Four ACC Teams Ranked in USA Today’s Preseason Coaches Poll

North Carolina (1), Duke (4), Virginia (6), Notre Dame (18) earn recognition

Greensboro, N.C. ( - North Carolina shares the No. 1 ranking and leads a group of three Atlantic Coast Conference teams among the top six of the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 men’s basketball coaches poll released on Tuesday.

The Tar Heels tied for the top spot with Kentucky and received 12 first-place votes (to the Wildcats’ 11). Defending NCAA champion Duke is ranked fourth, and Virginia is sixth. Defending ACC champion Notre Dame placed 18th in the preseason balloting to give the ACC four ranked teams.

In addition to the four ranked ACC teams, Louisville, NC State, Florida State and Miami also received votes from the coaches. The ACC’s three teams among the top 10 and eight teams receiving votes are tied for the most from any conference