Just over two years ago the Virginia Tech Hokies took down the #1 duke blue devils at home. The win was huge for Tech because going into the game they were firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble and lacking a marque win. The victory over the top-ranked devils gave VT that win and moved Tech to 9-5 in the ACC. The Hokies had a RPI in the 50s at that point with two regular season games remaining against bc and clemson.
We all know what happened — Tech dropped both contests to finish 9-7 in the ACC, fell into the 60s (finished #62 in the RPI) and didn’t make the Big Dance despite two wins in the ACC Tournament.
Since that duke win, the Hokies are just 8-26 in ACC regular season games.
Fast forward two years and one day later — the wahoos of uva knock off the #3 duke blue devils to move to 10-5 in the ACC with 3 games remaining. Who was up next? You got it – boston college. And the 4-11 eagles knocked off the hoos 53-52 on Sunday to drop uva to 10-6. uva blew an 11-point 2nd half lead and the eagles hit a 3 to take the lead with 8 seconds left before uva turned it over to effectively end the game (Akil Mitchell hit a half-court shot just after the buzzer).
uva came into the game in the mid-50s (#57 last I saw) in the RPI, and the loss to a bc squad that is around 150 in the RPI will surely drop the hoos significantly. uva now has games at fsu and home vs maryland left. Welcometo our world, hoos, life on the bubble…
And here’s hoping uva goes 8-26 in the ACC over the next two years.