bit more bullish on I'm high on.
They went 24 7 last year, 15 and five there, Chris Max teams only returning 27% of their roster from last year.
It's gonna be have very young team.
But the transfer of Clary Jones we've talked about him before.
I just think he's a c c ready.
I don't think I'll take any time to get situated for this.
It's hard to say Take into consideration what they did last year when you're gonna have an entire new cast, their top returning scorer from last year, uh, average, like around eight points.
And Malik Williams, So going to be a younger team, the freshman they're bringing in our nest Allah's u N C s.
But I really like Cleric Jones.
I think he's going to be an issue for every other point guard in the conference next year.
Yeah, I mean, this team's this team still going to be pretty good.
Um, I mean, it just it sucks that they lose.
Um, I'm pretty sure they lose E knock and they lose.
They obviously lose Nora, but I mean, ****, I can't I can't really get into it on the podcast.
But some of the stories I heard about, uh, Steven Enoch when he played public high school basketball in Connecticut at Norwalk are absolutely hilarious.
That's why I love them so much at Louisville.
But I mean your top four guys from last year.
I'll leave you lose nor knocks out in.
And McMahon, um, Malik Williams will be, Ah, pretty good.
Stabilizing force at center.
As a senior, uh, Samuel Williamson didn't get the time I thought he deserved last year, but he's a really talented player who could be that guy where people forgot his name and then he's gonna come out and be a star this year.
Um, Carly Jones is obviously a guy that I like from Radford.
Just a great score.
Um, I mean, I think j Scrubs really gonna be ready to just step into a big role this year.
He was the top junior college transfer.
He's a really talented guy.
I expect him to do some big things for them.
Um, and just, um I mean, some people like David Johnson.
He played all right last year.
I think Darius Perry might be a little bit more of the move as a true point guard, Um, I'm just excited to see where eight and, uh Iggy Han, who was a 6 10 freshmen last year, see if he can get a good role behind Malik Williams as their backup center.
I think if he shows some, if he makes some good strides than battle.
I mean, it's Louisville's easily a tournament team.
There's just the beginning of the season is gonna be the toughest part for them.
They're a team you don't want to see in February or March.
They're a team you'd love to see and, uh, November December because they're still trying to get usedto fitting all the new pieces into their new spots.
Yeah, one of the players that might have the most hyped coming out of them is David Johnson s o.
The combination of Jones and Johnson and the backcourts gonna be dirty.
They're protecting Johnson to potentially get, like second or third team all conference.
3 points per game last year.
If he's able to get that up and be a starting a c C.
Louisville capable guard there, that's great.
If not, they got Charles Minefield.
The Dons from San Fran last year.
Love that grad transfer they got there.
So that's where there three minute guard depth is great.
That's where I think they'll try to get all three of them out there.
Samuel Williamson is great, but is gonna be He's a game changer when they wouldn't go big.
So when they have to play against you and see they have a lineup that doesn't have the depth but has three starters that could potentially run with it.
I just love the guards that they can run out there.
I think they'll get Jones Johnson and milling out on the court at the same time, and you're gonna start seeing them just put up and seeing amount of points.
Uh, I have, um, at fourth just because I'm just believing in back in the cards and thinking that there you can keep it going.
Putting them above you and see might be a little out there.
But I like what this Louisville team could do next year, and I think they're definitely in contention to be the top team because I think it's wide open in the A. C. C.
Anyone in this top five, I think, could take it home next year, and you could sell me pretty easily.
Yeah, I definitely think Williamson fits best for Louisville because he could be imagine a problem for UNC because if they want to run him at power forward, he might be a liability on defense.
But at 67 or 68 whatever he's listed at, he handles the ball really well.
Tries to guard him with one of like their actual forwards, I don't think they can stay in front of them.
Which will make Louisville's offense flows so much easier because they have a tall guy who can actually handle against North Carolina's.
Okay, alright, Final three time.
I'm gonna go grab a beer real quick right before we jump into you ve A.
We got 15 teams to get through.
We gone through 12, we got three left, so stick with us for a second, okay? Yeah, sure.
So it's so it's on me for a second.
I'm going to keep a little bit of a conversation going.
I'm gonna start it by saying ****, Virginia.
The way this offense is, run sucks.
I'm gonna talk about the players later.
I like any time they're on TV.
I'm trying to change the channel, To be honest, like I wanna watch.
I have to say that I need fun.
