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Ranking and previewing the season’s top 10 ACC conference games

Deja Kelly aims to bring her explosive play back in 2022-2023. North Carolina Athletics photo.
Elizabeth Kitley is gearing for a big senior year. Virginia Tech Athletics photo.

After a high-achieving season last year, and after numerous transfers over the spring and summer, 2022-2023 is poised to be a very interesting ACC season, indeed.

Last year eight teams made it to the NCAA Tournament, with four advancing to the Sweet 16 round, two to the Elite 8, and Louisville ascending to the Final Four.

Many of the same teams are expected to run it back this season, as five teams were named to the preseason AP Top 25. We will take a look at what I believe will be the top matchups between ACC teams to watch this season.

  1. Miami vs. Florida State

When: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, 12 p.m. ET

Where: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla

How to watch: ACCNX

The team from Florida’s capital plays the team from Florida’s most popular city.

  1. Boston College vs. Miami

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, 6 p.m. ET

Where: Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Fla.

How to watch: RSN

The ACC’s fourth-ranked offense takes on the ACC’s fourth-ranked defense.

  1. Georgia Tech vs. Florida State

When: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, 2 p.m. ET

Where: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla.

How to watch: ACCN

The Seminoles and the Yellow Jackets were involved in an epic game in Jan. 2022, where the latter won in a nail-biter over the former. The Yellow Jackets lost top defensive player Lorela Cubaj, so they must figure out how to compensate for her absence.

  1. Georgia Tech vs. Boston College

When: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA

How to watch: RSN

Cameron Swartz transferred from Boston College to Georgia Tech, as she is a native of Marietta, Georgia. This will mark her big return to the New England region after her transfer.

  1. Deja Kelly aims to bring her explosive play back in 2022-2023. North Carolina Athletics photo.

    Duke vs. No. 12 North Carolina

When: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, 8 p.m. ET

Where: Carmichael Arena, Chapel Hill, NC

How to watch: ACCN

The ultimate basketball rivalry comes to light, as the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels face off.

  1. Florida State vs. No. 9 Notre Dame

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, 8 p.m. ET

Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, IN

How to watch: RSN

The Seminoles and the Fighting Irish face off in a matchup of two dark-horse contenders. These are both two good two-way teams with players like Olivia Miles, Maya Dodson, Morgan Jones and River Baldwin.

  1. No. 9 Notre Dame vs. No. 13 Virginia Tech

When: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, 4 p.m. ET

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA

How to watch: ACCN

One of the nation’s top centers and reigning ACC Player of the Year, Elizabeth Kitley, will play against one of the nation’s top offenses. Transfer Ashley Owusu will be joining her for an inside-out game.

  1. Hailey Van Lith’s passion and versatility makes her a threat for Louisville. Kirby Lee photo.

    No. 12 North Carolina vs. No. 7 Louisville

When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, 12 p.m. ET

Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY

How to watch: ESPN2

Two teams that fell to the reigning national champion, South Carolina Gamecocks, go head-to-head.

  1. No. 12 North Carolina vs. No. 10 NC State

When: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, 8 p.m. ET

Where: James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, N.C.

How to watch: ACCN

This in-state matchup will feature a face off between two of the best guards in the game, in Deja Kelly and Diamond Johnson. That alone will make this a game of fireworks between two top-three offenses in the ACC.

  1. No. 10 NC State vs. No. 7 Louisville

When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, 1 p.m. ET

Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY

How to watch: ABC

Top 2023 WNBA draft prospect, Hailey Van Lith, takes on the Wolfpack in a game that definitely promises to be a showcase of talent.

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