Clearly neither the other 11 coaches in the ACC nor the media are expecting a big improvement in Blacksburg this season from last year. The media picked VT to finish 10th, ahead of wake and bc; while Tech and wake tied for that coveted 10th spot in the league, with boston college pulling up the rear in the coaches’ poll. And in no surprise to those that saw the end of last season and the continual wave of top notch recruits headed to Raleigh, it is nc state that was picked to finish first in the league in both polls, ahead of their Tobacco Road brethren. In the Coaches’ Poll, state got 8 of the 12 first place votes, duke got 3, and unc 1.
Here’s where VT has been picked by the media year by year since joining the league, and where they finished (Year: Predicted finish / actual finish (seed if they were in a tie):
- 2011-12: 6th / 4-way tie for 9th (#9 seed in ACC Tourney)
- 2010-11: 2nd / tied for 4th (#6 seed in the ACC Tourney)
- 2009-10: 8th / 4th
- 2008-09: 6th / three way tie for 7th (#8 seed in the ACC Tourney)
- 2007-08: 10th / 4th
- 2006-07: 6th / tie for 3rd (#3 seed)
- 2005-06: 8th / tie for 10th (#10 seed)
- 2004-05: 10th (of 11) / tie for 4th (#4 seed)
The Hokies finished in a 4-way tie for 9th place last year (i.e. last place) with a 4-12 conference record, though 8 of those 12 regular season conference losses were by 4 points or less, or in overtime.
The coaches also picked an All-ACC First Team, and Erick Green wasn’t on it. C.J. Leslie was the pick for POTY in both, and state also had the selection for ROTY with Rodney Purvis in both polls.
This marked the first time the coaches have picked a preseason poll for the league.
Here’s the full Coaches’ Poll:
- nc state (8)
- duke (3)
- unc (1)
- georgia tech
- VT and wake
- boston college
- nc state (26 of 53)
- duke (21)
- fsu (6)
- georgia tech
I think maryland is too high. They are a year away for me. I think Turgeon is a heck of a coach but losing Stoglin will be too much to overcome for this year.
I do think nc state is the best team and this should be a down year for duke and unc (by their standards), so it’s ripe for someone else to step up.
miami has had the same guys for 10 years now, and always underachieve. Well, this is the last year for this crew of Johnson and Scott and Kadji so they better put it together this season. I could see them finishing ahead of unc or duke based on their talent… or in the bottom half if they choke again early in the season.
fsu seems to be a top 4 team in the league every year now, and have talent back at guard with Michael Snaer, a 1st team preseason pick, and Ian Miller. But they lost all their bigs – James, Kreft and Gibson. Can they win without all those trees inside? We’ll see. They have 3 new 7-footers on the roster this year, two are freshmen including one named ‘Boris’ and the other is a Juco guy (Mel Turpin’s son if you remember him for those early 80s k-y kentucky teams) who redshirted last year. I think they’ll slide a bit with the mass exodus inside and how much they are built on defense.
bc way overachieved last year, so let’s see if they fall back to Earth this season (or else that will show how good Coach Donahue is.
uva lost Mike Smith after 5 years of tormenting VT (literally). But when you play 41-39 basketball, it isn’t that hard to replace his points.