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College Basketball 2006

November 03, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Boston College

Coach -- Al Skinner, 10th season at school (175-108), 19th overall (313-234)

2005-06 record -- 28-8, 11-5 (third in ACC)

Outlook -- The Eagles return seven of nine players who received significant playing time, including senior forward Jared Dudley, the team's top returning scorer at 16.7 points per game, and Sean Williams, the ACC's top returning shot-blocker (2.04 per game). Sophomore Tyrese Rice will take over at point guard, but he won't have former leading scorer Craig Smith to pass to inside. A key will be how efficient Dudley is when he's the main focus on offense. Dudley is the ACC's leading returning career scorer (1,500) and rebounder (688).


Coach -- Oliver Purnell, fourth season at school (45-47), 19th overall (301-238)

2005-06 record -- 19-13, 7-9 (tied for seventh)

Outlook -- Senior point guard Vernon Hamilton and junior guard Cliff Hammonds lead a team that returns four starters and 63 percent of its scoring. The Tigers also will benefit from the return of forward James Mays, who was declared academically ineligible for the spring semester last season. Mays shot 54.1 percent from the field in 11 games last season, averaging 9.2 points and 7.6 rebounds.


Coach -- Mike Krzyzewski, 27th season at school (680-191), 32nd overall (753-250)

2005-06 record -- 32-4, 14-2 ACC (first, ACC tournament champion)

Outlook -- Junior guard DeMarcus Nelson, who missed 12 games last season with ankle and foot injuries, needs to stay healthy because he is the lone upperclassman in the rotation. The Blue Devils return no contributing seniors and no double-digit scorers. Duke will depend on two sophomores, forward Josh McRoberts and point guard Greg Paulus, but Paulus is out indefinitely after aggravating a foot injury. The expectations are lower than last season, but there are still five McDonald's All-Americans on this roster.

Florida State

Coach -- Leonard Hamilton, fifth season at school (65-58), 19th overall (265-268)

2005-06 record -- 20-10, 9-7 (fifth)

Outlook -- The decision by Al Thornton to withdraw from the NBA draft was one of the few things that went right for this team in the offseason, despite a surge at the end of last season. Hamilton lost two of his longtime assistants and rescinded his scholarship offer to 7-foot recruit Jon Kreft after Kreft was arrested on drug charges. The frontcourt is a question mark, but Toney Douglas, a transfer point guard from Auburn, should help the offense. He led the team and was third in the Southeastern Conference with an average of 16.9 points. Thornton averaged 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds last season.

Georgia Tech

Coach -- Paul Hewitt, seventh season at school (107-83), 10th overall (173-110)

2005-06 record -- 11-17, 4-12 (tied for 10th)

Outlook -- This is a program on the rise - the Yellow Jackets return everyone who matters from last season's roster and have brought in one of their best recruiting classes under Hewitt. Javaris Crittenton is a McDonald's All-American expected to take over at point guard, but he will have experience around him in Ra'Sean Dickey, Anthony Morrow and Jeremis Smith. Georgia Tech returns 80.9 percent of its scoring from last season and 84.8 percent of its rebounding. Smith is the ACC's leading returning rebounder (8.2).


Coach -- Frank Haith, third season at school and overall (34-29)

2005-06 record -- 18-16, 7-9 (tied for seventh)

Outlook -- The players who rained threes for the Hurricanes are gone, changing the offense from a three-guard lineup to a more traditional set. Center Anthony King is a defensive presence inside, but will need to average more than his previous 8.8 points this season. Anthony Harris is a two-year starter who lost his job to Denis Clemente near the end of last season, but both will share minutes with Jack McClinton at the guard positions. McClinton, a sophomore transfer from Siena, averaged 13.6 points as a freshman in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

North Carolina

Coach -- Roy Williams, fourth season at school (75-23), 19th overall (493-124)

2005-06 record -- 23-8, 12-4 (second)

Outlook -- With its exceptional recruiting class and four returning starters, this is likely the deepest team in the country. Despite numerous double teams last season, Tyler Hansbrough became the first freshman in UNC history to lead the team in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.8). The addition of several talented freshmen will allow him to attempt more blocked shots without worrying too much about foul trouble. The Tar Heels are three deep at both guard spots, with freshman Ty Lawson, sophomore Bobby Frasor and junior Quentin Thomas giving Williams options at point. The Tar Heels also have Reyshawn Terry, who averaged 14.3 points per game last season.

North Carolina State

Coach -- Sidney Lowe, first season

2005-06 record -- 22-10, 10-6 (fourth)

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