I don't need the up and down style, but the only way I'm putting on Virginia is if I'm not tired, but I need to go to sleep because that's what Virginia's offense does to me and e just watching good guys get wasted there.
But, you know, I guess we're talking about the players in a second.
I was about to say, talking about the team that had the slowest pace of all.
353 teams, by far the slowest pace and conference.
You know what you get when you go up against the wall, whose last year, 23 7 15 and five going from getting bounced in the tourney first round first ever is the number one going toe, winning it the next year.
The revenge angle.
What everyone to say they came through even though Steven hates the way they play, that offense gives them the number one defense because Tony Bennett squad, it's just miserable to play against on defense.
They just make the game's not fun, not fun to watch.
He would probably take that as a compliment.
More than anything, they're returning 63.
5% of the roster.
I mean, with this team, scoring is usually the issue, but somehow every season, they get over it.
You got Clark as your top guy, getting a nice transfer in from market with Hauser, who's eligible this season.
That's gonna be your scoring with U V.
They don't need to score in the high seventies to beat you, so they'll play this ugly basketball.
Have a top five defense.
And Huff, I guess, is your guy.
Maybe they watch for the 7 ft one center.
That could make it very interesting, because if they have Clark at point holding it down Hauser at small Florida power for and then Huff in the middle, it's, Ah, pretty dangerous.
UV A Ross or just given their style that they play and they they forced their will.
They won't let you get up tempo on them at all.
I mean, do you think Clark's holding it down anywhere other than on offense? Because I can see him getting exposed.
I'm different both.
Obviously, you don't really say he's getting exposed on defense because of the way they run their defense.
But if there was a weak spot in the defense, I think he's it.
Um then I mean, yeah, they're gonna need to rely on J. Huff.
I'm just a little bit.
I'm a little bit worried about him because you don't have.
You don't have the other defensive minded forwards to go around him.
You don't have d Ekiti anymore.
You don't have Braxton key anymore.
That puts a lot more of the pressure on Huff.
And I mean, Hauser comes in house is a good player.
When house It was that.
Where did you say it was? Marquette.
Yeah, when housing was at Marquette, he wasn't known as a defensive guy.
So I mean, they can try to make him a defensive guy as much as they want, but he's a He's a redshirt senior coming in now like he's already kind of got the way he plays.
Set up like you can't you can't change that much.
Um, and then you're relying on what, Like Francisco like Cafaro, maybe as your other big guy.
Or like Cody Strap Hman.
I I I don't see it as much with the forwards as I usually would.
Their forwards last year were clearly much better than their forward.
They're going to be this year.
And then you got Clark, who is undersized.
You got Casey Morse l.
Who's also a little bit undersized.
If I was trying to set up my backcourt, I tried to set like in a perfect world.
I tried to set up with like a point guard is 63 and a shooting guard is closer to 65 Here they got a point guard is 59 in a shooting guard who's 53 or not.
Not 5363 their recruits coming in are good.
And Jabari Abdur Rahim and Re Speakman Um e mean Carson McCorkle, Whatever.
Bye, For some reason, for some reason, I could just see McCorkell being that guy who has the biggest impact.
Somehow, even though he's the lowest rate to recruit, he just seems more like a Virginia guy than any of these other guys.
But I mean this this'd isn't the year I see them finishing first in the conference.
Nope, I have them during the conference.
Uh, since we're only talking conference only or not, we'll get you guys a March Madness type of episode coming up.
But you ve a built for this, a C C.
Built for the regular season when it comes to conference tourney.
They're very hitter Mitt, hit or miss.
The Huffine Hauser combo, I think, is even though alright, their defense might not be number one next season.
It might finish this number three, but they'll take any added help on the offensive end, Given how well this is.
The losses of Ki tae and Key can't be stressed enough.
But until I see someone falling out this, you ve a rotation or roster.
That hasn't huge impact because they've sent guys to the MBA when Brogden hasn't had an issue for them at all.
I think, Ben, it's just gotta clicking right now.
I'm going to keep writing that heat wave he's on during the regular season and think they stay top three.
Yeah, I think I have them at three, but I'd honestly rather or no, I don't have a method.
I have North Carolina through.
I have met four.
Yeah, I think they're I think they're probably fourth somewhere around there.
Alright, Final two squads, Stephen and I have them flip flopped, so since I'm hosting, it will give my team obviously first, so we'll go with the Dukies at number two.
Coach K squads returning 36% of the roster.
But that never matters.
25 6 overall, 15 and five.
