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ACC Coaches Make Preseason Picks

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Yes, this is a first and like most other preseason polls, take it for what it's worth. The ACC coaches have picked NC State to win the ACC Regular Season title followed by Duke in second and UNC third. Here is the full poll.

Team Predictions (first-place votes)
1. NC State (8) 139
2. Duke (3) 130
3. North Carolina (1) 124
4. Miami 104
5. Florida State 103
6. Maryland 78
7. Virginia 68
8. Clemson 61
9. Georgia Tech 40
T10. Virginia Tech 32
T10. Wake Forest 32
12. Boston College 25

There is a good chance the media voting is going to follow suit with at least the top three. After that, the vote totals sort of give you some tiers. Miami and FSU are hugging close to the top three but not quite. After fifth there is a clear gap with Maryland, Virginia and Clemson bunched together. Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Boston College form a nice little group of teams that could be uniformly horrible. Frankly, I think Maryland is close to that second tier that the coaches indicate here but outside of that, this lines up pretty close to the mark.

In addition to picking the standings, the coaches also made All-ACC selections as well as Player and Rookie of the Year honors.

Preseason All-ACC

Lorenzo Brown, Jr., NC State
C.J. Leslie, Jr., NC State
James Michael McAdoo, So., North Carolina
Mason Plumlee, Sr., Duke
Michael Snaer, Sr., Florida State

Preseason ACC Player of the Year

C.J. Leslie, Jr., NC State

Preseason ACC Rookie of the Year

Rodney Purvis, Fr., NC State

Again, no shocks on the All-ACC team though C.J. Leslie was a bit of a surprise mainly because I have not spent that much time thinking about it. If NC State finishes first and Leslie is the best player, then he is going to be well positioned to win the award. Rodney Purvis is in a similar position though the catch is whether he will get enough touches to put up ROY numbers with NCSU returning most of the offense intact.