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CHARLOTTE, N.C.-The Virginia men’s basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2011-12 preseason poll of media representatives attending the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Operation Basketball event on Wednesday (Oct. 19). It’s the highest the Cavaliers have been picked in the preseason poll since the 2001-02 season when they were picked to finish third.

North Carolina finished first in the voting by media representatives participating in the preseason poll with 706 points. The Tar Heels received 57 of the 59 first place votes in the poll with Duke receiving the other two first place votes. Duke was second in the poll with 649 points followed by Florida State (560), Virginia (463), Miami (455), Virginia Tech (411), Clemson (403), NC State (316), Maryland (264), Georgia Tech (176), Wake Forest (109) and Boston College (90).

UVa was picked to finish 11th in last year’s ACC preseason poll and finished tied for seventh in the regular season. Virginia had an overall record of 16-15 and a 7-9 record in the ACC last season.

UVa senior forward Mike Scott was one of six players selected to the 2011-12 ACC Preseason All-Conference Team. North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes was a unanimous selection with 59 votes. Also selected to the team were North Carolina’s John Henson (47 votes) and Tyler Zeller (46 votes), Miami’s Malcolm Grant (32 votes), Duke’s Seth Curry (20 votes) and Scott (20 votes).

Barnes was selected the ACC Preseason Player of the Year and Duke’s Austin Rivers the conference’s Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Predicted Order of Finish (First Place Votes)
1. North Carolina (57)
2. Duke (2)
3. Florida State
4. Virginia
5. Miami
6. Virginia Tech
7. Clemson
8. NC State
9. Maryland
10. Georgia Tech
11. Wake Forest
12. Boston College

2011-12 Preseason All-ACC Team
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
John Henson, North Carolina
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
Malcolm Grant, Miami
Seth Curry, Duke
Mike Scott, Virginia

Preseason Player of the Year
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

Preseason Rookie of the Year
Austin Rivers, Duke

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