Last year in conference, their offense was just as good as their defense.
Both top 10 rates.
34th fastest tempo they played with, Well, let's Stephen get into the freshman of Jaylin Johnson Roach, where I think those are.
They're probably most impactful players and probably the top players next year.
But that's what usually happens with when you get with the Duke team.
You have Matthew hurts coming back for them.
Yep. So you'll have hurt.
Who is? Ah, sop****re.
Who is gonna be? I don't wanna say they're scoring hunch, but he is going to be a huge part of that offense that stretches the court at three.
You got Mawr and Gold wire Coming back at all are coming back as well.
But what everyone always says about Duke live and die by that three last season shot at 36%.
They shot to 2% at 53% so no one really excelled at three, but no one sucked at it.
That let them get more than like 50 attempts last season.
So Jaylin Johnson and Roach, I think, Are there two huge pieces? I'm very, very high on Johnson this year.
Give them their due part.
Yeah, I'm really high on Johnson to it sucks that even though he's top 13 recruit, he can't even be recognized as the best player in his state.
Still as a senior, because he's sitting behind uh, Amani Bates, who looks like he's gonna be the first guy to win national player of the year three years in a row.
But I can't get into that now, s o.
I think I personally think this team starts three freshmen with Johnson Roach, and I believe Mark Williams deserves to be there Center since Vernon Carey is leaving like he's just a really good like big body at 7 ft 2 25.
Stewart as a five star, just coming off the bench is gonna be perfect.
And you're a man.
Having him is the sixth man. That's scary.
And then you got Jermaine Break field and Henry Coleman also has 68 power forwards coming off the bench, I think gold wire.
I think this is the reason I have Duke has won is when you can have gold wire, four year player being the guy just as the stabilizing force leading the bench unit.
And then you still have Wendell Moore and Matthew hurt both as slightly more experienced guys as sop****res.
Coming back Thio.
I kind of show the freshman what to dio it just It makes it a really dangerous team because the talent in the starting five is as good as anybody you'll see in the country.
You have a veteran who can lead the bench unit while those guys air developing.
Still, um, it's given mentioned one of the names I like the most, but I think that's because your higher Mark Williams I like tape the transfer for Columbia.
Okay, Yeah, I think I think Kate fits in as the center to go with, like so you could probably I don't want to say I don't want to compare tape to Kwamie Brown, but I think he's gonna be there.
He's gonna run the first six minutes.
Let Mark Williams get in there, get the final like 12 him maybe getting for to start the second half again, and then we don't see much of tape because I think he's the one that has the most experience out.
Anyone on this team? Yeah.
I mean, I think it because I'd be not scared.
But if they run like a full second unit, I'd be scared to run Coleman Break field.
Williams, uh, Steward and then just gold wire.
I'd rather split it up a little bit more and let Mark Williams, who is just a little bit mawr, physically imposing as a true seven footer compared to 6 10, which I know isn't that big of a difference.
But I think I think it just fits better.
If you want to stay like better than the team you're playing on both sides.
If you fit in tape, who's a little bit more experience with gold wire and then three freshmen and then in the starting five, you go to sop****res.
You've got big minutes last year and three freshmen.
I think it evens it out a little bit more, and it makes them just a little bit better through the entire game.
Yeah, I might be a year to earlier.
I'm picking the team that I really like, but I don't know I want to get ****y.
It's hard to find holes in this Duke squad.
Um, I don't know.
I think Jaylin Johnson might be Player of the year next year in the conference, so he might be the top guy there.
I think he's top five lottery ability.
Roach is gonna be a good piece there, another team that can get big and can match you and sees Lineup.
So I think they definitely stronghold of strong upper hand, probably will be favored it against any team that they play next season unless they're on the road in the top three or four squads that we talk about.
But I don't know.
I'm just more trying to be a contrarian by going with the team that I have next, because if I have to pick a whole, I'd go right at hurt and just be like if if he doesn't take this sop****re jump and has a sop****re slump, then that's one thing that could potentially hold them back.
But they have enough guys on this roster that could replace him.
Yeah, exactly like I kind of wanted to put the team.
You have it first in first, but I'm looking at their recruits next year, and I think they're gonna be good this year.
But there's still more or less prepping for next year.
More than anything.
Alright, who's ready to see this team go back to back the Knowles 26 5 last season 16 and Foreign Conference was the best team there.
I'm going to ride on the two year high of Florida State, winning the A C C and back to back years, um, off the top of my head.
