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Virginia Tech Puts Scare Into NIT Fans


(By Dave Martin - AP)

"Winning beats the crap out of losing," Seth Greenberg apparently said today, after winning.

Maybe. But I'm mighty concerned that the Hokies might get too used to winning this week. So there's teams in the NIT, right? If things go right, up to six DMV teams could be in the field. That's almost 20 percent. Theoretically, the Final Four in MSG could be all-local. Our mandate here at The Post is now all-local all-the-time, which means the NCAA tourney will be dead to me by next Friday at about 11:58 p.m. But if things drop right, I could be covering the NIT for the rest of the month, and nobody would cover it better.

So I don't want to hear any of this winning crap crap. A first-round ACC win is cute and all, but let's not get carried away. Tomorrow this gets serious.

In other Atlantic 11 news, Mount St. Mary's lost, in nasty fashion, last night, and will likely finish out of the rankings. (See The Dagger.) And Itchy Bolden helped Morgan State cruise into the MEAC semis by 30. And before this is all completely outdated, here's the rest of last week's pith. Four days until the Atlantic 11 champion is crowned.

1. VCU

Did you see when Eric Maynor distracted the referees so Anthony Grant could sneak onto the court and smack Cam Long in the head with Maynor's championship belt? (Bill Fitzgerald)

Death, Taxes, and VCU-Mason for the CAA title. (Markus Videnieks)

NBA scouts have recently soured on Eric Maynor after it was revealed that he used to go by Esmailyn. (Christopher Ring)

You know VCU's agressive plan to be the largest university in Virginia is starting to pay dividends when fans pack the first 5 rows of the Richmond Colliseum during the CAA Tourney. (Chris Fish)

To go along with his championship belt, Eric Maynor has added the drop kick to his repertoire. (John Albers)

Soon will be able to make the phrase "Eric Maynor went to school here" the new school slogan, replacing "Please, at least think about staying on campus." (Jack Lambert)

2. American

Jeff Jones's attempt to rally his team against the Crusaders by invoking the re-taking of Edessa in 1144 by Imad al-Din Zangi fell largely flat. (Jamie Paquette)

Friday at 4:45 is going to be the craziest Spring Valley has been since Balducci's expanded their wine section. (Markus Videnieks)

Does the Patriot League Tournament Champion get a reception in John Feinstein's garden? (John Hawkes)

I turned on the Patriot League semis Sunday and before I actually read the uniforms, I thought I was watching a replay of the WCAC Boys Championship game. (Clinton Yates)

Famous Country vs. Religion battles over US history: Scopes vs. State, Government Office vs. Nativity Scene, Puritans vs. Witches, American vs. Holy Cross. Honorable Mention: VMI vs. Liberty. (Jake Leffler)

Brian Gilmore's game-winning free throw and team-high 19 points is further proof that the growth of a mullet never goes unrewarded. (Sean McLernon)

Four of AU's last five losses have come to teams eligible for this poll, and yet they are ahead of all four of those teams in my rankings. Hmmmm. (Bill Fitzgerald)

3. George Mason

Nothing says CAA tournament like spending ten minutes scrolling through the menu to find what channel CN8 is. Hint: It's not 8. (Markus Videnieks)

4. Maryland

Terps are so far off the bubble, they just saw the Hoyas drift by. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Can we get a three-part series on why you take 24 seconds off the shot clock before attempting a two-pointer when down by three? (Jack Lambert)

A recent UMD Twitter exchange: GWilliams @BFresey - You sure most of those girls are from this area? BFresey @GWilliams - You sure that was a vote of confidence from Yow? (Jarrett Carter)

Good news Gary: You made it to the tournament and you have a home game! (Todd Turner)

At this point, I don't believe the Terps could make 50% of their field goal attempts in the lay-up line during warm-ups. (John Albers)

If you're going to have your dreams of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament shattered somewhere, it might as well be beautiful Charlottesville. (Sean McLernon)

In the Terps' defense, there was no historical precedent for a weaker Virginia team to play the spoiler at the end of the season. (Tim Lemke)

Looks like Gary needs another three-part series in the Post if they want in the Big Dance. (Chris Bocquet)

Likely NIT home game gives Steinberg another chance to find out why Dave Neal is called "Dirty Dave aka the Wet Bandit." (Eric Swensen)

