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For Hokies fans, a weekend viewing guide

Over the next two days, Virginia Tech will be anxiously wondering whether it will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. But the Hokies' chances will be impacted by other results around the country.

Virginia Tech needs the limited number of at-large bids to be protected, which would help its chances. It can't afford surprise teams to win conference tournaments and earn automatic bids, which would shrink the at-large pool. It also needs its fellow bubble teams to lose, which would make the Hokies resume look better.

Here's a brief guide for Hokies fans on this all-important weekend of conference tournaments.

Big Ten tournament

It would benefit Virginia Tech if both Minnesota and Illinois were to lose in their semifinal games. The Golden Gophers play Purdue and the Illini take on Ohio State. Illinois might already be in, but Minnesota is very much up in the air for an at-large bid.

Atlantic 10 tournament

Virginia Tech will want Rhode Island to fall in the semifinals to Temple, which defeated the Hokies in late November. Rhode Island is squarely on the bubble, and a win would basically guarantee it an at-large bid.

Southeastern Conference tournament

Hokies fans should root for Vanderbilt to put away Mississippi State in the semifinals. Mississippi State might currently be on the wrong side of the bubble.

Conference USA tournament

Bubble teams will be rooting for Texas-El Paso to beat Houston in the final.

Mountain West Conference tournament

The Hokies will want Nevada-Las Vegas to beat San Diego State, which might have shored up an at-large bid with its win over New Mexico on Friday, in the championship game.

Atlantic Coast Conference tournament

Virginia Tech will be rooting for both Duke and Georgia Tech win their respective seminfinal games on Saturday. The Blue Devils play Miami and the Yellow Jackets play North Carolina State.

By Mark Viera  |  March 13, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
 
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