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Wolfpack among ‘others receiving votes’ in preseason top 25

N.C. State got four points in the preseason AP top 25 released on Sunday.

The Wolfpack, coming off of an 8-5 season, received a pair of No. 24 votes — one from John Adams at the Knoxville New Sentinel and the other from Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.

Only three ACC teams made the top 25 — No. 10 Florida State, No. 12 Clemson and No. 16 Georgia Tech. The SEC led all conferences with eight teams in the top 25. Ohio State, last year’s national champion, was the unanimous choice for No. 1.

Virginia Tech, Louisville and N.C. State were the other ACC teams in the “others receiving votes” category.

It’s mildly surprising Virginia Tech (42 points) didn’t receive more support but I think there’s some voter fatigue with the Coastal Division teams (the Hokies, Miami and UNC).

On the same note, Duke, the one Coastal team that has out-performed its preseason expectations the last two years, did not receive any votes, either.

UNC was ranked in the preseason three times in a six-year span from 2009 until 2014 but hasn’t finished the season in the top 25 since 1997.

N.C. State hasn’t been ranked in the AP’s preseason top 25 since 2003.

Miami, by the way (to follow up on Sunday’s preview), is the only ACC team that has to play all three ranked conference teams.

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