Hokies need to bounce back vs. Maryland
On Wednesday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney wore a somber countenance. He had a towel over his shoulders, occasionally dabbed his face and spoke softly.
"We didn’t play hard today," Delaney said following the Hokies' 80-60 loss at Boston College. "We’ve got to dig down and do what we’re used to doing when we’re winning.”
Virginia Tech has been riding a high this season. Coach Seth Greenberg is happy. His players have been playing with confidence. But after their first back-to-back losses of the season, the Hokies are looking for something positive as they hope to keep their NCAA tournament dreams alive. And that will put a spotlight on their meeting with Maryland on Saturday.
In order to add credibility to its hopes of dancing in March, Virginia Tech will find that a win over the Terrapins would be a huge, huge boost to its NCAA tournament resume.
The Hokies (21-6, 8-5) basically need to be perfect down the stretch in their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule in order to overcome a nonconference slate that ranks 335th in the Rating Percentage Index on Wednesday night.
But after faltering at Boston College, Virginia Tech has some work to do. Boston College (14-13, 5-8) brought an RPI of 105 into the game, making it the Hokies' first loss against a team outside the RPI top 100. The Eagles had lost four of their last five games before Wednesday night.
So now, after their loss to the Eagles, the Hokies desperately need to make up for the slip-up, and they will have the chance to do so.
As of late Wednesday night, Maryland, which defeated Clemson, was ranked 29rd in the RPI. Virginia Tech also plays on March 6 at Georgia Tech, which was ranked 33rd in the RPI. If Virginia Tech wins out, it could be in good standing when it comes to the NCAA tournament. Anything less, and it will likely be a tense Selection Sunday in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech has struggled offensively and has not identified consistently capable rebounders.
Maryland seemed, at times recently, to be different direction from Virginia Tech. But it will almost certainly be an entertaining display as the two programs collide in Blacksburg.
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