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FSU men picked second in ACC poll

Florida State, which has finished in fourth place or higher in the ACC Basketball standings in the last three seasons, has been selected to finish in second place in the 2022 league standings by the attending media at the annual ACC Tip-Off. It’s the highest the Seminoles have been predicted to finish a season since joining the league for the 1991-92 season.

The Seminoles received the second highest point total (1,034) and the second highest total of first place votes in the voting during which 81 total votes were counted.

The Seminoles were picked to finish in second place in the ACC standings for the first time in school history.  The Seminoles have been picked to finish third in three different seasons (1993, 2012 and 2021) and fourth on two occasions (2009 and 2019).

Most recently, the Seminoles were picked to finish in third place in 2021 — they finished in second place in the ACC standings and advanced to play in the ACC Tournament Championship game.  Florida State was picked to finish in the fifth spot in 2020 and won the ACC Championship with a 16-4 record.  In 2019, the Seminoles were picked to finish in seventh place; they finished fourth and advanced to the ACC championship game.

In four of the last five seasons, coach Leonard Hamilton has led the Seminoles to a higher finish in the final standings than was predicted in the preseason. In 2017, the Seminoles were picked to finish eighth and finished second; in 2019 the Seminoles were picked to finish seventh and finished fourth; in 2020 the Seminoles were selected to finish fifth and won the regular season championship; in 2021 the Seminoles were picked third and finished second.

Hamilton has led Florida State to a higher finish in the conference standings than was predicted before the season in 11 of his 19 seasons as the Seminoles’ head coach.

Florida State enters the 2021-22 season having won 25 consecutive ACC home games. The Seminoles play host to Syracuse on Dec. 4 and will attempt to tie the all-time ACC record of 26 consecutive home — a record that is held by Duke (1997-2000).

ACC Men’s Basketball Tipoff – 2021 Preseason Poll
School, Points
1. Duke (47), 1132
2. Florida State (14), 1034
3. North Carolina (5), 1001
4. Virginia (9), 949
5. Virginia Tech (5), 857
6. Louisville (1), 791
7. Syracuse, 781
8. Notre Dame, 599
9. NC State, 555
10. Georgia Tech, 524
11. Clemson, 430
12. Miami, 428
13. Wake Forest, 274
14. Pitt, 253
15. Boston College, 112
First-place votes in parentheses; 81 total voters

Preseason All-ACC
First Team
Name, School, Votes
Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse, 68
Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech, 52
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 49
Armando Bacot, North Carolina, 46
Isaiah Wong, Miami, 37

Second Team
Name, School, Votes
Michael Devoe, Georgia Tech, 25
Kihei Clark, Virginia, 23
Prentiss Hubb, Notre Dame, 17
Mark Williams, Duke, 12
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, 9
Malik Williams, Louisville, 9
Caleb Love, North Carolina, 9

Preseason Player of the Year
Name, School, Votes
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 28

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Name, School, Votes
Paolo Banchero, Duke, 64