Virginia Tech Set to Face Wisconsin in NCAA Basketball Tournament

Dance, Hokies.

After a near decade of bubbles and basements, the Hokies are set to take the dance floor. Virginia Tech secured a No. 9 seed in the East Region and will play No. 8 Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. It's the first time the Hokies will compete in college basketball's premier post-season since its 2006-07 campaign.

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Let's dance fam!

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

FAM!!!! WE'RE DANCING AGAIN

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

We got screwed big time by the committee uva got a 5 seed but us a 9?

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

UVA has a much better resume. You could question if USCe deserves to be a 7 seed but I think Wisconsin had the biggest beef as an 8 seed.

Wichita St as a 10 seed? 30 wins and a top 25 ranking, plus kenpom has them in the top 15

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

I was just getting ready to post this. That's an absolute crime. #GoSelectionCommittee

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

I think they purposely put good mid major teams against each other to protect the power conferences. Wichita St vs Dayton and VCU vs St Marys. VCU and WSU are under seeded and two of the dangerous non major teams are done after the first weekend. Protect the big boys I guess but 3 of those 4 teams have huge followings.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

The A10 is not considered a mid major. They aren't power 5 but certainly not a mid major. The programs there spend a lot on basketball.

So would that make them "high-major"? I'm assuming high-major includes Big East, A10, AAC, etc.

While I personally agree that the A-10 is not a mid-major conference, in the eyes of the D1 world they are still considered, or at least referred to as mid-major. In the past few years they've had more bids and more depth than the SEC, and would be competitively equal or better if you were to discount Kentucky.

In response to LunchPail, P5 structure doesn't, or hasn't yet, translated to basketball. The Big East is one of the 6 power or high-major conferences. Because of realignment the usual mid-major conferences have disappeared. We're left with the A-10 and the AAC in a kinda no man's land between high and mid-major, followed by power teams like Gonzaga and Wichita St in weaker conferences. Then there's a mishmash of conferences that are probably one bid leagues that aren't really mid-major or low-major like C-USA. Our old labels don't really work anymore.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

VCU hasn't looked great for their last couple of games. They got beat a couple times this season by bad teams.

DANCE DANCE

Ugh that's....

That's a brutal draw for us

Yay that we're dancing but that's tough. 9 seed and if we win we get the #1 overall seed which means we were likely the lowest of the 9 seeds

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

And South Carolina is a 7 seed?

"My favorite cocktail is bourbon on ice. It makes the ice taste better." - Jimmy Russell

Rodney Dangerfield. For real.

Virginian by Birth, Hokie by Choice

Go figure... dis-ed again.

I don't see a lot of difference between the #1s and #2s. I would rather play Nova than Kentucky or Zona. At least we physically have a chance.

But that is if they even get past Wisconsin, which I don't really have a great feeling about. I feel like matching up VT and Wisconsin was a shot at both programs. Wisconsin feels like at least a 7 and VT got paired with the hardest 8 and hardest 1. I agree Nova is the smallest one seed though, and Vt would counter their game.

Brutal draw for Wisconsin you mean

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

Actually, Wisky is likely the lowest 8th seed, which means we are the highest 9th seed. The odd seeds in this bracket are the highest, and the even seeds are the lowest, assuming Nova is the top seed in the tourney.

Um. How are we ahead of Wichita State?

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

there is some really funky seedings here. Wisconsin should be a 6. I think we should be an 8. Vanderbilt has no business being ahead of us. Who knows?

Strength of schedule is what got Vandy where its at (right or wrong).

Absolutely. I just think they put too much into that for them. It matters of course, but imo you need to be better than 7-6 OOC to be a tourney team. Let alone a lock which apparently they were.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Michigan St being seeded even slightly ahead of us is a joke too

Good grief this is utterly ridiculous. South Carolina as 26 about makes my head explode.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Paul Johnson.

SOMEONE GET ME A BRICK WALL SO I CAN RUN THROUGH IT

Follow his lead

Complete lack of respect there from the committee. Gamecocks a 7 seed from a bad SEC?

