Virginia Tech's Season Ends With 79-76 Loss To Wichita State In NIT Second Round

Virginia Tech hoped to make the NCAA Tournament. Instead, its season has ended with a 79-76 overtime loss to Wichita State in the second round of the NIT.

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NIT Bracket Update: Virginia Tech's Season Ends With 79-76 Loss To Wichita State

Virginia Tech has aspirations of making the NCAA Tournament. Instead, their season ended in the second round of the NIT. Joe Ragland hit a jump shot with two seconds left in overtime, and Wichita State held on for a 79-76 overtime win over the Hokies to advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT bracket.

The Hokies had tied the game at 76 on a layup by Terrell Bell with 10 seconds left, but Ragland ran the clock down and nailed the jumper to give Wichita State the win. He also atoned for a missed layup that could have ended the game at the end of regulation. The Shockers move on to face College of Charleston in the quarterfinals, while Virginia Tech's disappointing season ends at 22-12.

Malcolm Delaney scored 30 points for the Hokies in his final college game, but didn't get enough help. Erick Green chipped in with 17 points, but Jeff Allen, the Hokies' other star, had just 10 points and fouled out with six minutes to go in regulation. This is the same thing Allen did in the Hokies' ACC Tournament semifinal loss to Duke.

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Virginia Tech Tops Bethune-Cookman, 79-54, In NIT First Round

The Virginia Tech Hokies recovered nicely from their NCAA Tournament snub, routing Bethune-Cookman in the first round of the NIT. The Hokies won 79-54, taking an early lead and never letting up to advance to the second round.

The Hokies left no doubt early on, jumping ahead early and eventually taking an 18-point halftime lead on the MEAC regular-season champs in getting the victory. Bethune-Cookman was the best team in an improved MEAC, but they had no chance against a borderline NCAA club like Virginia Tech.

Jeff Allen led the way with 19 points, while Malcolm Delaney added 13 for the Hokies. Garrius Holloman led Bethune-Cookman with 20 off the bench. The Hokes shot 56 percent from the field as a team, as their size completely overwhelmed the MEAC regular-season champions.

The Hokies will next take on Wichita State on Sunday. The Shockers defeated Nebraska in the first round on Monday.

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NCAA Tournament 2011: Virginia Tech Misses NCAA Tournament Field For Fourth Straight Season

The Virginia Tech Hokies will miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight season  The NCAA Tournament bracket was just revealed on the Selection Sunday show on CBS, and unfortunately for the Hokies, they were left out. It appears the next game they will play will be in the NIT.

The Hokies went 21-11 overall and 9-7 in the ACC regular season. But their regular season wasn't what clinched an NCAA berth, it was their postseason. The Hokies crushed Georgia Tech 59-43 in a game that wasn't that close and while it was a solid win, they knew they needed perhaps one more victory to earn them a spot in the tournament.

And boy did they earn it by the skin of their teeth. They defeated the Florida State Seminoles 52-51 after a game-winning jumper was overturned, giving the Hokies the potential solidifying win by a tenth of a second. 

However, the Hokies were defeated by Duke in the ACC semifinals, putting them in a very precarious situation. Some may say that they were snubbed, but the bottom line isint he committee's eyes they didn't have enough key victories. Had they defeated Duke, perhaps the conversation would be very different.

 

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