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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 schedule. Their nonconference schedule was laughably bad, and it was too much of a sticking point for the selection committee.

David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press writes that when the 10-member selection panel debates the final choices, "they're often searching for excuses to exclude more than incentive to include. The Hokies' non-conference schedule was just that excuse."

And while the Hokies won't be in the NCAA tournament, I'd highly recommend you check out The Washington Post's 2010 NCAA tournament coverage, which is, in my biased opinion, some of the best stuff out there on the Big Dance.

By Mark Viera  |  March 15, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
 
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VT is afraid to lose. They need to schedule better if they want to dance.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 15, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I disagree that VT's schedule necessarily has to be improved. (It would be great if it did, but not necessary)

They were probably in if they played one game better with the schedule they had - either the horrible loss to BC or the ugly ACC tourney loss to Miami.

They did go 10-6 in the ACC and finished higher than three NCAA tournament teams from the ACC - each of which Tech also beat head to head.

I guess one could say that the strong record in the ACC shows how badly the other schedule weighed Tech down - or you could say that even with the schedule, they almost won so many games it didn't matter.

Anyway, who knew teams like Penn State and Iowa would be so bad? And the conference schedule is on a rotation and beyond the control of any individual school.

They made a gamble that there would be enough wins with a lesser schedule and almost pulled it off. Georgetown has done it many, many times in years past - but they won the games to get it done.

Posted by: CDRHoek | March 15, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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