Is NC State the ACC's team to beat?
With the start of the 2012-13 college basketball season fast approaching, ESPN Insider is looking at the five burning questions facing each of the major conferences. In this edition, Seth Greenberg examines the ACC.
This coming season could be one of the most intriguing in the ACC in recent memory. The emergence of NC State, coupled with some uncertainty for Duke and North Carolina and three teams on the rise that could make a run at the league title in FSU, Miami and Maryland, could make this a season to remember in the ACC. Here are my answers to the five burning questions facing the league in 2012-13.
1. Is NC State the best team in the ACC?
There is no denying that the Wolfpack had a terrific run in last season's NCAA tournament. Mark Gottfried did a masterful job of changing the culture in Raleigh, his system turned out to be a great fit for his personnel, and at season's end his team was playing with a poise and purpose few could have imagined coming into the season.
That said, until the Wolfpack defeat Duke and North Carolina (NC State was 0-for-3 against those teams last season), it is hard to anoint them the team to beat. State has the potential to be special, but can it play consistent winning basketball over the course of an 18-game conference schedule?
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