ACC Leads USA Today Coaches Preseason Top 25

Three teams rank among top 10, led by No. 1 Duke

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – The ACC leads all leagues with three teams in the top 10 of the USA Today Coaches Poll, led by No. 1 Duke.

No. 6 North Carolina and No. 7 Virginia join the Blue Devils in the top 10. Two more teams – No. 14 Louisville and No. 17 Syracuse – are also included, and the league’s five ranked teams tie for the most of any conference.

ACC teams open regular-season play on Friday, November 11. The first conference games of the 2016-17 season are set for December 28, when Wake Forest travels to Florida State, and Virginia visits Louisville.

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will play host to the New York Life ACC Tournament for the first time. The 64th annual event opens with three first-round games on Tuesday, March 7 and culminates with the Saturday night championship game on March 11.

The ACC’s current 15 member schools have captured seven of the last 16 NCAA Championships and 16 overall, while combining for 62 Final Four appearances and a national-best 601 NCAA Tournament wins. ACC teams have combined to win an NCAA-record 36 NCAA Tournament games over the past two seasons, including a 32-8 mark versus teams from outside the conference.

Additionally, three of the top five, four of the top 10 and six of the top 25 winningest programs in NCAA Division I basketball history reside in the ACC.

Four of the six active Division I coaches that have been selected for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will again compete in the ACC this season - Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.