One Year Later, Hokies In Same Position

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Virginia Tech easily handled a solid Richmond basketball team on Wednesday
night, and the first half was arguably their best half of basketball this
season. Tech is now 11-5 overall and 1-1 in ACC play, and they are sitting in
basically the same spot that they were last year at this time.

There is good news and bad news about this Tech team. The bad news is that
they have two “bad” losses in their non-conference schedule, along
with no “quality” wins. The good news is they’ve strung together their
best two basketball games of the year, and appear to be improving.

Coming Up Short Before Conference Play, Again

This season has gone much like last season in non-conference play. The Hokies
have two bad losses to teams who will not finish in the Top 100 of the RPI (or
maybe not even in the Top 200!), and they have no “quality” wins,
which are defined as victories over teams that are in the Top 50 of the RPI.

Last season, the Hokies dropped early games to Butler and Gonzaga, both Top
50 teams. This year Tech has lost to Xavier and Wisconsin, who are both ranked
in the Top 15 of the RPI. They’ve had their chances, but they’ve failed to
capitalize.

When you compare last season’s non-conference results with this year’s, the
results are almost exactly the same.

Comparing
the Non-Conference Seasons

  2007-08 2008-09
Quality Wins 0 0
Bad Losses 2 2
Overall Record
...