The Virginia softball team was voted second in the ACC Preseason Coaches Poll Monday, finishing five points behind two-time defending Conference champion Florida State.
The five ACC head coaches gave the Cavaliers 18 points in the poll, including one first-place vote. The Seminoles, who defeated the Cavs in the ACC championship game last season, earned the other four first-place votes. Maryland, North Carolina and Georgia Tech, respectively, filled out the voting.
Virginia hopes to challenge for the Conference title this season after going 35-26 with a 4-4 record in the ACC last year.
The Cavaliers open their season today with a pair of games in Las Vegas. They start with the University of Las Vegas and will face Portland State in the nightcap before heading to the UNLV Classic this weekend.
Women's basketball hopes to tame Tigers
The Virginia women's basketball team plays at Clemson tonight at 7 in a crucial ACC matchup.
As the No. 21 Cavaliers (19-6, 11-2 ACC) try to stay in contention with No. 7 N.C. State for the Conference lead, they face a tough Tiger squad (16-8, 7-5) that has been virtually unbeatable at home this season. Clemson has posted an 8-1 record at Littlejohn Coliseum, including four straight wins.
With the ACC Tournament two weeks away, the Cavs are riding a streak of their own, having won two straight and 15 of their last 17 games. Virginia emerged victorious in the Jan. 20 meeting with Clemson, winning 77-74 in a hard-fought double-overtime game.
Let's get ready to rumble
After getting ejected in only his second game since coming out of his short-lived retirement, Dallas Mavericks power forward Dennis Rodman challenged NBA Commissioner David Stern to a fistfight.
Rodman maintained Stern and the league are out to get him.
"It wasn't deserved," Rodman told the Associated Press. "I don't know who gave David Stern all the power in the world to sit there and make all the rules in the world, but this league has gone to hell. It's ridiculous.
"I wish me and David Stern can get some damn gloves on and go in the ring and see who'll come out the winner. Me and him."
Rodman faces possible fines and/or suspension for his remarks.