UVA is your 5/12 upset pick though

I looked at USCjr's schedule and I don't get it. How are they seeded higher than Wiscy and us? They beat Michigan and Florida. No other notable wins.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Too bad we don't have any wins against Syracuse or Michigan

Edit: Apparently they didn't beat Syracuse

"My favorite cocktail is bourbon on ice. It makes the ice taste better." - Jimmy Russell

They did beat Syracuse, but Cuse didn't make the field.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Ah I thought your edit meant they didn't beat them. Regardless they don't have a better resume than us

"My favorite cocktail is bourbon on ice. It makes the ice taste better." - Jimmy Russell

Agreed.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

I guess we need to unleash a boat load of 3's on them and set the record straight.... then take the woopin' to Villanova. Let's go Bibbs, Allen, Outlaw! and a lot of LeDay attitude on the inside.

307th you say?

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Josh is also a hokie!

Jay Bilas throwing shade already, didn't even consider the chance of the Hokies playing Nova.

Wisky is underseeded as an 8, so I understand. Could have been a 6 if they won today.

Man ESPN is already writing us off. SVP and company were talking about how unfair it is that NOVA will have to play Wisconsin in round 2...

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Wisconsin will get killed by Nova.....I wish VT could get to that game, but Wisconsin is a team that will give VT matchup problems.

Why? They aren't big, can't defend the three, not very athletic.

Our kind of match-up!

And...

Wisc 45.5 FG, 35.5 3FG, 64% FT

VT (ACC games) 49%, 41% and 74%

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Happ is a 50% FT shooter, their star player. They lost to Iowa (@home) by 2 a few weeks ago when he was 1-7 from the line.

Now Happ is a really good player, a good handle for a 6'9"+ guy and good back-to-the-basket skills. But he's not the athlete that John Collins is, he's more like Ben Lammers. And they can't overwhelm us with multiple big guys like FSU did. Happ has been prone to foul issues as well.

I think most of us know the other two stars pretty well from their deep March runs: Koenig and Hayes. Koenig is a guard with good size, similar to Vasturia for Notre Dame (or Pat Connaughton from a few years ago). He's their best (and only?) consistent outside threat. Hayes has been around forever and provides some athleticism. About the same size as Zach LeDay, he's got a little more confidence in his outside game than he probably should have (career 33% 3-pt shooter) and isn't great on the line either (58% this year). Hayes is kind of similar to Chris Clarke but a little bigger.

they will be starting 4 seniors + Happ (r-Soph), so they have experience. It looks like they go 7-8 deep, with their 8th guy getting 10mpg.

Buzz knows their system well from his time at Marquette (they play Wisky every year) and Gard has kept the same framework that the Badger-looking coach had. It's not dissimilar from UVa.

vitto brown is pretty good from 3, and so is tryce. they definitely are the bigger team though 3 of their starters are over 6'6"

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Appears they are mostly man D, but 3 of their top 5 minutes wise are 230 lbs. I'm wondering what they do when we force them to go small. Do they go zone, do they have the 2-3 players to match up and stay man?

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Great summary. Thank you. I knew nothing about them this year

"Stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!" - William Addison Caldwell, 1872

YEAH, HOKIES!

Now, I believe that we're dancing

"Jerod Evans had more moves on that run than Bayer has aspirin!"

-Mike Burnop, 9/24/2016

Time to shock the world.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Terrible matchup for the guys. Happ is gonna have a field day against us, and they have a ton of experience. Both teams criminally under ranked. Oh well, we're dancing!

Badger by birth, Hokie by choice

I don't know about VT being underseeded, but they screwed the Hokies over. They gave VT a juicy potential round of 32 game (yes I think VT could give Nova a scare), but a near impossible first game. Wisconsin is a nightmare matchup.

I actually like our draw. Wisconsin doesn't scare me, Villanova is the 2nd #1 team I would be ok with playing along with Gonzaga, and I really don't care if the "experts" are throwing us shade/disrespect... WHO CARES... We made the tournament for the first time in 10 years, be excited and lets go dancing!!!

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Bad news for the Badgers!

Edit: too slow.

Here's to upsets!

VB born, class of '14, Semper Paratus

Seeded lower than Arkansas?

Phew that's tough to see

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

I still will never understand how they place teams. UNC AND Duke only have to travel to Greenville SC.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

I was desperately hoping we would come to Greenville.

