The football team's bye week seems like the perfect time to talk some hoops prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. The Hokies will open a season filled with high expectations at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 12 at home against Campbell.
The Hokies are ranked No. 23 in the preseason coaches poll and were selected second by the media in preseason ACC voting. Outsiders obviously have high expectations for the upcoming season, but what do you hope the Hokies accomplish in Malcolm Delaney's senior season?
Delaney has one more year to make his first NCAA Tournament. We know he's a remarkable talent that led the ACC in scoring a year ago and hopefully this year the whole country will get to see how good he is. The only way for that to happen is to live up to the hype, make an expanded NCAA field and possibly make a run in the tournament.
Tech's four other starters also return in addition to Delaney, but depth could be an issue. Florida transfer forward Allan Chaney will likely miss significant time with a heart condition, senior forward J.T. Thompson is out with a torn ACL and sophomore forward Cadarian Raines is still recovering from a broken foot.
And if the Hokies do make the NCAA Tournament, they'll have to make a run with no players on their roster who have played in the Tournament and with a coach who has one win in three NCAA Tournament appearances in his 20-year head coaching career.
So what do you expect out of the Hokies this year? Will a trip to the Big Dance be fine with you or do expect more?