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STL's 2013 ACC Preseason Rankings: Cavaliers Ranked Higher than in ACC Media Poll

The picks for first and last in the conference were unanimous among Streaking The Lawn staff writers, but things get a little dicey in the middle.


So if you've been following along all day, you have a general sense of what the Streaking The Lawn staff thinks about most of the ACC teams this season. But when push comes to shove, who do we think will walk away with the conference crown, and who will be sulking in the cellar?

STL writers are pretty sure of just a couple of things this season: Duke reigns supreme in the ACC, and Virginia Tech will find reeling from the pain of the season. How does the rest of the field play out? Here we go (First Place: 1 point, Second: 2 points, etc. The fewer the points, the better):

1. Duke Blue Devils (7). "Duke is kind of a young team, and maybe overrated. But they are too talented to fall far." --TIki

2. Syracuse Orange (19). "C.J. Fair. The kid edged out Joey Buckets by one vote for pre-season ACC Player of the Year, and Boeheim always fields a tough squad." --Caroline

3. Virginia Cavaliers (21). "I don't want to say that we're full of a bunch of homers around here, but maybe we are. This might be an ambitious finish, but then again, have you seen the talent level on this team?" --Leung

4. North Carolina Tar Heels (23). "The good news for Carolina is that they'll have PJ Hairston, whom Roy Williams would ensure started for UNC regardless of what legal trouble he gets into, since the whole program has no moral compass. The bad news is that...they probably still lack the offensive firepower to perfectly implement William's offensive system. A team built around mediocre James Michael McAdoo just won't be good enough to compete for an ACC title." --Schwartz

5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (37). "Almost picked Notre Dame in front of UNC. The Irish will be one of the most experienced teams in the conference this year, and experience = wins. The player to watch is DeMatha product and ACC First Team pick Jerian Grant. He wasn't the most efficient shooter last season, and will have to improve that to get to that level this season." --Schwartz

6. Pittsburgh Panthers (42). "Pitt's going to be pretty good this year, and will probably be ranked in the Top 25, but the ACC is so deep it's not even funny." --Leung

7. Maryland Terrapins (50). "Maryland has some real potential. I haven't paid much attention as I've basically sent them to the B1G already. Looking forward to shipping them outta town with a loss." --Caroline

8. Boston College Eagles (57). "The past 2 seasons, BC has ranked as one of the youngest teams in the nation, in terms of experience as calculated by KenPom. This is tough to imagine, and I'm expecting a breakout season by the Eagles this year behind Oliver Hanlan, who gave the Wahoos fits last year, and Ryan Anderson." --Schwartz

9. Florida St. Seminoles (66). "Michael Snaer won't be there this season to win all of FSU's games single-handedly. And...they don't have much to replace him. But I'm moving the Noles above the fray at the bottom because I am thinking Leonard Hamilton continues to find ways to win, with or without Snaer." --Schwartz

10. N.C. State Wolfpack (72). "State lost just about everyone to graduation and transfers. Frankly, I think even at 10, we may be overrating the Pack," --Leung

11. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (76). "The Yellow Jackets are another team due for an upward movement in the ACC. Their defense was already one of the better ones in the conference, and they return all of their most important offensive contributors. Don't sleep on them this year." --Schwartz

12. Miami Hurricanes (80). "Losing Shane Larkin hurts the Canes a lot. Last year's dream run is not repeatable with all of the players they lost to graduation/draft." --Caroline

13. Clemson Tigers (91). "Another mystery. The 9-14 spots could all be interchangeable as far as I'm concerned." --Caroline

14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (94). "Speaking of poor coaches, I didn't want to move Wake above Miami and NCSU as long as Jeff Bzdelik is running things...but they have some potential with a core of talented but raw young players and dangerous Travis McKie back as a senior." --Schwartz

15. Virginia Tech Hokies (105). "The Hokies should be hysterically bad, and it will be lots of fun to watch. Though some imagine that the graduation of Erick Green may be "addition by subtraction"...I disagree. It's just subtraction. Jarrell Eddie is a nice player, but the rest of the team and coaching staff will be largely overmatched this season." --Schwartz

"Yikes. It could be a rough season for the Hokies. I'm okay with that." --Caroline

"LOL" --Leung

What do you think about these? Agree, disagree? Is there any way Virginia finishes any higher?