2018–19 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season

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2018–19 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season
Atlantic Coast Conference logo.svg
LeagueNCAA Division I
SportBasketball
Number of teams15
TV partner(s)ACC Network, ESPN, Raycom Sports, Regional Sports Networks
2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
ACC Tournament
Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball seasons
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2018–19 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Virginia 11 2   .846     23 2   .920
No. 1 Duke 11 2   .846     23 3   .885
No. 8 North Carolina 11 2   .846     21 5   .808
No. 16 Florida State 9 4   .692     21 5   .808
Syracuse 9 4   .692     18 8   .692
No. 20 Virginia Tech 9 5   .643     20 6   .769
No. 18 Louisville 9 5   .643     18 9   .667
NC State 7 7   .500     19 8   .704
Clemson 5 8   .385     15 11   .577
Boston College 4 9   .308     13 12   .520
Georgia Tech 4 10   .286     12 15   .444
Notre Dame 3 10   .231     13 13   .500
Miami (FL) 3 10   .231     11 14   .440
Wake Forest 3 10   .231     10 15   .400
Pittsburgh 2 12   .143     12 15   .444
2019 ACC Tournament winner
As of February 20, 2019
Source:The ACC; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018–19 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2018, followed by the start of the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play started in late December 2018 and concluded in March with the 2019 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The season marks 65th season of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball.

Head Coaches[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Team Head coach Previous job Years at school Record at school ACC record ACC titles NCAA Tournaments NCAA Final Fours NCAA Championships
Boston College Jim Christian Ohio 5 48–83 13–59 0 2 0 0
Clemson Brad Brownell Wright State 9 149–113 67–73 0 6 0 0
Duke Mike Krzyzewski Army 39 1,027–279 412–171 15 34 12 5
Florida State Leonard Hamilton Washington Wizards 17 327–208 135–133 1 9 0 0
Georgia Tech Josh Pastner Memphis 3 34–35 14–22 0 0 0 0
Louisville Chris Mack Xavier 1 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0
Miami Jim Larrañaga George Mason 8 161–79 75–49 1 4 1 0
NC State Kevin Keatts UNC Wilmington 2 21–12 11–7 0 1 0 0
North Carolina Roy Williams Kansas 16 424–126 180–72 3 14 8 3
Notre Dame Mike Brey Delaware 19 403–201 187–122 1 12 0 0
Pittsburgh Jeff Capel Duke (Assistant) 1 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0
Syracuse Jim Boeheim Syracuse (Assistant) 42 926–368 50–37 0 30 4 1
Virginia Tony Bennett Washington State 10 219–86 105–51 2 6 0 0
Virginia Tech Buzz Williams Marquette 5 74–60 32–40 0 2 0 0
Wake Forest Danny Manning Tulsa 5 54–72 20–52 0 1 0 0

Notes:

  • Year at school includes 2018–19 season.
  • Overall and ACC records are from time at current school and are through the end the 2017–18 season.
  • NCAA Tournament appearances are from time at current school only.
  • NCAA Final Fours and Championship include time at other schools

Preseason[edit]

Preseason watchlists[edit]

Below is a table of notable preseason watch lists.

Wooden[5] Naismith[6] Cousy[7] West[8] Erving[9] Malone[10] Abdul-Jabbar[11] Olson
R. J. Barrett - Duke
Tyus Battle - Syracuse
Ky Bowman - Boston College
Kyle Guy - Virginia
De'Andre Hunter - Virginia
Nassir Little - North Carolina
Luke Maye - North Carolina
Cam Reddish - Duke
Justin Robinson - Virginia Tech
Zion Williamson - Duke
R. J. Barrett - Duke
Tyus Battle - Syracuse
Ky Bowman - Boston College
Kyle Guy - Virginia
De'Andre Hunter - Virginia
Nassir Little - North Carolina
Luke Maye - North Carolina
Cam Reddish - Duke
Justin Robinson - Virginia Tech
Zion Williamson - Duke
Ky Bowman - Boston College
Tre Jones - Duke
Ty Jerome - Virginia
Justin Robinson - Virginia Tech
R. J. Barrett - Duke
T. J. Gibbs - Notre Dame
Tyus Battle - Syracuse
Kyle Guy - Virginia
Cam Reddish - Duke
Nassir Little - North Carolina
Oshae Brissett - Syracuse
De'Andre Hunter - Virginia
Jaylen Hoard - Wake Forest
Zion Williamson - Duke
Luke Maye - North Carolina
Dewan Hernandez - Miami Tyus Battle - Syracuse
Ky Bowman - Boston College
Kyle Guy - Virginia
De'Andre Hunter - Virginia
Luke Maye - North Carolina
Justin Robinson - Virginia Tech

