Hokies Must Learn to Close

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Wednesday night, Virginia Tech defeated NC State to get to 15-6 overall, and
5-3 in the ACC. That’s a good start in ACC play, and as usual Tech is chasing a
first round bye in the ACC Tournament. However, now they have to close in their
final eight conference games. That has been a problem at times in the past.

Believe it or not, but Virginia Tech has started 5-3 in the ACC every single
year except for one, the epic disaster that was the 2005-06 season. Tech has
been 5-3 after eight games on five occasions, and 6-2 once. They went to the
NCAA Tournament after starting 6-2, but they have never gone after starting 5-3.

You’ve heard the term “closing” thrown around a lot recently,
because of the discussions surrounding football recruiting. The basketball team
has had issues of its own over the second half of ACC play.

Half of ACC Play
Year First Half Second Half
2004-05 5-3 3-5
2005-06 2-6 2-6
2006-07 6-2 4-4
2007-08 5-3 4-4
2008-09 5-3 2-6
2009-10 5-3 5-3
2010-11 5-3 ?

In their first six years in the league, the Hokies went 28-20 in games played
during the first half of the ACC schedule. In the second half of the schedule,
they went 20-28.

Virginia Tech is 5-3 yet again this season, and squarely on the bubble,
again. If the season ended today, they would very likely be invited to the NCAA
Tournament. However, they’ve still got eight more ACC games to play, plus the
ACC Tournament in Greensboro. There is still a