NIT Day Two: Va. Tech Hates School
Twenty-one games into the postseason, one clear message has emerged: Conference USA is hot. That's the only conference that has produced two road wins at a time of year when road wins are nearly impossible to find (home teams went 7-1 last night). Did this cause me to submit a last-minute bracket with Memphis going to the Final Four? You bet your highliters it did.
Most overall postseason wins thus far? Missouri Valley (3-0) and ACC (3-1). Most losses thus far? WAC (0-2) and Atlantic 10 (2-3).
Locally, Virginia Tech (a consistent Top 5 Local Poll team) sort of revealed a large gap in our rankings, by just destroying consistent Top 7 Local Poll team Morgan State, 94-62, the biggest postseason win in school history. Tech shot 83 percent in the second half. Their student-athletes celebrated the victory in an admirable fashion: "As long as we win and can keep on moving on and go to New York and miss a couple days of class, we're good," A.D. Vassallo said.
Also, VCU lost at home to UAB, dropping consecutive games for just the second time in Anthony Grant's tenure. That leaves 10 Local teams still alive for postseason titles.
Virginia Tech hosts UAB on Monday, when Virginia and Old Dominion will face off in a hugely important CBI game. Maryland, meantime, travels to Syracuse today, where Jonny Flynn is questionable and the anticipation is palpable.
"It'll be a good game," Boeheim said. "They're good. They've had some great games this year. They have some veteran players. They're a solid team. They've struggled at times; just like everybody else."
That'll sell tickets.
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