Virginia Tech hosts No. 7 Duke on Saturday, the final day of February. Then, the month of madness begins.
Among the teams debated most heavily will likely be the Hokies. They have three more regular season games: vs. Duke, vs. North Carolina (Wednesday), at Florida State (next Sunday). Here are the four scenarios leading up to the ACC tournament:
- Win one, and Virginia Tech enters the ACC tournament .500 in the conference and an 18-12 overall record. The Hokies would have three wins against top 25 teams, with a chance to build on that if they reach the second day in Atlanta. But one more regular season win would probably present a bubble scenario, even though a few of the Hokies' players thought eight ACC wins would put them on safer ground.
- Win two, and Virginia Tech is likely in regardless of what happens in Atlanta. That would be a 9-7 ACC record with four wins against top 25 teams -- and three against top 15 teams.
- Win three, and Virginia Tech is a surefire NCAA Tournament team. Selection Sunday would be about the destination and the seed -- not the "if" that leaves fans nervous as the theme song starts on CBS.
- Lose all three, and Virginia Tech hangs all its hopes on the ACC tournament. This scenario is not improbable, considering Virginia Tech will likely be underdogs in all three games.
The Hokies' fate could receive more clarity after Saturday's game against Duke. After Saturday, the excitement for March Madness will only intensify.
February 27, 2009; 6:07 PM ET
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