Buzzketball Season Three Ends With an 84-74 Loss to Wisconsin

The Hokies first trip to the NCAA Tournament in a decade is short lived, as they fall to the Badgers 84-74.

[Mark Umansky]

Buzz Williams and the rest of the Virginia Tech men's basketball team said all the right things before their NCAA Tournament showdown against Wisconsin.

They said it wasn't good enough to just make the field of 68. That their dreams, goals, and expectations had to be reset as they head into Buffalo. They wanted to come in, and make some noise too.

The best part? It wasn't just lip service. Buzz said it. Senior forward Zach LeDay said it. And you could see it in Seth Allen's eyes as the game came to a close, and the Badgers locked up their 84-74 win.

As the final seconds melted away, the Hokies' other elder statesman ran around the floor like a madman. He flung his body around in an effort to get an offensive rebound. He ran wildly, hoping to find himself in a passing lane to get the ball one more time. It didn't matter that the game was over. It didn't make a difference that in a season of late comebacks, this one fell short.

He looked like a man who didn't want his collegiate career to end. The same could be said for LeDay, who couldn't hide his emotions on the bench after fouling out with 26 seconds remaining.

They weren't just happy to be a part of Tech's first tournament trip in a decade. They wanted more.

But unfortunately, in the words of someone much smarter than me, all good things must come to an end. And late on Thursday night, the two players who brought back Hokie basketball experienced their final moments in maroon and orange.

Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig paced the Badgers with 28 points, including 8 of 17 from three, as the Big Ten runner-up consistently lead. The human water buffalo Nigel Hayes dominated the low block with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and kept Tech at an arm's length for the entire 40 minutes.

That's not to say Buzz's bunch had a particularly great outing. LeDay finished with 23, but was the only Hokie to really shine. The sharpshooting Ty Outlaw threw in 16, but had problems with Hayes down low. Allen turned his ankle early and wasn't his explosive self. And the trio of Justin Robinson, Justin Bibbs, and Ahmed Hill showed flashes in moments, but could never find their game.

Much like the matchup at Louisville earlier in the year, Tech stuck around for the entirety of the second half but could never pull themselves over the top.

The Hokies cut the deficit to one on five different occasions in the second half. But each time the Badgers would respond. And down the stretch, the undersized lineup Tech's utilized all season caught up to them. They gave up offensive rebounds on four straight opposing possessions, and watched the Wisconsin lead grow from one to six in a matter of moments.

By the time the final horn sounded, the margin had swelled to 10, making a close contest look borderline one-sided.

But enough about the game. Tech lost, and it sucks. But regardless of what Buzz or anyone else in the program may say, this was a big day for Hokie athletics.

Three years ago, I was the passenger in a car driving to Richmond. I was scrolling through Twitter, trying to stay abreast of the March Madness action I was missing while on the road. And there, in the middle of my feed, came reports that still surprise me to this day.

Marquette's Buzz Williams was leaving Milwaukee to become the new head coach at Virginia Tech.

It took me a long time to believe it. Why would such a well known figure agree to come to such a dumpster fire? But then there he was, shooting the shit with Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley on the CBS studio show, rocking a VT pin, and a Hokie colored tied.

It was real, and change would follow.

Virginia Tech just played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 years. This has been the goal of Buzzketball since its inception. To win, be competitive in an impossible conference, and to go dancing. Each of those boxes have been checked.

Buzz deserves a lot of the credit. He's a great coach who assembled an awesome staff, and was able to turn over a depleted roster in no time at all.

But we know how important Williams is to the program. And, should he stick around, we'll all sing his praises for the squad in Blacksburg next year.

Instead, let's talk about the two dudes who made this happen.

I was working for ESPN Blacksburg when the LeDay transfer news came through. At the time we only knew what we could see on paper, and it wasn't great. An undersized power forward who couldn't find minutes or production at South Florida? Let's just say our expectations weren't high (I believe the phrase "he's like J.T. Thompson, but not good" was used.)

Allen transferred from Maryland under a different kind of scrutiny. What did he, a ball dominant gunner from two underachieving Terrapin teams, have to give?

And those questions and concerns stood for an entire year, as they sat out. They had front row seats to watch terrible basketball played in front of a few thousand people.

They were there to witness losses to Appalachian State and Radford in Cassell Coliseum. They sat and suffered through two separate seven-game losing streaks. Things weren't great in year one, and they took in every minute of it.

