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UNC Picked 3rd in Preseason ACC Basketball Poll

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Behold the preseason poll for the ACC 2013-14 basketball season.

Place Team Points
1 Duke(50) 805
2 Syracuse(3) 753
3 North Carolina(1) 668
4 Virginia 612
5 Notre Dame 608
6 Pitt 477
7 Maryland 473
8 Boston College 457
9 Florida State 334
10 NC State 332
11 Georgia Tech 311
12 Miami 224
13 Wake Forest 220
14 Clemson 141
15 Virginia Tech 65

2013-14 Preseason All-ACC Team

C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Joe Harris, Virginia
Rodney Hood, Duke
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Jabari Parker, Duke

ACC Preseason Player of the Year

C.J. Fair, Syracuse

ACC Rookie of the Year

Jabari Parker, Duke

Third place four UNC sounds about right given the new strength of the ACC. No Tar Heels were named to the All-ACC first team which is also not surprising since there is also a greater depth of talent in the league. Also, no one knows what P.J. Hairston's availability will be and voters are tired of waiting for James Michael McAdoo to finally arrive. That probably means he actually will this season.

The inclusion of Duke's Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood are interesting since neither have played a game in the ACC yet. They are both advertised to be very good so that is a pair worth watching to see if they live up to the hype.