The NCAA Tournament Selection Show has come and gone, and Virginia Tech is not one of the 65 teams in the field. In the eyes of the Selection Committee, the Hokies apparently didn’t have enough Top 50 wins to get into the Big Dance. Tech is now headed to the NIT. They’ll find out their first round opponent later tonight.
As usual, there were a number of bubble teams with a compelling argument to get into the NCAA tournament. Some got in, and some got out.
The following bubble teams made it into the NCAA tournament: South Alabama as a #10 seed, St. Joseph’s as a #11 seed, Villanova as a #12 seed, Kentucky as a #11 seed, Arizona as a #10 seed, Oregon as a #9 and Baylor as a #11 seed.
Teams such as the Hokies, Illinois State, Arizona State, Ohio State, VCU, and UMass were left out. Tech was likely amongst the first four teams left out of the tournament, perhaps as high as the top team left out.
The ACC got four teams in. UNC is the #1 overall seed, and Duke is a #2 seed. Clemson got a #5 seed, and Miami a #7 seed. Despite how close the Hokies played UNC and Clemson recently, and despite the fact that they hammered Miami on Friday, they were left out.
The NIT Selection Show is tonight at 9pm. It will be televised by ESPN2. The Hokies will likely get a #1 seed in that tournament.