But the team's growth relied on the way LeDay and Allen performed. Due to guys transferring out, the pair was suddenly the veteran voice for a young group who needed it. And if they didn't get better, the rest wouldn't either.

It's no secret why the Hokies are in the position they are today. LeDay took every bit of his talent, put it in a four ounce tube, and squeezed the hell out of it until there was nothing left to give. The "6'7"" (cough, 6'5", cough), post player did all he could every night. (And he went out with a bang, averaging 25 and 9.5 over the last four games of his career.)

And Allen took the biggest step forward of anyone between 2015-16 and 2016-17. His turnovers went down, his efficiency went up, and his effectiveness on the offensive end skyrocketed. His 53% shooting from the floor and 44% from behind the arc is an incredible improvement from the year prior (39% and 28% respectively).

LeDay and Allen have been the bell cows for the last two seasons. And though I'm sure they're both disappointed with how their senior years ended, simply being on that tournament stage is a testament to the two of them.

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Bittersweet, I think you'd have to call it.

For me, VT seemed like the more talented team. Koenig was so hot on those threes that I thought there was no way they'd continue. Yet continue they did - for a Wisconsin school record.

Our team did us proud and showed heart. It's too bad another shot or two (or rebound) hadn't fallen our way just when we needed it to.

I wanted VT's last dance of the year to last just a little longer.

"Oh my my, Oh hell yes. Honey put on that party dress."

Only down one with two minutes left?

Somehow whisky pulls away and tech fails to cover?

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Dude leg for the Little Miss Sunshine gif. What a great movie.

And for conveying my internal monologue.

Well...I'm that stats thread I mentioned that the thing that worries me the most was the rebounding...17 offensive rebounds wow, that's a lot.

What a fun ride.

I'm hung over

"I promise you I will keep getting back up as long as you keep pushing forward." -Michael Brewer
"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

Ditto

You did it right

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I mean I've seen teams suck before, but that was the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

You better rally. There's still 11 hours of St. Patty's Day left.

Better watch out, Wisconsin, we'll be getting our revenge on the football field in approximately 37 years. So you just wait.

I gotta admit, guys, I was really hopeful because of eshiben's breakdown of Wisconsin's weaknesses. He seemed so confident in his prediction, like it was already guaranteed. I trusted him and he was wrong. Guy should be a weatherman or something...

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That's what make it college sports, no guarantees.

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OKG's.

Get your ass on the ground and we'll party

Awesome season and proud of the team.

I think we should bring Seth back as the team barber and LeDay as the hype man. I just love them.

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

I think they would rather be playing in the NBA or more likely Europe next year.

I LOVE YOU SETH ALLEN AND LEDAY, I HOPE YOU HAVE WONDERFUL, FULFILLED LIVES.

How I feel after the game AND right now

Oh, and I'm certain Greenberg has the jollies right now with his "at least I made it past the first round" shit. Only reason is because his team was fully loaded. We have GOT to make it back here (the dance) next season, and make it to the Sweet 16. We HAVE to.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

I mean, it was a bad, bad draw for us, we couldn't have expected a different result. We were playing arguably the most underseeded team in the tournament who came in with a chip on their shoulder ready to prove something. They're a team that could legitimately knock off Villanova tomorrow, and we were an undersized team playing with a 7 man rotation that struggles on defense. It was always going to be tough to win.

But I keep going back to this.... 36 months ago we were a 9-22 program that had an active losing streak against every team in the ACC, as the only ACC program we happened to beat on the year knocked us out of the ACC Tournament. Buzz Williams took that team of back-to-back-to-back-to-back dead last place finishes in the ACC and got us an At-Large tournament bid in the span of 3 years. And what's exciting is that when you look at this roster and you realize who didn't play this year and you realize who we have coming in for recruiting... Our best years are ahead of us. This year was a stepping stone on the path towards being where we want to be.

There is absolutely nothing to hang your head about today. Virginia Tech basketball is only beginning to show what its actually capable of. Which, for a program that has long been a punchline to this region, is unbelievably exciting to consider.

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 agree they were underseeded, but nothing about the way they played last night makes me think they have a shot against Villanova. We were a much better and more balanced team last night. Despite their huge size advantage we won on points in the paint and their entire offense hinged on a freak shooting night from Koenig and a series of extremely soft fouls any time Hayes got near the basket, AND he shot like 40% over his average from the FT line. Their offense was all out of whack for much of the night. If it weren't for Koenig, we would have won comfortably.

