Categorized | 2008-09 Season, Games, NIT

Hokies Get No. 2 Seed in NIT, Host duquesne Wed. at 7 p.m.

The Virginia Tech Hokies are a No. 2 seed in the 2009 NIT tournament and will host a home game Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Tech will play duquesne in the first round.  duquense and VT do have some fairly recent history — the two were Atlantic 10 rivals from 1996-2000 and played 10 times over that span, with the Hokies winning seven of those 10 games.  Tech leads the all time series 7-5 and are 5-0 against the dukes in the Cassell.

If the Hokies win, they will play the winner of #6 georgetown at #3 baylor on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Monday.  It won’t be Thursday, so likely will either be Friday night, very early Saturday, or Monday night.  That game should also be at the Cassell.

The #1 seed in Tech’s quadrant of the bracket is auburn.  florida, creighton (barrel), and san diego state are the other #1 seeds.

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  • vatechhokies50

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3983521&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

    The winner will play fourth-seeded Tulsa, which lost to Memphis in the Conference USA title game, or Northwestern. The other games in that portion of the bracket include Big 12 tournament runner-up Baylor against Georgetown, and Virginia Tech against Duquesne.

    “Just having a chance to play in the postseason is an honor and a privilege for our guys,” said Dukes coach Ron Everhart, who was a senior co-captain while playing at Virginia Tech from 1981-85. “To be able to do it at your alma mater, that’s as good as it gets.”

  • vatechhokies50

    And here’s more on the Duke’s coach, Virginia Tech Alumni, Ron Everhart:

    http://www.goduquesne.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/everhart_ron00.html

    “Everhart was a four-year letterman at Virginia Tech and served as captain of the Hokies 1984-85 NCAA Tournament team.”

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