Virginia Tech

The Acc

November 18, 2005|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Coach: Seth Greenberg, third season at school (31-28), 16th overall (244-198)

2004-05 record: 16-14, 8-8 (tied for fourth in ACC; NIT second round)

Returning starters: Junior F Coleman Collins, junior G Zabian Dowdell, junior G Jamon Gordon, sophomore G-F Deron Washington

Sun prediction: Losing record

Why it will happen: Although the Hokies' depth in the frontcourt might have improved, several of the players there are untested. Two freshmen, a sophomore and a walk-on will be looked to for contributions. Virginia Tech also needs to find a player who can compensate for the loss of wing forward Carlos Dixon. Sophomore center Robert Krabbendam is out until December with a torn meniscus, and Wynton Witherspoon, who was in the running to replace Dixon, broke his left foot and will also be out until next month.

Why it might not: The Hokies have a more experienced backcourt with starters Dowdell and Gordon. Dowdell led the team with 14.4 points a game last season. Collins, who grabbed 18 rebounds in a win against Duke last season, should again be a factor. Redshirt junior guard Markus Sailes, who started two seasons ago but was out last year with a leg injury, has returned to the starting lineup.

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