Biggest ACC basketball questions
DOES UNC BOUNCE BACK FROM LAST SEASON’S DISASTER?
It may be easy to forget because we’re roughly eight months removed from the end of the 2019-20 season, but North Carolina was bold-faced bad. They had a likely first-round NBA Draft pick in Cole Anthony and a pair of quality bigs in Brooks and Bacot, yet they were still the conference’s worst team.
There are a number of reasons to expect a bounce back season from UNC – Roy Williams is still a really good coach, they bring in a good number of talented freshmen, and return a good portion of last season’s production (however minimal that production may be). And, you know, they’re freakin’ UNC – and the Tar Heels don’t go through sustained dips like that unless Matt Doherty is on the sidelines.
But it’s impossible to ignore that a number of holes remain, particularly when it comes to reliable wing production and perimeter depth. We all think the Heels will be significantly better, but just how good is that?
wiLL vIRGINIA RETURN TO THE TOP OF THE CONFERENCE?
Roughly two and a half months into the 2019-20 season, Virginia looked like an average ACC team with their usual terrific defense and a terrible offense. That was to be expected given the amount of production and program legends they had to replace from the 2019 national championship team. It was a relatively down year that was understandable.
Tony Bennett’s squad then closed the year winning 11 of their last 12 games before the season shut down as their new, young core found their footing. That core returns along with a strong rotation; Sam Hauser is eligible and he will partner with one of the best freshman classes Bennett has ever landed.
This is the best team on paper that UVA has had under Bennett aside from the national championship team, and we know how he tends to get the most out of his players. Now they just have to turn that into on-court results which, again, has never been a problem for Bennett.