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2011-12 ACC Basketball Preview: Boston College & Georgia Tech

Boston College Eagles

Last Season:

Overall:  21-13

ACC:  9-7

Postseason:  Lost in NIT 2nd Round to Northwestern

What They Lost:

They Eagles honestly did not have very much to lose from last year, even though that scrappy bunch managed a very respectable record.  Don’t expect the same during this season.  Nobody can be designated a star on this team with any conviction.  But if there is a leader it will be filled in by sophomore Danny Rubin.  He is the only player with any relevant experience playing last year.  Fans can look forward to his excellent shot from beyond the arc.

What They Gained:

FRESHMEN – This steam has 9 incoming freshman.  The most experienced players are both sophomores in Gabriel Morton and Danny Rubin.

Summary:

Steve Donahue will have his hands full.  This upcoming campaign looks extremely bleak for the perennially competitive program.  After all, this type of inexperience is usually not conducive to winning.  Fans should not expect anything close to the 21-13 (9-7) record posted in the previous year.  1st year head coach Steve Donahue will have a lot on his plate and future success for the program will solely depend on how he guides this inexperienced squad.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Last Season:

Overall:  13-18

ACC:  5-11

Postseason:  None

What They Lost:

Star Guard Iman Shumpert is off to reap the benefits of another basketball league currently not in session.  However, his usual production should be admirably filled by upcomer Mfon Udofia.

What They Gained:

No doubt, the best asset the Yellow Jackets gained this offseason was Paul Hewitt’s replacement in Brian Gregory.  After leading the Dayton Flyers to 5 post-season appearances in nine years, Georgia Tech looks for him to bring the program back to preeminence.

Summary:

Gregory takes over for Paul Hewitt who had continually coached extremely talented teams to subpar records.  With the departure of Iman Shumpert, the Jackets have lost some star power.  However, they do return at least six players that played significant minutes last year.  Look for Glen Rice, Jr. to veer away from his inconsistency and Mfon Udofia to develop into a potential star.  These two should make a formidable backcourt.  And with Gregory’s coaching expect these two players alone to keep the Yellow Jackets competitive.

The rest of the ACC:

Boston College

Clemson

Duke

Florida State

Georgia Tech

Maryland

Miami

North Carolina

North Carolina State

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

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