We have just several hours to go before the 2011 NCAA Tournament brackets are announced on Selection Sunday, and Virginia Tech is back in its familiar position at the edge of the NCAA bubble. For the fourth straight season, the Hokies are right on the edge.
The Hokies are currently the final team in the SBNation.com Bracketology update on Sunday, which goes to show just how slim their margin for error currently is. Here's what Chris Dobbertein wrote about the Hokies.
Considering all of the injury issues the Hokies have had this season, it's miraculous they're even in the bid picture. While the team owns wins over Duke and Florida State in the conference, it lost all three games it played against their ACC bubble brethren. Seth Greenberg went out of his way to schedule a tougher non-conference slate, but his team only won two games with any real value (Penn State and Oklahoma State in Anaheim). Getting swept by Virginia hurts more than the bad RPI loss to Georgia Tech because the Hokies took care of the Yellow Jackets in their next two meetings.
The Hokies looked poised to make the NCAA Tournament last season, finishing 23-8 and 10-6 in the ACC, but were left out due to a poor non-conference schedule. In 2008/09, the Hokies lost three straight games to end the year, costing them a chance to get a bid. In 2007/08, the young Hokies finished 9-6 in conference play, but were still left out of the field. If the Hokies are left out once again, it means the stellar career of Malcolm Delaney will have included four near-misses in the NCAA Tournament.
Hokies fans should be rooting for Richmond to defeat Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship game. The Spiders are comfortably in the field, so if Dayton wins, Richmond would steal an at-large bid. The Hokies caught a break Saturday night when Utah State won the WAC championship.
Coach Seth Greenberg was hot in past years when his team didn't make the field. If the Hokies don't make it this year, what will he do?