College Basketball: ACC Tournament: Mitch Kupchak shoots over the outstretched hand of Len Elmore during a 1974 ACC Tournament game between North Carolina and Maryland. (John D. Hanlon/SI)
POWER RANKINGS: Did Maryland or North Carolina make this week’s list?
NC State coach Jim Valvano poses in 1983, weeks after leading the underdog Wolfpack to a national championship. SI’s Andy Glockner, has ranked NC State No. 1 in his preseason ACC Power Rankings. (Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)
North Carolina guard Vince Carter drives strong to the hoop during a Feb. 1998 game against Georgia Tech. Four months later, Carter would be seelcted fifth overall in the 1998 draft by Golden State, who quickly traded him to Toronto for fourth overall pick Antawn Jamison. Another Tar Heel, John Henson, is trying to prove to NBA teams he’s worth a lottery pick, says SI’s Sam Amick, but his lack of body strength has been scaring some teams away. (Bob Rosato/SI)
North Carolina linebacker Lawrence Taylor rushes the quarterback during a 1978 game against Maryland. The Tar Heels were punished by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions Monday and received a one-year postseason ban and will eliminate 15 scholarships over the next three years. (Getty Images)
North Carolina’s John Henson jumps over Duke’s Miles Plumlee during Saturday’s game. The Tar Heels dominated from start to finish, defeating the Blue Devils 88-70. (AP)
North Carolina’s Brad Daugherty and Duke’s Jay Bilas tip off a 1985 game between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. (Jerry Wachter/SI)
North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano poses with members of the school’s marching band during a Nov. 1983 photo shoot. The Wolf Pack, who won the national title earlier that year, are currently among teams who need a strong finish to the season to make the NCAA Tournament, says SI’s Andy Glockner. (Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
As SI’s Luke Winn points out in his latest Power rankings, Tyler Zeller has been a rebounding machine this season. The senior pulled down 20 boards against Wake Forest on Tuesday and is averaging 15 points and 9.7 rebounds per game so far this season.
North Carolina’s Michael Jordan squares up on defense against Maryland’s Len Bias during a 1984 game between the Tar Heels and Terrapins. Who will be the top dog in the ACC this year? Check out SI.com’s preview below. (Manny Millan/SI)
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