In very peculiar fashion, both UNC and the Dukies took a loss in conference play on the same night. Not to mention they both lost to unranked opponents! Is there a changing of the guard occurring in the ACC?…
In my opinion, this is simply just a down year for both squads. North Carolina has the top recruit in the country in Harrison Barnes coming next year and Duke has an outstanding recruiting class arriving as well. Who are the coaches of these highly renowned programs? Oh yeah, I forgot Coach K and Roy Williams. Both have multiple National Titles and are not going anywhere anytime soon.
Duke still has a legitimate shot to do some damage this year though being led by Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer. Though they are lacking a major inside presence, they still have nights where they can shoot the lights out. And even with the loss, they are still going to be ranked in the top 15 in the country and it is still only January. For North Carolina, with 7 losses already, this season may already be a lost cause in having any chance to make some noise in March. But do not worry, they will be back next season.
Duke Crazies and Chapel Hill gurus will be rocking soon enough. This is just a down year for the programs (especially UNC). The ACC team to watch in my eyes has to be Georgia Tech. They are big, strong, and very well coached. Derrick Favors is the guy that people are not talking about due to all the insanity and hype surrounding Kentucky super frosh John Wall. Many think that he will be the number 2 pick in next year’s NBA Draft.
Anyways though, for those of you who dislike Duke, UNC, or both, enjoy it while you can, because nights where both lose to unranked teams are few and far between. Both programs will be contenders soon enough.
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.