I think Mark Titus wrote an article for Grantland on it. High seeds don't travel far, one of the benefits of being a high seed.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

RIP Grantland

ALL HAIL THE RINGER

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Alright, time to bust out with the magic and wut not.......

Hokie Magic

Go Hokies!

Creepy...

"It's always great to beat UVA, that makes us all smarter and better looking for a couple days".

How do these kind of things summon to the internet

that's not until game too. Gotta take care of the badgers first.

At least we're not in the South bracket..... UNC, Kentucky, and UCLA as a 3 seed.... fucking brutal lol

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Kentucky sucks hahahaha. Hate to break it, but this is Caliparis worst team in a long time.

That team is still absolutely loaded with talent.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Kentucky sucks? ok..... lol

this is Caliparis worst team in a long time

I am not here to say this is his worst team in a while or not but even if it is, his worst team may be better than 80-90% of the teams in the tournament now.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Looks like (hopefully) the committee left out the whiney Case!

Let's Go...

Just saw boeheim in espn, what a "poor syracuse" bunch of crap! Wah, Wah, absolutely disgusting bunch of espn supported bs. Boeheim thru mtsu under the bus, n they won their conference tourney. They deserve to be in .. no question. What a bitch he is. As he gets older he just wants entitlement. Time 4 him to retire.

Pain is Temporary
Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever
Let's Go Hokies!!

Given Boeheim's track record, I didn't think it was all that bad. He openly admitted that his team could have done more to get into the tournament than they did and that they were not a very good team this year. I have no problem with any of his response honestly.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

I think it's hilarious they're playing UNCG after the bad things he had to say about the tournament being in Greensboro. Hopefully the Spartans take the Orange down.

Wichita St. as a 10 seed is a disgrace, IMO.

Wake Forest getting the play-in game. I guess the regular season win against us was bigger than expected.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

What is that quote from Buzz at the end of the video? When he decided to come to VT?

Let's Go...

After the Wake Forest ACCT game.

in the postgame interview after beating Wake he was talking about people telling him it was a dumb move to take the job at VT.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Underseeded (kinda of expected it) but hopefully our 3 ball is on this week! Teams like USCe, Dayton, Minnesota, LOLUVA, Arkansas, Northwestern are overrated and get much easier first round matchups.

Regardless of fairness, we are in! No bubble, no play-in game, WE IN!

Same seed as 15 loss Vanderbilt...

Wow

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

They also have the #1 OOC SOS and overall SOS.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Sure. But who did they beat OOC?

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Iowa St. and

*squints*

I guess, Belmont?

I didn't see the Iowa State game. It was sandwiched in their conference slate.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

The Big 12 tournament champs.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Didn't see that game because it was after they started conference play.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

And we beat the Big Ten tournament champs.

On the Road

And then followed that up by obtaining a handful of quality wins during conference play en route to a tie for a top third finish, and managed to beat a #2 seed Conference Tournament Champion when they were ranked #5 in the country.

But because we scheduled a couple games against terrible teams, we get shoved down a couple seeds in punishment. Sometimes I just don't get it. 21 wins, 10 in the strongest conference in the country, numerous quality wins, but for seeing that doesn't matter because we had the audacity to play Citadel and VMI.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

It shakes out, play better teams and lose a few more of them and get the same seed as a team who played nearly no one OOC but had 5 fewer losses.

The chronically disrespected among us are barking up the wrong tree going after Vandy for having the same seed as us. I'll give you South Carolina though.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

The SEC seems to be getting a disproportionate amount of love. Vandy has an EASY route, getting Northwestern and then the Zags...

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

When will they announce our game time? Sorry, if its already out there and I missed it. Trying to figure out what time I'm leaving work on Thursday (if needed).

Where's the beef?

I'm with you. I hope it's at like 3 so I can leave work early

"My favorite cocktail is bourbon on ice. It makes the ice taste better." - Jimmy Russell

I have a call I have to be on from 12:00 - 1:30, but I've blocked my calendar as out of office from that point on. Hopefully, we aren't on at noon.

Where's the beef?

Get a vasectomy

"My favorite cocktail is bourbon on ice. It makes the ice taste better." - Jimmy Russell

Is that something men actually do during tournament time? I see those commercials with the doctor holding a basketball suggesting that guys get a vasectomy. I never actually paid it much attention.

