Hokies Fighting for Postseason Positioning

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Zach LeDay and Buzz Williams have Tech poised to play in the postseason.
Zach LeDay and Buzz Williams have Tech poised to play in the postseason.

The Hokies will play in the ACC Tournament on Wednesday night, as they do every year. However, for the first time since 2011, their ACC Tournament game(s) will actually mean something. Tech is fighting for postseason positioning, and however remote their chances are of an NCAA Tournament bid, that is still a goal that is achievable with three more wins and a good deal of luck. But the most important thing this year is that Virginia Tech will most likely play in a postseason basketball tournament. On January 1, nobody would have guessed that.

Why Don’t the Hokies Have a Good Shot at an NCAA At-Large Bid?

(Note: All RPI numbers used in this article are from WarrenNolan.com.)

A lot of people keep asking me the same question: “Shouldn’t the Hokies be in the conversation for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament?” No, their RPI isn’t good enough right now. Why is that? Well, let’s try to understand the RPI…

Here is how the RPI counts wins and losses…

A home win: 0.6 wins
A neutral site win: 1 win
A road win: 1.4 wins
A home loss: 1.4 losses
A neutral site loss: 1 loss
A road loss: 0.6 losses

The problem with Virginia Tech is that their number