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Poll: Will Virginia Tech make the NCAA tournament?

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Post's Eric Prisbell will host a bracketology chat at noon today. Stop by on your lunch break to ask him questions.

The question has been fussed and discussed, here and just about everywhere else on the Internet, for the past few weeks. But it bears repeating: Is Virginia Tech an NCAA tournament team?

I pose the question now (but will probably also do so at a later date) because the Hokies' win over No. 23 Wake Forest on Tuesday has really altered the complexion of their resume. And for the better. Virginia Tech's win over the Demon Deacons was a signature victory and an important building block.

As it has been noted, Virginia Tech's 340th-ranked nonconference schedule in the Rating Percentage Index is truly terrible, and it was 1-2 against teams in the RPI top 50. So in the backstretch of its season, it needed at least a quality win or two, which brings us to now.

Wake Forest is currently ranked No. 12 in the RPI. Virginia Tech also has the opportunity to beat teams in the top 50 of the RPI when it plays Duke (No. 2), Maryland (No. 37) and Georgia Tech (No. 28). The Hokies also play Boston College (No. 106) and North Carolina State (No. 119).

There are obviously a ton of combinations for how the season could conclude for the Hokies, but how do you see things shaking out? In light of Virginia Tech's marquee win over Wake Forest, I'll leave it up to you to guess whether it will end up dancing in March.

By Mark Viera  |  February 18, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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