It actually is since you have to be off work for a couple of days.

My wife and I have literally been talking about this subject this week (now that we have 3 and are done). MAN, did I miss an opportunity here. Dang it!! Maybe someone will take a "walk in" on Tue or Wed?

Virginian by Birth, Hokie by Choice

I have a 3-530 meeting. I'm praying for that 7pm start or later. I'm quite nervous about the times right now...

@vtscottyb

I'm with you there - but I feel like this game is going to take precedence over work. My wife suggested that I leave work for a couple hours and then go back after the game - I had to explain to her that I'm not allowed to show up drunk.

How does 19-15 Vanderbilt get in before Syracuse?

the only way Syracuse was going to get in was if the first game was in Greensboro!

Go Hokies

Lol, the NIT should move the tournament to Greensboro this year.

Vanderbilt is deep and long. They beat Florida three times. They'd destroy overrated CUSE.

FSU as 3 seed?? Playing in Orlando? They must been smirking in Tallahassee.

Pop goes the Syracuse bubble

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

City of Greensboro gets the last laugh.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

That RPI was just way too much to overcome.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

We all knew Syracuse wasn't going anywhere this time around. Their luck has ran out after last season. I feel a little bad for Boeheim though, his time might be coming to an end.

Well yeah Boeheim supposedly will retire after next year as part of the reason the NCAA didn't penalize them very much.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Paul Johnson.

There's already one segment of the bracket that's impossible to figure out. The West region, particularly the bottom half, is that segment.

Let's Go...

We have a shot to be the #1 story in college basketball for a whole week if we win two games.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Excellent point - that is the way to continue to build Buzzketball momentum!

Really don't care if we got screwed or not. We're dancing and are about to burst some brackets.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

We got a tough draw by way of Wisconsin getting screwed. I think we deserved the 8 and Wiscy deserved at least a 7. South Carolina seeded ahead of each team is criminal.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Also, great video Henry!

Thank you!

Happy we're in. No real beef with our own seed since I figured we'd be in the 8 to 9 range anyway. But how the eff is Wisc an 8? You could make a case that they're the 2nd best Big 10 team. I know that conference is down this year but still. That's some bad seeding.

Regardless, we can absolutely beat the Badgers. It's no secret they play a similar style as UVA, which Buzz has done very well with in the past. If we can shoot like we have all season (and not like we did in the 2nd half vs FSU last week), we can win this game

make a case

Finished 2nd in the B1G regular season
Lost in the B1G Championship game

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Well, that does seem like a pretty substantial case..

How about VT-UVA in a Sweet 16 matchup? I'm in.

#BeatWisc #BeatNova #BeatUNCW

How about UVA loses to UNCW in the first round? I'm SO in

Not throwing hate here, but UVA definitely got a difficult draw with a very good and well coached UNCW team.

Is it football season yet?

Will that game get to 100 points between the two teams combined?

UNCW scores 85+ppg, 10th in the NCAA.

a very good and well coached UNCW team.

Yeah, okay, but will they get after ya?

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

If I'm UVA i'm genuinely afraid of UNCW. Those 5/12 games will get after you. And UNCW is a legit squad that doesn't beat themselves.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

They've also had a relatively easy schedule and lost to Clemson. They average a lot of points but haven't played anyone with a comparable defense to LOLUVA. If LOLUVA can figure out how to put the round ball in the hole they win this game, they've struggled with that this year. It would be ideal if they forget once again that they need to score points to win not just stop the other team from scoring points.

I have no problem with our seeding. It will allow us to get one of our three wins against the #1 seeds over with in the second round.

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

Chuck just picked us as a round 1 upset for what it's worth.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

There are few people I enjoy listening to more than the Chuckster. He is endlessly entertaining to me.

