ACC Preseason Rankings: Maryland picked to finish 6th in Coaches Poll

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In the first ever ACC Coaches Poll, the Terps are picked to finish sixth.

The Maryland Terrapins were picked to finish sixth in the ACC for 2012-13 in the conference's first ever coaches poll. The Terps are coming off a 6-10 conference season in Mark Turgeon's inaugural campaign in College Park. It was a mark that earned the Terps sole possession of eighth place in 2011-12, but his peers in the conference see a slight improvement in Year 2.

There was some shake-up at the top, however, as the NC State Wolfpack knocked off the traditional Duke-UNC stranglehold on the projected first spot. Mark Gottfried's club went to the Sweet 16 last year, and the ACC coaches see only more success on the horizon for the veteran club that's adding some heralded freshmen. Here's the complete Coaches Poll, via WEEI:

  1. North Carolina State (139 points, eight first-place votes)
  2. Duke (130 points, three first-place votes)
  3. North Carolina (124 points, one first-place vote)
  4. Miami (104)
  5. Florida State (103)
  6. Maryland (78)
  7. Virginia (68)
  8. Clemson (61)
  9. Georgia Tech (40)
  10. Virginia Tech / Wake Forest (32)
  11. Boston College (25)
The Terps did not land anyone on the Preseason First Team, with the Wolfpack's C.J. Leslie picked as Preseason Player of the Year. His teammate, Rodney Purvis, was named by the coaches as the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Joining Leslie on the first team are NC State's Lorenzo Brown, UNC's James Michael McAdoo, Duke's Mason Plumlee, and Florida State's Michael Snaer.

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