ACC Tournament 2011: Can Virginia Tech Remain Alive with a Win over Georgia Tech
The ACC Tournament closes out the first round with the No. 6 seed Virginia Tech Hokies (19-10, 9-7 ACC) looking to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive against the No. 11 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-17, 5-11 ACC).
When Virginia Tech beat Duke at home, everyone felt as if they were finally off of that dreaded bubble. Dick Vitale even said that they are in, so go ahead and enjoy the victory and relax.
I don't think he meant to relax on the court, but the Hokies must have taken his advice literally, as they dropped their final two regular season games to Boston College and Clemson. Those were not bad losses, but they may have been games that could have secured a berth for Virginia Tech in the NCAA Tournament.
Apparently, this team just needs to live on the edge and be a perennial bubble team.
Mark Berman of The Roanoke Times says that one win may not be enough.
"The Hokies need to beat both Georgia Tech and Florida State to feel better about their chances while watching the tournament selection show Sunday," says Berman.
The Yellow Jackets re a bit of an enigma. They blew out North Carolina when the Tar Heels were letting a whiny quitter run the point, and then they forgot how to play basketball.
The team has some very solid scorers and Iman Shumpert and Glen Rice Jr., but they cannot get the job done by themselves.
The Hokies love being on the bubble. A win will not guarantee them a berth, but a loss would all but end their chances. Because of that - as well as Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Green - the Hokies live to play on Friday night.
For more on the Hokies and other bubble teams, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Ben Gibson, as he takes a look at the ACC Basketball Tournament 2011: Who Needs to Win to Make the Big Dance?
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