WTF is it with 50% free throw shooters shooting like 90% from the line against the Hokies?
Somebody is absolutely just fucking with us.

After that game, I would have spilled out my darkest secrets to anyone... because of the torture.

Leonard. Duh.

This drives me insane. This game you have a 54% FT shooter hit 8/9 and then the 7'4" guy from FSU who was like a 34% free throw shooter didn't miss when we played him he DOUBLED the amount of made FT he had in the season in one game vs Tech.

nothing about the way they played last night makes me think they have a shot against Villanova

About that...

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 was definitely very wrong about them being able to beat Nova. That said, I stand by that we played better than them and they needed a crazy shooting night from Koenig to beat us. They played much better as a team against Nova than they did against us.

Yeah, they and Minnesota should have switched seeds.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

My thoughts exactly. I would've had no complaints about playing Minnesota, even if we had lost. The Gophers were ranked 11 spots above Wisconsin by the committee which is egregious. I think they pulled a La La Land/Moonlight mix-up but then decided not to fix their mistake.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Great article, Brian, and I couldn't agree more, Alum07. It would have been awesome if we had gone further and won what appeared to be a very winnable game against the Badgers, but our lack of depth and size, which I believe contributed to our lapses in overall defense and rebounding (against a team that thrives on defense and rebounding, mind you), eventually did us in. But for Buzz to keep this train going as far as he did with the injuries and overall lack of depth we had was simply amazing, and speaks volumes for his coaching and the change to a culture of winning and confidence that he has instilled in the program. The future does look bright, even after the losses of LeDay and Allen. We have an awesome recruiting class coming in, and hopefully we'll have Clarke and Blackshear back full strength, and I still contend that if we had at least one of those two bounders healthy for the Badger game, we'd be looking forward to a big game today against Nova.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

"..because anytime you go upside a man's head, or a woman's, they have a tendency to blink their eyes.." - Deacon Jones

So happy the players got to go to the big dance, so sad that a combination of injuries, and bad referees send them home early.

The future is hopefully going to improve for Buzzketball, but man are we going to have some big holes to fill with the loss of Allen and Leday.

Great game and effort by everybody. This season was nothing but success in my eyes and look forward to next season with the players who played tonight coming back, players coming back from injury (Blackshear, Clarke), and the recruits coming in NAW and Bede, who will fill the void for seth allen easily. Hopefully Seth Leday is 1/10th of what Zach was.... The future is bright!

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

I got off work last night anxious as all hell to check the the score only to have my heart broken. Guess I'll have to watch the replay when Hokietapes gets that up.

masochist?

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

yeah, I'd advise against it. It was an incredibly frustrating game to watch. Every time we'd make it a game, Koenig would nail a three or the refs would call some BS and Wisky would make their FTs.

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Yep, there's no other way around it. If we were going to win against the opposing team AND the refs, we need a fully loaded, stocked and healthy team to accomplish that.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

DO NOT SEEK THE TREASURE!!!!

Leonard. Duh.

WE...THOUGHT...YOU...WAS...A...TOAD!

Had to give a leg for an "Oh Brother..." reference

“Look at this…this is just spectacular. These people are losing their minds. This is beautiful.” - Mike Patrick

It's worth rewatching to see LeDay go to work, especially in the second half. He was downright vicious on offense.

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

Also Allen had some incredibly sweet/smooth drives and dishes around the basket. The game itself was wildly frustrating, but I'm glad I got to see Leday and Allen do some work in the second half the way we love.

It was also worth seeing LeDay's scowl reach a whole new level last night. It is legendary.

there was a great LeDay "whaaaat?1?" face early on in that game. Not long after his dunk/scream/scowl. Wish I had recorded the game, as this is the rare game not on ESPN3 replay.

Hokietapes on youtube?

March Madness blocked it due to copyright issues

bastards

I swear to drunk, I'm not God

Even though it was just two years ago, it seems like those two games in the 2014-15 season against UVA and Pitt were so long ago. We nearly knocked off UVA and then we did knock off Pitt after Adam Smith went insane in the final moments of the second half and overtime. I knew after those two games that much brighter days were ahead for Tech basketball. Much brighter days have arrived.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

......is it bad that I'd almost forgotten him? Yeah, yeah, that's probably bad...

