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Virginia Tech ranked 27th in AP poll

A team from Virginia was ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll released Monday. But it wasn't Virginia Tech.

Richmond is at No. 25 after reeling off six-straight wins, but the Hokies (20-4, 7-3) are sitting at No. 27 with a chance to improve their standing with two big games in the offing. They host No. 23 Wake Forest (18-5, 8-3) on Tuesday before playing at No. 6 Duke (21-4, 9-2) on Sunday night.

Virginia Tech received 59 votes, while the Spiders received 101 to crack the rankings. Northern Iowa sits between them, with 74 votes.

The Hokies are bogged down by a nonconference schedule that ranks 340th in the Rating Percentage Index. In order to overcome that to get into the top 25 or the NCAA tournament, the Hokies will likely need to win at least one or two of their four remaining games against teams in the RPI top 50: Wake Forest (No. 11), Duke (No. 2), Maryland (No. 42) and Georgia Tech (No. 29). Virginia Tech is 1-2 against teams currently in the RPI top 50.

By Mark Viera  |  February 15, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
 
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Comments

Seton Hall should be in the RPI Top 50 soon. Their remaining schedule consists largely of bottom-feeders from the Big East. Once they crack the Top 50, that will give VT another win over a Top 50 team besides Clemson. Still, I agree that VT needs to win at least two of the four upcoming games against Wake, Duke, Maryland and GT.

Posted by: danram | February 15, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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