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Louisville basketball picked to finish 11th in ACC

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The Louisville men’s basketball team has been picked to finish 11th in the ACC this season by the league’s media. It’s the lowest the Cards have been placed in the annual preseason media poll since they joined the conference in 2014.

Duke edged out Virginia as the media’s preseason favorite to win the league. North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia Tech rounded out the top five.

As for individual honors, North Carolina senior Luke Maye is the media’s pick for ACC Preseason Player of the Year. No Louisville players received POY votes or were named to the conference’s preseason first or second teams.

Here’s the full rundown of preseason predictions and awards:

ACC Basketball 2018-19 Preseason Poll

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

1-Duke (52) – 1709

2-Virginia (47) – 1699

3-North Carolina (20) – 1641

4-Syracuse (1) – 1268

5-Virginia Tech – 1187

6-Clemson (1) -1148

7-Florida State – 1127

8-NC State – 885

9-Notre Dame – 859

10-Miami – 816

11-Louisville – 735

12-Boston College – 568

13-Georgia Tech – 324

14-Wake Forest – 313

15-Pitt – 241

Preseason All-ACC

First Team

Luke Maye, North Carolina (111)

Tyus Battle, Syracuse (86)

RJ Barrett, Duke (76)

Kyle Guy, Virginia (62)

Ky Bowman, Boston College (58)

Second Team

Zion Williamson, Duke (55)

De’Andre Hunter, Virginia (32)

Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech (29)

Ty Jerome, Virginia (17)

Marcquise Reed, Clemson (16)

ACC Preseason Player of the Year

Luke Maye, North Carolina (50)

RJ Barrett, Duke (22)

Zion Williamson, Duke (15)

Tyus Battle, Syracuse (11)

Ky Bowman, Boston College (7)

Kyle Guy, Virginia (5)

De’Andre Hunter, Virginia (4)

Ty Jerome, Virginia (2)

Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech (2)

Cam Reddish, Duke (1)

T.J. Gibbs, Notre Dame (1)

Jaylen Hoard, Wake Forest (1)

ACC Preseason Freshman of the Year

RJ Barrett, Duke (66)

Zion Williamson, Duke (43)

Cam Reddish, Duke (4)

Jaylen Hoard, Wake Forest (3)

Coby White, North Carolina (2)

Jalen Carey, Syracuse (1)

Nate Laszewski, Notre Dame (1)

Jairus Hamilton, Boston College (1)