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Hokies picked 8th in ACC preseason poll

The Virginia Tech basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in a preseason poll of the news media at the conference's media gathering Sunday in Greensboro, N.C. Guard Malcolm Delaney was selected to the preseason all-conference team.

The Hokies were picked to finish just above Boston College and below Florida State. For the first time in the 41-year history of the preseason media voting process, there was a tie atop the ACC preseason rankings, with Duke and North Carolina each receiving 545 total votes.

Delaney tallied 24 votes as a member of the all-conference team. He was joined by: Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez (45 votes), Clemson forward Trevor Booker (44), Duke forward Kyle Singler (43) and North Carolina forward Ed Davis (21).

Delaney was named third-team all-ACC last March. He was second in scoring for the Hokies, averaging 18.1 points per game; A.D. Vassallo averaged 19.1. Delaney led Virginia Tech with 152 assists and was second in steals (50).

Here are the complete preseason ACC rankings, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Duke (25) 545
1. North Carolina (20) 545
3. Clemson 409
4. Georgia Tech (2) 387
5. Maryland 378
6. Wake Forest (1) 315
7. Florida State 314
8. Virginia Tech 273
9. Boston College 251
10. Miami 135
11. Virginia 116
12. N.C. State 76

By Mark Viera  |  October 25, 2009; 5:49 PM ET
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