Last year, Virginia Tech was one of the last teams on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament "bubble," and coach Seth Greenberg was livid. He went on just about every sports show he could find to rip the Selection Committee and the analysts who suggested that the Committee might have been correct.
Greenberg decided to start early this year (kind of like St. Mary's "extra game," but I'll save that for another article).
Appearing on ESPN early this afternoon, Greenberg stated his rationale for why Virginia Tech should be considered for an at-large bid when the Selection Committee meets on Sunday.
Surely, he would talk about his SOS (No. 29) or RPI (No. 62), right? On second thought, you might want to stay away from the RPI numbers, Seth.
Perhaps he would talk about his heart-breaking losses in the beginning of the year? His marquee wins in the ACC, such as beating Wake Forest?
No, instead, Coach Greenberg took the path of criticizing other teams and other conferences, immediately after stating that he "didn't want to take anything away from [any other team]."
He specifically asked how other teams would fare facing the same teams that his team had to play this year. Summarizing his words, he basically asked "How would we fare if we played in the WCC or MVC and those other bubble teams played in the ACC?"
Guess what, Mr. Greenberg? You get the advantages and the disadvantages of playing in the ACC. You're strength of schedule stays relatively high, but your RPI number is more telling. If you truly feel this way, join the WCC and you will see that you will gain a different set of advantages and disadvantages.
Join Conference USA and go through the criticism that Memphis goes through year in and year out, having virtually no chance at a No. 1 seed outside of a virtually perfect season.
Virginia Tech is on the bubble, but they have had plenty of opportunities to play themselves off of it, and they failed. They have not proven that they are a team that should be selected.
They have only proven (for the second straight year) that they are deserving of consideration, and that they might easily be on the wrong side of the bubble again.
Greenberg wants his last eight or nine opponents considered, as he repeatedly stated on ESPN, and he wants the Committee to consider how the other bubble teams would fare with VT's schedule. That's probably not a good idea, considering how VT fared against those teams.
The Selection Committee doesn't work with hypotheticals. They work with what you have done. They don't pretend that St. Mary's is in the ACC or that Virginia Tech is in the Missouri Valley. Tech's coach is barking up the wrong tree with that argument.
Virginia Tech shouldn't have gone 4-9 in their last 13. They shouldn't have gone 1-6 in their last seven regular-season ACC games, including losses to Maryland, Virginia, and Florida State (twice).
And in all honesty, they shouldn't have lost to a North Carolina team without Ty Lawson, considering they almost beat them with Lawson healthy and had a substantial second-half lead in the game.
Virginia Tech shouldn't have lost to the worst team in the SEC (a conference that will get just three bids, if that, in the NCAA Tournament), Georgia, or taken home losses to Seton Hall or Wisconsin.
And if Greenberg wants to complain about close losses (he didn't do that today, but the "analysts" brought it up), he better mention his close wins as well: 65-62 over Gardner-Webb, 62-57 over Mt. St. Mary's, single-digit victories over Navy, Charleston Southern and Elon, 78-75 over Virginia (at home), 91-87 over N.C. State (at home), and 76-71 over Georgia Tech (you guessed it, at home).
So don't even go there with the buzzer-beater losses.
Virginia Tech is not a bubble team that has done what is necessary to make the NCAA Tournament. As have many bubble teams this year, they had their chance and they blew it. They can hang up horseshoes, capture leprechauns, or find four-leaf clovers. But lobbying the press is unflattering.
Seth Greenberg needs to stay off their airwaves and let the Selection Committee do its work.