I’ve never felt particularly good about Virginia Tech’s chances in the NCAA Tournament in the past, but this year is different. I’m not going out on a limb and saying they are going to make it past the Sweet 16, because No. 1 overall seed Duke would be a tough out. However, I like Tech’s chances to make it past the opening weekend more than I’ve ever liked them before.
Let’s go back to our most recent NCAA Tournament appearances, dating back to 1996…
1996: No. 9 seed vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay. Matched up with No. 1 seed and eventual National Champion Kentucky in the second round. The Hokies beat Green Bay but lost to Kentucky.
2007: No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 seed Illinois. Matched up with No. 4 seed Southern Illinois in the second round, who had already beaten the Hokies during the regular season. The Salukis beat the Hokies again in the NCAA Tournament.
2017: No. 9 seed vs. No. 8 seed Wisconsin. Matched up with No. 1 seed Villanova in the second round. The Hokies lost to Wisconsin, who went on to beat Villanova and advance to the Elite Eight.
2018: No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed Alabama. Matched up with No. 1 seed and eventual National Champion Villanova...
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