I’m not sure if Virginia Tech’s Saturday night home game with #1 Duke is a
must-win situation for the Hokies, but a victory over the Blue Devils would make
me feel a lot better about Tech’s NCAA Tournament chances.
Last week the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee invited 20 members of the
media to watch a mock selection of the tournament field. The committee wants the
public to know more about what goes on behind closed doors. Come watch how the
sausage is made, if you will.
Jason King of Yahoo Sports, who was present at the mock selection, wrote a
very informative article on the process, which you can read here.
I won’t go over the entire article step by step, but a few things stood out
to me: the point that conference tournaments don’t mean much to the Selection
Committee, and the fact that they put most of their emphasis on strength of
schedule, top 50 RPI wins, and quality road wins rather than conference
standings and conference strength.
Conference Tournaments Don’t Matter Much … Unless Virginia Tech Loses to
A little known fact is that when Virginia Tech arrived in Greensboro for last
year’s ACC Tournament, they were told by people in the know that they had
to win their first ACC Tournament game if they wanted a solid chance to make the
NCAA Tournament. The committee had the Hokies squarely on the bubble, and one
slip up was going to push them to the wrong side.
Virginia Tech almost always schools Wake Forest in basketball, so naturally
the Demon Deacons were blown out in the opening round by the Miami Hurricanes, a
tougher matchup for the Hokies. Miami upset Tech, and the Hokies went to the
Virginia Tech was 23-8 overall after the Miami loss, they finished 10-6 in
the ACC regular season schedule, they had three top 50 wins against Clemson,
Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, and the Georgia Tech win came on
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