Jay Wright? More like Jay Wrong. Hokies shock #3 Villanova.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are undefeated! Welcome back Virginia Tech Basketball Fans! We are back in Cassel for the first match up of the year; our Virginia Tech Hokies take on The Radford (not Tyrece) Highlanders. With Covid running rampant all across the world, it felt good to be back watching College Basketball.
The 13-12 Miami Hurricanes stormed their way into Blacksburg to take on the 15-10 Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hurricanes came into this game not having lost a game this season when leading at half time. The Hokies, coming off a win against Pittsburgh Saturday night was reared up and ready to go. The crowd at Cassel continues to impress this writer, night in and night out. Keith Stone (not to be confused with Evan Stone), from Miami, who averaged 3.9 points per game decided to have a career first 5 minutes of this game with 7 points and a monster dunk to put the Hurricanes up 13-4. Something I noticed about John Ojiako; he shoots a free throw higher than the clouds. Now, back to the game.
Pittsburgh took their 15-10 record to Blacksburg to take on the 14-10 Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies have lost their last 5, and 6 out of their last 7. Virginia Tech, at home, came in with a 3 point Vegas advantage. Seeing this game live was absolutely electric and I have to give a round of applause to the fans! The ‘Let’s Go Hokies’ chant rained down over Cassell Coliseum while the Panthers were announced, I couldn’t hear one name from that team due to the volume of the fans and that’s how it went all game long.
It has been a tough week for Hokie and ACC fans, but don’t forget to keep in mind that this rebuild team flew extremely high for a while and showed us what is in store for the future. The Hokies are farther from sniffing the top 25 than they were to start the year, but that doesn’t mean we won’t discuss it.
At this time in the year, we have some real insights into teams, and where they may end up in the NCAA tournament. We’d say anyone hanging around the top 15 is still in the running for a 1 seed, especially with no one truly separating themselves above the rest of the college ranks, except the Aztecs who hang onto undefeated dreams. Top 25 is below:
By: Eric Eichelberger
Welcome to the second week of our EVTB rankings. In the world of computer rankings, this is a huge week with the release of the NCAA NET Rankings. For some background, the NET started last season as a replacement and improvement over RPI. According to the NCAA, NET “relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.” For more curious, check out the explanation here. The formula isn’t public, but the committee will no doubt be leaning heavily on NET come March. Anyway, you’re here for EVTB Rankings, not NET, so let’s see how they shake out this week. We have made some improvements to the transparency of our rankings but giving you details on teams rank in efficiency margin, strength of schedule, margin of victory and luck.
After a hard-fought battle against the Chattanooga Mocs, the Hokies were looking for a convincing win over the Gardner-Webb Running Bull Dogs. The Hokies did just that and won 73-46. The victory has kept the Hokies’ non-conference winning streak alive with 30 straight wins.
Live from a high school gymnasium, the underdog Virginia Tech Hokies defeated the #3 Michigan State Spartans 71-66! People, we are riding the wave big time out here in Maui. Tomorrow the Hokies will face off against the Dayton Flyers who posted an impressive performance themselves.
Today’s sold-out match-up featuring the Lehigh Mountain Hawks and the Virginia Tech Hokies got off to slow and sloppy start, with the Hokies trailing 8-4 four and a half minutes into the game. You have to wonder if the 3:30 kick off of the football Hokies was weighing on Blacksburg’s mind. The Mountain Hawks are no strangers to playing and beating Power 5 teams. However, Mike Young invigorated his team coming out of a TV timeout, with the Hokies stringing together an 8-0 run, including back-to-back triples coming off of steals from Nolley and Cattoor. Blacksburg PD must have been watching the football pregame show, because the Hokies got away with 6 steals, leading to 14 first-half points. All preseason, height and rebounding were concerns, but no one told the Hokies because they rattled off 10 offensive rebounds, resulting in 8 second-chance points to start the game. Landers Nolley continued to shine with 13 points including 3 swishes beyond the arc. P.J. Horne was a force early, with 7 quick points and 5 big boards.