North Carolina was named the ACC pre-season men’s basketball favourite


Greensboro, North Carolina (theACC.com) North Carolina was voted as the pre-season favorite to win the 2022-23 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament, after members of the media voted for the 2022 ACC Tipoff. Also ranked #1 nationally in an Associated Press pre-season poll, the Tar Heels are the ACC’s pre-season favorite for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

North Carolina received 90 out of 101 first-place votes and received a total of 1,504 points. Duke took two first-place votes and a total of 1,339 points to finish second in the poll, while Virginia got six first-place votes and 1,310 points to finish third. Miami got a pair of first-place votes and 1,138 points for fourth, while Florida got 1,064 points for fifth.

Notre Dame (971) finished sixth in the poll, while ACC champ Virginia Tech (921) got the final first-place vote and placed seventh. Syracuse, Wake Forest, NC State, Clemson, Louisville, Boston College, Pitt and Georgia Tech placed eighth through fifteenth, respectively.

In addition, media voters chose North Carolina’s Armando Bacot as the ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year, while Duke’s Dereck Lively II was awarded the ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year nod.

Honored by an All-ACC first-team team last season, Bacot led North Carolina State in scoring (16.3), rebounding (13.1), field goal percentage (.569) and blocking shots (65) in 2021-22, becoming the first Tar Heel Absolutely to lead the team in those categories in consecutive seasons. The 6-11 senior quarterback from Richmond, Virginia, was the first player in college basketball history to score six doubles in a single NCAA tournament, leading UNC in a race to the National Championship game. Bacot earned All-NCAA honors in both the Final Four and the East Regional, where he was also the most decorated player. He averages 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in 100 career games and has 1,300 points, 1001 rebounds and 127 blocks in three seasons.

Lively II was a 7-1 ranker from Philadelphia, a five-star inductee and ranked as the #1 player overall in the ESPN 100 rankings for the 2022 class. He was also ranked #1 in position and #1 in Pennsylvania by ESPN. Lively II played in the team final at the Nike EYBL Arena during the summer of 2021, helping them claim the Peach Jam title and lead the EYBL with 3.7 blocked shots per game in 15 competitions adding 8.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

The ACC men’s basketball season’s 70th begins on Monday, November 7th. League matches begin on Friday, December 2.

The ACC’s current 15 member schools have captured three of the last seven NCAA championships, with 92 NCAA championships in that seven-year period. The current ACC schools have won eight NCAA titles in the last 21 years and have 17 national championships overall. Schools aggregated current ACC member schools in 66 men’s finals and won 657 NCAA championships nationally. Duke and North Carolina advanced to the Final Four last year with UNC leading the tournament.

The ACC has a record 14-5 (.737) in the 2022 NCAA Championship—the largest win percentage and best win percentage of any multi-show conference—and has the highest NCAA championship win percentage ever in any league (.619).

All 15 league members have 1,000 or more wins at all times, including eight schools with 1,500 or more victories. Four of the top eight and six of the top 30 winning programs in NCAA Division I basketball history currently reside at the ACC.

2022 ACC pre-season poll (101 total votes)

1. North Carolina (90), 1504
2. Duke (2), 1339
3. Virginia (6), 1310
4. Miami (2), 1138
5. Florida, 1064
6. Notre Dame, 971
7. Virginia Tech (1), 921
8. Syracuse, 700
9. Wake Forest, 672
10. North Carolina, 548
11. Clemson, 528
12. Louisville, 477
13. Boston College, 368
14- House 320
15. Georgia Tech, 260
First place votes are in parentheses

Preseason All-ACC (total votes 101)
First team
Name, school, sounds

Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 100
Isaiah Wong, Miami, 81
Caleb Love, North Carolina, 58
Terquavion Smith, NC State, 46
Jeremy Roach, Duke, 35

second team
Name, school, sounds

Jayden Gardner, Virginia, 32
Derek Lively II, Duke, 19
Justin Mots, Virginia Tech, 18
PJ Hall, Clemson 17
RJ Davis, North Carolina, 14

Player of the Year before the season
Name, school, sounds

Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 82
Isaiah Wong, Miami, 5
Caleb Love, North Carolina, 4
Jeremy Roach, Duke, 3
PJ Hall, Clemson, 2
RJ Davis, North Carolina, 2
Terracovion Smith, NC State, 1
Hunter Cator, Virginia Tech, 1
Tariq Whitehead, Duke, 1

Pre-season beginner
Name, school, sounds

Derek Lively II, Duke, 57
Tariq Whitehead, Duke, 25
Therese Proctor, Duke, 5
Mark Mitchell, Duke, 3
Tyler Nickel, North Carolina, 2
Galen Washington, North Carolina, 2
JJ Starling, Notre Dame, 2
Kyle Filipovsky, Duke, 2
Prince Alligby, Boston College, 1
Isaac McNeely, Virginia, 1
Seth Trimble, North Carolina, 1


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