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NC State Basketball Team Picked To Win ACC By League's Coaches

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Well tie my up with a wire and send me down from the mezzanine!

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That was a weird headline to write, and obviously not just because this is the first year that there has been an ACC basketball coaches poll. NC State received eight of 12 first-place votes, Duke received three, and UNC received one. Folks joke about coaches voting in polls--and rightfully so--but I'm impressed that they have Miami at No. 4 in this case. If the Hurricanes finish lower than fourth in the ACC this year, I will eat my shorts, and you can hold me to that.

The coaches poll:

1. NC State (8) 139
2. Duke (3) 130
3. North Carolina (1) 124
4. Miami 104
5. Florida State 103
6. Maryland 78
7. Virginia 68
8. Clemson 61
9. Georgia Tech 40
T10. Virginia Tech 32
T10. Wake Forest 32
12. Boston College 25

Both Lorenzo Brown and Calvin Leslie were preseason first-team All-ACC selections, and Leslie was the coaches' preseason player of the year. Rodney Purvis earned preseason rookie of the year honors.