Preseason Predictions Revealed

By - October 22, 2006

Attending members of the media voted for preseason predictions earlier in the afternoon. The results have since been tabulated and distributed around the workroom. Here's what were looking at:

North Carolina was a comfortable favorite to win the conference, collecting 59 of the 62 first-place votes cast and 741 total points. (Two dissenters voted for Duke to finish first, a third for Boston College.)

The Blue Devils and Eagles finished with 660 and 619 points, respectively. Georgia Tech (531), Florida State (410) and Virginia Tech (385) were each selected to finish in the league's top half. Sixth through last went as follows: Maryland (375), Virginia (365), Clemson (281), Wake Forest (177), Miami (173) and North Carolina State (119).

(Your Harvey Pollack arcanum of the day: Florida State received at least one vote for every position in the standings from second to 11th.)

UNC's Tyler Hansbrough was the overwhelming pick for Preseason Player of the Year, receiving 48 of 62 votes for the honor. Also a unanimous choice for the All-ACC team, the Poplar Bluff, Mo., native joined Boston College's Jared Dudley (58 votes), Virginia's Sean Singletary (53), Florida State's Al Thornton (53) and Duke's Josh McRoberts (52) on the first team.

Georgia Tech's Anthony Morrow, North Carolina's Reyshawn Terry, Virginia's J.R. Reynolds and Virginia Tech's Coleman Collins and Zabian Dowdell earned spots on the second team.

Rookie of the Year voting was held down by Georgia Tech blue chip Thaddeus Young (24 votes). UNC point guard Ty Lawson finished second (15) and Javaris Crittenton third (4).

Posted by at 03:42 PM on October 22, 2006

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