(Associated Press)

Reporters once again tabbed the Maryland men’s basketball team to finish toward the middle of the pack in their preseason poll, which was released Wednesday. The Terrapins were picked seventh, four points behind sixth-place Pittsburgh.

Since 2003, when Maryland was picked second in the preseason poll, the Terps have never been selected higher than fifth. Last season, Coach Mark Turgeon’s squad was picked sixth in the preseason poll and ultimately finished seventh. Fifty-four ballots were cast. Washington Post policy prohibits reporters from voting.

Duke, which reloads with preseason rookie of the year Jabari Parker and preseason all-ACC selection Rodney Hood, a transfer from Mississippi State, garnered 50 first-place votes, handily topping second-place Syracuse, which got three. North Carolina, with one first-place vote, Virginia and Notre Dame rounded out the top five. Virginia Tech was picked to finish in last place.

No Terps were picked to the five-player preseason all-conference team, which featured  Hood, Parker, C.J. Fair from Syracuse, Virginia’s Joe Harris and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant.

Harris, interestingly enough the only player on the preseason team who played in the ACC last season, finished one vote shy of winning player of the year, but lost to Fair 17-16. Hood earned seven votes, Parker got five and Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan had three.

Only one voter picked someone other than Parker for rookie of the year — Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis.

The full preseason poll is below. Total points are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.


1. Duke (50) — 805

2. Syracuse (3) — 753

3. North Carolina (1) — 668

4. Virginia — 612

5. Notre Dame — 608

6. Pittsburgh — 477

7. Maryland  — 473

8. Boston College –457

9. Florida State — 334

10. North Carolina State — 332

11. Georgia Tech — 311

12. Miami — 224

13. Wake Forest — 220

14. Clemson — 141

15. Virginia Tech — 65