Hokie Hoops Recap, Part I: Size and Recruiting

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Buzz Williams has always used undersized lineups. What he’s doing at Virginia Tech is nothing new. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech just completed a third-straight successful season under Buzz Williams, and their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.  It was the first time since 1985 and 1986 that the Hokies have reached the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons.  If they make it again next year, it will mark the first time in program history that the Hokies have gone dancing three years in a row.

Still, I get a sense that there is a little bit of dissention in the ranks.  That’s understandable.  The Hokies were bounced in the first round for the second year in a row, and had they scheduled a little smarter in the non-conference portion of their schedule, perhaps they could have avoided that dreaded 8-9 matchup.  Notice I said “smarter” and not “better.”  Also, that blown second half lead against Notre Dame is still fresh.  Despite all the successes of this year’s team, the two most recent memories we have of this squad are the blown lead against the Irish and the loss to Alabama.

I’m going to attempt to discuss the concerns that some folks have, but to be honest, I think what most people want to talk about (size) is not the big issue at Tech, especially when you realize that Tech’s teams are no smaller than Williams’ teams at Marquette.  Those undersized Marquette teams made

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