Georgia Tech was picked to finish 12th in the ACC in a media poll conducted at the conference’s Operation Basketball media event, held Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. The results were released Thursday.
Tech has outperformed expectations, such as they’ve been, in two of coach Josh Pastner’s three seasons. The Jackets were picked to finish 14th before the 2016-17 season and finished 11th. Last season, they were projected to finish 13th and ended up 10th. Before the 2017-18 season, following the Jackets’ run to the NIT final, Tech was picked ninth but fell to 11th.
Tech will play this season with a postseason ban as a result of NCAA violations and will not play in the ACC tournament unless the school is able to successfully appeal the ban.
Duke was picked to win the ACC, the fourth year in a row that the Blue Devils have been accorded that honor, followed by North Carolina, Louisville and defending national champion Virginia. Duke received 51 out of 111 first-place votes.
No Tech players were selected for the preseason All-ACC team.
ACC preseason basketball poll (first-place votes in parentheses)
Duke (51), 1564
North Carolina (19), 1493
Louisville (29), 1448
Virginia (12), 1405
Florida State, 1157
N.C. State, 1038
Notre Dame, 915
Georgia Tech, 437
Boston College, 382
Virginia Tech, 334
Wake Forest, 328
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