After a loss this afternoon to Duke in the ACC semi-finals, the Hokies are headed back to Blacksburg to await the selection committee’s decision. The Hokies followed a win against Duke with 2 straight losses to BC and Clemson. The losses pushed the potential #9 seeded Hokies back to the bubble and into the projected “last 4 in” category. Tech looked impressive against Georgia Tech in the opening round of the ACC tournament, and followed that win with an emotional last second victory against #3 seed Florida State. It seemed the long night, and intense game had an effect on the Hokies when playing Duke, and were unable to weather Dukes offensive rebounding and aggressive defense. Duke seemed to have learned from its previous meeting with the Hokies, and found ways to break the zone, and out rebound Tech. The Hokies also seemed to be exhausted from their late night game the previous day, and returning to their hotel at 1 a.m. to wake up for an 11 a.m. meeting certainly took its toll. Tech was out played, and still hung in the game, but after time Duke pulled away, and Tech was eliminated from the tournament. They now wait to see what lays in their path for the big tournament. Virginia Tech has been a perennial bubble team, and was dubbed as “America’s Bubble Team” by Joe Lunardi. It is safe to say that if Virginia Tech went undefeated, they still would be put on the bubble just to keep things consistent. After the last three years of disappointing NIT tournaments, the Hokies are ready to enter the tourney. Tech has far from its most impressive resume over the last 4 years, but it also has competed in a tight ACC, beaten FSU twice, OKSt, Penn State, and #1 Duke. They also went to the semi-finals of the ACC tourney, and didn’t get embarrassed by Duke.
The only thing to do now is to wait and see what will happen. Tech has been snubbed in years past, but from all accounts this year is the one that sees them through to the big dance.
About the Author
Written by Logan Cecchine
I am a Virginia Tech undergrad, and plan on graduating with a degree in human development, as well as a minor in leadership and social change. I am a huge fan of all sports, but college football and basketball are on the top of my list. I am a fan of the Boston Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, Denver Broncos, and my Hokies.