It Feels Good to Hurt

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The Hokies are playing a lot better recently.
The Hokies are playing a lot better recently.

For the first time in quite awhile, I’ve been upset, angry and hurt following Virginia Tech’s last two basketball losses. From reading through the message boards, I get the feeling that most of you guys were feeling the same way. That’s a good thing, and it represents an important step in the building of the program under the leadership of Buzz Williams.

Prior to last Wednesday’s defeat at the hands of Notre Dame, I can tell you the last two times I was upset, angry and hurt following a loss.

December 8, 2012: The Hokies started 7-0 in James Johnson’s first year as head coach. They had defeated Iowa and #15 Oklahoma State in Cassell Coliseum, and they traveled to Morgantown for a matchup with West Virginia. They were getting votes in the top 25 poll, and a win would have probably moved them into the rankings. They lost, 68-67, on a last second shot.

March 1, 2011: After knocking off #1 Duke at home, the Hokies laid a big, fat egg three days later in Cassell Coliseum by losing to Boston College 76-61. That popped the final bubble of the Seth Greenberg era. He was fired a little over a year later, and we’ve never finished above last place since.

Since then, it’s been a string of four consecutive last place finishes in the ACC. The only reason we weren’t picked to finish last this year (we were picked 14th out of 15) is because Boston College exists.

Tech fans tuned the program out, and those who did continue to watch games became numb to all the losses. I know, because that’s exactly what happened to me. I didn’t like losing, but I didn’t