There are in-depth overview stories by team beat writers on each squad and spotlight players, team-by-team analysis by Mike Gminski, lots of stats, insider quotes, a composite schedule, opponent previews, national Top 25, recruiting profiles by Dave Telep and a number of lengthy features about various conference topics, including a story on the Tar Heels' championship run. And this year -- for the first time -- features four different regional covers!
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Here's an excerpt from the ACC Handbook's team overview story on North Carolina ...
Noel, for one, thinks North Carolina will surprise anyone who counts his team out. He says the Tar Heels will be ready come November when they put an 18-game Smith Center winning streak on the line.
"There's no doubt in my mind," Noel said when asked if the Tar Heels would return to the NCAA Tournament. "This team is going to shock a lot of people. I know everybody's writing us out, and I don't blame them. We lost 93 percent of our scoring. It's going to be a new-look team. You're not going to see some of the familiar faces. But we're going to rely on each other just like we have in the past."
UNC must play its freshmen; it really has no choice with its top seven scorers departed. Noel is the top returning scorer at a measley 3.9 points a game, and Quentin Thomas, the apparent starting point guard, had more turnovers (48) than assists (47) his rookie season.
Despite the uncertainty, despite a schedule that includes two games each against Duke and N.C. State and non-conference tilts against Kentucky, Illinois and Arizona, Roy Williams is vowing to stick with his style.
"Coach (Dean) Smith told me many, many years ago that I took the losses so hard as an assistant," Williams said, "but they [would be] a lot tougher as the head coach. He was right. But I'm not going to change and [have the team] start walking up the court playing 30-point games to win this year. I'm in this for the long haul. I'm trying to build for the long term. That will be the biggest challenge for me, understanding we might take more lumps right now, but understanding it's going to be something that's going to help us in the long term."