Cunane, No. 5 NC State headline preseason ACC picks

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Fifth-ranked North Carolina State will open the season as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, while senior center Elissa Cunane is the preseason player of the year.

The ACC on Wednesday released results in voting by the league's 15 head coaches and its Blue Ribbon Panel that includes broadcasters and media members while factoring in the coaches' selections.

Wes Moore's Wolfpack topped both polls comfortably ahead of No. 6 Louisville, marking the first time the program will open the season as the favorite since the league began its women's basketball rankings before the 1991-92 season.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 South Carolina0-0
2 UConn0-0
3 Stanford0-0
4 Maryland0-0
5 North Carolina State0-0
6 Louisville0-0
7 Baylor0-0
8 Indiana0-0
9 Iowa0-0
10 Oregon0-0
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 South Carolina26-5
2 Texas A&M25-3
3 North Carolina State22-3
4 Louisville26-4
5 Maryland26-3
6 UConn28-2
7 Baylor28-3
8 Stanford31-2
9 Lehigh10-6
10 Missouri State23-3
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