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Louisville basketball picked 6th in preseason ACC poll

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Malik Williams is a Second Team All-ACC preseason selection.

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The Louisville men’s basketball team has been picked to finish sixth in the ACC by the league’s media members. Chris Mack’s Cardinals received a total of 791 votes in the annual preseason poll, including one first place nod.

Duke, which will be playing its final season under the direction of Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski (have you guys seen this? have you heard about this?), is the preseason favorite to win the conference. The Blue Devils are followed in the poll by Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Individually, U of L super senior center has been voted as a preseason Second Team all-conference selection. He was the only Cardinal to receive an individual accolade.

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

ACC Men’s Basketball Tipoff
2021 Preseason Poll
School, Points
1. Duke (47), 1132
2. Florida State (14), 1034
3. North Carolina (5), 1001
4. Virginia (9), 949
5. Virginia Tech (5), 857
6. Louisville (1), 791
7. Syracuse, 781.
8. Notre Dame, 599
9. NC State, 555
10. Georgia Tech, 524
11. Clemson, 430
12. Miami, 428
13 Wake Forest, 274
14. Pitt, 253
15. Boston College, 112

First-place votes in parentheses; 81 total voters

Preseason All-ACC

First Team

Name, School, Votes
Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse, 68
Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech, 52
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 49
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 46
Isaiah Wong, Miami, 37

Second Team

Name, School, Votes
Michael Devoe, Georgia Tech, 25
Kihei Clark, Virginia, 23
Prentiss Hubb, Notre Dame, 17
Mark Williams, Duke, 12
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 9
Malik Williams, Louisville, 9
Caleb Love, North Carolina, 9

Preseason Player of the Year:

Paolo Banchero, Duke, 28

Preseason Freshman of the Year:

Paolo Banchero, Duke, 64