DEFENDING CHAMP VIRGINIA ONLY 13TH IN PRESEASON TOP 25

Says Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated.com:

13. Virginia: If either Ty Jerome or Kyle Guy had come back to school, the defending champs would be a tempting ACC champion pick and start the season in my top five.

Neither did, joining DeAndre Hunter in the NBA draft.

Still, Tony Bennett is such a formidable program builder that he will have players ready to fill roles and keep the Cavaliers highly competitive.

That will start with the two guys who combined to make the play that saved UVA’s season against Purdue: point guard Kihei Clark and big man Mamadi Diakite.

https://www.si.com/college/2019/11/04/college-basketball-top-25-rankings

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