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My 2012-13 preseason ACC ballot

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Mike Krzyzewski isn't a fan of voting in preseason polls. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

CHARLOTTE—Media members met in Charlotte today for the 50th annual ACC Operation Basketball, and part of the festivities included making a few predictions. For the first time since 1975, NC State was picked to win the league, and Duke finished a a relatively close second. That's exactly how I voted as well. Speaking of my ballot, here it is:

1) NC State

2) Duke

3) Miami 

4) North Carolina

5) Florida State

6) Maryland


8) Clemson

9) Virginia Tech

10) Wake Forest

11) Boston College

12) Georgia Tech

Apparently, I'm much higher on Miami than the rest of my media cohort. I think they quite possibly have the best frontcourt with Reggie Johnson and Kenny Jadji. But we shall see how the year goes.

Preseason all-conference team:

Michael Snaer, Florida State

CJ Leslie, NC State

James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina

Mason Plumlee, Duke

Lorenzo Brown, NC State

Preseason player of the year: CJ Leslie

Preseason rookie of the year: Rodney Purvis, NC State

In a new tradition, the ACC coaches made preseason predictions, much to Mike Krzyzewski's dismay (they picked Miami fourth, by the way).

"I don't like the idea of me making predicions," he said. "If another coach wants to make predictions, that's fine. I like to tell you what I think about what I've just seen or what's just happened.

"I'm a realist. Predictions are not about reality. It's fantasy."

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Laura Keeley is the Duke beat writer for the News & Observer. Follow her on Twitter @laurakeeley