Hokies Picked 10th in ACC Men’s Basketball

Will Stewart, TechSideline.com, on October 18, 2012
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The ACC released their preseason men’s basketball media poll Wednesday evening, and the Hokies are projected by the league media to finish 10th out of 12 teams.

NC State was picked first, the first time since 2004-05 (when Wake Forest was picked first) that a team other than Duke or UNC has been projected to win the conference.

Here is the full poll:

Team Predictions (53 ballots)

  1. NC State (26) 601
  2. Duke (21) 589
  3. North Carolina 520
  4. Florida State (6) 484
  5. Miami 436
  6. Maryland 341
  7. Virginia 287
  8. Clemson 277
  9. Georgia Tech 189
  10. Virginia Tech 169
  11. Wake Forest 151
  12. Boston College 90

The preseason ranking of 10th matches the lowest prediction for the Hokies since they entered the conference in 2004-05. Tech was picked to finished 10th that season, but they surprised everyone by finishing 4th and earning ACC Coach of the Year honors for Seth Greenberg.

Here is Tech’s history of preseason predictions, and their eventual finish.

  • 2004-05: 10th (finished 4th)
  • 2005-06: 8th (finished 10th)
  • 2006-07: 6th (finished 3rd)
  • 2007-08: 10th (finished 4th)
  • 2008-09: 6th (finished 8th)
  • 2009-10: 8th (finished t-3rd)
  • 2010-11: 2nd (finished t-4th)
  • 2011-12: 6th (finished t-9th)
  • 2012-13: 10th

NC State placed two players on the preseason All-ACC team, while UNC, Duke, and Florida State each had one. NC State also locked up Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year predictions.

Preseason All-ACC

Lorenzo Brown, Jr., NC State
C.J. Leslie, Jr., NC State
James Michael McAdoo, So., North Carolina
Mason Plumlee, Sr., Duke
Michael Snaer, Sr., Florida State

Preseason ACC Player of the Year

C.J. Leslie, Jr., NC State

Preseason ACC Rookie of the Year

Rodney Purvis, Fr., NC State

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