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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 NCAA tournament for a third straight season, so this move is done in an effort to drum up campus interest for a second-tier post-season tournament. On Wednesday, the Hokies will also be competing for attention with St. Patrick's Day, which will surely draw many students downtown.

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has been pushing hard to get students to excited about the NIT. He asked for student support a letter to the editor in the student newspaper -- "Let's do this thing together," he wrote -- and held a "Chalk Talk" session on Tuesday to breakdown the Quinnipiac game.

"Over a thousand free tickets will be available for student due to generous contributions from friends of the program," Greenberg wrote Wednesday morning on his Twitter page, @HeadHokie. "General Admission!"

As of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 1085 tickets have been purchased for students. The complimentary tickets will be distributed to Virginia Tech students on a first-come, first-served basis. All seats are general admission, and a valid university identification card is required.

By Mark Viera  |  March 17, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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Geez, can you spin this thing with any more negativity? Every single year we've been in the NIT, alumni who can't make it have purchased tickets for students to use. Greenberg has purchased tickets for students to use. It's not to "drum up" interest, but a recognition that the students are a huge part of our success, and a memory that when WE were students, we might not have had the extra cash for a basketball game.

As for Seth's letter to the paper and Chalk Talk session, since you followed the team all year you should be aware that he did this before just about every single home game.

Posted by: Hokienautic | March 17, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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