5. Virginia Tech

I'm guessing that Seth Greenberg is not looking forward to Passover Seder with the family this year. (Jamie Paquette)

A cantankerous head coach and his star Latin American guard going down in flames after a promising start to the season. Ever feel like we're running out of story lines for the poll? (Jack Lambert)

6. Georgetown

With the Hoyas battling St. John's into overtime in a crucial late season game, I was having flashbacks to the 80s, right down to Lou Carnesecca's sweaters. Then I realized that the tourney rematch will be a glorified play-in game, and that the best team in the A11 will likely be NIT bound and I changed the channel a watched the end of "Wedding Crashers." (Jamie Paquette)

Scores in the 40s...Nikita Mescheriakov as a starter...John Thompson III's devious plan to turn Georgetown into Princeton is proceeding nicely. (John Hawkes)

The Hoyas had their bubble burst by St. John's, thus adding another chapter to the long, tulmutous history between the Catholics and Jesuits. And, as was prophecized in the Old Testament, Anthony Mason Jr. played a vital role in this latest skirmish. (Chris Chase)

Do you think Depaul considers that season-ending defeat to Georgetown a bad loss? (Christopher Ring)

You have to give the Hoyas credit for realizing the season's over and using the downtime to conduct experiments about whether it's actually possible to go backwards in time through playing bad basketball. (Jack Lambert)

7. Radford

Big dance or not, they still lost to William and Mary. (Jamie Jones)

I was rooting for VMI in the Big South final in the hopes of seeing a 2Greenbergs1tournament NIT game next week. (Markus Videnieks)

Gives hope to Cinderellas everywhere. That is, if Cinderella loves 2 partay! (Adam Anthony)

Which was greater? The amount of points scored by Radford in three Big South tournament games (284), or the number of cases of beer sold in Radford after the championship game? (Brian Duy)

Ask Mount St. Mary's for some good hotel recommendations for a Tuesday in Dayton. (John Hawkes)

Highlanders make their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1998 which, coincidentally, was the year Eric Maynor began his career at VCU. (Chris Chase)

In Belarus, a host who wishes to be hospitable presents an offering of bread and salt when greeting a guest or visitor. After his performance in the Big South Tournament, Artsiom Parakhouski should never have to pay for bread and salt for the rest of his life (Sean McLernon)

Brad Greenberg's success has been a real boon to the Jewish community in Southwest Virginia (i.e. Brad Greenberg's family). (Jamie Paquette)

8. Morgan State

They have new company in the "Maryland's bad losses" club. (Markus Videnieks)

Todd Bozeman has now coached the Bears to at least 20 wins in three consecutive seasons. Someone should reward that man by taking him out for ham sandwiches. (Sean McLernon)

9. Old Dominion

Goodnight, Finland. See you in about year at the Winter Olympics. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Looking forward to NIT trip to College Park. (Chris Stratton)

10. VMI

The Keydets may have lost out in their quest to make the NCAA tournament, but they should look at the bright side: at least they can go back to enjoying the parties, girls and overall debauchery of college life at the Virginia Military Insititute. (Chris Chase)

You can't spell Virginia Military Institute without NIT, but you could still abbreviate it to Virginia Military Ist., so people would still probably understand the school to which you're referring. (Sean McLernon)

After losing to Radford in Sunday's Big South championship game VMI's Chavis Holmes said "They just ate us up down low." By the looks of Radford's Artsiom Parakhouski that was probably a literal statement. (Devin Perry)

11. Virginia

Don't deserve any more pith.

Also Receiving Pith

Mount St. Mary's: The Mountaineers needed one win to get into the Tournament, just like I need to be smuggled into the dorms at the Mount because guys aren't allowed in the girls dorms after midnight. Man I hate Emmitsburg. (Jack Lambert)

Liberty: And justice for some of the time! (Michael Palan)

UMBC: If UMBC wins the America East title to push themselves to .500 on the season, they can book their flights to Dayton while cutting down the nets. (Eric Swensen)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 12, 2009; 3:59 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Comments

I'm sorry Virginia Tech decided to play one of their best games of the season today. The AP already has Tech winning tomorrow against UNC.

"Virginia Tech (18-13) will top seed play North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday."

Posted by: sitruc | March 12, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

ACC officials must have read this

Posted by: sitruc | March 13, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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