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NIT Update | Hokies to Host huskies Monday Night at 7 PM

NIT Update | Hokies to Host huskies Monday Night at 7 PM

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.

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  • daveywoods

    That NIT logo is AWESOME! Where did you get that? Its hilarious. Whatever dudes made that are awesome and hilarious.

  • yakes14

    That guy from Seton Hall got a bad rap. The Seton Hall coach designated him as the “Cup check” guy for this game. It is reported that Pope (the offender) had asked the player on the other team on multiple occasions if he was wearing a cup. The response from Mr. Dented Doodle, “Maybe”.
    Maybe??? WTF. What is a “cup checker” supposed to do? So, he finally had to perform his job or risk getting benched.

  • King

    UCONN’s my 2nd favorite team. My dad grew up in CT and went to UCONN so I was raised a fan. Here’s an early scouting report on my 2 favorite teams.
    PG: Kemba Walker v Malcolm Delaney (Advantage: Delaney…hands down)
    SG: Jerome Dyson v Dorenzo Hudson (Advantage: Dyson…but only slightly…if ‘Zo is healthy it might be a Tie)
    SF: Stanley Robinson v Terrell Bell (Advantage: Robinson…athletic freak w/ NBA length & DWash-like jumping ability; Bell will have to respect his jump shot, anticipate him going in for the alley-oop from the weak side, and work hard to keep him off the offensive glass)
    PF: Gavin Edwards v Jeff Allen (Advantage: Tie…Edwards doesn’t start but plays starter’s minutes…Allen starts but often rides the bench since he’s prone to fouling early and often…Edwards is a smart player who has underrated post moves and soft hands…Allen has a lot more upside and can take Edwards off the dribble…very intriguing matchup)
    C: Alex Oriakhi v Victor Davila (Advantage: Tie…neither one is very good and both are young…Oriakhi had a solid game against Northeaster while Davila had more rebounds against the Q than in the previous 3 games combined)
    Bench: UCONN v VT (Advantage: Tech…UCONN has very little depth…big opportunity for players like JT, Atkins, Raines, & Witcher to contribute)
    Intangibles: VT playing at home in the Cassell with eyes towards the NIT championship, proving the NCAA selection committee wrong (great job today Utah State…not) and setting a tone for next season. UCONN is mailing this season in considering that they barely scraped by Northeastern. I also have to give credit to Greenberg for being a great motivator. Calhoun’s a hall-of-fame coach but he intimidates his players which causes them to stiffen up. They play to stay out of his doghouse and this explains why their psyche has been so fragile all season. I’m confident Seth will have the Hokies loose and ready to play.
    Let’s Go Hokies!!!

  • NYC Hokie

    Thanks for the insights, King.

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