The talking heads (media) have spoken: Virginia Tech will finish 8th in the ACC this year. I guess the Hokies could accept this and plan to play the #9 seed in the noon game of the ACC Tournament First Round. Well, I’m for wasting sportswriters time so let’s go out there and give them all a big [bleep]-burger to eat. [quote paraphrased and stolen from the movie Major League]
Here’s how the media sees the ACC going this year (points in parentheses):
- Kyle Singler — duke (Preseason Player of the Year)
- Greivis Vasquez — maryland
- Trevor Booker — clemson
- MALCOLM DELANEY — VIRGINIA TECH
- Ed Davis — unc
georgia tech’s Derrick Favors was selected as the Preseason Freshman of the Year.
Here’s a look at where VT has been picked to finish in the media’s preseason poll since joining the ACC, and where they finished (Picked/Finished):
- 2008-09: 6th / three way tie for 7th
- 2007-08: 10th / 4th
- 2006-07: 6th / tie for 3rd
- 2005-06: 8th / tie for 10th
- 2004-05: 10th (of 11) / tie for 4th
That means that in Tech’s previous five seasons in the ACC, they are a +12 (they have cumulatively finished 12 spots better than what they have been picked), with an average of +2.4. Here’s hoping that happens again.
And here’s a link to the ACC’s article: Media’s ACC Preseason Predictions