Preseason polls[edit]

AP[12] Athlon
Sports
[13]
Bleacher
Report
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Blue Ribbon
Yearbook
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CBS Sports[16] Coaches[17] ESPN[18] KenPom[19] NBC Sports[20] SBNation[21] Sports
Illustrated
[22]
Boston College 83 66 61
Clemson 22 22 17 30 23 14 22 20 24
Duke 4 3 3 4 6 3 5 2 4 4 3
Florida State 17 16 13 15 19 15 19 15 14 19 14
Georgia Tech 121 92 127
Louisville RV 65 RV 63 50
Miami RV 41 RV 21 47
North Carolina 8 7 5 12 8 7 6 3 9 7 8
NC State RV 23 47 RV 23 36 24 31 35
Notre Dame RV 33 RV 59 34
Pittsburgh 150 139 206
Syracuse 16 14 20 22 14 14 13 8 19 22 22
Virginia 5 8 7 7 5 5 12 4 8 2 7
Virginia Tech 15 12 24 13 17 14 22 12 13 15
Wake Forest 128 91 85

ACC Preseason Media Poll[edit]

Coaches, players, and the media met at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina for a media day on October 24, 2018. Players and coaches met the media, and coaches voted on the preseason conference poll and preseason All-ACC Teams.[23] Results of the polls are shown below.[24]

Preseason Poll[edit]

First place votes shown in parenthesis.

  1. Duke (52) – 1709
  2. Virginia (47) – 1699
  3. North Carolina (20) – 1641
  4. Syracuse (1) – 1268
  5. Virginia Tech – 1187
  6. Clemson – 1148
  7. Florida State – 1127
  8. NC State – 885
  9. Notre Dame – 859
  10. Miami – 816
  11. Louisville – 735
  12. Boston College– 568
  13. Georgia Tech – 324
  14. Wake Forest – 313
  15. Pittsburgh – 241

Preseason All-ACC Teams[edit]

2018 ACC Men's Basketball PreSeason All-ACC Teams
First Team Second Team

ACC Preseason Player of the Year[edit]

ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

Rankings[edit]

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Final
Boston College AP RV
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Clemson AP 22 19 16 RV RV RV
C 23 16 24 RV
Duke AP 4 (4) 1 (48) 1 (53) 3 (1) 3 (1) 2 (4) 2 (5) 1 (35) 1 (35) 1 (37) 1 (36) 2 (11) 2 (12) 2 (12) 2 (24) 1 (58)
C 3 (4) 1 (32) 3 3 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (9) 1 (10) 2 (8) 2 (6) 2 (2) 2 (1) 2 2 (2) 1 (28)
Florida State AP 17 14 14 15 11 10 11 9 9 13 11 RV 25 23 17 16
C 15 13 14 11 10 12 9 9 13 11 23 RV 24 19 17
Georgia Tech AP
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Louisville AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 15 16 16 18
C RV RV RV RV RV 24 16 17 20 22
Miami AP RV RV RV RV
C RV RV RV
North Carolina AP 8 7 7 11 14 12 9 14 15 12 13 11 9 8 8 8
C 7 6 13 12 12 10 14 15 12 15 12 10 8 8 9
NC State AP RV RV RV 20 18 15 17 21 23
C RV RV RV 24 19 16 16 19 22 RV RV
Notre Dame AP RV RV RV RV RV
C RV
Pittsburgh AP
C
Syracuse AP 16 15 RV RV RV 25 T RV RV RV
C 14 RV RV RV RV RV
Virginia AP 5 (2) 4 (2) 4 (2) 4 (1) 4 (1) 6 (1) 5 (1) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 (5) 4 (6) 3 (3) 3 (4) 3 (4) 4 3
C 5 (1) 4 4 4 3 (1) 3 1 (10) 2 (11) 1 (11) 1 (13) 3 3 3 4 3
Virginia Tech AP 15 16 13 13 15 13 13 10 10 9 9 10 12 11 22 20
C 17 14 12 14 13 13 10 10 7 7 8 11 10 16 18
Wake Forest AP
C

