Pre-season hype surrounds Virginia Tech’s basketball team


Without precedent for a long time, there is preseason buildup encompassing the Virginia Tech men’s b-ball group. The Hokies, who return seven of their main eight scorers, have been positioned in the Top 25 by both The Sporting News and Athlon Sports sneak peak magazines. Athlon Sports positions Tech No. 22 and predicts the Hokies will come to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Tech has not been to the NCAAs since 2007.

The Sporting News positions mentor Buzz Williams’ Hokies No. 24. That magazine did not do NCAA Tournament expectations. A third magazine, Lindy’s Sports, did not place Tech in its Top 25. Be that as it may, it ranks Tech No. 31 among its main 40 groups and predicts the Hokies will progress to the round of 32 in the NCAAs. Obviously, Virginia is positioned in the Top 25 of each of the three magazines.

In any case, this is the first run through Virginia Tech has been positioned in the Top 25 by any of those magazines since the fall of 2010, when Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen were seniors. Tech was in the Top 25 of each of the three of those magazines that fall, and in addition in the Top 25 of the Associated Press preseason survey and the preseason mentors survey.

At that point mentor Seth Greenberg’s Hokies twisted up 9-7 in the ACC in the 2010-11 season, including a win over then-No. 1 Duke, and achieved the ACC Tournament elimination rounds. They had 21 triumphs on Selection Sunday however needed to settle for a fourth straight billet in the NIT, where they lost in the second round. The AP and mentors preseason surveys during the current year have not yet been declared.

The Hokies return starters Zach LeDay (15.5 ppg), Justin Bibbs (11.7 ppg) and Justin Robinson (7.3 ppg) from a 20-15 group that went 10-8 in ACC play and lost in the second round of the NIT. Seth Allen (14.7 ppg) and Chris Clarke (8.4 ppg) return also. Ahmed Hill is additionally back in the wake of sitting out last season in view of a torn patella ligament. Slope began two years prior, when he found the middle value of 8.7 focuses. Athlon Sports positions Virginia No. 7, while Lindy’s Sports positions Virginia No. 8 and The Sporting News puts UVa at No. 15. Athlon Sports and Lindy’s Sports both have UVa progressing to the Elite Eight.