Georgetown doesn’t begin its season for another few weeks, and even tough Virgina Tech’s football team has righted the ship from the two early season losses, both schools have other things to look forward to this year with men’s basketball just around the corner. Yesterday, the preseason coaches’ poll was released, and even though defending national champs from Duke start at number one, both regional schools made it into the first rankings. The Hoyas land at 21 and the Hokies just a few steps behind at 23 in the first vote of the season; other nearby schools Maryland and Richmond are hanging close in the “Receiving Votes” bucket.
In conference, Georgetown was selected to finish 4th in the Big East behind Pitt, Nova and Syracuse, but Austin Freeman was tabbed as the conference’s player of the year (fixed by this ACC guy when trying too hard to ignore the BigEast). Meanwhile, in ACC country Virgina Tech was tabbed to finish as runner-up to Duke in the ACC, and the Terps are pegged at 5th. To round out other local schools, George Mason is picked for second in the Colonial Athletics Association, and the GWU Colonials are picked to finish 10th in the 14-team A-10.