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Hokies Picked to Finish 8th in ACC Preseason Media Poll; Delaney All-ACC

Hokies Picked to Finish 8th in ACC Preseason Media Poll; Delaney All-ACC

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):

  • 1, 2. duke and unc tied on points but duke had more first place votes (545)
  • 3. clemson (409)
  • 4. georgia tech (387)
  • 5. maryland (378)
  • 6. wake forest (315)
  • 7. fsu (314)
  • 8. VIRGINIA TECH (273)
  • 9. boston college (251)
  • 10. miami (135)
  • 11. uva (116)
  • 12. nc state (76)
  • And here’s the ACC All-Conference Team:
    • 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

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