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Last night, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team accomplished several important things in its win over Virginia. One of these things is that the team took another step in reaching the requirement for eligibility in postseason play.
The win over the Cavaliers now leaves the Hokies at 11-6 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. To be selected to a post-season tournament (NCAA or NIT), you must have at least a .500 record. Tech is now three wins away from ensuring that it will at least be 14-13 before entering the ACC Tournament in March.
It should be noted that having a .500 record does not guarantee a bid to a post-season tournament by any means. The Hokies went 15-14 last season, and as many of you remember, were left out of the NIT. They ended up watching Rutgers, whom they defeated twice, make it to the finals of the tournament, only to lose to Michigan 62-55.
However, this season could be different if they indeed reach the .500 mark come season’s end. While doubters will look to the loss against VMI (now 328 out of 330 in the RPI) in early December, this is an entirely different Hokie basketball team. Assuming Tech finishes 14-13 overall before the ACC Tournament, that would give them a 7-9 record in the country’s toughest basketball conference. Seven ACC wins is something very hard to overlook, therefore if Tech can win three more conference games, it is making a good case for itself.
Here is what lies ahead.
The Hokies have to travel for six of their last 10 games, which will be no easy task. Throw in the fact they have to play Duke twice and Wake Forest once, and you have one pretty tough final stretch. While it is true that any game is winnable, I am going to assume Tech will lose the Duke and Wake games, leaving the Hokies needing three wins in the other seven games.
With two games remaining against both Miami and Maryland, it is going to be extremely important that the Hokies at least split against both schools. If Tech can win two of those four games, then it only needs to hit the road and beat one of these three: Virginia, Clemson and North Carolina State (all teams they have beaten already).
If the Hokies manage to split with either Miami or Maryland, and beat the other one both times, then they can drop all three of the Virginia/Clemson/NC State road games and still be 14-13 heading into the ACC Tournament.
This is going to be a
tough test that will require some luck and character. Tech has been playing
gritty basketball and it has given them a lot of success on the hardwood thus
far. If they can maintain this, they can create their own destiny to the
postseason, something they have not done since 1996.
ACC Players Declaring ... and Not Declaring ... Early for the NFL Draft
Considering the deadline has come and gone for players to declare themselves eligible for the NFL Draft, here is a look at those who decided to forego any remaining eligibility, and some of those who surprised many by deciding to compete on the collegiate level again next season.
Players leaving early for the NFL:
Players returning for another year of school despite draft buzz, and what eligibility level they'll have in 2005:
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|TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week|
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