Is the perception of this years team taking a hit for past years sins?
Here's the idea. Before the season started, we knew that JTT was out (again) for the year and that Dorenzo was a bit gimpy. We knew that we had just graduated 2 of the best (statistically) players in VT history, and an excellent role player in Bell as well. We knew that 4 freshman were going to be counted on as big contributors, and that Allen Chaney wasn't cleared to play. Knowing all that, the NCAA wasn't a realistic goal, and some could argue that the NIT was even a stretch.
Then they opened the season playing pretty well and looking pretty good. But then things started looking again like past years - close losses after having leads vs Minnesota and K-State, getting behind early, fighting our way back in and ultimately losing vs Wake and FSU. Things we've definitely seen before.
So everyone is thinking "just like the last 4 years"....but while it sure seems that way, is it? This team having a chance to win vs Minn and KState could be seen as impressive instead of a failure. Losing a road game in the ACC isn't uncommon (and Wake has played better than expected). FSU hasn't played well, but with all those big guys and all that experience, losing that isn't that shocking.
So, is this team paying the (expectation) price for the pattern that was established by prior Greenburg teams?
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