Can you guess where Dickie V has Virginia in his preseason picks?

By Jerry Ratcliffe


Dick Vitale is a keen observer of college basketball, and even though there’s chaos in the game in terms of trying to get schedules set, the great one has come out with his preseason Top 40.

To quote Dickie: “It is not easy to figure out how this season will go, but I will base this on players returning and players lost, coaching, and the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index), which is in overdrive, baby!”

If you want to see Dickie V’s entire top 40, here’s a link.

We’ll give you a little sneak preview though, in where he forecasts Virginia in the preseason.

Vitale picked Virginia No. 4 nationally in the preseason and the highest-ranked ACC team. Here’s what Dickie said about the Cavaliers:

“Tony Bennett’s teams always do it with defense. The Cavaliers led the nation in scoring defense at 52.4 points per game and were second in field goal percentage defense at 36.9. They add a scoring threat in Marquette transfer Sam Hauser, who averaged almost 15 PPG in his last season. Kihei Clark is a tremendous leader in the backcourt as an exceptional defender and passer. Jay Huff showed signs of improvement late in the season, and he will contribute up front. This Cavaliers team is ready to make another run at the national title.