Hokies Getting Better?

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Tech Getting Better, or Playing to the Level of the Competition?

Virginia Tech’s last five games have been decided on the final shot.  Tech is 2-3 in those games.  They’ve defeated Boston College (66-65) and Georgia Tech (74-73), and they’ve lost to three ranked teams in Florida State (48-47), UVA (61-59) and Duke (70-65 in OT).

Seth Greenberg has said that his team has gotten better over the last couple of weeks, and I think most of us are in agreement with him.  You don’t play three NCAA Tournament teams down to the wire unless you are getting better.

Seth Greenberg

At the same time, while nearly beating three ranked teams, the Hokies needed last second shots to beat the two worst teams in the league in Cassell Coliseum.  Boston College and Georgia Tech are bad basketball teams, and both nearly walked out of Cassell with victories.  A couple of buzzer beaters were all that kept Tech from going a combined 0-4 against Boston College, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, three teams that have occupied the bottom of the ACC standings all season.

Of course, that’s nothing new.  Earlier in the season the Hokies played teams such as Minnesota, Syracuse and Kansas State, and they were all close games.  But as soon as ACC play started, they were losing to bottom feeders such as Wake Forest and Boston College.

If you’ve keeping up with Tech basketball for awhile, none of that should be a surprise.  The Hokies have had a reputation of playing to the level of their competition under Seth Greenberg.  Even the year they made the NCAA Tournament, the 2006-07 season, Tech lost to Marshall and was beaten three times by NC State, but they managed to go 3-0 against UNC and Duke.

So have the Hokies gotten better recently in close losses to Florida State, UVA and Duke?  Or were they just playing to the level of the competition.  I think it’s some of both.  We’ll have a better idea on Thursday night against Clemson.

The Tigers have improved recently, and are now 7-7 in ACC play after winning four of their last five games.  However, they are still