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Oct. 22, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia men’s basketball team is picked to finish eighth in the 12-team Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2006-07 season in a preseason poll of media representatives attending the ACC’s 2006 Operation Basketball event on Sunday (Oct. 22) at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center.

UVa guards Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds received preseason All-ACC recognition in media voting. Singletary, a junior from Philadelphia, Pa., is a first-team selection and Reynolds, a senior from Roanoke, Va., a second-team choice.

North Carolina was the preseason choice to finish first in the conference with 59 first place votes and 741 points. Duke finished second in the voting with two first place votes and 660 points, and Boston College was third with one first place vote and 619 points. Georgia Tech finished fourth in the voting with 531 points followed by Florida State (410), Virginia Tech (385), Maryland (375), Virginia (365), Clemson (281), Wake Forest (177), Miami (173) and NC State (119).

Joining Singletary on the preseason All-ACC first team were Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), Jared Dudley (Boston College), Al Thornton (Florida State) and Josh McRoberts (Duke). Joining Reynolds on the preseason All-ACC second team were Anthony Morrow (Georgia Tech), Coleman Collins (Virginia Tech), Reyshawn Terry (North Carolina) and Zabian Dowdell (Virginia Tech).

Hansbrough was voted the ACC’s preseason Player of the Year and Thaddeus Young of Georgia Tech the preseason Rookie of the Year.

Virginia plays an exhibition game at home in the new John Paul Jones Arena on Nov. 4 against Augusta State. The game is open to the public at no charge. A starting time for the exhibition game will be determined once the kickoff time for Virginia’s football game at Florida State on Nov. 4 is announced. The start of the men’s basketball exhibition game will be set so it does not conflict with the football game.

The Cavaliers open their 2006-07 regular season at home against Arizona on Nov. 12. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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