was just 19 days ago that a Hokie basketball team that appeared to be getting it
in gear went to Marshall and suffered an embarrassing 59-58 defeat. Less than
three weeks later, VT finds itself in the national rankings, the toast of the
ACC after wins over Duke and North Carolina. Basketball has always been a game
of runs and momentum, and with the pendulum finally swinging Tech’s way again,
everyone around the program wonders if they can keep things going.
Emotions, confidence, and momentum play a big role in all sports. Positive
energy can be difficult to capture, and once lost, hard to get back. Two years
ago, when Seth Greenberg was named ACC Coach of the Year, a Hokie basketball
team that was a mediocre 7-6 on January 12th suddenly ripped off four straight
Those four wins happened over a stretch of eleven days, and they changed the
perception, energy, and performance of the Virginia Tech basketball program.
None of the wins were newsmaking stuff on the national scene, as most of them
came against unranked teams. A road win at #12 Georgia Tech was the most
impressive victory. The streak put the Hokies at 11-6 and vaulted them into the
top four of the ACC standings, where they stayed until season’s end. Cassell
Coliseum was full for Tech’s ACC games, helping the Hokies to a 6-2 ACC home
Prior to the four-game ACC win streak in January, there was nothing special
about the Hokies, and in fact, they had suffered an embarrassing loss to VMI
earlier that year.
Fast forward two years, and this time it’s two wins that have
transformed a season stuck in neutral to one of promise and excitement. A 69-67
OT win at Duke and a 94-88 home win over #1 UNC have these Hokies looking like
world-beaters. They aren’t, of course; they’ll lose more games as the season
wears on, maybe many more, but what
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