I honestly can't tell you when the last time that's happened, I'm just sky high on this Leonard Williams squad.
Last year their defense was imposing.
Their offense was almost Justus good.
They didn't have the top 10 numbers that all these other squads did, but they were able to get there without that.
And they're returning 52.
8% of their roster.
They're starting to recruit as if they're the top school in the a C.
C. Now which I love to see.
They have a great juco coming in in Calhoun, uh, making maybe one addition thio their starting line up.
With the loss of the cell, Barnes will probably slide in.
I'm very high on Scott Barnes.
A nice 6 ft nine. Small four.
This team is huge.
So other guard death.
The smallest guy they have on the roster 6 ft four and use their starting point guard.
So this is gonna be a big team.
We know how Leonard Williams sides like to play.
They finally showed me last season that they can be a top dog team.
I'm just riding this hype train because their football team sucks are gonna ride in that Florida State is now basketball school.
Yeah, I mean again, I like this team.
I I really like M j Walker.
I really like Anthony polite.
I think Balza Koprivica is going to be a really good guy for them this year at center as a 71 guy.
And then Scotty Barnes is obviously gonna be ah, beast this year for them.
He's coming from the same school as a day Ron Sharp.
They're both from Harvard.
He used the other forward starting for them, and I mean, yeah, Sadar or Sardar Calhoun is he is a good juco guy, but Okay, I think we're just a year too early on them.
They were good last year.
I think they have the slightest drop off this year, just going from 1 to 2.
And then they get back next year when they have the second best recruiting class in the country already with Matthew Cleveland, Jalen Worley, John Butler and now he Macleod.
Like those guys, they're just gonna make, uh, those guys gonna make Florida stay different.
But I think I think because they're using all those scholarships on guys next year, it just causes the slightest drop off to drop them from 1 to 2 in the A C.
That's where I think returning.
They're not returning five starters because vessel on forest or two starters last year, but they're gonna have four guys who are on the roster last year.
Maybe it's Scotty Barnes might be playing point guard next year, so you will see a 6 ft nine point with with F S u.
So maybe they look like the Sixers a little too much with me.
With all this potential, all this hype, and then just don't live upto any of the expectations.
Scotty Barnes Can Scotty Barnes can shoot better than any of the guys you have on the six is already.
So what do you think? I like him so much there.
Like a good person of a team I wanna watch.
So that's where ffs you That's gonna be the team.
I'm gonna be not watching the most games of that.
I'll probably sadly be ST Joe's so you can clown me for that.
But this f S u team might be number two.
Uh, Evans is gonna might be their biggest piece at point next year with Scotty Barnes isn't playing it because I want to say Evans is a waste, but 3.
1 points per game is your senior year.
Hasn't really showed me much, so the loss of vessel could be bigger, but I don't know they're bringing a bunch of guys back.
Ah, lot of redshirt juniors and seniors on this roster.
I think I count eight of them are seven of them.
And that's where I think Leonard Williams is getting too much back.
He can replace that production offense is my only concern with this team.
because I think they could just be a good on defense.
These guys, these guys, they're gonna be great on defense just because when you come around a seven footer at center and then you have a backcourt that's a 65 guy in a 68 guy and they're both over £200.
That defense is gonna be probably Virginia level, but they're not going to make the game boring as hell.
No, gonna be a squad that I'm tuning into.
So, Stephen, let's give out our top five.
Um, if you want to hear our full projected standings, jump back to the beginning of the stream.
We both have Miami and six.
So that's why I feel like giving out our top five.
Since we thank the same schools are gonna be competing for those spots.
So I got you and see it.
Five Louisville, four, u va at three, Duke at two.
And Florida State taken at home.
Yeah, I got Louisville five Virginia.
You know what? Hold on, everybody.
If you go back to the beginning, disregard that.
The top five is actually Virginia at five.
Louisville up four North Carolina three of Florida State at two.
And Duke at one.
You just heard some good thoughts for me, Stevens.
That's why you're making those updates.
Can't discredit you there at all.
Are starting five.
We're gonna try to find a cool way to keep this going through the season.
May will take the top five from the past week, but Steve and I love to get into our debates of who we think are starting five is going to be.
Before we got into conference previews, we picked some cool topics like Coach K.
Uh, coach cow players top freshmen's top transfers.
So this one's gonna be are all a C C first team.
I'll start it off at who? I got a point guard Grant already make the spread.
