ACC team-by-team previews: Notre Dame, Duke battle for the top

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NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 08: Head coach Muffet McGraw of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish points from the bench against the Connecticut Huskies during the NCAA Women’s Final Four Championship at Bridgestone Arena on April 8, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

A power five conference, and likely the most powerful of them, the Atlantic Coast Conference occupies five spots in the 2017-18 Top 25 preseason polls. Notre Dame, Louisville and Duke are comfortably in the upper half (with several polls listing all three in the top 10). Florida State and Virginia have also been considered among the elite.

According to, 46 starters are expected to return this season. Of the 46, six All-ACC and eight members of the All-ACC Freshman team are coming back for another year of play.

And the future is bright: five McDonald’s All-Americans and six of the top 20 espnW HoopGurlz recruits will take the court for the first time in November on an ACC team.

So how will it all shake out? Read on for team-by-team projections.

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