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Women's Hoops Wins First-Round ACC Game, Probably WNIT-Bound

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Quick, what's something the Tech women's basketball team has done that the men's team has never done?

Go to a Sweet 16?  Wrong, the men's team did that in 1966-67, getting to the Elite 8 and finishing one game short of the Final Four, losing an agonizing 71-66 overtime game to Dayton. (As an aside, there were only 23 teams in the 1967 NCAA tournament. Another aside: the NIT had 12 teams that year. When Tech won the NIT in 1973, there were 16 invitees. In 1995, there were 32 invitees. But I digress.)

Okay, there are a lot of things Tech's women's team has done that the men's team has not. But the answer we're looking for is: win an ACC tournament game. The 7th-seeded Hokies pulled it off again Thursday night, downing #10 seed Boston College, 60-54 in overtime.

That marked Tech's second straight year winning their opening-round ACC tourney game. The parallels between the end of last season and the end of this season are eerie. The Hokies were a #7seed in last year's tournament, just like this season. Last year, they defeated Wake Forest in the last game of the regular season, then drew the Demon Deacs in the first round of the ACC tournament. This season, they beat Boston College in the last regular-season game, then turned around and played them in the ACC tournament.

But there's one big difference between this year and last year: last year's team went to the NCAA tournament, and this year's team, barring something spectacular, won't.

February was not kind to the Hokies. On February 5th, the Hokies beat Georgia Tech to run their record to 16-9, 5-4 in the ACC. With a slew of winnable games left, Tech's women were in good position to make it back to the NCAA's, despite an RPI that was hovering around 50.

The next 13 days were rough, though, as the Hokies dropped four in a row and fell out of NCAA consideration. The first loss was an acceptable road loss to Maryland, but then the Hokies dropped a road game to Clemson 73-69 and a home game to Virginia, 79-76. The streak was capped by a 68-63 home defeat at the hands of suddenly red-hot NC State. The Hokies were 16-13, and that was that. VT eventually finished 6-8 in the ACC and entered the ACC tourney as the #7 seed.

Two straight wins over BC put Tech at 18-13, but their RPI has plummeted to 78 (according to RealTimeRPI), and the NCAA tournament won't come calling, unless the Hokies beat powerful UNC, then (probably) Maryland, and (probably) #1-ranked, undefeated Duke. That would be a run to rival the one by the 7th-seeded Virginia Cavalier men's team in 1976, when the Hoos shocked the ACC by winning the tournament. Actually, it would be more impressive, because the gap between the haves and the have-nots in women's basketball is enormous.

That leaves the Women's NIT, and the Hokies are a good bet to make the WNIT (though not a lock -- keep reading). The WNIT is expanding to 48 teams this year, meaning over 110 teams will participate in women's postseason play, between the NCAA tournament and the WNIT.

Tech hasn't been to the WNIT since 2002, when the Ieva Kublina-led Hokies made it all the way to the semifinals before falling to Houston in overtime, 77-72. Houston closed regulation with a 16-4 run behind some talented guard play, then took the win in overtime.

Interesting side note: The Hokies were 18-10 in 2001-2002, with an RPI of 35, but didn't get an NCAA invitation. Tech had started that season 15-2, but a 3-8 stretch run made the committee decide to leave the Hokies at the altar. Tech was the highest-RPI-rated team to miss the NCAA tournament that year.

The WNIT is played exclusively on the home floors of participants, not at any neutral sites. Participating teams bid to host games on a round-by-round basis. In 2002, the Hokies played four WNIT games in Cassell, beating UNC-Greensboro (51-45), George Washington (68-52), and Vermont (76-48) before losing in a thriller against Houston, 77-72 in overtime.

The Hokies aren't a lock to make the WNIT, though. The tournament has a somewhat complex selection method that ensures that a team from each of 31 conferences will be selected for the tournament. That only leaves 17 true at-large spots, which isn't a lot. It's hard to imagine the Hokies with no postseason destination at all -- that hasn't happened since Carol Alfano's last season as Tech's coach, in 1996-97 -- but it could happen. WNIT bids are extended March 12th, so we'll find out then. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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Hot-Shooting Hoos Down VT in Charlottesville

March 1, 2007
UVA used a very good defensive performance and a hot-shooting outside game to down Virginia Tech 69-56 in Charlottesville on Thursday night. The in-state rivals split the season series, and UVA momentarily moves into first place in the ACC with the win. Tech drops to 20-9 overall and 10-5 in ACC play. UVA improves to 20-8 and 11-4 in the ACC.

In-State Star Commits to Hokies!
March 1, 2007
Virginia Tech started March off in style, landing its second commitment for the class of 2008. The commitment comes from a talented in-state athlete who helped his team to a Group AA, Division 4 state championship this past season.

Around the ACC: March 1, 2007
March 1, 2007
It's crunch time. We are now entering the final weekend of ACC regular season play, and there is still a lot to be decided. First and foremost is the ACC Regular Season Championship. UNC, Virginia Tech and Virginia all find themselves tied at the top of the conference standings, and tonight's huge matchup in Charlottesville will help determine who gets the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament.

