Categorized | 2009-10 Season, NIT

Virginia Tech a #1 Seed in the NIT; Face quinnipiac in First Round on Wednesday at 7 PM at the Cassell

The Hokies return to the National Invitational Tournament for the third year in a row and for the second time in that span as a #1 seed in an eight team bracket.  The Hokies will face the quinnipiac bobcats (Connecticut) of the Northeast Conference at 7 PM at the Cassell on Wednesday night this week in the first ever meeting between the schools.

Tech was also a #1 in the 2008 NIT and lost in the quarterfinals to mississippi after winning two games over morgan state and uab.  VT was a #2 seed last year and lost in the Second Round to baylor.  All five of Tech’s teams in the NIT in the last two years have been played at the Cassell and they will likely have their first three games at home if they can keep winning.  Tech was 15-1 at home this year.

Here is what Tech’s eight team bracket looks like:

  1. VIRGINIA TECH vs #8 quinnipiac (CT)
  2. rhode island vs #7 northwestern
  3. wichita state vs #6 nevada
  4. uconn vs #5 northeastern

Yes, that’s right, when the Hokies maul the bobcats, they should face the uconn huskies in the Second Round at the Cassell.  At least that should motivate the team and the fans.  Tech was 1-6 against uconn while in the Big East, with the one win coming over an 18th ranked uconn team at the Cassell in 2003 in what may have been ricky stokes’s biggest win (that’s a pretty short list).  So the Hokies will have to win the Connecticut state title in all likelihood to make the NIT quarterfinals.

Other #1 seeds include illinois, arizona state, and mississippi state.  cincinnati, ole miss, rhode island, and X are #2 seeds.  unc is a #4 seed and play #5 seed william & mary in the First Round.  nc state is a #6 seed.  And seton hall who many thought were right on the bubble, are just a #5 seed.  gus gilchrist usf is a #3 seed.  st. john’s, Seth Greenberg’s alleged suitor, is a #6 seed.

The ESPNU guy that broke down the NIT brackets picked rhode island to win VT’s bracket.  He picked illinois to win it all.

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  • DuffHokie

    Of course we are the only #1 seed to not have our game televised by ESPN. Im guessing the disparity between us and quinnipiac wasn’t much of a ratings draw.

  • Bob Cousy

    I’m semi-hoping that Virginia Tech gets everybody together, send an assistant out at 7 pm letting the Quinnipiac team know that we forfeit the game and end the season there as an act of protest against the NCAA. I’m tried of this crap happening every year.

  • Les

    Hold out Hudson if necessary. Play Green, Atkins, and Boggs much more this game.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/hip-hop-heads-vinyl-crates HipHop_Hokie

    Boggs severely sprained his ankle the other day. They thought it might have been broken even, but turns out it was just a grade 2 sprain. You won’t be seeing him at all on Wednesday.

  • Dave Wilson

    I am a ’60 grad and have seen ol’ VT get it in the neck at every turn. Sure they should have beaten Miami a second time, but what about winning over Clemson AND wAKE AND TAKING MARYLAND TO A DOUBLE OVERTIME? The committe doesn’t even know where Blacksburg is. They are so transfixed with the old roundball powers they can’t distinguish between Va. and VT.

    Just wait until football by God and see who gets an tail kickin’ good ol’ country style.

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