Monday, February 01, 2016 10:00 AM

AT ACC BASKETBALL MIDSEASON, A LOOK AT SURPRISES, ALL-CONFERENCE CANDIDATES AND WHAT’S TO COME

In a development that will both shock and amaze – but mostly shock – ACC basketball coaches, media members covering the league are not omniscient, it turns out.

It’s a terribly surprising revelation, to be sure, but the proof is in a comparison between the ACC’s preseason media poll and the current standings. We got a few things right, at least.

North Carolina, which astute media members in the preseason picked to finish first, is indeed leading the league at the midpoint of the conference season. And the trusty ACC media corps was right, too, about Boston College.

The Eagles were picked to finish in last place, and not only are they headed toward making that a reality, but Boston College appears destined to be remembered as one of the worst teams in conference history.

So at the top and at the bottom, we reporter-types knew what we were talking about, after all. It was just the other 13 teams that gave us some problems.

But who could have predicted the debilitating injuries at Duke and N.C. State, and Clemson’s rise, and Virginia’s early struggles on the road and Virginia Tech’s ascent to respectability and all the other unpredictable events during the past month or ...

News source: http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/article57637178.html

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