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Duke picked as ACC basketball preseason favorite

Posted October 16, 2013
Updated October 17, 2013

Duke will enter the 2013-14 season as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, according to a vote of media in attendance at the league’s annual “Operation Basketball” Wednesday. 

The Blue Devils, who return starting guards Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon from last season’s 30-6 NCAA Regional finalist, and whose highly-touted group of newcomers includes sophomore transfer Rodney Hood and freshman Jabari Parker, received 50 of 54 first-place votes in a preseason poll of media in attendance at Wednesday’s event.

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ACC newcomer Syracuse (three first-place votes) placed second in the voting, followed by North Carolina (one first-place vote) and Virginia.

Notre Dame placed fifth, followed by Pittsburgh, Maryland and Boston College. Florida State placed ninth, followed by NC State, Georgia Tech, defending ACC champion Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia Tech.

Syracuse senior forward C.J. Fair, who led the Orange in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) last season, received the nod as ACC Preseason Player of the Year. Fair received 17 votes in the Player of the Year balloting, edging Virginia senior Joe Harris (16 votes) by one. Duke’s Parker, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward from Chicago, was the overwhelming choice as ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year on 52 of the 54 ballots cast.

Fair, Harris, Parker, Hood and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant were selected as the Preseason All-ACC Team.

Duke was picked as an ACC preseason favorite for the 14t time in the 45-year history of the poll and for the 13th time under current head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke was last tabbed as the favorite prior to the 2010-11 season, which saw the Blue Devils finish second in the regular-season standings but capture their league-record 19th ACC Tournament title.

With Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse joining the ACC last July 1, the conference now boasts 15 members. In addition to an 18-game regular-season conference schedule, the 61st annual ACC Tournament will consist of 14 games and will be played from Wednesday through Sunday (March 12-16). ACC teams open regular-season play the weekend of Nov. 8. 

ACC Operation Basketball 2013-14 Preseason Poll:

1. Duke (50)
2. Syracuse (3)
3. North Carolina (1)
4. Virginia
5. Notre Dame
6. Pittsburgh
7. Maryland
8. Boston College
9. Florida State
10. NC State
11. Georgia Tech
12. Miami
13. Wake Forest
14. Clemson
15. Virginia Tech

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  • Countrylawyer Oct 19, 2013

    I know Duke is the favorite and I like that. However, I went to Wake Forest and one year I'd like to see them win a few more games.

  • DUKE4EVER Oct 19, 2013

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    WOW Dude!

    REALLY? That's funny.

  • fbguru Oct 18, 2013

    Duke's not scared of PJ..they swept his gangsta last year and will be glad to don bullet-proof vests and do it again this year!

  • fbguru Oct 18, 2013

    rather than flashing his "Gangsta" sign while holding a toy automatic weapon...Let's compare: Duke visiting West Point and being invited to take part in a virtual combat exercise with LASER guns VS PJ getting pulled over in East Durham, in a drug-dealer rented vehicle, with pot, with REAL ammo for a gun that was found thrown out beside the vehicle. Hmmmm....

  • Dudeanonymous Oct 18, 2013

    Its a preseason ranking. Duke deserves that #1 spot considering the roster. They will probably be in the top 3 nationally as well. State deserved that #1 preseason spot last year in the ACC. What counts is the actual season. I believe Duke will prevail in that ranking.

    Note: Watch out for FSU.

  • Hosscat Oct 17, 2013

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    You sound like you are already scared.....BOO!

  • fbguru Oct 17, 2013

    Not sure how Duke is ranked # 1. We will see come March...You're exactly right, you WILL SEE come March!

  • randrmomanddad Oct 17, 2013

    Aren't these the same clowns that picked STATE last year.?

  • LUKECAGE Oct 17, 2013

    WFU and GT will battle for the ACC crown:

    1. Wake Forest
    2. Georgia Tech
    3. Boston College
    4. Pitt
    5. Miami

  • uncpwnsyou Oct 17, 2013

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    LOL...arrogant and over-confident dookies make us grin real big!

    (Of course, what other kind is there?)

    #FlameoutCityHereWeCome

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