January 21, 1999
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference’s nine head coaches selected Georgia Tech as the top pick to the win the conference championship in 1999. The Yellow Jackets return 10 starters from their 1998 squad which earned the school’s 14th consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament and finished as high as No. 15 in the national polls. Georgia Tech tallied 76 points, receiving five first-place votes.
With only four points separating Tech from second place selection Florida State, who collected 72 points, the coaches expect a close conference race in the 1999 campaign. The Seminoles, who received two first-place votes, claimed their second regular season conference title a year ago and advanced to the College World Series for the 10th time, including the fourth time in five years.
Defending ACC Champion Wake Forest placed third in the balloting with 61 points, receiving the remaining two first place votes. The Demon Deacons were followed by North Carolina fourth with 54 points, Clemson fifth with 51 points, Duke sixth with 35 points, NC State seventh with 25 points, Virginia eighth with 20 points and Maryland ninth with 11 points.
1999 ACC Coaches Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
1. Georgia Tech (5) 76 2. Florida State (2) 72 3. Wake Forest (2) 61 4. North Carolina 54 5. Clemson 51 6. Duke 35 7. N.C. State 25 8. Virginia 20 9. Maryland 11
() denotes first place votes