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The ACC Now Podcast offers an inside look at the best college basketball conference in the land, with the help of the best reporters in the business.








Episode 21: Roy Williams' legacy + ACC lookahead with Joe Giglio

News & Observer sportswriter Joe Giglio joins host Brian Murphy to discuss North Carolina's national title victory and what it means for coach Roy Williams' legacy (2:30). We also take an early look at the ACC in 2017-18 (7:40). Also Duke (10:15), N.C. State (12:00), junior and seniors value/Notre Dame (15:00), Virginia, Florida State and Georgia Tech (17:00), Virginia Tech and Wake Forest (20:30), Miami and Louisville (22:15), Pitt, Syracuse and Boston College (25:00).

Duration: 00:30:56

Episode 20: Final Four full-court press

David Cloninger of The State in Columbia, S.C., Luke DeCock of The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer and Boise State head coach Leon Rice, a former assistant at Gonzaga and Oregon, join host Brian Murphy to break down the Final Four. Cloninger: South Carolina (1:30), Frank Martin (6:30), Sindarius Thornwell (9:30), Final Four look ahead (13:00), X-factor (15:00); DeCock: North Carolina-Kentucky (16:00), Oregon preview (19:45), X-factors (22:10); Rice: Gonzaga (26:30), scouting report...

Duration: 00:40:18

Episode 19: ACC carnage + UNC is last man standing with Andrew Carter

The ACC nearly got wiped out in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. We assess the damage done to the ACC and its reputation and North Carolina's chances to move on. Duke's demise (1:45), fair to judge the ACC on one weekend in March (8:15), Greenville, S.C. hosting (12:15), North Carolina vs. Arkansas (16:10), Nate Britt (20:10), North Carolina's path forward (23:10) and tourney favorite (27:30)

Duration: 00:28:49

Episode 18: March Madness bracket preview spectacular, with Joe Giglio

Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer joins host Brian Murphy to go inside the Cinderellas, upset specials, quadrants to watch and Final Four frontrunners—including Giglio's pick for a championship game matchup to end all championship game matchups—with the only Big Dance bracket preview you need.

Duration: 00:30:09

Episode 17: Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel on bracket watch, ACC Tournament

FOXSports.com senior college sports columnist Stewart Mandel joins host Brian Murphy to preview the upcoming ACC Tournament in Brooklyn — and offer a larger NCAA Tournament Bracket Watch in advance of Selection Sunday. Bid stealers (4:00), mid-majors vs. high-majors (5:45), Clemson (9:45), Georgia Tech (10:45), Wake Forest (12:07), Syracuse (13:20), brand bias (15:20), Miami (16:20), Virginia (17:20), Duke (18:00), Louisville and No. 1 seeds and North Carolina (20:00),Notre Dame and...

Duration: 00:33:04

Episode 16: Eric Montross on Duke-UNC and best rivalry in basketball

North Carolina legend and 1993 national championship winner Eric Montross joins host Brian Murphy to reflect on the historic rivalry between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils, and to preview the next installment Saturday. Virginia (2:15), Duke (4:45), comparisons between 1994 UNC team and Duke (6:30), national title team (8:30), Duke-UNC rivalry (10:00), #trypod (15:00), North Carolina's best players (16:00), foul trouble (19:15), NCAA title contenders (22:15), Roy Williams/Dean Smith (24:30),...

Duration: 00:31:27

Episode 15: How good is N.C. State's coaching job, with Luke DeCock

The Raleigh News & Observer's sports columnist Luke DeCock joins host Brian Murphy to look at the firing that's generated plenty of debate as well as Virginia struggles (3:00), Wake Forest's talent (5:00), Georgia Tech's NCAA Tournament hopes (7:30), Duke's reversal of fortune (8:15), North Carolina's ceiling (11:40) and N.C. State (15:20). Who's next for the Wolfpack (23:00) and North Carolina's HB2 (27:45). Plus who would Luke rather room with on the road?

Duration: 00:30:55

Episode 14: Virginia's high expectations and Virginia Tech's road to NCAA tourney, with David Teel

David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press joins host Brian Murphy to look at Virginia's excellence under Tony Bennett (20:00) and Virginia Tech's seemingly permanent home on the NCAA tournament bubble (16:00). Also discussed: quality of ACC (4:00), NCAA bubble (5:30), Duke (9:45), N.C. State (12:00), Injuries (14:00) and moving the ACC Tournament (27:30). Plus an end-of-pod bonus (30:45).

Duration: 00:31:14

Episode 13: Duke vs. North Carolina with ESPN's Jay Bilas, Andrew Carter and Steve Wiseman

ESPN college basketball guru Jay Bilas joins host Brian Murphy for a look at what we've learned so far this season. Then, Andrew Carter of the Raleigh News & Observer goes inside North Carolina's camp to preview its clash wth Duke; and Steve Wiseman of the Durham Herald-Sun takes us behind the scenes with the Blue Devils.

