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Virginia Tech is left out of NCAA tournament

Virginia Tech was left out of the NCAA tournament on Sunday after its bubble burst in a tense weekend in which its at-large candidacy looked less and less promising.

The Hokies made their most recent NCAA tournament appearance in 2007. In each of the past three seasons, they have been left out of the field of 65, and they are on their way back to the National Invitation Tournament.

For Virginia Tech, the outcome Sunday was a disappointing conclusion to a weekend in which it was in the national spotlight among a handful of bubble teams. Minnesota, Florida, Texas-El Paso and Utah State all made the field from the bubble.

Despite this seasons dismal at-large pool, the Hokies resume was not deemed strong enough to overcome one of the worst nonconference schedules in recent memory, at 339th in the Ratings Percentage Index. Two of their three quality wins were against marginal NCAA tournament teams in Clemson and Wake Forest.

Virginia Tech became the first ACC team with 10 regular-season conference wins has been left out of the field since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Virginia Tech found itself in tenuous position after losing to 12th-seeded Miami in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Although the Hokies seemed well positioned for an at-large bid before then, that loss put the Hokies back on the bubble.

Virginia Tech had to sweat it out throughout a weekend in which the bubble shrunk thanks to unfavorable results of other conference tournaments. But the weekend finished in disappointing fashion, once again, for the Hokies.

By Mark Viera  |  March 14, 2010; 6:34 PM ET
 
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Comments

Maybe Prisbell and Yanda can do an exclusive expose' on Virginia Tech recruiting: how Greenberg ain't getting it done. Get off Gary Williams' back and explore how John Thompson Jr. can steer recruits to Georgetown without it being an NCAA violation or how Virginia Tech can't make the NCAA's.

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 14, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Greenberg needs to go. The team obvously had the talent the last few years to make it into the tourney but they lose games they should not lose (exp: both Miami losses and the BLOWOUT at BC).

Greenberg has had this shot at VT. We need a coach that can get the most out of his team and Seth is not at this point. Time to move on.

Posted by: m1ke3i6 | March 14, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Tech should play a more competitive non-conference schedule to be taken more seriously. College football teams are able to get away with not playing any strong non-conference teams, but the NCAA basketball tournament plays by different rules.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | March 14, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

You guys are nuts, Greenberg's the best thing to happen to this team since Bill Foster. That said, they didn't deserve to make the tournament this year after losing to a lousy Miami team. Good that they're not rewarded for the poor finish, maybe they'll remember that next year.

Posted by: df198081 | March 14, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

VaTech plays a fluffy non-conference schedule and then complians about being left out of the NCAA tournament? Play the big boys, Seth, then you'll have a case. Hope you do well in the NIT because UVa is going to give you a fit next year.

Posted by: virginian19681 | March 14, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

VA Tech is not a local school--let's stop reporting and commenting on them

Posted by: DCrealist | March 14, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

who cares about Virginia Tech, its closer to Tennessee than DC. Stop writing about this school that is 265 miles away.

Posted by: tony28 | March 14, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Seth Greenberg is already second in wins in school history... I disagree with anyone who says he should go. The reason why Virginia Tech is relevant in basketball is due to him. There is no away in the world to know that last year's NIT Champion Penn State would be last in the Big Ten this year when the schedule was put together. I understand the gripes for playing teams like Longwood, VMI and NCCU, but I feel like the gamble that Greenberg was hoping for was one to take. Winning ten games in a power confrence like the ACC shows that you can play. I don't care about the argument that the ACC was down this year- that's a load of garbage. In power confrences, a lot of times, you are going to beat up on each other. Parity in a power confrence is not a bad thing. But to win ten games in the ACC and two of the teams you beat head to head get in ahead of you, and then to have a team like UF who's numbers are bad ( 1-8 RPI top 25, 3-8 top 50 and 8-10 top 100) is just absurd. Yes, Virginia Tech was ( 0-3 top 25, 3-4 top 50 and 8-7 top 100) but RPI of 59 was tied with UF. I don't understand how this happened again. I guess we'll have to relish in knowing that we made history today by being the first team in ACC history since the field expanded to 65 not to get in.

Posted by: hawkbone86 | March 14, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

You guys are crazy. I went to Tech and basketball was nothing there 10 years ago. Greenberg is probably the only reason had a chance to make it in the tourny. We got shafted.

Also, Tech is a local school, half of Northern Virginia goes there. But I am sure you are happy reading about teams losing to Middle Tennessee during the fall.

Posted by: tischmid | March 14, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Clemson a marginal tournament team? They're a 7 seed.

