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Posted: Tuesday November 09, 1999 12:01 AM
Tar Heels favored; more balance across board this year
By Tim Peeler, Special to CNN/SI
Tar Heels Point guard Ed Cota may enter the season suspended. Allsport
A year after dominant Duke, Maryland and North Carolina were the ACC's only NCAA representatives, coaches expect to see more parity and a return of at least five teams in the Tournament. Senior point guard Ed
Cota looks to lead the experienced Tar Heels to another ACC championship, as he did his first two years on campus. And can Duke survive its first ever pregraduation defections (Elton Brand, William Avery, Corey Magette, plus Utah transfer Chris Burgess) with the help of an outstanding recruiting class?
How they will spend Selection Sunday
Players to Watch
| Top Three Frontcourt Players |
Terence Morris, Maryland |
Junior steps out of shadows of Steve Francis and Laron Profit.
Shane Battier, Duke
Suddenly a veteran, Battier has a forward's body and a guard's skills.
Jason Collier, Georgia Tech
Averaged 17 points and seven boards after becoming eligible in December.
| Top Three Backcourt Players |
Ed Cota, North Carolina |
Four-year starter hit double-digit scoring in '99.
Robert O'Kelley, Wake Forest
Combo guard enters junior year with 162 career 3-pointers.
Donald Hand, Virginia
Scored 17 points a game on depleted team last year.
| Top Three Swing Players |
Chris Carrawell, Duke |
Previous role player will step up his profile.
Chris Williams, Virginia
Pete Gillen could play this big-time scorer anywhere.
Jeff Capel, North Carolina
Looks to get healthy after back surgery and shortened season.
| Top Three Newcomers |
Jason Williams, Duke |
Will be first frosh to start at the point since Bobby Hurley.
Damien Wilkins, N.C. State
Much-hyped son/nephew of NBA's Gerald/Dominique.
Steven Blake, Maryland
Led the nation's No. 1 high school team a year ago.
| Hot Coach |
Pete Gillen, Virginia |
Brought in outstanding recruiting class despite last-place first season.
| Coach on the Hot Seat |
Bobby Cremins, Georgia Tech |
No NCAA appearances or big-time recruits since Stephon Marbury left.
| Toughest Schedule |
North Carolina |
December alone finds Michigan State, Cincinnati, Miami and Indiana.
| Quickest-Way-to-20-Wins Schedule |
N.C. State |
Besides Stetson and Liberty, big-names Georgia and ASU are beatable.
Mark Your Calendar
Nov. 19, Georgia at N.C. State |
First game in Wolfpack's new Raleigh arena.
Dec. 1, Michigan State at North Carolina
Consider this a preview of the following week's Great Eight.
Dec. 11, Kentucky at Maryland
Served as a breakout game for Steve Francis last year.
Feb. 3/March 4, Duke at North Carolina
As always, more than bragging rights expected to be on the line.
Tim Peeler covers the ACC for the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record. Look for his CNN/SI conference insiders during the season.
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