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." -Jay Bilas

We got seeded right. And we possibly lucked out with being in Villanova's bracket, they can win the whole thing but they're the only 1 seed we can match up against. Where we got screwed is that Wisconsin shouldn't be lower than a 7 seed and probably should be a 6 seed. We will have difficulty matching up with Happ.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

A couple of thoughts: 1. I was kind of disappointed that LOLUVA didn't even get put in the same bracket ad Michigan St., much less get them as a first round game. 2. Our draw could have been better, but it could have been worse, too. 3. Looks like Tyrod may get some screen time at our game. I'm assuming he can score some tickets.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Did you not hear? Tyrod restructured his contract. Gotta pinch those pennies now. /s

Edit: stupid autocorrect

Man Jay Bilas is suchhhhhhhhh a dick

Let's Go...

Being a prick was taught to him by his collegiate coach.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

I like Jay Bilas but I understand why some people don't. What did he say?

"My favorite cocktail is bourbon on ice. It makes the ice taste better." - Jimmy Russell

Just bullying Seth (who's not the most sympathetic guy himself in Hokie circles) on TV and acting like a know it all, elitist douche.

Let's Go...

Yeah everyone hates on Grayson Allen, but I think he's a lot nicer than some of the douchebags on the teams in the 80s/90s.

Putting UVA above ND who just beat them is garbage.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them." - Lee Corso

Beat them, finished higher than them in the ACC Standings, and finished runner up in the ACCT.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Don't worry they gave UVA UNCW, UNCW is the better team.

Notre Dame got kinda disrespected with a 5 seed. FSU got the 3 seed after they just lost to ND in what wasn't much of a contest for the majority of the game, and they are the 3rd best team in the conference right now behind Duke and UNC. Sure they don't have the weapons that some of the true big boys of the ACC have, but they have arguably the second best coach in the conference behind Coach K. I love Buzz just as much as everyone else, but Brey is a top 5 coach in the country IMO and seems like a genuinely caring, humble, classy guy too.

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." -Jay Bilas

i can tell you all exactly why wisconsin is where they are. dropped 5 of 7 to close the season in an average at best big 10. shot below 50% in 3 of their last 4 from the line, 3 ball just isnt there....even when they were on their winning streak there were some worrying signs. something is off about the team and ive heard everything from laziness to locker room chemistry. Having watched both teams all year the badgers might be a more physically gifted team but the hokies are the better team playing better ball. I think we walk out of buffalo winning the first game

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Good! GOOD!

Pain is Temporary
Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever
Let's Go Hokies!!

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

The world needs more Buzz gifs

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Anyone got the group password for the tournament challenge?

Edit: never mind, I remembered it

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Link the tourney group please. Maybe even start a new thread to let everyone in?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Has one been created? The Key Play one doesn't have the same password as last year.

-@no1hokie86

I joined TKP

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Password?

-@no1hokie86

What's hosting site yahoo, espn?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

I finally figured it out.. ESPN, password is the same as last year's on TKP.

-@no1hokie86

Well that's embarrassing.

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I'm in. Sure fire winning bracket right there.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic.

9:40 tip.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

On CBS w/ Verne and Allie LaForce. Prime time!

VB born, class of '14, Semper Paratus

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

That is late! Good thing I'm off the next day.

Edit: Anyone know what station?

Let's Go...

I am gonna get so drunk

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

So I don't get to take any time off work Thursday and I have to be exhausted on Friday morning

"My favorite cocktail is bourbon on ice. It makes the ice taste better." - Jimmy Russell

Son of a bitch. I'm sitting for a 3 hour exam Friday morning to be a certified floodplain manager.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Waking up at 6:30 on Friday morning is going to suck all the nuts.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

#sauce?

@vtscottyb

NCAA.com has the times and networks. We are listed as the 9:40 on CBS.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Also, note that 9:40 is the earliest possible start time. If the Nova game runs any longer than 2 hours, that pushes is out because they have to have 30 minutes between games.

{Looks at work calendar, cancels all meetings before 10:30 AM on Friday}

The one benefit of living in MST, best timezone for sports.

On the CBSSN Bracket breakdown show the picks were leaning towards VT as well, for a number of the reason listed above

FiveThirtyEight's predictions are live. Wisconsin with a 79% chance of winning.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Can't lie, I have Wisconsin winning against us. It hurts me to say/type that but I don't see us winning against Wisconsin though I believe we can. It will be a tight matchup that will come down to last couple minutes imo. I also like to hedge my bets where I'm in a win-win situation on this... if Wisconsin wins, then my bracket is correct, if VT wins, then VT wins!

