The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Non-Conference Schedule, NCAA Tournament Locations, and More

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1) Is it important to create a tougher OOC schedule? We will get in the tourney even though our OOC SOS wasn’t great, not to mention the St. Louis loss. As long as we are the top conference in the country, does it really matter about our OOC schedule? – VTScanlo

Chris Coleman: It’s not necessary to make a great non-conference schedule, provided you have enough overall wins and enough Quadrant One wins to satisfy what the committee is looking for.  That was the issue with Seth Greenberg’s later teams: lack of quality wins when balanced with their non-conference schedule.  Had this year’s Hokies beaten Pitt and Wake Forest twice (instead of playing them once each), and we took those wins over Duke and UVA away, Tech might not be in this year, either. 

The Hokies are about to do something they haven’t done since 1985 and 1986: make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.  The season is already a success, simply because they are doing something that hasn’t been done since the mid-80s.  That was a long time ago, believe it or not. 

You could make the argument that the same thing applies to next year.  If Tech makes the NCAA Tournament, it will be the first time in school history that