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Posted at 8:36 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Virginia Tech can't handle success

By Eric Prisbell

Two notes: If you are running an office pool or a pool for friends -- or know someone who is -- and there is confusion about how to deal with the additional play-in games this season, I encourage you to send me an e-mail at prisbelle@washpost.com. I'd like to hear from you.

Also, I will be joining Tracee Hamilton for an online chat Thursday at 11 a.m. I encourage you to ask tons of questions about teams, seeds, bracketology, picks, etc. Thanks a lot.

What mattered Tuesday:

Boston College 76, Virginia Tech 61: You could see this one coming a mile away. I'm not going to pile on here. Boston College was the more desperate team. Maybe Dick Vitale's Saturday night proclamation that Tech would be a tournament team was the kiss of death. The Hokies remain in the tournament field at the moment, but they have more work to do and badly need a road win at Clemson to close the regular season. Clemson will be fighting for its tournament life so that game will be tougher than Tuesday's for the Hokies. Anyway, here's a good write-up on the Tech-BC game from The Post.

Florida 78, Alabama 51: This was the big showcase game for the Crimson Tide. And it flopped. The Tide better set its sights on making a deep run in the SEC tourney.

Oklahoma State 71, Baylor 60: Just when you thought it was safe to start believing in Baylor again ... well, here is a disheartening loss that hurts its tournament hopes. LaceDarius Dunn scored a season-low seven points on 2-of-16 shooting. Baylor gets Texas next - a must-win affair.

What to watch for Wednesday:

Maryland at Miami: Do not count the Terps out. I'm serious. They are still alive for an at-large tournament berth. A few things are working in Maryland's favor: there are three extra at-large berths, and you have an especially weak pool of credible bubble teams. But the Terps need to start a winning streak tonight. As I wrote last week, they need to win at least four straight games to have a realistic shot.

Colgate at American: American begins its march to the NCAA tournament with its first game in the Patriot League tournament.

Clemson at Duke: The Tigers are on the fringe --- the outside looking in --- and need an attention-grabbing victory. This would qualify.

By Eric Prisbell  | March 2, 2011; 8:36 AM ET
 
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