Defending Champ Duke Runaway ACC Favorite of Media at Operation Basketball #ACCopbk

Oct. 20, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Defending national champion Duke is a nearly unanimous preseason choice to win the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Blue Devils earned 61 of a possible 62 first-place votes in ballots cast by media members at the league's Operation Basketball preseason media event Wednesday. Senior Kyle Singler - the most outstanding player at last year's Final Four - was the preseason player of the year.

Virginia Tech, led by all-ACC pick Malcolm Delaney, was picked second. North Carolina was voted third following last year's struggles, and had the league's predicted rookie of the year in freshman Harrison Barnes.

North Carolina State was picked fourth, followed by Florida State, Maryland, Clemson, Miami, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Virginia and Wake Forest.

2010-11 ACC Basketball Predicted Order of Finish
1 Duke (61) 743
2 Virginia Tech 632
3 North Carolina (1) 622
4 NC State 526
5 Florida State 496
6 Maryland 432
7 Clemson 335
8 Miami 305
9 Georgia Tech 274
10 Boston College 173
11 Virginia 164
12 Wake Forest 134

2010-11 ACC Preseason All-Conference Team
Kyle Singler, Duke, 62 (unanimous)
Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech, 61
Nolan Smith, Duke, 55
Tracy Smith, NC State, 45
Chris Singleton, Florida State, 29

2010-11 ACC Preseason Player of the Year
Kyle Singler, Duke (38 of 62 votes)

2010-11 ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year
Harison Barnes, North Carolina (46 of 62 ballots)