Probably minus three.
Even before I see Stevens roster.
Wagner, Goethe, Clary Jones as my starting point guard.
The Radford transfer for Louisville, who scored 20 points per game at Radford, might drop to 18, but still probably the best scoring point guard in the conference.
I mean, you know how I like to go with my, uh You know how I like to go with my starting five.
Love is my point guard.
He's gonna be great.
Next great UNC guard right here.
He's just gonna show up.
He's gonna ball out, and he's gonna be a first team guy as a freshman.
Alright, Steven, I'm following your trend here.
My shooting guards gonna be Jaylin Johnson of Duke because I think he has top player of the conference caliber skills next season.
All right, um, my other guard, I'm taking a taking a guy from a school not known as being a basketball school.
I wouldn't even really call them being known as and athletics type of school.
But give me Michael Devoe from Georgia Tech.
Guy put up 16, 4 and 3.
I think we'll be up closer to 25 or 20 points, like around five boards and probably like up near, like, four assists a game.
You just definitely got first team caliber written all over him this year.
All right? Who you got at a small for it? Small forward.
I'm following you.
I got Jaylin Johnson from Duke.
I think small forwards is natural position, and you're right.
He definitely deserves to be all first team, if not player of the year type caliber by the end of the year.
Alright, here's my Sixers Magic working for you at small four.
Scotty Barnes probably might.
Should play the small for if you got Cleric Jones in the lineup.
But if I can have Jones, are Barnes bringing up the ball with either of them sitting on the wing with Jaylin Johnson? I like my three guys just to get buckets here, all right? Yep.
Who you got at Power forward.
I'm gonna go with guards.
You could argue that he should play center, but I'm gonna go with Brooks.
I know Steven doesn't like that pick, but top returning talent from last year in the A.
So I can't discredit that as being the top guy to come back from the conference last year.
I don't hate that, actually, my power forward.
I have Scotty Barnes just to make him a just to make him a point forward.
Give me four guys who could bring the ball up.
He's big enough to guard power forwards.
He's gonna be a beast for Florida.
state this year.
He can play anywhere, but put him at my power forward.
Just give me like a team that could do everything.
So for my first four guys, I got them all who are finishing in my top five.
Except for UV, A UV A usually doesn't get a guy on this just because of how stacked the roster is.
And now I'm going with I wouldn't call the wild card, but at center, I'm gonna deejay funder Brooke of N c.
State just because here Brooks might be my better defender.
But I'm just going with all offense here.
I'm just getting buckets.
And defense is second, Uh, string here.
Yeah, at my center.
I'm actually taking the guy you just talked about.
Not not Funderburg.
I'm taking, uh, taking Garrison Brooks to run center for May.
I don't need to be that big when I'm, like, pretty much oversized at all.
My other spots all take a little bit undersized as center.
We, Garrison Brooks and just you were right.
He was probably the best returning player from the conference last year.
He's gonna be a double double machine this year and he's gonna He's just He's gonna be the anchor down low for us.
That that senior leadership on a team full of younger guys, we'd love to see it.
So this is the first time we don't share our first teams with each other.
So we share Jaylin Johnson, Scotty Barnes and Garrison Brooks all in our starting lineup.
I added Cleric Jones and D.
J funded Brooke.
Who are the two guys that you out of tears? Uh, they were both my guards, I, Caleb Love and Michel Devaux.
Well, that's gonna do it for you this week.
That's your first team.
That's your standings.
The A C C conference preview.
Now we start to get a little bit of fun.
We don't have to be as rigid in our approach.
You'll Seymour of means Stevens just yelling and outright.
Just maybe brains rather than numbers are what we've seen on the court.
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I'm not really looking at the numbers as much, so it's not like we're just doing one thing like we can bring everything to you like we got both sides of it.
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But what he doesn't want to give credit for is how his team would be the Sacco in the fantasy league.
Yeah, yeah, hasn't hasn't been good for me in fantasy.
I don't like to talk about that.
I just like to talk about how I've more than quadrupled my money since I started the year.
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We'll be back at you next Wednesday with I want to call a surprise episode, but no more Conference preview. Steven.
This is the first time since August that we don't have to talk about one conference.
We could get wet and wild and let's go three weeks left.
It feels like Christmas for me.
Just get in my ****ing calendar out.
Just like crossing off the days.
Every day I wake up on Lee 21 more till I got college basketball back in my life.
Finally, and we'll see you guys next Wednesday.
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