Virginia Tech basketball is having another great year thus far. As they enter their stretch run they appear to be a lock to jump off the bubble and go dancing after missing out on the NCAA Tournament the past couple seasons, but are they off the bubble yet?
At first glance the numbers look promising. They are 21-5, with an 8-4 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They have an impressive win over Wake Forest at home, and that's the problem - that's the only one. They have one game remaining against Maryland at home that could help solidly their resume, but that is the only game they have left against a team in the ACC that currently has a winning record in conference.
So, how do you evaluate the Hokies when they continue to play nobody?
What do we actually know about this team? We know they lost to a North Carolina team that is getting beat by double-digits on a nightly basis in the ACC. Their most impressive road victory is Virginia in conference, and either Iowa or Penn State out of conference. The combined records for those three teams stands at 33-45.
They have a win over Georgia, but once again their most impressive victories out of conference are over the other power conference's bottom feeders.
With an RPI of 42 and a strength of schedule that stands at 142, you have to wonder if Virginia Tech should be dancing in March. As if those numbers were not bad enough, their out of conference strength of schedule is in the 300's.
21-5 is great, it really is, but if Virginia Tech finds itself on the wrong side of the bubble yet again this year, they have only themselves to blame. They continue to make it impossible to evaluate their team.
If they do miss out on the tournament, hopefully Seth Greenberg doesn't ask again this year how the mid-majors would do with the Hokies schedule. They wouldn't know. In fact few teams would, because only a handful of teams challenge themselves less than the Hokies.