Tech’s Victory Against FSU Was a Big One

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Though it didn’t register nationally, Virginia Tech’s win over Florida State
on Saturday was a pretty big one. It got the Hokies to .500 in conference play,
and now they don’t have to go into Chapel Hill on Thursday night with an 0-2 ACC
record.

Perhaps even more than that, it avoided the dreaded home loss. Tech has
already dropped home games to Purdue and UVA, the latter of which hurt the
Hokies a lot. They couldn’t afford a third home loss so early in the season.
Remember, last year Tech only lost one regular season home game. A third home loss by
the second week of January would have been devastating.

Speaking of home losses, I don’t think the Hokies can afford another one this
year, save Duke.

Remaining
Home Games
Opp. RPI
Wake Forest 255
Longwood 323
Miami 31
Georgia Tech 173
Maryland 128
Duke 10
Boston College 38

Virginia Tech has three chances at home to earn top 50 wins. Let’s throw out
the Duke game as a probable loss. That means the Hokies need to beat Miami and
BC to earn some top 50 wins. Perhaps even more important, they can’t lose at
home to 100+ teams in the RPI such as Wake Forest, Longwood, Georgia Tech and
Maryland. They already have one such loss to UVA, and they can’t afford a
second.

My personal goal for the rest of the season is to go 6-1 at home. That would
be 16 total wins. If the Hokies can go 4-4 on the road in ACC play, that would
put them in pretty decent shape. While we’re at it, here’s a look at Tech’s road
games.

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