Notes from Pittsburgh

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Virginia Tech’s trip to Pittsburgh wasn’t a successful one, but lessons can be gleaned from it. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Yes, I know Virginia Tech’s loss to Alabama is almost a week in the rearview mirror, but with the travel and having to catch up on things once I got back home, I’m only now able to send some impressions from the too-brief visit to Pittsburgh.

“Keep Going”

In the podcast, I don’t remember exactly how Ricky LaBlue phrased the question, but it was along the lines of “How can Virginia Tech get over the hump and start winning NCAA Tournament games?”

Virginia Tech has appeared in 10 NCAA Tournaments, a woefully low number, and they’re 6-10 in those tournaments. Two of those wins came in Virginia Tech’s 1967 Elite Eight appearance, Tech’s first-ever NCAA Tournament 41 years ago. The Hokies have only won two NCAA games since 1980, a span of nearly 40 tournaments.

So the Hokies aren’t used to winning NCAA games. The question was, how do they start winning them?

I answered with two simple words. “Keep going.” As in, keep going to the NCAA Tournament.

If you don’t go, you can’t win. If you only go once every 10 years, as Virginia Tech has done since basically 1986, you only get one chance to make a magical Sweet 16 or Elite Eight-type run before proceeding to wait another 10 years for the next chance.

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