Inside the Numbers: Virginia Tech Basketball in the Pomeroy Ratings

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Buzz Williams, with the help of point guard Justin Robinson, has turned Virginia Tech into one of the best offensive teams in the country. (Photo by Jon Fleming)

The Hokies are 7-1 on the season, and they are ranked No. 15 in the AP Poll and No. 14 in the Coaches Poll. The computer polls also seem to like Virginia Tech more this year than they have in the past. Today we’re going to focus on Tech’s rankings in the Ken Pomeroy ratings, which is a well-respected metric used by analysts and coaches.

Virginia Tech will play four more games before they hit ACC competition. Here are their remaining four non-conference opponents, and their Ken Pomeroy rankings…

South Carolina State: No. 341
Washington: No. 50
North Carolina A&T: No. 326
Maryland Eastern Shore: No. 347

Virginia Tech’s Pomeroy ranking is No. 11. At worst, the Hokies are going to be 10-2 headed into conference play, and the numbers would suggest that they’ll actually be 11-1. For what it’s worth, the Pomeroy rankings are based on offensive and defensive efficiency, which is adjusted based on the strength of the offenses and defenses that a team has faced.

Don’t let Washington’s No. 50 ranking fool you about the Huskies. They