ACC Basketball: Chris Mack, Tony Bennett top 2019 COY Award candidates

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The ACC Coach of the Year race has been an interesting one this season. Here’s a look at the Top five candidates across the ACC basketball landscape.

ACC basketball has seen its usual suspects run the top of the conference, but they aren’t the ones garnering the most attention. Leonard Hamilton and the Florida State Seminoles have shown the strength-in-numbers effect works. They’re fourth in the ACC, 12-5 currently in the standings as the final weekend approaches.

First-year head coach Chris Mack has turned heads as well with the Louisville Cardinals in 2018-19. Not to mention, the Cardinals have six recruits in their 2019 class on the way including two four-star prospects that can play.

The ACC is no easy conference to coach in and with a number of decorated head coaches in Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams to name a few, there’s no such thing as an easy win in conference play, that is unless you’re the Virginia Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers have gone 15-2 in conference action entering the final weekend of conference play. They’re coming off a masterful second half performance that saw them throttle the Syracuse Orange on the road 79-53, behind 18-of-25 shooting from 3-point land.

They’re currently in a tie for first place while below them, the Virginia Tech Hokies and Florida State are battling it out for fourth place. Safe to say their coaches are in the conversation, too then. Here’s a look as we rank the top 5 coaches in the running for ACC Coach of the Year award.

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