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This rooting guide is for those who want to know which teams need to win in each ACC game, as said games enhance or detract from VTís chances of receiving an NCAA Tournament bid. For those of you that think we canít get into the NCAA Tournament no matter what, there still is work to be done as far as getting in the NIT, getting an NIT home game (or games), and quite simply seeing how strong a position VT can end up in at the end of the Hokiesí first ACC basketball season.
First, the current ACC standings, heading into the weekend, because it's good information and because we love looking at Virginia Tech in fourth place.
Now, the breakdown.
Games of Saturday, February 26
Duke @ St. John's
GT @ Miami
VT @ NC State
Games of Sunday, February 27
FSU @ Clemson
UVA @ Wake
UNC @ Maryland
Games of Tuesday, March 1
VT @ Clemson
Games of Wednesday, March 2
GT @ Wake
NC State @ UVA
Games of Thursday, March 3
Miami @ Duke
FSU @ UNC
Games of Saturday, March 5
Clemson @ GT
MD @ VT
Games of Sunday, March 6
UVA @ FSU
Duke @ UNC
Wake @ NC State
There you go. This is my opinion on how the remaining games might sway VTís tourney hopes. However, the main thing is that VT needs to keep winning games, else the rest doesnít matter a whole lot. I think 17 wins come selection time gives VT some hope, though Iím not sure how much, and 18 would virtually put VT in.
Editor's Note: Also handy, on a national scale, is VTHokie2006's NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet.
The ACC released their "three-year rotation model of conference basketball games," as they like to describe it (from 2005-06 through 2007-08), and it's an interesting read. Here's how it works:
Here's what the next three seasons worth of matchups look like for the Hokies.
The 2005-06 schedule is a good one for the Hokies, from the standpoint that they only have to play four games against this year's "Big 3" of Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest, and the league is once again sending UNC into Cassell Coliseum, without the Hokies having to head to the Dean Dome.
The lack of games against the Big 3 is balanced out somewhat by having to play Boston College twice. The Eagles have a very strong program at the moment and would be very competitive in the ACC this season.
Most winnable home games: UVa, FSU, Clemson, NC State, Georgia Tech, and perhaps BC. Most winnable road games: FSU, Clemson, Miami, and maybe Maryland. That's 8-10 games the Hokies have a very good shot at winning (based on how things have gone in the league this year, which is of course only a small indicator of how things may go next year). Win 2/3 of those, and that's 5-7 league wins, with 6-8 other games to play.
But that's all just projection. Time will tell.
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Brain Injury Services of SWVA and Brain Injury Services, Inc. in Northern Virginia are offering Hokie fans a chance to win a truly unique prize: a "game-winning" football signed by the Virginia Tech football coaching staff and players.
The football up for grabs is the football being carried by Cedric Humes in the picture above, during Cedric's game-clinching 37-yard TD run against Virginia this past season. The ball was taken from the field -- "It still has dirt on it," yours truly was recently told -- and later signed by Virginia Tech coaches and players.
The ball is now being raffled off. Only 600 raffle tickets are being sold, and each ticket costs $100. To make things even better, the cost of your raffle ticket is tax-deductible as a charitable donation to Brain Injury Services of SWVA and Brain Injury Services, Inc.
These two organizations are the only two case management programs serving kids with brain injuries in the state of Virginia. The services needed by brain injury survivors are scarce, and these two programs make a difference in people's lives. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to fund desperately-needed case managers at these two organizations.
Interested? Here are the details:
The Virginia Tech football
program and head coach Frank
Beamer (click the link to see a letter written by Beamer) are behind this effort to raise much-needed funds. Buy your ticket
and get your chance at winning the football pictured above!
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