Hylton Boasts Three Potentials D1 Prospects
March 1, 2007
Among his group of rising seniors, Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) head coach Lou Sorrentino boasts three potential Division 1A recruits. One of those recruits - 6-4, 200-pound Morgan Carter - has already received offers from two Big East programs.

Kabongo Headlines Gar-Field's 2008 Class
March 1, 2007
Leons Kabongo has been in the United States for less than three years. In the two years he has played high school football for Gar-Field's (Woodbridge, VA) varsity football squad (the first two years he has ever played the game), he has demonstrated outstanding work ethic and talent and, amazingly, earned Cardinal District Defensive Player of the Year this past season as a junior.

Special Season Assured, Hokies Look for More
February 28, 2007
Twenty wins. An NCAA Tournament bid. An All-ACC First Team candidate and Coach of the Year candidate. A top four finish in the ACC. These are all great accomplishments, and if the season ended today, Hokie fans should be proud. But as the team embarks for a critical road game in Charlottesville Thursday night, it's becoming clearer that success breeds many things. Among them: an appetite for more success.

Basketball Game Preview: #21 Virginia Tech at #25 Virginia
February 28, 2007
What were you doing on January 6, 1968? Many of you probably don't remember. Some of you weren't alive. I sure wasn't. Will Stewart was a toddler. LBJ was in the Whitehouse, we hadn't landed on the moon yet, and Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum were in their first few years of existence. That's also the last time Virginia Tech won a men's basketball game in Charlottesville.

A Decision Coming Soon for Boyce?
February 28, 2007
Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA) star QB/DB Xavier Boyce, a good-sized prospect at 6-4, 200 pounds, has had a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech for quite some time. Last weekend, he visited the University of Virginia in hopes of landing a second offer to his list.

2007 Recruiting Grades: The Defense
February 27, 2007
The Hokies only signed nine defensive players in the class of 2007, with four of those coming at the linebacker position. Given that, you can't expect Tech's defensive recruiting grades to be very high, but the Hokies still got some excellent defensive players and filled some needs. In the second part of this two part series, we give our defensive recruiting grades.

Roberts Adds Offer #2
February 27, 2007
6-2, 190-pound Smithfield star running back Dyrell Roberts has the potential to burst onto the recruiting scene. He already holds scholarship offers from the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech and has received very serious interest from a number of others, including Florida. Roberts, who is excited about his offers and the interest from other programs, took some time to talk recruiting.

Hokie Hotline Notes for 2/26/07
February 27, 2007
Presented by Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech: Head basketball coach Seth Greenberg was on the show Monday night, and he reviewed last week's Boston College win, previewed the upcoming Virginia game, and took a few minutes to talk about Virginia Tech's recruiting disadvantages, the importance of building a new basketball practice and support facility, and his feelings about Cassell Coliseum.

Hokies Back in the Top 25
February 26, 2007
After two big victories in the ACC in the past week, Virginia Tech has climbed their way back into the top 25. The Hokies are ranked #21 in both the A.P. Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, and they are one of five ACC teams to be ranked in at least one poll.

Goochland's Coles an Explosive Talent
February 26, 2007
Ever since a 248-yard, 2-touchdown performance his freshman season against a good Louisa squad, Goochland (VA) running back D.J. Coles felt he "had something special." This past season as a junior, the standout prospect used his talents to help Goochland capture its first ever Division 2 Single A state championship in football.

An In-State Battle for Ruff?
February 26, 2007
Norview High School (Norfolk, VA) standout junior Klinton "Buddy" Ruff, a 6-4, 290-pound defensive line/offensive line prospect, has had experiences at Virginia and Virginia Tech - the two schools that have offered thus far. His most recent experience was this past weekend, when he and his mother traveled to the University of Virginia for its junior day.

Hokies Blow Hurricanes Out of Blacksburg
February 24, 2007
Virginia Tech started slowly, but blew the Miami Hurricanes out of Blacksburg in the second half on their way to a 73-57 win that all but locked up a berth in the 2007 NCAA tournament. The victory improves Tech to 20-8 overall and 10-4 in the ACC. Miami drops to 11-17 overall, and 4-10 in conference play.

Oscar Smith's Boykins a Hot Commodity
February 23, 2007
A strong, physical wide receiver/safety for Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA), 6-0, 200-pound Kerry Boykins is also a big-time playmaker. An all-district, all-Tidewater and all-state performer (first-team VHSCA kick-returner, second-team wide receiver) last season as a junior, Boykins had 37 receptions for 760 yards and five touchdowns and had five punt or kick returns of over 60 yards.

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Miami
February 23, 2007
The Miami Hurricanes venture to Cassell Coliseum on Saturday afternoon fresh off a win over Virginia, and they'll be looking to turn that into a winning streak. Virginia Tech will be looking for their 20th win overall and 10th in the ACC, and if they get it, they'll lock up their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1996.
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