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Drowning in History

Let’s take a look at what the Hokies are facing as they close out the season in the next week:

  • Sour 16:
    • Tech tied the all time ACC record for regular season league losses on Tuesday night, matching the 2010-11 wake forest deacons.  That deacon team went 1-15 (6% win percentage).  Any time you are in the company of coaching luminaries like Jeff Bzdelik, it isn’t a good thing.
    • Since the ACC expanded to 9 teams in 1991-92 and started playing a 16 game league schedule (they had previously played 14), 5 teams had gone 2-14, including duke in 1994-95 when Coach K was out with health issues.  That matched the loss total of teams like maryland and georgia tech in the 80s that went 0-14, still the low bar in terms of Win %.
    • The Hokies will become the first ACC team ever to lose 16 games in league regular season play with a loss at georgia tech on Saturday, albeit with the expanded 18 game schedule.  The good news is since VT won 2 games, at least there is a possibility that record could be broken… if it happens (and I’m picking the Hokies to win Saturday).
  • Then there are all the team things we’ve already accomplished:
    • 15 is the most losses ever in conference play by any VT team in any conference (and we’ve been in 5)
    • This year was just the 2nd time in 53 years playing in the Cassell VT had a losing home record (8-10)… again, when you are matching lows of stokes and Bzdelik, you are really in trouble
    • 20 losses for the first time since 1955.

The most glaring stat might be how much worse VT is than the rest of the league over the last 3 seasons.  Tech has finished dead last the last two years, and were in a 4-way tie for last in 2011-12.

Team Wins Losses %
duke 39 11 78.0%
unc 39 12 76.5%
uva 36 15 70.6%
fsu 30 21 58.8%
miami 30 21 58.8%
nc state 28 23 54.9%
clemson 23 28 45.1%
maryland 22 29 43.1%
wake 15 35 30.0%
ga tech 15 36 29.4%
bc 15 36 29.4%
HOKIES 10 41 19.6%

It really goes back to the win over #1 duke on 2/26/2011.  Since then the Hokies are 10-43 in ACC regular season games (18.9%).  Before that point, Tech was 57-53 (52%) in nearly 7 full seasons of ACC play.  I believe that was the 4th best mark during that stretch.  And Tech had earned 4 first round byes in the ACC Tournament in their first 6 years in the league (finished 3rd or 4th place in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010), the third highest mark during that stretch. 

Let’s hope we can get the ship righted but this vessel is pointed straight down right now.

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4 Responses to “Drowning in History”

  1. Hank_Ster says:

    If those dubious records don’t earn you your walking papers, I am not sure what will………….. My one question is, how is Shaka Smart if he thinks VCU is a “big time” job? We should take a run at him this offseason. What would beating Duke, NC, Louisville, and Syracuse consistently do for his profile? It would do a lot more for his rep than anything he can do at VCU short of winning a National Championship….

    • Niemo says:

      He won more games vs ACC teams than us this year (3-1) so maybe he’s happier there. Plus, he gets a bonus for every ACC team he beats there, which he obviously wouldn’t at an ACC school.

    • Les says:

      Looking through the other basement-dwellers in the ACC with coaches on the hot seat, one or two more years with the same coach is not unthinkable. The coaches at Wake, Georgia Tech, and Boston College have each been at their jobs for three or four years. Of those, Donahue is “only” in his third consecutive losing season after being above .500 in his first year.

    • HBHokieSurfer says:

      I agree, we should make another run at Shaka. He wanted the job last time and Weaver wouldn’t pay anywhere near his asking price. He won’t turn VT down a second time if we pay him.


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