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It’s Official, No NIT

Virginia Tech was not invited by the NIT to participate in the postseason NIT, ending a string of 4 straight years in the consolation tourney. I guess we can’t call it the VT Invitational anymore.

Tech went 6-4 in the Postseason NIT over the last 4 years, all at home.

Tech finished 3rd in the Preseason NIT this season.

The Hokies concluded their season at 16-17, their first losing record in 6 years.

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  • Neil

    is it time to take down the logo? i had always hoped we would take it down when we got an ncaa bid…at the beginning of the season, i didn’t really consider not even getting a nit bid.

    • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

      It is. And the logo is gone. We need a “NoNIT” logo. Graphic designers… GO!

  • Brian

    I don’t understand why tech didn’t want to play in the cbi. I mean vt might lose money but it would be great practice for techs youngsters!

    • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

      The university is (as it always seems to be) facing some tough financial hurdles. They’ve raised tuition (again) and are cutting employee benefits (again). The negative backlash from playing at a third-rate postseason tournament in which you’d lose money is probably too much for the administration to handle. And I can’t say that I disagree. Or, they’re just saving money to buy out Greenberg’s contract if the team underperforms next season.

  • Chris_atl

    And no CBI as was expected. There are some decent teams in the CBI. Having a few more games would have been fun. We did seem to be improving late season. Our buddy Thorns will be playing in it. There was one team with a losing record (Wash. St.). I don’t know for sure that we would have gotten an invitiation but I suspect they would have liked an ACC school and we could have displaced some of the smaller east coast schools.

  • hokiegrad

    did play in the preseason NIT, so in one sense the streak remains unbroken…

    • Niemo

      Thatta boy, Grad, always looking at the positives! And we got the Bronze Medal!

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