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

That's how the invisible hand works. You forget about him but he still manages to fix the system when it's in a downturn

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Well what a turnaround it has been. As a senior here at Tech and transferring here my junior year, I will never forget begging all my friends last year to go with me to games at Cassell. From the opening loss last year against Alabama State when no one thought we'd be anything to reckon with at all in the near future to rushing the court against UVA two months ago, it truly has been a blast to watch this team grow. All I've ever wanted since 2007 was for the college basketball team I root for to be at least respectable, and this bunch has gone above and beyond that IMO. Assuming Buzz sticks around for a few more years, I don't see this team going anywhere but up, and thank God I can finally have a team to be proud of in front of my UVA student of a brother. It's been a hell of a ride and this season was one for the ages. Truly magical.

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

in front of my UVA student of a brother

Just so you know, your parents told me that you are their favorite. Don't tell you brother or he might go on a Zima fueled bender.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

I thoroughly look forward to Blackshear dropping 20-10 on Happ next year in the Burg during the ACC-B1G challenge, but until then I will appreciate how far this program has come and what ultimate Hokies Allen and LeDay were.

If they don't make it to the NBA, they are gonna make a lot of cash and win a lot of rings somewhere overseas.

In 100 years, if LeDay were to play overseas, I can envision that country being renamed after his scowl.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

I'm really curious to see what KJB has become. He was probably going to evolve as a player a lot between his first and second years, now to throw a redshirt year in it....he really has a chance to make a big jump. And without LeDay, he will be asked to take the shots to give us a legitimate inside presence. He had a tough Fr season shooting 3's, but he's got the talent to be a nice weapon from outside for a guy being guarded by a center.

I passed out when we were up 2...what happened? Did we win?

We put the K in Kwality

Yes*

*we won the Tournament of Life

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

so in the first 10 seconds of the game? I don't remember us getting a lead in the 2nd half, everytime we got close they made a BS 3 or we gave up an and 1 on a lay up or dunk.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

I had beer, bourbon and wine (not necessarily in that order) last night and I'm paying dearly this morning. The green krispy kreme doughnuts helped mask my hangover, though. I'm sure going to miss Leday and Allen and wish them the best.

I was just reading the TKP posts when they announced their transfers and it's quite interesting to read the comments we were making before they even set a foot on campus. Truly amazing what Buzz can do and I can't wait for next year!

Hmmm....now I want green KK donuts...

I'm going to start calling him Buzz Foster (that's high praise in these parts)

We put the K in Kwality

Can you link those posts?

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

When I came to Tech in 2012, I obviously had no expectations of even sniffing the NCAA tourney in my time as a student (we were too busy sniffing the basement of the ACC). Two years came and went and the only enjoyable moments to look back on were beating OK State and watching Erick Green lead the country in scoring while playing 1-on-5 (which was admittedly pretty fun to watch, but some wins would've been nice too). And then Buzz came to town. Sitting in Cassell during the official hiring announcement, you could tell the atmosphere was different than a typical game day. There was a sense of excitement and hope back in the building. And rightfully so. Three years later, I was back in Cassell to find out who we'd be playing in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It wasn't always pretty along the way (and it still isn't), but what Buzz has done, and will hopefully continue to do, for this program is incredible. Getting guys to buy in with essentially no product to sell them. Zach and Seth took a chance and will always be some of my favorite Hokies for their example, tenacity, and leadership. Hokie basketball is fun to watch again. And while I wish the result were different, I am beyond proud of this team. I've never seen a team fight so hard every single game, no matter the circumstances. And although I'll have to resort to watching games on TV for seasons to come, I take comfort in knowing that the public/students are caring again, and Cassell will soon be filled to the corners every single game.

There was a sense of excitement and hope back in the building.

Agreed! You could almost say there was a.....buzz

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

I transferred in the same year and I loved watching Erick Green. I grew up in a college basketball loving family (parents met at UNC, Dad is from Pittsburgh and I almost went to Pitt, Mom is from Connecticut and my grampa was a huge UConn fan). Me and my brother were obsessed with March Madness, we'd watch games and go outside and play one-on-one as whichever teams were playing in the bracket. I always wanted to go to college and really have a team of my own. When I went to Clemson, I was disappointed in both my college experience and not having a basketball team to really root for. I fell in love with Tech, but watched the 2 straight last place seasons before being absolutely giddy and in disbelief that Buzz was going to be OUR coach. For the past 5 years I've watched nearly every single Hokie game, and I remember after Buzz's 1st year watching the National Championship and talking with my friend about how good we were going to be in 2016-17. Last night watching us play in the fucking NCAA Tournament surrounded by Hokies (and a very rowdy Joe) at First Down was what I've wanted as a basketball fan ever since I can remember.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

I remember when I first left for Tech I thought my parents would deal with Empty Nest Syndrome since I am the youngest. However it was interesting they were actually ok since they kind of treated the dog like a third child. Half way through my freshman year my dog died and I remembered my mom called me a week later and she realized that Empty Nest Syndrome had finally set in and she felt a little down for a little while.

