The pollsters have spoken. Feel free to ignore, ridicule or parse.
Just don't commit to memory.
Virginia Tech and North Carolina 1-2-3 in the conference basketball race, Boston College, Virginia and Wake Forest 10-11-12.
Rarely are we right, and we're most wrong about Virginia Tech.
Some poll history:
In 2005, we picked the Hokies 10th in their first ACC season. They tied for fourth.
Ditto 2008, when Virginia Tech finished solo fourth after a 10th-place forecast. Last year we had the Hokies eighth, but they tied for third.
The one season we overrated Virginia Tech a tick was 2006, when it tied for 10th after being picked eighth.
Virginia was recently undervalued in 2007, when the Cavs tied for first after reporters voted them eighth. No other ACC regular-season champ has ever been picked so low.
The only time in the last 15 years we picked Virginia among the league's top half -- third in 2002 -- the Cavs tied for fifth.
The odds of Duke, Virginia Tech and North Carolina finishing 1-2-3 this season as predicted?
Only three times in 41 previous attempts has the prescient media picked the top three in order. That was 1974 (North Carolina State, North Carolina, Maryland), 1999 (Duke, Maryland, North Carolina) and 2009 (North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest).
The conference season commences Dec. 5 in Blacksburg when Virginia Tech welcomes Virginia.
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