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Virginia Tech returns all five of its starters this season.
The Hokies are coming off an impressive season last year when they posted a 25-9 record but the offseason has not been kind.
Valuable backup forward J.T. Thompson was lost for the season when he blew out a knee, and transfer Allan Chaney collapsed in the spring and was later diagnosed with a heart condition.
But the starting five will be a good one for head coach Seth Greenberg.
He said to the Roanoke Times, “I like our team. We’ve got some toughness. We’ve got experience. We’ve got maturity. We’ve got good guards. That’s a pretty good combination.”
The starting five includes guards Malcolm Delaney and Dorenzo Hudson, forwards Jeff Allen, Terrell Bell and Victor Davila.
"Those five guys are as good as any in the country," Greenberg said.
Kansas State is ranked No. 3 in the preseason polls and is a legitimate Final Four contender.
Senior guard Jacob Pullen is the preseason pick for Big 12 Player of the Year. He has scored in double figures for 37 consecutive games and is 14 shy of the school record.
The Wildcats starting five includes Pullen, shooting guard Rodney McGruder, small forward Jamar Samuels, small forward Wally Judge and power forward Curtis Kelly.
Kelly came on at the end of the season, and even more improvement, and consistency, is expected of the Connecticut transfer as a senior.