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Hokies Journal: March 14, 2010 - March 20, 2010

Seth Greenberg sticks up for NIT

On Wednesday night, a reporter Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg that he looked tired and weary. It had been a tough 72 hours for Greenberg, whose team was narrowly left out of the NCAA tournament. "Thanks," Greenberg replied with a...

By Mark Viera  |  March 19, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hokies excited to play UConn in NIT

For teams that narrowly miss the NCAA tournament, getting ready to play in the second-tier National Invitation Tournament isn't always easy. And Virginia Tech is no different. But the Hokies played with a head-down determination in beating Quinnipiac on Wednesday...

By Mark Viera  |  March 19, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quiet weekend for Virginia Tech

Apologies for the slow blogging on Thursday; I was traveling all day to Milwaukee, where I'm covering the NCAA tournament first- and second-round games. But I have some Virginia Tech reading, so let's get started. Darryl Slater of the Richmond...

By Mark Viera  |  March 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jason Worilds shows well at Hokies pro day

One of the most intriguing of Virginia Tech's former players to watch at April's NFL draft will be Jason Worilds, whose decision to forgo his senior season to enter the pros came as a surprise to even his position coaches....

By Mark Viera  |  March 18, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech beats Quinnipiac in NIT

Good Thursday morning to you. Read on, reader. Virginia Tech defeated Quinnipiac, 81-61, in the opening around of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night. The Hokies are hoping to win the NIT title at Madison Square Garden and to...

By Mark Viera  |  March 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Courside in Blacksburg at the NIT

Welcome to the National Invitation Tournament. Tip-off of Virginia Tech's first-round game against Quinnipiac is about 10 minutes away. Cassell Coliseum is about half full and no beat reporters who cover the Bobcats, making their first post-season appearance (they joined...

By Mark Viera  |  March 17, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Polls: Your take on Virginia Tech in the NIT?

In the latter half of the season, Virginia Tech appeared in position for its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007. But after the Hokies were left out of the bracket, they were relegated to another trip to the National Invitation...

By Mark Viera  |  March 17, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tickets donated for Virginia Tech's NIT game

In an effort to get fans inside Cassell Coliseum, Virginia Tech donors have purchased a limited number of student tickets for the Hokies' meeting with Quinnipiac on Wednesday in the National Invitation Tournament. Virginia Tech was left out of the...

By Mark Viera  |  March 17, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hokies turn to statistic for answers to NCAA snub

Virginia Tech has been left out of the NCAA tournament the past three seasons, and Coach Seth Greenberg is looking to the numbers for answers as to how to get the Hokies in the bracket. Scotland Leman, an assistant professor...

By Mark Viera  |  March 17, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech takes on Quinnipiac in NIT

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy responsibly. Okay, let's get straight away to some reading to start your Wednesday. Virginia Tech hosts Quinnipiac in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament. It's not what Hokies' fans wanted. In fact, some...

By Mark Viera  |  March 17, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech's Ben Boggs probably out for season

Virginia Tech freshman Ben Boggs is likely out for the rest of the season after spraining his right ankle in a practice on Sunday afternoon, according to trainer Chad Hyatt. Boggs, who played a bit role for the Hokies coming...

By Mark Viera  |  March 16, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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After NCAA letdown, Virginia Tech looks to NIT

After Virginia Tech was left out of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, Coach Seth Greenberg called Penn State's Ed DeChellis, whose team narrowly missed making the 2009 NCAA field before winning the National Invitation Tournament. Greenberg wanted advice on how...

By Mark Viera  |  March 16, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech gets ready for NIT first round

It's a slow Tuesday in Blacksburg. Here's some leisurely reading to start your day. After Virginia Tech's NCAA tournament bubble burst -- which shouldn't come as a surprise, writes Aaron McFarling of the Roanoke Times -- the Hokies are left...

By Mark Viera  |  March 16, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech seeking better schedule

Dan Guerrero, the chair of the NCAA division I men's basketball committee and the UCLA athletic director, was asked directly Sunday night what kept Virginia Tech out of the field of 65. His answer: nonconference schedule. This is a problem...

By Mark Viera  |  March 15, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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A closer look at Virginia Tech's résumé

Virginia Tech was left out of the 2010 NCAA tournament thanks largely to its weak strength of schedule, particularly in nonconference games. But the Hokies' push for an at-large bid went down to Selection Sunday. Virginia Tech was left out...

By Mark Viera  |  March 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Hokies unfairly left out of NCAA tournament?

After Virginia Tech was left out of the 2010 NCAA tournament field, plenty of discussion has stirred up nationally about the topic. In a tense weekend, Virginia Tech was in the thick of the bubble debate, so there was great...

By Mark Viera  |  March 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Recapping Virginia Tech's NCAA tournament snub

It's a sad Monday for many folks here in Blacksburg. You might not want to read further as the morning's links recap an infamous weekend at Virginia Tech. The Hokies were left out out in large part because of their...

By Mark Viera  |  March 15, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The 65 Bracket Challenge: Make your picks now

Hokies Journal readers: No, Tech didn't make the tournament. But you still may want to check out The 65 Bracket Challenge and enter for a chance to win prizes and prove your college hoops acumen. The Challenge really is...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  March 14, 2010; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech is left out of NCAA tournament

Virginia Tech was left out of the NCAA tournament on Sunday after its bubble burst in a tense weekend in which its at-large candidacy looked less and less promising. The Hokies made their most recent NCAA tournament appearance in 2007....

By Mark Viera  |  March 14, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Entering Selection Sunday, Seth Greenberg lobbies for Virginia Tech

To lobby or not to lobby, that is the question. Around this time of year, the coaches of bubble-sitting teams try to figure out the politics of politicking and many make a case publicly for why their team should be...

By Mark Viera  |  March 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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On Selection Sunday, the Hokies are hoping for the best

All Virginia Tech could do on Saturday was watch. But as conference tournaments either wrapped up or neared a conclusion, the Hokies surely couldn't have liked the view. As a bubble team, Virginia Tech needed the limited number of at-large...

By Mark Viera  |  March 14, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies on the bubble on Selection Sunday

It's Selection Sunday, and once again, it all comes down to this for Virginia Tech. Here's some reading to prep you for a day in which Blacksburg will be in the spotlight. Really, there's a few places you need to...

By Mark Viera  |  March 14, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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