With ACC Operation Basketball fully underway, the Virginia Cavaliers -- ahem, the ACC CHAMPION Virginia Cavaliers -- were picked to finish fourth in the conference by the league's media. Duke was picked as preseason favorites, with 41 first place votes, followed by North Carolina (12), Louisville (3), Virginia (7) and Syracuse (2).
All the way down at the bottom are the Virginia Tech Hokies, picked to finish last.
Junior guard Malcolm Brogdon was also named to the Preseason All-ACC Team, coming in fourth in voting. Also on the team are ACC Preseason Player of the Year Marcus Paige (who missed today's media day because he had an exam because UNC is a SERIOUS ACADEMIC SCHOOL, you guys), Louisville's Montrezl Harris, Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Notre Dame's Jerian Grant.
Brogdon also received one ACC Player of the Year vote, one of only four players to receive votes.
Here are the full poll results:
ACC Operation Basketball 2014-15 Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
Team & Points
1. Duke (41): 935
2. North Carolina (12): 870
3. Louisville (3): 847
4. VIRGINIA: 824 (7)
5. Syracuse: 706 (2)
6. Pitt: 592
7. Notre Dame: 515
8. Florida State: 506
9. NC State: 478
10. Miami: 442
11. Clemson: 330
12. Wake Forest: 221
13. Georgia Tech: 195
14. Boston College: 184
15. Virginia Tech: 155
2014-15 Preseason All-ACC Team
(votes in parenthesis)
Marcus Paige, North Carolina (63)
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (58)
Jahlil Okafor, Duke (57)
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (55)
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (24)
ACC Preseason Player of the Year
Marcus Paige, North Carolina
ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Virginia was also picked to finish fourth last season, and we saw where that led them. In fact Tony Bennett has exceed the media expectations every year thus far during his time at Virginia.
How would your ACC ballots look?