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Wisconsin is pissed at getting seeded so low. They're going to want to play like they're on fire to "prove" the selection committee wrong.

VT will need to step up their game, as that's a bad draw for the first round.

we've already taken down the #2 and #5 seeds in our region during the regular season - lets go out and have some fun at Whisky's expense!

ESPNU "Tournament Countdown" is on right now and their so called experts picked VT to beat Wisconsin. Villanova vs loluva in the Sweet16 btw.

I guess they figured they hadn't poked Wisconsin enough with a sharp stick.

VT better bring their 'A' game, because Wisconsin sure will.

any bracket challenges on here

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

For my bracket, can I just write "Doesn't matter, Tech wins it all" for all of the other entries?

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Doesn't sound like a man who may bail in another year or two.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

There's a man that loves his family, his team, and his job. Can't ask for much more than that. Buzz wears his emotions on his sleeve, and I love him for it.

The ESPN disrespect is real and in full force today

They're giving us the same odds to advance in the first round as a 13 seed. They're also rating us as the absolute worst At Large team in the tournament, including the play in games.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

As far as the odds thing, that's from FiveThirtyEight and statiscally based so I doubt there's much of a conscious slight there as much as the stats would say Wisconsin is really under seeded, which I'm okay with given they were the #7 ranked team exactly a month ago. I also understand statistics likely wouldn't fully capture their more recent struggles that likely give us a better chance than it would seem.

Also the main article on the bracket from Eamon Brennan that I see has us listed as the 31st best team and better than many other at-large teams. I wouldn't be surprised if Lunardi was down on us, as he showed as much in his bracketology updates. I'll take solace in the fact that he's only known for picking the teams in the bracket (and not particularly well) instead of picking the teams who have success in the tournament.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Paul Johnson.

Yeah their statistics rank us 48th, lower than every other at large and lower than a few of the conference champions from one bid leagues.

I'm just saying if your formula ranks us there with the teams we've beaten on our resume, your formula is fucked. That said, I hope the team sees this and uses it for a little extra motivation this weekend. Seems like a pretty big slap in the face.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Their probability of VT making it to the second round are based solely off of VT having to play Wisconsin. That's why it is so much lower. It has nothing to do with any other team in the tournament.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

Gotta look at the Table, not the bracket.

Our "Power Rating" for this tournament, which doesn't take opponent into consideration, has us a 80.0, which has us the equivalent of the lowest 12 or highest 13. Based on what they are saying, we are the least deserving of an At-Large in the whole tournament.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

See I like us for advancing to the second round BECAUSE we have to play Wiscy. They are horrible at defending the three point shot.

The CBSsports.com power rankings 1-68 of the tournament teams also has us 44th overall and the third worst at large. SMH.

Let's Go...

Yo Henry. That video.......I got chills at the end. That was aflame as you kids say.

Did I do that right?

The good guys are going to beat Wisconsin.

How do I know?

Easy. I've got a cousin that lives in Madison (family originally from Allentown, NJ, relocated to Boyton Beach, FL when I was bout 10). He isn't from there, but he has become a Wisconsin fan since moving there. My running joke with him for years is that whatever sports team he gets all worked up about supporting always loses (this stands true for my beloved Eagles, but also his outright love for Miami when he lived in West Palm). I have texted him about 100 times making fun of for the team he goes all in for losing, and that its always a sure bet to pick against him.

He is all in for the Badgers.

Hokies win.

It's science.

(fun side note, his older brother owns a farm in Arkansas and has two daughters at Arkansas and talked a ton of shit before the Belk Bowl. I was getting "WPS!!" texts for about 3 weeks, oddly ending about midway through the 3rd quarter)

...WPS texts?

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Wooooo Pig Sooie!

You've never gotten a WPS text before?! Cmon man. /s

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Anybody going to Vegas like I am for the first weekend of March Madness? No clue what to expect, other than my money's on the Hokies!

2 rooms at Luxor Thursday and Friday night.

My only tip, only bring what you are comfortable losing. The sports books are amazing the first week/weekend. I usually like to make a $20 parley taking every underdog except the 1/16 games just for fun.

