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Malcolm Delaney and Virginia Tech were riding high after outplaying top-ranked Duke down the stretch en route to a 64-60 win on Feb. 26 in Blacksburg.
After the thrilling win, an NCAA bid seemed almost inevitable.
Instead, the wheels promptly fell off the bus.
The Hokies looked to be sitting pretty after beating the Dukies, only to drop consecutive games to bubble teams Boston College and Clemson.
Even after being dismantled by the Blue Devils in the ACC tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon, Virginia Tech still seemed to have a decent chance of sneaking in.
Ultimately, the Hokies' paltry RPI and lack of quality non-conference wins proved to be their biggest flaw in the eyes of the selection committee.
Still, it's difficult to understand how a 21-11 team with a winning conference record and ACC tournament wins could be left out of the expanded field.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, Greenberg vented to reporters outside his office Sunday evening:
“You almost wonder if someone in that room has their own agenda and that agenda doesn’t include Virginia Tech. Just plain and simple. I totally wonder it, if someone in that room has an agenda. The explanation was so inconsistent with the result that it was almost mind-boggling."
At least he was honest.
But is it really mind-boggling?
The lackluster effort against a mediocre BC team following the Duke win was emblematic of Virginia Tech's inconsistent play this season—something that also hurt the Hokies last year when they also went uninvited to the party.
In the end, the loss at Clemson to finish the season appears to have been the Hokies' death knell.
Greenberg will have to wait until next season—again.
Let the Madness begin!