The crispness of the fall air, the orange hues that overtake the treetops, and the squeak of basketball sneakers in gymnasiums across the country.

 

These are just some of the telltale signs that basketball is back. More importantly, the annual countdown to March Madness can begin anew.

As much fun as Midnight Madness can be, the culmination of a long offseason is the tipoff of a team’s first game. With the start of the 2016-17 season quickly approaching, NCAA.com is cracking the books and breaking things down in each of college basketball’s 32 conferences.

Here’s our look at the ACC.

Recap

The ACC was outstanding in 2015-16, and it figures to be even better this season. Seven schools made the NCAA tournament, two of which (Syracuse and North Carolina) made it to the Final Four. The Tar Heels came within seconds of capturing another national championship under Roy Williams.

The ACC always has depth, and last season was no different. Six teams reached the Sweet 16 a year ago, the most of any conference by a mile. Eight teams finished in the top 40 of KenPom’s final rankings, and the ACC tournament championship game between Virginia and North Carolina didn’t disappoint.