It’s RPI Versus History in a Fight to the Finish!

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Generally this is the time of year that the Hokie Nation
begins to worry about the latest position change on the football team and
gearing up the tailgating crew for the spring football game. A small minority
would discuss what had to happen for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team
to back their way into the Big East Tournament. This year however, that small
minority has grown into a fan base that is discussing something a lot more
important…what it will take for the Hokies to get an invitation to The Big
Dance.

When it comes to
Tech’s RPI rating, Seth
Greenberg can’t bear to look, but his Hokies
come out swinging, anyway.

First of all, it’s important to consider the fact
that things could change very quickly. There is no way to know how the Hokies
are going to fare the remainder of the season, or how any team will fare. Going
into the Maryland game two weeks ago, the Hokies were starting to be mentioned
by the ESPN bracketologists for the first time as a possible contender for a
spot in the NCAA Tournament. After the Hokies dropped road games at Maryland and
Virginia, Tech was considered to be firmly off the bubble. Tech stood at 12-10
overall, and 5-6 in ACC play. And things were going to get worse, because the
Duke Blue Devils were coming to Cassell to hand the Hokies another whipping.

Of course, that didn’t happen. VT shocked Duke
last Thursday night in front of a national television audience and surprised a
lot of people yet again two days later, when they showed no signs of a letdown
in a 71-58 thumping of a solid Miami team that was fighting for their

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