“We represent a lot of great coaches and a lot of great players and great teams. We want to do well. We have a chance. I think as a competitor you’re fired up every year for every game. Maybe this will make us a little more emotional since it’s our last year. I hope so. This will be a positive for us if it helps us win a few more games.”

don.markus@baltsun.com

ACC preseason media poll

Team, Points

1. Duke (50 first-place votes), 805

2. Syracuse (3), 753

3. North Carolina (1), 668

4. Virginia, 612

5. Notre Dame, 608

6. Pittsburgh, 477

7. Maryland, 473

8. Boston College, 457

9. Florida State, 334

10. North Carolina State, 332

11. Georgia Tech, 311

12. Miami, 224

13. Wake Forest, 220

14. Clemson, 141

15. Virginia Tech, 65

Preseason All-ACC Team

C.J. Fair, Syracuse

Joe Harris, Virginia

Rodney Hood, Duke

Jerian Grant, Notre Dame

Jabari Parker, Duke

ACC Preseason Player of the Year

C.J. Fair, Syracuse

ACC Rookie of the Year

Jabari Parker, Duke