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- With Ty Lawson gone, the starting point guard job goes to Larry Drew II. He's going to have plenty of talent around him, but is Drew talented enough to be able to run the team and lead the Tar Heels to a Final Four?
- Georgia Tech was abysmal last season and finished in the cellar. With the return of Gani Lawal, the addition of freshman big man Derrick Favors and a year of experience for sophomore point guard Iman Shumpert, can the Yellow Jackets go from worst to first?
- Duke was small a year ago. Now, coach Mike Krzyzewski will have to change the way the Blue Devils play, since they only have three true guards in the program Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith and freshman Andre Dawkins, who graduated high school early to help solve Duke's lack of depth in the backcourt this season. The Scheyer point guard experiment is still a work in progress.
- Boston College has always had someone emerge, whether it has been Craig Smith, Jared Dudley and, most recently, Tyrese Rice. Look for sophomore guard Reggie Jackson to be next, but this Al Skinner team may be as balanced as ever.
- Now that Jeff Teague and James Johnson are off to the NBA, it's clearly Al-Farouq Aminu's team at Wake Forest. However, the key to the Demon Deacons is speedy point guard Ishmael Smith.
- Can N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe save his job? The Wolfpack hasn't been to the Big Dance in his three seasons at the helm after N.C. State was a mainstay the last handful of years in the Herb Sendek Era.
- Is this the season Clemson wins an NCAA tournament game? Despite the loss of K.C. Rivers and the surprising departure of Terrence Oglesby two years early to Europe, the Tigers may be as talented as ever with Trevor Booker in the middle and the addition of skilled freshman Milton Jennings.
- Is Maryland back? The Terps return experienced guards Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes, and now Gary Williams has a couple of true big men with the addition of Jordan Williams and James Padgett.
3. Georgia Tech
5. Florida State
7. Virginia Tech
8. Boston College
9. Wake Forest
11. N.C. State
All-Conference teamSmall forward: Kyle Singler, 6-7, 225, Jr., Duke
2008-09 Stats: 16.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Power forward: Al-Farouq Aminu, 6-8, 218, Soph., Wake Forest
2008-09 Stats: 12.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg Center: Derrick Favors, 6-10, 235, Fr., Georgia Tech
2008-09 Stats: N/A Shooting guard: Sylven Landesberg, 6-6, 210, Soph., Virginia
2008-09 Stats: 16.6 ppg, 6 rpg Point guard: Greivis Vasquez, 6-6, 190, Sr., Maryland
2008-09 Stats: 17.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.1 apg Player of the Year: Kyle Singler, 6-7, 225, Jr., Duke
Newcomer of the Year: Derrick Favors, 6-10, 235, Fr., Georgia Tech