ACC Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll: Terps Picked Sixth

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I'm not sure how insightful or newsworthy the new ACC Coaches Poll is - it's the first time they've done it, but coaches polls are generally inoffensive and boilerplate - but hey, at least it isn't the ACC Media Poll. The former was released earlier this afternoon, and the coaches are projecting Maryland at sixth place in the conference. That's pretty reasonable, given the competition. Full poll below, but as you'd expect the teams kinda pick themselves:

1. NC State (8)
2. Duke (3)
3. North Carolina (1)
4. Miami
5. Florida State
6. Maryland
7. Virginia
8. Clemson
9. Georgia Tech
T10. Virginia Tech
T10. Wake Forest
12. Boston College

There are some clear tiers here, with State, Duke, and UNC running away at the top, then Miami and Florida State sticking out above Maryland by a fair amount, too. Maryland, Virginia, and Clemson are competing for the top three spots, and then there's a pretty big drop-off again.

I'd say all that mirrors reality pretty well. If Dez Wells becomes eligible, I'd expect most people to up their predictions a fair amount - there's a shot they could make a run at fourth with Wells, and I think a fair few coaches would pick a Maryland team with Wells over FSU. But Wells' uncertainty makes it tough on the coaches, and I imagine most aren't expecting him to be eligible. If that's the case, 6th is probably exactly where they belong.

The all-ACC team is as you'd expect, too: C.J. Leslie, Lorenzo Brown, James Michael McAdoo, Michael Snaer, and ... Mason Plumlee. I mean, I know it's the ACC and Duke's gotta have somebody on the list, but man, that seems a stretch. Leslie is the POY - I'd have Brown, personally - and Rodney Purvis is the ROY. Purvis is a safe pick with the hype surrounding him, but there are too many pieces on that team for him to get the numbers he probably needs; Rasheed Sulaimon is probably more likely. (Does Dez Wells count? Because if so he'll run away with it.)

Like I said, inoffensive and boilerplate. Happily, next year there'll be a lot more Maryland on this list.

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