Notes:
The week 2 Coaches Poll was released on the same date as the week 3 AP poll. No Coaches poll was released on the date when the week 2 AP Poll was releassed.
The AP poll does not release a final poll after the NCAA Tournament, where as the Coaches Poll does.

Conference matrix[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play. Each team will play 18 conference games, and at least 1 against each opponent.

  Boston College Clemson Duke Florida State Georgia Tech Louisville Miami North Carolina NC State Notre Dame Pittsburgh Syracuse Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest
vs. Boston College 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1
vs. Clemson 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1
vs. Duke 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–1
vs. Florida State 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–1
vs. Georgia Tech 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–1
vs. Louisville 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1
vs. Miami 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1
vs. North Carolina 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1
vs. NC State 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
vs. Notre Dame 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0
vs. Pittsburgh 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
vs. Syracuse 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–0
vs. Virginia 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–1
vs. Virginia Tech 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–1
vs. Wake Forest 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0
Total 4–9 5–8 11–2 9–4 4–10 9–5 3–10 11–2 7–7 3–10 2–12 9–4 11–2 9–5 3–10

Player of the week[edit]

Throughout the conference regular season, the Atlantic Coast Conference offices named one or two Players of the week and one or two Rookies of the week.

Week Player of the week Rookie of the week Reference
1 – Nov. 12 Zion WilliamsonDuke Zion WilliamsonDuke [25]
2 – Nov. 19 Nickeil Alexander-WalkerVirginia Tech Jalen Carey – Syracuse [26]
3 – Nov. 26 De'Andre HunterVirginia Coby WhiteNorth Carolina [27]
4 – Dec. 3 Tyus BattleSyracuse R. J. BarrettDuke [28]
5 – Dec. 10 R. J. BarrettDuke R. J. Barrett (2) – Duke [29]
6 – Dec. 17 Cameron JohnsonNorth Carolina Wynston Tabbs – Boston College [30]
7 – Dec. 23 Markell Johnson – NC State Tre JonesDuke [31]
8 – Dec. 31 Tyus Battle (2) – Syracuse Trey McGowens – Pittsburgh [32]
9 – Jan. 7 Kyle GuyVirginia Zion Williamson (2) – Duke [33]
10 – Jan. 14 Dwayne Sutton – Louisville Trey McGowens (2) – Pittsburgh [34]
11 – Jan. 21 Tyus Battle (3) – Syracuse Zion Williamson (3) – Duke [35]
12 – Jan. 28 Justin Robinson – Virginia Tech Coby White (2) – North Carolina [36]
R. J. Barrett (3) – Duke
13 – Feb. 4 Nickeil Alexander-Walker (2) – Virginia Tech Zion Williamson (4) – Duke [37]
14 – Feb. 11 Luke MayeNorth Carolina Coby White (3) – North Carolina [38]
15 – Feb. 18 Zion Williamson (2) – Duke Zion Williamson (5) – Duke [39]

Records against other conferences[edit]

2018–19 records against non-conference foes through games played on February 2, 2019. Records shown for regular season only.