Inside The Numbers: Virginia Tech’s Quadrant One Wins, And Nickeil Alexander-Walker

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Ahmed Hill dunks on UNC last year in Cassell Coliseum. Hill and his Virginia Tech teammates beat the Heels for the first time under Buzz Williams on Big Monday a year ago. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

On Monday morning, January 22, 2018, Virginia Tech men’s basketball did not have a Quadrant One victory for their NCAA Tournament resume.  That night they beat No. 10 North Carolina in a Big Monday showcase game on ESPN for their first Q1 victory of the season.

They’ll have a chance to beat a similarly ranked Tar Heel team tonight, almost exactly a year to the day after knocking them off in Cassell Coliseum.  However, there’s a big difference between last year and this year.  While the Hokies didn’t have any Quadrant One victories at this point last season, they have two such wins this year…

No. 15 Purdue: 89-83 W
No. 36 Washington: 73-61 W

Purdue is 12-6 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten play.  The Boilermakers overscheduled in November and December, with non-conference games against the No. 7 Hokies, No. 33 Florida State, No. 75 Notre Dame and No. 29 Texas.  However, their computer numbers are very strong, and they’ll remain a Quadrant One win for the Hokies all season, barring a collapse of epic proportions.