Posted October 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
Duke is the favorite to win the expanded Atlantic Coast Conference, though new member Syracuse has the preseason player of the year in C.J. Fair. The Blue Devils earned 50 of 54 first-place votes from media members at the league's ''ACC Operation Basketball'' media day Wednesday. Syracuse - which joins the ACC along with Pittsburgh and Notre Dame from the now-defunct Big East - was picked second and earned three first-place votes, while North Carolina was picked third and earned the last one. It marked the 10th time in 17 years that the Blue Devils were picked to finish first in the league, though the first since before the 2010-11 season following Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski's fourth national championship. This year's team returns starters Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon from a 30-win team that reached an NCAA regional final before falling to eventual champion Louisville, which joins the ACC next season. That duo will join with highly touted freshman Jabari Parker, picked as the league's rookie of the year, and Mississippi State sophomore transfer Rodney Hood to form Duke's core. Both Parker and Hood were picked to the preseason all-ACC team, joining Fair, Virginia senior guard Joe Harris and Notre Dame senior guard Jerian Grant on the five-man squad. Fair, a 6-foot-8 senior, was the top scorer at nearly 15 points per game for the Orange, who reached the Final Four last year under Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. He earned 17 votes for player of the year to edge out Harris, who earned 16 votes and is the only returning player from last year's all-ACC first team. Virginia was picked fourth, followed by Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, reigning champion Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia Tech. This will be Maryland's final year in the league before leaving for the Big Ten. --- Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

ACC notes: Fair tabbed as POY, Duke newbie a captain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. There was no rookie hazing for the new members of the ACC at media day. Syracuse's C.J. Fair was voted Preseason Player of the Year, while Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant joined him on the projected All-ACC team. Fair had 17 votes for POY, finishing one vote ahead of Virginia's Joe Harris. Duke's Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker each received votes, and...

FSU picked 9th, Miami 12th in ACC preseason hoops poll

Miami and Florida State will have a long way to go if they want to return to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball standings this season. The Hurricanes, the defending ACC champions but a team that will feature a completely new starting five, were picked to finish 12th in the now 15-team conference that also includes Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh. Florida State...

ACC Media Day Preseason Poll and Awards

The Blue Devils were picked as the ACC preseason favorite for the 14th time in the 45-year history of the poll and the 13th time in 34 years under current head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke was last tabbed as the favorite prior to the 2010-11 season, which the Blue Devils finished second in the regular-season standings but captured their league-record 19th ACC Tournament title...
College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.