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Virginia Tech basketball gets historic ranking in AP preseason poll

The Associated Press released its men's basketball preseason top 25 poll, and for the first time since the 1995-96 season, Virginia Tech was included. The Hokies were ranked No. 21, garnering 288 votes.

It's just the third time ever a Virginia Tech basketball team has been included in the AP's initial vote. The Hokies were ranked No. 15 to start the 1984-85 season and No. 22 to begin the 1995-96 campaign. In 1985, the Hokies qualified for the NCAA tournament but lost in the first round. In 1996, they lost to Kentucky in the second round.

On Wednesday during the team's media day, Coach Seth Greenberg shrugged off Virginia Tech's No. 23 ranking in the coaches' poll, saying: "It means someone thinks you have a good basketball team. I don't see the other 24 teams that are in the top 25."

Duke was ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, earning 55 of a possible 65 first-place votes. No. 2 Michigan State got eight first-place votes, while No. 3 Kansas State -- who Virginia Tech will face in the second game of the season -- got the the other two. Ohio State and Pittsburgh rounded out the top five.

No. 8 North Carolina was the only other ranked ACC team, but Florida State, North Carolina State, and Miami all received votes. You can view the complete poll here.

By Mark Giannotto  | October 28, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
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Maybe they'll make the tournament, instead of just being a bubble team that misses by a judgment call.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 29, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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