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UNC Picked 3rd in ACC, McAdoo First Team All-ACC

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The ACC media preseason poll is out. To no one's surprise, NC State was picked first followed by Duke and UNC third. It was the first time since 1975 NC State has been picked to win the league.

ACC Preseason Poll(first place votes)

1. NC State(26)
2. Duke(21)
3. North Carolina
4. Florida State(6)
5. Miami
6. Maryland
7. Virginia
8. Clemson
9. Georgia Tech
10. Virginia Tech
11. Wake Forest
12. Boston College

UNC was picked third despite not receiving any first place votes. Florida State in fourth received six. Given the personnel on the top five teams in the league a straight dogfight would not be shocking.

The preseason All-ACC teams was also what most expected with two Wolfpack players getting the nod and one each from UNC, Duke and FSU

All-ACC(votes in parenthesis)

C.J. Leslie, NC State(50)
Michael Snaer, FSU(50)
James Michael McAdoo, UNC (41)
Lorenzo Brown, NC State(40)
Mason Plumlee, Duke(39)

C.J. Leslie got the nod for preseason ACC Player of the Year and NC State's Rodney Purvis was tapped as Rookie of the Year.

Speaking for myself, I think Lorenzo Brown is being sold short. If NC State is going to finish first in the league then I would expect Brown to put up something long the lines of 16 ppg and 6 apg. That is what Ty Lawson did when he was named ACC POY in 2009. Also, college basketball is a point guard's game and while Leslie is talented I think Brown might be the better all-around player on the Wolfpack roster.

As for UNC, McAdoo is an All-ACC talent and needs to build on his performance at the end of last season and go beyond it. UNC's success is going to depend on how McAdoo and Reggie Bullock play. If they put up solid numbers consistently and get plenty of help from the rest of the cast, UNC can meet or exceed expectations.

For the record, the last time UNC did not receive a first place vote in the ACC preseason poll was 2006.