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Duke #7 In AP Preseason Poll

As three ACC teams find themselves ranked

Georgia Tech v Duke
 DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 04: A detailed photo of game jerseys worn by Jeremy Roach #3, Wendell Moore Jr. #0 and Trevor Keels #1 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 04, 2022 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 69-57.
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The pre-season poll is out and the ACC has three teams ranked in the Top 25 and one is 28th in the voting.

UNC is ranked #1, while Duke is #7 and Virginia is #18.

Gonzaga, Houston, Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, UCLA, Creighton and Arkansas round out the Top Ten.

Miami is just outside the Top 25 at #28, while Florida State got 32 and Virginia Tech and Notre Dame each got a single vote.

As is almost always the case, there is a lot of uncertainty this early. For instance, UNC seems like the natural choice for #1, but losing Brady Manek may be a bigger hit than it seems. And as Mike Krzyzewski pointed out, even teams that return every significant player don’t stay the same from year to year.

Virginia is almost certainly underrated and whoever the lone voters are who chose Virginia Tech and Notre Dame may look like geniuses later. In our opinion, you always start with the coaching and both schools are very well coached.