It's all Duke in ACC preseason poll North Carolina 2nd

Maryland picked 7th

October 29, 1991|By Don Markus

For the first time in recent memory, an Atlantic Coast Conference basketball team has been selected unanimously as a preseason favorite to win the league championship.

For the first time in ACC history, that team isn't North Carolina.

Duke, which won the national championship but not the ACC tournament last season, was the first choice on the ballots of all 46 voters at the ACC's Operation Basketball on Sunday in Atlanta.

The Blue Devils received the maximum 414 points. North Carolina (359) finished second, followed by Wake Forest (305), Georgia Tech (271) Virginia (230), Florida State (173), Maryland (128), North Carolina State (116) and Clemson (54).

It was also announced yesterday that Duke center Christian Laettner was nearly a unanimous choice for ACC Player of the Year, receiving first-place votes on 44 ballots. Walt Williams of Maryland and Bryant Stith of Virginia got the other two votes.

Georgia Tech freshman guard Travis Best was chosen as preseason Rookie of the Year. The preseason all-conference team consisted of Laettner, Stith, Williams, Rodney Rogers of Wake Forest and Bobby Hurley of Duke.

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