This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
The ACC is one of the biggest, most popular conferences in college basketball across the country, but the recent results have not been on par with that status. In fact, the conference is coming off one of its worst years in recent memory, and with programs such as Duke, North Carolina and Florida State all needing statement performances in the NCAA Tournament (after no ACC team reached the Elite Eight), this seems to be a pivotal year for the conference. But will the ACC live up to the standard required, or will the teams flounder and underperform once again?
When it comes to personnel talent, the ACC is also trending in the wrong direction of late. Even though 18 of the Top 100 high-school players chose to continue their college path in ACC-based programs, only six of them rank among the top-60 prospects – where the name of star freshman Paolo Banchero stands out. Either way, that represents a huge misstep in recruiting, something that was even more noticeable when analyzing the conference's activity in the transfer portal – where the ACC teams lost more talent than they gained. Plus, several college basketball players left their programs for non-guaranteed professional opportunities, though that issue was noticeable across the country and not just in the ACC overall.
Either way, the ACC should once again be one of the best conferences in the country and will be a must-show spectacle once the season begins next month. Will Duke recover the glory it