VirgiNIa Tech’s second round game will be this coming Monday, March 22nd, at 7 PM in Cassell Coliseum against the uconn huskies. Tech goes for the Connecticut state title, having already knocked off quinnipiac. VT and uconn were former Big East rivals, with uconn taking 6 of the 7 meetings. Tech’s lone win came in Blacksburg under ricky stokes. The huskies were without Head Coach Jim Calhoun due to health reasons in that game. As many of you may know, he has also battled health issues this year and earlier took a leave of absence.
uconn barely edged northeastern in their first round contest. uconn won by 2 but northeastern missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have won the game. I’ll have more on this match-up in my preview this weekend (up by noon on Sunday).
Also in Tech’s bracket, #2 rhode island rammed the #7 northwestern wildcats on Wednesday and #6 nevada shocked #3 wichita state. The winner of nevada @ uri will face the winner of the Hokies and the huskies for the right to play in the self-proclaimed Most Famous Arena in the World, Madison Square Garden in NYC. If Tech wins over uconn, they will host that quarterfinal game.
Around the rest of the NIT – #1 arizona state was bedeviled by the #8 seed jacksonville in a stunner. How bad is the Pac 10 this year? st. john’s lost to memphis, meaning their coach may soon be fired (Greenberg has been rumored as a candidate for that job). And seton hall’s coach got fired after a pirate player punched a texas tech player in the doodle, and another former player got arrested this week.