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I've received a good number of emails from college hoops fans in the state of North Carolina who took exception to my story last week about the changing landscape of the ACC. I wrote about the success of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College and the fact that North Carolina and Duke were young and a bit inconsistent. I made sure to point out that the power shift could be temporary, and well, maybe it was very temporary because Carolina earned the top seed in the ACC tournament after all the other top teams stumbled this weekend.

Fans of UNC and Duke have nothing to worry about. A lot depends on who leaves for the NBA, but I expect both schools to be among the top 3-5 schools next season. If Brandan Wright, a potential top-five pick, leaves and Tyler Hansbrough returns, the Tar Heels will be poised to be among the top teams in 2008. If Josh McRoberts stays, Duke should be in a similar position in part because of a strong recruiting class that includes Taylor King, who has a Redick-like jump shot; Nolan Smith, a capable guard; and Kyle Singler, who has the moppy hair of Adam Morrison and the game to match. (Singler might be more athletic than AM)

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 5, 2007; 8:33 AM ET
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Eric - In the future, when you write a blog entry about a story you wrote last week, please link to the story so we can see what you are talking about without having to root through our memories or the Post's archives.


P.S. Duke will stink forever.

Posted by: Lindemann | March 5, 2007 9:06 AM | Report abuse

That should read "if Josh McRoberts stays and learns how to play the forward position over the summer".

Duke still doesn't have a backup point guard for Paulus... who's no great shakes himself... and there's not really one coming in.

I see UNC losing a few key guys in the draft (although they'll reload next year) and this Duke team is built for a run in '09, not '08... Wake's still recovering from all their personnel losses and State's got a ways to go. I love me some Tobacco Road, but with so many teams in the conference now it's inevitable there's going to be strength elsewhere... I think we'll see more of the same in '08.

Posted by: MDT | March 5, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't see UNC ever "being good in a few years." Williams seems to go out and get great athletes that if they developed into a cohesive unit would be unstoppable, the problem is these great athletes never stay long enough for that unit to form. UNC will always be a young team since they have to retool with a new stock of freshmen every year or two when the roster leaves school early for the draft in mass.

Maybe it is Williams fault for recruiting players that are most likely to leave early, or maybe there is something else to it. I would probably behoove Williams to consider recruiting some players that he thinks are more likely to stay for four years than his current crop.

If the run of the mid-majors last year was any indication it was that good 22 year olds have the ability to be great athletic 18 year olds.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Williams is more motivator than coach, and hasn't had anything resembling a cohesive team since he won that nat. championship with Daugherty's kids a few years back. Hollerin, scowlin and waxing poetic about Dean Smith does not a great coach make.

Posted by: d, dc | March 5, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The problem with the story was that you took one year's worth of games to support your hypothesis. The fact is that UNC had beaten Maryland 5 straight prior to Maryland's win this season. UNC is 4-1 v. UVA for the period examined and 2-2 v. VT. 10-4 seems pretty dominant to me. Those three had more success against Duke over the same period but Duke still held an 8-6 record.

Posted by: LH | March 5, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

And dc, it's Doherty not Daugherty. The former is a coach and the latter is a TV analyst.

Posted by: LH | March 5, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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