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Tar Heels 2nd In ACC Preseason Poll
Release: 10/26/2016

CHARLOTTE--Defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion North Carolina was picked to finish second behind favorite Duke in the 2016-17 preseason ACC poll, according to a vote of media in conjunction with the league’s annual Operation Basketball.

Duke received 85 of 91 first-place votes on Wednesday. The Tar Heels (six first-place votes) finished second in the voting, followed by Virginia, Louisville and Syracuse. Each of those teams has joined Duke in virtually every preseason Top 25 national ranking.

ACC preseason voters selected NC State sixth, followed by Notre Dame, Florida State and Miami. Virginia Tech was picked 10th, while Clemson, Pitt, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Boston College rounded out the voting.

Duke's Grayson Allen is the preseason ACC Player of the Year and NC State’s Dennis Smith, Jr. took the nod as the Preseason Rookie of the Year. 

Carolina's Joel Berry II joined Allen, Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame, Virginia’s London Perrantes and NC State’s Smith on the Preseason All-ACC First Team.

The Preseason All-ACC Second Team consists of Carolina’s Justin Jackson, Duke’s Jayson Tatum, Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon, Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon and Pitt’s Michael Young.

The regular season begins for all 15 ACC teams the weekend of November 11. In addition to an 18-game regular-season conference schedule, the 64th annual ACC Tournament will be played for the first time at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N,Y., tipping off with first round games on Tuesday, March 7, and concluding with the Saturday night championship game on March 11,


ACC Operation Basketball 2016-17 Preseason Poll(First-place votes in parenthesis)

Team & Points

1. Duke (85) - 1359

2. North Carolina (6) - 1239

3. Virginia - 1125

4. Louisville - 1034

5. Syracuse - 905

6. NC State - 772

7. Notre Dame - 716

8. Florida State - 705

9. Miami - 650

10. Virginia Tech - 645

11. Clemson - 623

12. Pitt - 511

13. Wake Forest - 309

14. Georgia Tech - 199

15. Boston College – 128


2016-17 Preseason All-ACC Team(votes in parenthesis)

First Team

Grayson Allen, Duke (87)

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson (70)

Joel Berry II, North Carolina (45)

London Perrantes, Virginia (36)

Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (34)


Second Team

Justin Jackson, North Carolina (22)

Jayson Tatum, Duke (21)

Tyler Lydon, Syracuse (20)

Dwayne Bacon, Florida State (16)

Michael Young, Pitt (14)


ACC Preseason Player of the Year

Grayson Allen, Duke (70)

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson (7)

London Perrantes, Virginia (5)

Joel Berry II, North Carolina (5)

Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (2)

Andrew White, Syracuse (1)

Davon Reed, Miami (1)


ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year

Dennis Smith, Jr., NC State (51)

Jayson Tatum, Duke (20)

Harry Giles, Duke (10)

Tyus Battle, Syracuse (5)

VJ King, Louisville (2)

Jonathan Isaac, Florida State (2)

Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech (1)

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