Unlikely First-Place Hokies Putting Together Special Season

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Two dates seem like a long time ago now: December 3rd, the day the Hokie
basketball team lost to GW 63-62 and fell to 4-3; and December 30th, the day
they dropped an uninspired, inexplicable 59-58 decision to Marshall. Those days
are fading quickly into the rear view mirror, as Virginia Tech takes a Monday
without basketball to admire itself in an unusual position: first place in the
ACC.

For
your enjoyment, we present the updated ACC standings. They will remain that way
for at least two more days, because none of the top five teams in the ACC (those
with just one or two losses) play until Wednesday night. On Wednesday, Miami
visits UNC and the Hokies host NC State, so things might change then, but until
Wednesday night, you can enjoy what you see.

I’m tempted to say that the basketball team we’re seeing now is the one we
expected to see before the season began — senior leaders, talent, and depth.
Had you told me before the season that the Hokies would have a 16-5 record after
21 games, I would have nodded and said, “Sounds about right. Good, but
about right.”

Although I foresaw a possible 16-5 team, I did not see a 6-1 ACC team at this
point, and I certainly didn’t see them arriving at 16-5 in this fashion. Bad
losses to Western Michigan and Marshall, combined with wins at Duke, over #1
UNC, and at Georgia Tech? That’s a head-shaker.

In dispatching Georgia Tech at Alexander Memorial Coliseum Sunday afternoon,
the Hokies ran their record to a respectable 3-0 at home in the conference, and
an unbelievable 3-1 on the road. ACC road wins are treasures, and Tech has
already grabbed more of them this season than in each of the last two seasons.

The Georgia Tech win was the third time in ACC play that the Hokies have
exceeded the preseason expectations of the TSL staff. We had the ACC opener
against Wake Forest down as a win; the road game at Duke as a loss; the home
game against UNC as a loss; the road

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