Heading into last season's
1.LIVING UP TO HYPE. For the first time since the 1974-75 season, N.C. State was predicted by media to win the conference. The last time the Wolfpack won the regular season was in 1989, and N.C. State last won the ACC tournament in 1987. With
3.REVITALIZED ROY? After avoiding a scare in September when he had a benign tumor removed from his kidney, and discovering in October another kidney tumor was also benign, Coach Roy Williams and North Carolina can move forward without distractions.
4.'NOLES FOR REAL? Florida State became the first team in eight years last season outside the state of North Carolina to win the ACC tournament championship, but now Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton has to replace four starters. At least second team All-ACC guard Michael Snaer is back.