Basketball season is just around the corner, so we have another Blogger So Dear staff roundtable, this time on predictions for non-conference and ACC records.
Average Overall: 14-16
Average non-conference: 9-3
Average ACC: 5-13
I believe that Wake is ready to push the tone this season. Their talent, in my opinion, is dramatically improved over last year’s campaign. That’s why I see them firing on all cylinders against the out of conference opponents. However, that’s where the fun will end as the ACC will once again prove to be college’s best in basketball. Especially on the low block, the team doesn’t have enough defenders in the paint to stop their beefier opponents. With that, I still see them see them with a much better record than last year’s, and coach Manning’s lineup will be crucial in determining how competitive this team is against some of the nation’s best.
Wake Forest looks to build off of Jaylen Hoard. Hoard will get his opportunities as Danny Manning looks to get the program back on track after a disappointing season last year while losing some key players.
The Deacs will be trying to get out of the bottom half of the ACC but will fall a bit short.
The Deacs only get Pitt, BC, and Georgia Tech a total of three times, and since it can’t play itself that is a big disadvantage schedule-wise. The out-of-conference slate is pretty easy overall, with only one SURE loss (at Tennessee), along with a handful of toss-ups (at Richmond, Davidson, the entire Myrtle Beach Tournament). I was perhaps a bit optimistic in the OOC portion at 8-4, especially considering last year’s abysmal performance.
At the end of the day though, nothing is clear with this year’s team because of how many new players there are. I don’t see a ton of wins on the schedule, especially in the ACC, but that’s because I have been conditioned the past 10 years to expect the worst. Hopefully with nearly a completely new roster there will be a different mindset and that will lead to more wins. Danny Manning’s coaching career at Wake Forest depends on it.
No postseason once again for the Deacs.
Out of conference: 9-3
We go 2-1 in the Myrtle Beach tourney and then minus getting blasted by Tennessee start getting into a groove.
This team is very young, and in spite of the talent on the roster it will take a while for them to get used to playing together. Look for some growing pains, and another year without a postseason berth.
How do you all think this team will do? Do you think we make the postseason?