banner
Duke

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.

Brice Johnson Fialko: Local teams picked to finish strong in ACC

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

45 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Countrylawyer Oct 19, 9:32 a.m.

    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, 6:14 a.m.

    lol duke is always picked to win the acc regular season but what usually happens when that... View More

    — Posted by fouroaksboys

    WOW Dude!

    REALLY? That's funny.

  • fbguru Oct 18, 2:55 p.m.

    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, 2:52 p.m.

    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, 8:36 a.m.

    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, 11:02 p.m.

    That should make all the New Jersey transplant bandwagon fans happy.

    — Posted by readme

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

  • fbguru Oct 17, 5:10 p.m.

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

  • randrmomanddad Oct 17, 8:17 a.m.

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

  • LUKECAGE Oct 17, 7:54 a.m.

    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, 7:50 a.m.

    Sounds about right except for the delusional UNC beat-writer that picked UNC at #1 LOL...

    Parker... View More

    — Posted by BlueDevils00

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

    (Of course, what other kind is there?)

    #FlameoutCityHereWeCome

More...

 

 

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MEM 107
LAC 91
Final
BOS 88
POR 94
Final
OKC 86
GSW 91
 
1st
LAL 9
DEN 6
 
Final
GMAS 60
COC 61
Final
FSU 69
UMASS 75
Final
SHSU 53
WOFF 64
Final
UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
Final
CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
Final
ILLCH 60
SILL 67
Final
MORE 46
AMER 51
Final
CORN 59
DREX 61
Final
CCST 60
COOK 65
Final
ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
Final
LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
Final
USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
Final
NMU 51
TEXAM 64
Final
STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
Final
FAIR 80
SD 72
Final
EMICH 79
LONG 48
Final
ND 74
PROV 75
Final
RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
Final
DEN 80
COPST 54
 
Final
UAB 58
JST 50
 
Final
WICHS 105
NWM 57
Final
OKLA 90
NWST 68
Final
KSU 59
YALE 66
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
Final
PSU 63
USC 61
Final
HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
Final
BC 53
DAY 65
Final
MON 75
TOWS 79
Final
HOF 93
WAGN 71
 
Final
CIN 54
EILL 49
Final
UGA 74
FATL 61
Final
BRAD 58
NCAT 50
 
Final
LATU 76
PBY 48
Final
RUTG 76
Terriers 73
 
Final
SAMF 64
UMKC 55
Final
NAVY 70
BING 68
Final
SHU 85
GWEBB 67
Final
UNT 58
IONA 78
Final
KENT 86
MNTST 28
Final
FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
Final
UCF 76
USCU 69
 
Final
SCAR 63
AKR 68
 
Final
WVU 78
UCONN 68
 
Final
CALST 70
DEL 52
 
Final
HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
Final
OSU 106
SHU 48
Final
VANDY 78
TENST 46
2nd
NE 65
MAN 51
 
2nd
COLST 70
MERC 58
 
2nd
MISS 65
NARZ 51
 
2nd
WASH 62
PAC 53
 
Final
LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
1st
CHAR 28
MIAMI 30
 
1st
GAELS 27
UCI 26
 
1st
ILLST 22
ODU 8
 
10:00pm Tonight
UCLA
LBSU
10:30pm Tonight
SEAT
MONT
 
Final
WIN 2
STL 4
Final
NYR 5
MON 0
 
2nd Intermission
ANA 2
ARI 0
 
1st
VAN 0
CHI 0
 
Final
HOU 13
CIN 22
Final
ATL 24
CLE 26
Final
NEP 34
DET 9
Final
MIN 21
GBP 24
Final
IND 23
JAC 3
Final
CHI 21
TAM 13
Final
PHI 43
TEN 24
Final
SEA 19
ARI 3
Final
SDC 27
STL 24
Final
DEN 39
MIA 36
Final
SFX 17
WAS 13
2nd
NYG 21
DAL 10