Nice - I am going Wednesday through Sunday, staying at the Rio. I usually just play a good amount of poker, but yeah, definitely want to have a fun bet or two on the Hokies just in case for cheap!

Nice!! I'll be going in July but I am jealous at the time you are going with all the games going on. I went two January's ago and the NFL playoffs were going on and that was a lot of fun just chilling at a bar/restaurant and placing prop bets and spread and/or money line bets during the games. But if Vegas current line of Wisconsin -4.5... I would definitely take the points with VT. and if you can buy points to make it 5, then I would definitely recommend that too

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

I'm taking the good guys at +5.5. The fan in me expects an outright win, but my wallet will be happy with a close loss.

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yea I don't expect a win (but I wish/could be wrong) vs. Wisky but if they bumped it to VT+5.5 I would take that in a heart beat. Hopefully they give you the option to buy a half a point to make it 6.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Every year. Watching the Tech game at the Yard House in the Linq promenade area

Rip his freaking head off!

What's the pricing like at that Yard House?

We went last year for about 5 hours and I think my bill was around $60. It's all a little hazy to be honest, but it's in the middle of the strip with good food and great beer. Usually easy to get a table too. If you've never been for march madness, just finding a place with open tables is a win

Rip his freaking head off!

They have great pintos there.

Such a high level of disrespect for the Hokies against Wisconsin, I'm expecting this version of Buzz after the game:

The fact that West Virginia still hates him so much for doing that is awesome. See the sign that's highest on the screen in the middle? It's only from a couple of seasons ago.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

WVU plays in Buffalo on Thursday too. Hopefully Buzz gives them some dance moves.

And I hope Bucknell gives them a ticket back to MoTown.

Buzz has put on some lbs. Must have discovered Carol Lee (cause that's how it happened to me!)

We put the K in Kwality

He's been hitting them weights

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

He was also a much younger man then, too. Beware the ravages of old age!

I admit I don't watch VT hoops all the time. But I've watched enough this year to know three things:

1) The Hokies have a big upside in pretty much every game they play. If VT is hitting 3s and playing competent defense, good luck.

2) The ACC is much, much, much better than the Big 10. Wisconsin is an irrelevant team nationally this year. They have a 0.0% chance (i.e., a Blutarsky rating) of winning the National Championship. So I'm supposed to be scared of them? Please.

3) IMO Villanova should be a little worried too.

Blutarsky Rating... classic

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

We beat Michigan at Michigan, Michigan curb stomped Wisconsin. Hokies beat Wiscy with fair neutral ref's. I see Leday, Allen, and Robinson (5) getting them in foul trouble quickly.

Anyone meeting up/wanting to meet up in NOVA or DC for Thursday night's game?

is there a tech bar in the rockville area?

I swear to drunk, I'm not God

Which would be where? New to the area again and haven't been on the site in quite some time.

His reply was a link. It can sometimes be hard to distinguish but anything with maroon text is a link

It's going to be at the First Down Sports Bar & Grill in Fairfax Arlington, Fairfax is the Rd

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

It's in Ballston/Arlington.

Yeah, found the post after I asked. Thanks guys. I'll be there as long as I can get off work in time. Go Hokies!

Sweet. Nothing beats free (good) publicity. Anything that gets Buzz on camera is great for brand recognition and recruiting.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"If you watch TV news you know less about the world than if you just drank gin straight from the bottle."
-Garrison Keillor

I was thinking, given our program's definitive rise since Buzz's arrival and Buzz's success at Marquette, I think we'll get to a place in the next year or two where when VT doesn't make the tournament, people will think "Huh, Tech must be having a down year."

"Stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!" - William Addison Caldwell, 1872

I think we'll get to a place in the next year or two where when VT doesn't make the tournament, people will think "Huh, Tech must be having a down year."

When?

No no no... There is no when only if

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

For those that haven't seen this yet. We were shown some love from the NCAA

Keep calm, Gobble on

I want one of those THINK shirt Buzz is sporting!

I love the culture of this team, led by CEO Buzz Williams, and it's always cool to get to see the inner workings. I think this kind of exposure for the program is also really awesome! #BeatSconnie #offwisconsin #badgerihardlyknowher

"Stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!" - William Addison Caldwell, 1872