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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Duke, Maryland picked 1-2 in ACC

Duke and Maryland, two of the three Atlantic Coast Conference teams UConn will play during the regular season, were selected to finish first and second in the ACC's preseason poll which was announced on Tuesday.

Wake Forest, which will play UConn at the Paradise Jam, was picked to finish ninth among 12 teams.

There were actually two polls. The first one is from a "Blue Ribbon panel" which seems like it is a fancy way of saying a panel of media voters and Duke received 29 first-place votes with Maryland picking up the other 18 No. 1 votes. Maryland's Alyssa Thomas was also the preseason player of the year in the Blue Ribbon panel voting.

As for the coaches' poll, Duke picked up nine of the 12 first-place votes with Maryland receiving the other three. There was a three-way tie for ACC preseason player of the year balloting from the ACC coaches as Thomas shared the honor with the Duke duo of Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams.

Here are all the details


Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason Poll (first place votes in parentheses) 
Duke (29)
Maryland (18)
Georgia Tech
Virginia
North Carolina
Miami
Florida State
NC State
Wake Forest
Clemson
Virginia Tech
Boston College

Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason All-ACC Team  
Alyssa Thomas  - Maryland
Elizabeth Williams - Duke
Chelsea Gray - Duke
Tyaunna Marshall - Georgia Tech
Natasha Howard - Florida State
Tianna Hawkins - Maryland
Laurin Mincy - Maryland
Ataira Franklin - Virginia
Marissa Kastanek  - NC State
Stefanie Yderstrom  - Miami

Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason Player of the Year
Alyssa Thomas - Maryland

Blue Ribbon Panel Newcomer Watch List 
Alexis Jones – Duke
Malina Howard –  Maryland
Jonquel Jones – Clemson
Xylina McDaniel – North Carolina
Uju Ugoka – Virginia Tech


Preseason Coaches ACC Poll (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Duke (9)
2. Maryland (3)
3. Georgia Tech
4. North Carolina
5. Miami
6.   Florida State
6.   Virginia
8.   NC State
9.   Wake Forest
10. Clemson
11. Virginia Tech
12.  Boston College

Preseason Coaches All-ACC Team 
Alyssa Thomas -  Maryland
Elizabeth Williams - Duke
Chelsea Gray  - Duke
Tyaunna Marshall - Georgia Tech
Natasha Howard - Florida State
Tianna Hawkins - Maryland
Laurin Mincy - Maryland
Ataira Franklin - Virginia
Marissa Kastanek - NC State
Stefanie Yderstrom - Miami

Preseason Coaches Players of the Year (3-way tie)
Alyssa Thomas - Maryland
Elizabeth Williams - Duke
Chelsea Gray - Duke

Preseason Coaches Newcomer Watch List 
Alexis Jones – Duke
Malina Howard – Maryland
Jonquel Jones – Clemson
Xylina McDaniel – North Carolina
Uju Ugoka – Virginia Tech











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