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October 26, 2008

Heels unanimous choice to repeat

At the Atlantic Coast Conference's 'Operation Basketball' in Atlanta this weekend, the media unanimously chose North Carolina as its preseason favorite to win its third straight league title.

Per the ACC's official website (TheACC.com), the Tar Heels received all 40 of the first place votes.

2008-2009 Predicted Order of Finish:

1. North Carolina (40 votes)
2. Duke
3. Wake Forest
4. Miami
5. Clemson
6. Virginia Tech
7. Maryland
8. Georgia Tech
9. N.C. State
10. Florida State
11. Boston College
12. Virginia

In addition, UNC senior forward Tyler Hansbrough was unanimously selected as the Preseason ACC Player of the Year.

Hansbrough is joined on the Preseason All-ACC first-team by teammate Ty Lawson, the media's choice as the league's top point guard.

2008-2009 ACC Preseason All-Conference Team:

Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina (unanimous selection)
Tyrese Rice, Boston College (unanimous selection)
Ty Lawson, North Carolina
Jack McClinton, Miami
Gerald Henderson, Duke

Wake Forest freshman Al-Farouq Aminu was the media's selection as the ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year.

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