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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 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.

By Mark Viera  |  March 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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This is such a joke, look at the selection comittee:

***Ron Wellman - Wake Forest University Athletic Director
***Dan Guerrero† - UCLA Athletic Director

Mike Bobinski - Xavier University Athletic Director
Jeff Hathaway - University of Connecticut Athletic Director
Lynn Hickey - University of Texas-San Antonio Athletic Director
Doug Fullerton - Big Sky Conference Commissioner
Laing Kennedy - Kent State University Athletic Director
Stan Morrison - University of California-Riverside Athletic Director
Dan Beebe - Big 12 Conference Commissioner
Gene Smith - Ohio State University Athletic Director

Posted by: RomulusBeatRemus | March 15, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

you know, if it was just bubble teams getting in ahead of us, i would be ok with it, even with florida not really deserving it. but wake forest getting a 9 seed, and the hokies not getting in....that can NOT be justified. sorry committee, you screwed us. plain and simple.

Posted by: bflo | March 15, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

You Chokies need to stop your crying. Look at your record in your last 6 games, how a team finishes the regular season is important, VT finished 2-4. VT lost in the first round of the ACC tournament. Your OC schedule was pathetic. The NIT is what you deserved. Play a real OC schedule in 2010/2011 and maybe you will dance you bunch of pathetic losers. Maybe you can get the Governor to sue the NCAA. VT not getting in the big dance is obviously hurting the SWVA economy.

Posted by: Pamsarn | March 15, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Virginia tech out of conference schedule did no help them. they need to play tougher OC schedules for one thing. They also needed to win some of the games they lost. The reason they did not get in is them not anybody else. VT needs to go to the NIT, get experience and play a tougher OC schedule and win tough games down the stretch.

Was very surprised Wake got in, they did not deserve it but this was a down year for alot of teams so anything can happen.

Posted by: mrcox54 | March 15, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"How you finish the regular season is important." --- Parmsarn.

Not according to the selection committee, it isn't. They have repeatedly stated that they do NOT look at a team's last few games but instead evaluate the entire season as a whole. And on that basis, a team that can win 23 games and go 10-6 in the ACC, one of the three toughest leagues in the country, most definitely deserves a bid.

And while it might not be in the NCAAs, at least VT is still playing, unlike certain Virginia schools who lost to VT twice this year and couldnn't even manage to break .500 on the year.

Posted by: danram | March 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

At least UVA won a game in the ACC tournament.....VT lost to the worst team in the ACC in the tournament.....losers. Oh by the way I went to DUKE....did you beat us?

Posted by: Pamsarn | March 15, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

What does not make sense is that Wake had a worse record down the stretch (1-5), lost to Miami in the first round of the ACC by a larger margin, yet made the tournament (as a 9 seed no less). Does not make much sense. Was their OOC schedule that much better? Was Florida's? Seems that the selection criteria are not evenly applied and this year that worked against VT.

Posted by: foolishmortal | March 15, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing how many so-called analysts and reporters throw out conference records without mentioning the unbalanced schedule. VT's 10-6 ACC record isn't as good as 10-6 in the ACC used to be when you actually check the schedule and realize they played the bottom 5 teams twice and the other top 6 just once.

Posted by: dk17 | March 15, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Noted. But seriously, who could have predicted that UNC (played twice) would be down so much this year?

Posted by: foolishmortal | March 15, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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