Duration: 00:50:04

Episode 12: Miami's tourney hopes and culture shift in south Florida, with Michelle Kaufman, Feb. 3

The Miami Herald's Michelle Kaufman joins host Brian Murphy to discuss the inconsistent Miami basketball season and what it will take for the Hurricanes to make a run at the NCAA Tournament. Pick to win the league (1:30), depth of ACC (5:00), Duke (7:30), Coach of the Year (8:45), Miami's inconsistency (15:15), Miami's tournament hopes (20:00), future of Miami basketball (22:30), Super Bowl pick (27:00), Michelle's meatball recipe (28:35).

Duration: 00:29:29

Episode 11: N.C. State's road to the postseason and chaos in Durham with Joe Giglio, Jan. 26

Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer joins host Brian Murphy to breakdown the state of the conference race, N.C. State's shot at a tourney bid and what to make of the Blue Devils' mess. Joe's predictions (1:30), ACC favorite/UNC (5:00), Virginia (7:30), Louisville (9:10), Georgia Tech (11:25), Wake Forest (13:15), Duke (15:00), N.C. State (19:00), ACC player of the year (29:30), BBQ bonus (31:45)

Duration: 00:32:35

Episode 9: Interesting times at Duke, and the mental fog in Chapel Hill, with Andrew Carter, Jan. 5

Andrew Carter, UNC beat writer for The (Raleigh) News & Observer joins host Brian Murphy to talk about Capel and Coach K at Duke (15:30), Grayson Allen's role (21:00), Roy Williams keeping his Tar Heels motivated (22:00), N.C. State vs. UNC (26:25) and the epic strength of the ACC this season (29:00). Also: Florida State (3:00), Louisville (5:00), Syracuse (6:30), Virginia Tech (8:45), Notre Dame (11:15), Pittsburgh (14:20).

Duration: 00:32:44

Episode 8: Classic calls, Woody Durham and growing up in the ACC with Wes Durham, Dec. 21

Former voice of Georgia Tech, current radio voice of the Atlanta Falcons, and friend of the show Wes Durham joins Brian Murphy to talk classic calls, and growing up the son of Tar Heels icon Woody Durham. Best football players he's worked with (2:45), Duke's potential (6:00), building a program (10:00), early season ACC basketball thoughts (12:50), life of a broadcaster (15:30), growing up in ACC country (20:40), listening to Woody Durham call UNC games (23:15), the 2016 NCAA title game...

Duration: 00:36:24

Episode 7: Rebuilding at Georgia Tech, with head coach Josh Pastner, Dec. 16

Georgia Tech men's basketball head coach Josh Pastner joins Brian Murphy to talk about lessons from Memphis, recruiting in Atlanta, and rebuilding the Ramblin' Wreck.

Duration: 00:23:29

Episode 6: Special ACC bowl game preview with Joe Giglio, Dec. 13

In this special football-focused episode, the Raleigh News & Observer's Joe Giglio joins host Brian Murphy to look at all 11 upcoming bowl games featuring ACC teams.

Duration: 00:24:39

Episode 5: Unlikely stars around the ACC and NC State's bumpy start with Joe Giglio, Dec. 8

Joe Giglio of the News & Observer joins the podcast to discuss Notre Dame's undefeated start, concerns about Syracuse, a big injury at North Carolina, a new star at Wake Forest, the hot start of Luke Kennard and Amile Jefferson at Duke and a deep look at N.C. State. Plus, a chat about the best player in the ACC this season.

Duration: 00:20:19

Episode 4: Duke's injuries, early success and ACC-Big Ten Challenge with Jessika Morgan, Dec. 2

Jessika Morgan, Duke beat writer for the News & Observer, joins host Brian Murphy to recap the Blue Devils' injury plagued start to the season, the ACC's victory in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and how Duke intends to work its talented, but injured freshmen into the rotation.

Duration: 00:23:35

Episode 3: HB2, Boston College, and other ACC issues with Luke DeCock, Nov. 22

The Raleigh News & Observer's Luke DeCock joins host Brian Murphy to look at the ACC's response to the "bathroom bill" in North Carolina, the conference's Boston College problem and much more.

Duration: 00:35:24

Episode 2: North Carolina's hot start with Andrew Carter, Nov. 17

Andrew Carter, UNC beat writer at The Raleigh News & Observer, joins host Brian Murphy to look at the Tar Heels' rising stars, the season ahead and UNC's prospects for the upcoming Maui Invitational.

Duration: 00:33:09

Episode 1: Season preview with Joe Giglio, Nov. 9

Host Brian Murphy welcomes Raleigh News & Observer reporter Joe Giglio to look at championship contenders, surprising potential coaching changes, and other epic storylines to watch this season in basketball's best conference.

Duration: 00:32:26