Charlotte, NC (AP) - Defending national champion Duke is a
nearly unanimous preseason choice to win the Atlantic Coast
The Blue Devils earned 61 of a possible 62 first-place votes in
ballots cast by media members at the league's Operation Basketball
preseason media event Wednesday. Senior Kyle Singler -- the most
outstanding player at last year's Final Four -- was the preseason
player of the year.
Virginia Tech, led by all-ACC pick Malcolm Delaney, was picked
second. North Carolina was voted third following last year's
struggles, and had the league's predicted rookie of the year in
freshman Harrison Barnes.
North Carolina State was picked fourth, followed by Florida
State, Maryland, Clemson, Miami, Georgia Tech, Boston College,
Virginia and Wake Forest.
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