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 interest on the topic. But on Sunday, Texas-El Paso, Utah State, Minnesota and Florida were all teams on the bubble that made the field of 65 over the Hokies.
The Hokies were 3-4 against the top 50 of the Rating Percentage Index, 8-7 versus the top 100. A team like Florida, by comparison, was 3-8 against top-50 teams and 7-10 against those in the top 100. The Gators received a No. 10 seed.
Also, Wake Forest and Clemson each received at-large bids. Virginia Tech beat both of those teams in the regular season. The Hokies (10-6) also finished ahead of the Demon Deacons (9-7) and Yellow Jackets (7-9) in the ACC's regular-season standings.
Virginia Tech's undoing was its dismal nonconference schedule, which could not make up for its 23 overall wins or its 10 wins in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In fact, many bracketologists agreed that the only reason the Hokies were part of the in-or-out discussion was because this season's at-large pool was shallower than a frying pan.
This is the third straight year the Hokies have had close-but-no-cigar finishes, and this year seemed to touch a particular nerve. As the team realigns its focus to the National Invitation Tournament, the discussion continues about its NCAA tournament candidacy, and feel free to weigh in with your take in the poll or the comments section below.
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