Men: Virginia tops ACC preseason poll

In a close vote, defending national champion Virginia is the ACC preseason favorite ahead of Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina and Notre Dame.  UCLA, the 2014 NCAA Division I runner-up, is the favorite to win the 2015 Pac-12 regular season.

Thursday, August 13


ACC. Defending national champion Virginia is the ACC preseason favorite in a close vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. The Cavaliers were named by four coaches as this year’s team to beat, followed by Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina and Notre Dame all with two votes.
 
ACC Preseason:
Overall Champion
Virginia (4)
Clemson (2)
Louisville (2)
North Carolina (2)
Notre Dame (2)
 
Atlantic Division
1. Louisville (6) 66
2. Clemson (5) 62
3. Wake Forest (1) 46
4. Syracuse 40
5. NC State 20
6. Boston College 18
 
Coastal Division
1. Virginia (7) 64
2. North Carolina (4) 59
3. Notre Dame (1) 54
4. Duke 35
5. Virginia Tech 26
6. Pitt 14

CAA. Delaware, which returns seven starters from last year’s team that posted a 13-6-1 overall record and tied for the CAA regular-season title, has been picked to capture the CAA championship. UNCW and Hofstra, which shared the 2014 CAA regular-season crown with Delaware, were picked second and third, respectively.

CAA Preseason:
1. Delaware (5 first-place votes) 60
2. UNCW (2 first-place votes) 50
3. Hofstra 44
4. James Madison (2 first-place votes) 41
5. Elon 39
5. Northeastern 39
7. Drexel 21
7. William & Mary 21
9. College of Charleston 9

Wednesday, August 12
BIG SOUTH. Coastal Carolina received eight of 10 first-place votes to head the Big South preseason poll ahead of Winthrop, High Point and Radford. Winthrop's Max Hasenstab was named the Big South Preseason Attacking Player of the Year, while Austin Yearwood (High Point) and Tommy Gudmundsson (Coastal Carolina) share the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors.

PAC-12. UCLA, the 2014 NCAA Division I runner-up, is the favorite to win the 2015 Pac-12 regular season. The Bruins return a lineup that includes preseason all-conference picks Seyi Adekoya, Michael Amick and Abu Danladi. Stanford, whose lineup features U.S. international Jordan Morris and reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Brandon Vincent, was second in the voting.

Pac-12 Preseason:
1. UCLA (4) 24
2. Stanford (1) 21
3. Washington (1) 18
4. California 13
5. Oregon State 9
6. San Diego State 5
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