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Hokies Have Had Limited Success Against FSU
by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, TSLMail #475, March 11, 2011

Virginia Tech will take on the #3 seed Florida State Seminoles tonight at approximately 9:30pm. Some people say the Hokies have to win tonight to make the NCAA Tournament. Other say they could still make the field of 68 with a loss to the Noles. Either way, they are going to have to play better than they normally do against Florida State.

The Hokies are 3-6 against the Seminoles since joining the ACC. Florida State's length and athleticism gives Tech a hard time, particularly away from Cassell Coliseum. The Noles have are just 1-3 against Tech in Blacksburg, but are a perfect 5-0 at FSU.

Hokies vs. Florida State
Year Winner Score Location
2004-05 FSU 77-70 Tallahassee
2005-06 FSU 74-68 Tallahassee
2005-06 VT 72-61 Blacksburg
2006-07 FSU 82-73 Tallahassee
2007-08 VT 89-80 Blacksburg
2008-09 FSU 67-65 Blacksburg
2008-09 FSU 63-53 Tallahassee
2009-10 FSU 63-58 Tallahassee
2010-11 VT 71-59 Blacksburg


All three of Tech's wins against FSU came in Blacksburg, and they have not won in Tallahassee since ACC expansion. Unfortunately tonight's game isn't in Cassell Coliseum, but at least it's not at Florida State.

On the whole, the Hokies have never played particularly well against Florida State. They did play very well in their January 8 win over the Noles, but for the most part Tech hasn't played their best basketball against FSU. In fact, they have as many wins against Duke and North Carolina as they have against Florida State, and the Leon County Civic Center remains the only ACC gym in which Tech hasn't won.

When you combine Tech's history against Florida State with their history in conference tournaments, it's tough to look at tonight's matchup in a favorable light. As we covered in an article earlier this week, Virginia Tech has not won two conference tournament games since 1984.

I was a little over one year old. There have been five different Presidents. Major space shuttle crashes. Two Iraq wars. It's been a long, long time since Virginia Tech has been able to string together back-to-back wins in a conference tournament. A lot has happened since 1984, seemingly everything except Virginia Tech being successful in a conference tournament.

Where do the Hokies stand for the NCAA Tournament? There are varying opinions.

  • ESPN's Joe Lunardi: Virginia Tech is one of the last four in, as of right now.
  • Bracketology 101: If Tech wins tonight, they are in. If they lose, they are likely out.
  • Andy Glockner: Virginia Tech is in the play-in game with VCU, but doubts the Hokies can stay in the field if they lose to Florida State.
  • Jerry Palm: Palm has the Hokies as a #12 seed and squarely on the bubble.

It seems as if the general consensus is that Virginia Tech will be in the NCAA Tournament if they defeat Florida State tonight, but are probably headed to the NIT if they lose. Talk about a pressure situation.

Hopefully the Hokies can overcome their history with Florida State and their history in conference tournaments in the same night.

 

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