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October 16, 2013Sign-up for HokieHaven.com Wireless Text Alerts sent right to your cell phone!
CHARLOTTE -- As far as the ACC media is concerned, Virginia Tech has nowhere to go but up. Literally.
The Hokies were picked to finish last among the league's 15 teams in the pre-season poll released today at the ACC media day at Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton. The poll was voted on by 54 of the league's media members.
Duke received 50 first-place votes and was picked to win the ACC, with Syracuse picked to finish second, with three first-place votes. North Carolina was the only other team to receive a first-place vote and was tabbed to finish third. They were followed, in order, by Virginia, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Boston College, Florida State, NC State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and the Hokies.
Syracuse forward C.J. Fair was named the ACC's pre-season player of the year, while Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker was named the rookie of the year. Parker also was voted to the all-conference team, along with Fair, Virginia guard Joe Harris, Duke guard Rodney Hood and Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant.
Virginia Tech kicks off its season Nov. 9 with its home-opener against USC-Upstate.
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