Gold: Preseason polls stink, but here is mine
Posted October 17, 2012
Updated October 18, 2012
The coaches decided that the media was having too much fun predicting the upcoming conference standings every year, so they decided that they would chime in and set the record straight. I mean, who knows basketball more, the coaches or the overweight sports media who's really just in it for the free pre-game meal?
But wait, the coaches and the media essentially had identical ballots! If they know what they're talking about, then the media must as well. Well, maybe some of the media, anyway. As you might have expected, I have a few differences of opinion both in the predicted order of finish and the all-conference picks. So....
Here's my pre-season ACC predictions. Use as directed, please take with a grain of salt, some restrictions apply...
1-Duke...I flipped a coin and it came up looking like a former Army Captain from Chicago.
2-N.C. State...I think they've got the best player in the league in PG Lorenzo Brown.
3-North Carolina...Yes, they've got a lot of new faces, but they've got a lot of really good players as well.
4-Miami...Barry Larkin was elected to the Hall of Fame. His son Shane is going to have a big year in Miami.
5-Maryland...I think they're over the sabotage of the previous regime.
6-Florida State...At some point, the Seminoles are going to lose Jimbo Fisher to a football school.
7-Virginia...This will be a tough team to play against if for no other reason than they could put you to sleep.
8-Clemson...This is the 7th straight season the Tigers will feature a Booker. What will they do next year?
9-Wake Forest...I'm not sure it matters as we delve this deep into the abyss, so don't hold me to any of these.
10-Virginia Tech...bet you can't name their head coach.
11-Georgia Tech...30 years ago Mark Price was a freshman. Seems like a 130 years ago these days.
12-Boston College...Wonder if Doug Flutie will play the drums during their home ACC games.
Pre-season all-conference teams (and unlike the league, I'll give you the full three-team treatment).
Lorenzo Brown, NC State; Calvin Leslie, NC State; Reggie Bullock, UNC; James Michael McAdoo, UNC: Michael Snaer, FSU
Kenny Kadji, Miami; Ryan Kelly, Duke; Erick Green, VT, Seth Curry, Duke; Shane Larkin, Miami
Mason Plumlee, Duke; Alex Len, Maryland; Reggie Johnson, Miami; Scott Wood, NC State; Joe Harris, UVA
Player of the Year: Lorenzo Brown, NC State
Rookie of the Year: Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke