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ACC Basketball Preseason Media Poll: Duke leads the way, while Virginia is picked sixth

For the first time since 2012, the Cavaliers fall outside the top four.

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ACC basketball media days have come and gone — the local media have spoken, and your Virginia Cavaliers have been picked to finish sixth in the conference. Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Miami sit atop the standings, each receiving at least one first-place vote.

With concerns over how London Perrantes will be replaced at point guard and where this year’s offense will come from, Virginia falls outside the preseason Top 4 for the first time since the 2012-2013 season, when they were tabbed seventh. The Hoos would go on to finish fourth that season, losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in an unspeakable game against Florida.

Virginia had no representatives on either the first or second Preseason All-ACC teams, and one lone voter had De’Andre Hunter for Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Here’s how the full rankings played out, plus each all-conference team:

ACC Operation Basketball 2017-18 Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
Team & Points
1. Duke (57) - 1020
2. North Carolina (7) - 921
3. Notre Dame (4) - 852
4. Miami (1) - 809
5. Louisville - 733
6. VIRGINIA - 690
7. Virginia Tech - 549
8. Florida State – 519
9. Georgia Tech - 468
10. Syracuse - 420
11. Wake Forest - 378
12. NC State - 310
13. Clemson - 289
14. Boston College - 181
15. Pittsburgh – 141

2017-18 Preseason All-ACC Team
(votes in parenthesis)
First Team
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame (64)
Grayson Allen, Duke (60)
Joel Berry II, North Carolina (58)
Marvin Bagley III, Duke (26)
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech (25)

Second Team
Bruce Brown Jr., Miami (22)
Quentin Snider, Louisville (12)
Deng Adel, Louisville (12)
Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech (11)
Jerome Robinson, Boston College (11)

ACC Preseason Player of the Year
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame (49)
Grayson Allen, Duke (9)
Joel Berry II, North Carolina (9)
Bruce Brown Jr., Miami (1)
Jerome Robinson, Boston College (1)

ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year
Marvin Bagley III, Duke (58)
Lonnie Walker IV, Miami (3)
Lavar Batts Jr., NC State (2)
M.J. Walker, Florida State (2)
Jalek Felton, North Carolina (1)
Aamir Simms, Clemson (1)
Oshae Brissett, Syracuse (1)
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia (1)