2010-2011 Men’s Basketball Preview

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Virginia Tech is the only ACC school that features Top 25 teams in football
and men’s basketball. We’ve been watching football for two months, and finally
the 2010-11 men’s basketball season will tip-off this Friday night against
Campbell. The Hokies have higher expectations this season and are expected to
make the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, they were dealt a couple of tough blows
in the offseason.

The Curse Continues

to head into the 2010-11 season with their best starting lineup and most depth
since the 1980’s, the Hokies suffered some serious setbacks in the post this
offseason. Of course, that’s nothing we aren’t used to.

Allan Chaney (6-9, 235, r-So.) is a highly-touted transfer from Florida who
Seth Greenberg claims has first round NBA Draft type talent. Greenberg is
sometimes prone to hyperbole, but the point still stands: Chaney is a very good
player. From what we hear, there were times when he looked like the best player
on the team last year in practice during his redshirt year.

Unfortunately, Tech won’t have the services of Chaney this season. He was
diagnosed with viral myocarditis during the offseason, which is a virus of the
heart. The virus heals itself, but it takes time and can leave behind dangerous
scarring. Here’s what Seth Greenberg had to say about it:

“It’s a virus that heals itself,” Greenberg said. “But with
the virus comes scarring. The scarring leads to short-circuiting, and that’s
why he faints. They can fix the short-circuiting, but the doctors want to put
in a defibrillator. The reason they don’t want you to play with a
defibrillator is the wire can be jolted.”

That’s a very tricky situation. There is a chance that Allan Chaney might
never play basketball for the Hokies, or anyone else. That’s got to be tough on
him, especially