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Conference preview: ACC

September 15, 2007

Back again by popular demand are my "fearless" predictions for how the various conferences will shake out on both the men's and women's sides. Well look at each of the major conferences over the next few days. As always, if you think I'm on target or off base, make sure to let me know with your comments.

Today's conference: ACC

Tomorrow's conference: SEC

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2007-08 outlook__

Predicted champion: Clemson

Predicted player of the year: Webb Simpson, Wake Forest

Predicted freshman of the year:Drew Kittleson, Florida State

NCAA Regional bound: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

Team on the rise: Florida State

Biggest question mark: North Carolina

Wouldn't surprise me to see: Virginia Tech's Drew Weaver, the reigning British Amateur champion, use the confidence built this past summer to be an all-ACC selection.

Would shock me to see: Duke, with new coach O.D. Vincent, not win at least two team titles.

2006-07 Accolades

Team champions: Georgia Tech; Virginia Tech

Player of the year: Kyle Stanley, Clemson

Freshman of the year: Kyle Stanley, Clemson

__Coach of the year:__Larry Penley, Clemson

ACC medalist: Jonas Blixt, Florida State

All-ACC First team:

Jonas Blixt, Florida State*

Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech

Adam Long, Duke*

Ben Martin, Clemson*

Chris McCartin, Wake Forest*

Jerry Richardson, N.C. State

Matt Savage, Florida State*

Webb Simpson, Wake Forest*

Kyle Stanley, Clemson*

Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech*

Martin Ureta, North Carolina

Conrad Von Borsig, Virginia*

2007-08 predicted finish:



__2007-08 outlook



Predicted champion: Duke

Predicted player of the year: Amanda Blumenherst, Duke

Predicted freshman of the year: Natalie Sheary, Wake Forest

NCAA Regional bound: Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia

Team on the rise: Wake Forest

Biggest question mark: Virginia

Wouldn't surprise me to see: Florida State junior Caroline Westrup actually outplay Duke's Amanda Blumenherst and claim ACC player of the year honors.

Would shock me to see: Duke not win its 13th straight conference championship.

__2006-07 Accolades

Team champions:__ Duke

Player of the year: Amanda Blumenherst, Duke

Freshman of the year: Alison Whitaker, Duke

Coach of the year: Dan Brooks, Duke

ACC medalist: Amanda Blumenherst, Duke

All-ACC First team:

Jennie Arseneault, Virginia*

Kelly Calkin, Maryland*

Amanda Goins, Wake Forest

Anna Grzebien, Duke

Lauren Hunt, North Carolina*

Jennie Lee, Duke*

Katie Miller, North Carolina

Caroline Westrup, Florida State*

Leah Wigger, Virginia

2007-08 predicted finish: