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The Panthers were picked to finish sixth in the ACC at yesterday's ACC Media Day

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Pitt Men's basketball was picked to finish sixth in the ACC at yesterday's ACC preseason media event yesterday by over 300 media members. Here was the full order:

Projected Finish

Team (first place votes)

Total votes

1.

Duke (41)

935

2.

North Carolina (12)

870

3.

Louisville (3)

847

4.

Virginia (7)

824

5.

Syracuse (2)

706

6.


PITT


592


7.

Notre Dame

515

8.

Florida State

506

9.

North Carolina State

478

10.

Miami

442

11.

Clemson

330

12.

Wake Forest

221

13.

Georgia Tech

195

14.

Boston College

184

15.

Virginia Tech

155


Pitt did not have any players selected on the preseason ACC team. That team included UNC's Marcus Paige (Preseason POY), Montrezl Harrell of Louisville, Jahlil Okafor of Duke, Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, and Notre Dame's Jerian Grant.

This is the exact place Pitt was picked to finish in last year, and they ended up finishing fifth. Considering the Panthers didn't add a huge amount of talent, I think it's fair to have them where they are and I expect them to have a similar season to last year. Unlike last year, they have a pretty challenging schedule, and face Louisville twice in addition to Syracuse. They'll have plenty of opportunities for quality wins to bolster their NCAA Tournament profile. The team may struggle early without Cam Wright (especially at Maui), but things usually find a way to work out with Jamie Dixon.

If you're looking for a refresher on where each team in the ACC is at coming into the season, we've been having daily rundowns here at Cardiac Hill. You can check out the first one on Virginia Tech here.