The first ACC preseason poll has been released, and as expected, the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels lead the initial rankings.
The state of Florida, however, is well represented after the perennial basketball powers. The Miami Hurricanes and Florida St. Seminoles are ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the poll, which is voted on by ACC coaches.
Florida St. won the 2012 ACC tournament last year, defeating North Carolina in the finals, 85-82. The Seminoles entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, after finishing with a 12-4 ACC record.
Miami finished last year with an 9-7 ACC record, and entered the ACC tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Hurricanes lost to the Seminoles in the quarterfinals, 82-71.
Miami will open the 2012-'13 season on Nov. 9, when they take on the Stetson Hatters. Florida St. will also open the season on Nov. 9, when they take on the South Alabama Jaguars.
Both Miami and Florida St. will open up ACC play on Jan. 5, when the Hurricanes take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, while the Seminoles take on the Clemson Tigers.