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Virginia Tech basketball picked second in preseason ACC poll

With all five starters back from a 25-win campaign last year, the Virginia Tech men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the ACC this season, just behind defending national champion Duke, during Wednesday's ACC media day.

Senior Malcolm Delaney, the conference's leading scorer a year ago, was also tabbed as a member of the ACC's preseason all-conference team. Delaney's name appeared on 61 out of a possible 62 ballots.

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg had already spoken with the press during Wednesday's ACC basketball media day when the poll was released. But during his 90-minute round table discussion, the heightened expectations surrounding the Hokies was brought up several times. One writer even asked Greenberg if he thought Virginia Tech should be picked second in the league heading into the season.

"Last time I checked, preseason polls don't mean that much anyways," the coach said. "I’m not worried about preseason polls. When we were picked 12th, I didn’t worry about it, and whatever we might be picked this year I’m not gonna worry about it because in the end, you’ve got to win games.”

Duke was the runaway favorite to repeat as ACC champion, receiving 61 out of a possible 62 first-place votes in the team poll. North Carolina, which was picked to finish third, got the only other first-place vote. The Blue Devils' Kyle Singler was named the preseason player of the year by virtue of appearing on all 62 ballots.

Delaney, though, wasn't quite ready to crown Duke during his media session in the morning. He was asked if he thought the ACC was wide open this year except for the Blue Devils, and quickly made it clear the Hokies aren't simply handing Duke another conference title.

“I still think there will be a good race for No. 1, too," said Delaney. "I’m not giving No. 1 to Duke right now. I’m pretty confident about our team and I feel like there’s a lot of teams in the ACC that could get that spot."

Here's a complete rundown of all the preseason accolades that were voted on by some of the assembled media. (Before you ask ... No, I did not vote since it's against Washington Post policy).

2010-11 ACC Predicted Order of Finish (62 Ballots)
1. Duke (61)
2. Virginia Tech
3. North Carolina
4. North Carolina State
5. Florida State
6. Maryland
7. Clemson
8. Miami
9. Georgia Tech
10. Boston College
11. Virginia
12. Wake Forest

Preseason Player of the Year
F Kyle Single, Duke, Sr. (38)

Preseason Rookie of the Year
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina (46)

ACC Preseason All-Conference team (62 ballots)
F Kyle Singler, Duke, Sr. (62)
G Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech, Sr. (61)
G Nolan Smith, Duke, Sr. (55)
F Tracy Smith, North Carolina State, Sr. (45)
F Chris Singleton, Florida State, Jr. (29)

By Mark Giannotto  | October 20, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
 
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