Questions Stack Up as Season Approaches

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Virginia Tech begins the 2011-12 basketball season on Saturday when East
Tennessee State visits Blacksburg. The Hokies lost two of the most productive
players in school history, plus the reliable Terrell Bell. To complicate
matters, they’ve suffered through their usual rash of injuries in the preseason,
though fortunately it hasn’t been as bad as it was last year. However, because
of all the new faces, this was the year Seth Greenberg needed a healthy
preseason so he could get a good look at his team. Instead, he’ll go into
Saturday with a lot of unknowns.

East Tennessee State is a good team. Considering the injuries the Hokies have
at the moment, this is not a great opener for them. Check out what ETSU has done
in recent years.

Tennessee State, Recent Years
Year Record RPI
2010-11 24-12 92
2009-10 20-15 120
2008-09 23-11 116
2007-08 19-13 153
2006-07 24-10 125

ETSU head man Murray Bartow is a very good coach who has taken ETSU to the NCAA
Tournament three times. Before that, he took UAB to the Big Dance.

We’ll have more on East Tennessee State on Friday. For now, let’s dive into
Virginia Tech basketball and look at some of the things they’ll have to do to be
successful this year. There will be a lot of new faces on the bench for the
Hokies this year, and how quickly they can mesh together as a team will
determine how much success they have.

Overcoming Injuries