I agree that VT has problems with its tournament "resume" but the bottom of the field all have problems. The amazing thing is that VT is out and three - not one or two, but three - ACC teams that had worse records in conference and that VT beat head to head all got in. That's hard to understand.

For the other posters griping about the existence of this blog, the coverage of VT by the Post, etc.: go pack sand.

Posted by: CDRHoek | March 14, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's lay off Tech. The DID play powerhouse schools such as Brown, Longwood, UNC Greensboro, VMI, Charleston Souther, and UMBC (all of them at home). Then they travelled to play Delaware and Campbell. Give them a break - they deserve an automatic bid because they play in the ACC every year.

Posted by: EShine | March 14, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

VPI has a basketball program?

Posted by: jacket96 | March 14, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Seth isn't a bad coach, just a bad "goal maker" - the goal should be to win games not worry about getting in the NCAA. We couldn't win games that counted...

Posted by: MrHokie | March 14, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Maryland comments all about Basketball.. Jealous they have no football program.. anyway you look at it.. it's bad for the ACC that VT was left out.. Reminds me of UVA fans and the ignorant short-sited perspective.

Columbia, MD

Posted by: Joel_doubet | March 14, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The reality that VT didn't make the NCAA tourney starts with the coach. There is no doubt that he has made great strides at VT, but his coaching down the crunch against Miami in the ACC tournament left a lot to be desired;

1. While calling a timeout to supposedly calm his team, it was obvious that the timeout was too premature. He should have kept the timeout in reserve for the last minute. It was plain to anyone who has eyes that his team panicked and forced shots during the last 60 seconds. That was the time to call a timeout.

2. After he called the referenced timeout, he went ballistic over a negative call. That contradicted the "calming" timeout".

Greenberg has accomplished a slow, steady improvement at VT, but he needs to improve his late game coaching -particularly in crunch time games. The fact that Georgia Tech, with a worse conference record, made the tournament, is an indictment both of VT's weak non-conference schedule and the fact that VT needs to control its' own destiny by going as deep into the ACC tournament as GT did.

Let's hear no whining.

Posted by: MillPond2 | March 14, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

This was the risk that VT took when they arranged their nonconference schedule. Even before the season, anyone could see it wasn't an impressive schedule, RPI wise. You aren't careful building the roof, you're gonna get wet when it rains. End of story. Enjoy the NIT.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | March 14, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I agree that VT didn't make the cut with their non-conference schedule. That low RPI was earned.

But to those who say they Virginia Tech isn't a local school - if you cared enough to read and make a comment on this article, you've just proven that VT is a local school.

Posted by: mel_gibson_ | March 14, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

VT's ACC schedule turned out to be one game against each of the top 6 teams and two games against each of the bottom 5 teams, so you can see why their 10-6 record wasn't regarded as that great of an accomplishment.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | March 14, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

VT shot themselves in the foot with the incredibly bad loss to Boston College two weeks ago. They could've sewn up the tournament invitation at the end of the regular season.

Tech still has a ways to go. Their lead big man is still far too inconsistent in his 3rd year and tends to sabotage his own contributions with stupid fouls and stupid turnovers. Their backcourt is woefully thin on depth. Delaney and Hudson are great players, but they've played the whole season with injuries with no one at their respective positions to replace their production. Lastly, they need another two big men who can contribute in addition to Allen and JT Thompson.

Posted by: leshoro | March 14, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

if you don't want to read about Virginia Tech how about you stop clicking on the links to their articles...

Posted by: ROEL8021 | March 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I think Greenberg's doing as good a job as one could expect with the school's history and location. It's not easy to recruit to a rural town when many of the best prospects are in the urban centers in the DC Metropolitan area and the Richmond/Tidewater area. In the last couple of years, he's lost a couple of recruits in Munson and Gilchrist who would be key contributors on this year's squad.

Posted by: leshoro | March 14, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Ended up being a weak OOC sched but it's not like the entire 12 games were planned to be cupcakes as some have indicted. VT played three BCS non-conference teams (Georgia, Iowa, Penn State), played in an exempt tournament against a team that got a no. 4 seed (Temple), and played Seton Hall. They won all except Temple. Going into to the season, this looked like a decent OOC sched. PSU, Georgia, Iowa, and Seton Hall did not have great years. VT can't control other teams' records, just their own.

When I graduated HS in NOVA, 75 people went to VT from my HS. 50% of my dorm was from NOVA. This is a local school.

Posted by: hokiesoccerfan | March 15, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

I have to take exception to the comment that Tech is not a local school. By the way why don't we have a Georgetown Insider?

Posted by: disgustednatsfan | March 15, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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