This is how I feel this year. When football season ended the normal sadness didn't set in because we had buzzketball season to lean on. With roundball done now it has officially set in.

This sucks.

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

Never fear, spring football is here! Time to soak up every bit of information possible from Twitter, completely over-analyze snapchat footage, and read into coach/player interviews way, way too much. Plus, spring football game and tailgating practice is coming up in a month!

I like to refer to the post-spring football period as The Doldrums. I try to catch a Hokieball game whenever it's streamed though.

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

Here's how you deal. I'll go through the whole year for you, starting with now.
1. NCAA tourney until April.
2. Blend Spring practice with NBA wrapup through April,
2. NBA playoffs until early June.
3. June until early August - Chores and project catch up time. (This is also a good time to get ahead as well.)
4. Early August until September - Summer camp news and stuff.
5. September until Superbowl - Duh.
6. Superbowl until April - Rinse. Repeat.

Leonard. Duh.

Or, you could just watch as the NHL season crescendos to the best playoffs in professional sports and ignore the sad shell the NBA has become.

Get Angry, Bud!

Props to Wisconsin, they really played to their strengths....and to our weaknesses. Nothing is worse for us than a team intent on feeding the block and maintaining good spacing. We couldn't double down and every one of those open 3's was born of really perfect spacing on their part. That was a well coached team, very experienced team.

I'm really looking forward to next year, seeing the progression. We took a step back defensively this year, need to pressure the ball better to make those post passes more difficult. We need to protect the rim better (anything worse than Koenig dribbling for 30 seconds through our defense to spin in a reverse layup at the shot clock buzzer?) Every one of our main characters needs to improve. Rob needs to learn to finish like a Seth Allen. Hill needs to find the confidence in his offense he lost after the Duke game. Bibbs needs to show more consistent effort on the glass. Outlaw needs to develop more depth to his off-the-dribble game. Sy needs to rebound and protect the rim like his hair is on fire.

When your hair is on fire, your first instinct is to rebound and protect the rim?

I'd like to see Bibbs attack the rim more, the few times he did this year he showed the ability to finish. If he could do that consistently, he can take his game to the next level.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

I might be the only one, but I see Bibbs as the player on this team that is the most likely to have an NBA career. IMO he has the ability to be a 3-and-D guy. He is a great shooter who can get his shot off with very little space and plays really great on ball D. The one thing he needs to develop is a driving game. I've been waiting for him to really come into his own in that aspect, but although he's shown flashes over his 3 years, the improvement hasn't been enough. He showed some progression, especially in his passing, but he'll be the senior leader next year and needs to show that area of his game in order to make a case for being drafted.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Sy just needs to hit the weights hard. He's got all the pieces to be a really, really good player, and his instincts are pretty good around the rim. His problem is that he's just getting muscled out of the way too easily, which is to be expected as a true freshman. He's a kind of guy I would completely expect to see getting a double double on the regular in a year or two after he's had the chance to bulk up.

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 would have liked to see more SY in the second half. they were killing outlaw on the block. almost exclusively going to his man in the post and running their offense through that. he gave up lay up after lay up and when he did contest he foulded but he ended up on the ground with them getting a +1. his shooting in the first half kept him on the floor but he contributed nothing in the 2nd half. hes young and really just got his first real playing time since Clarke got hurt so it can be expected and im not upset with him. he has limitations and hopefully he gets better at the defensive end over the summer and adds some size. but I think buzz should have atleast tried to search for an answer at some point. ahhh is it what it is. great season. one I felt ended atleast one night to early.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Sy has potential. Just may not be realized in Blacksburg.

Another thing that I like about Sy is his hands. He has quick hands on defense, and he can catch the quick pass underneath. He's going to be alright. He may actually become a great by his Sr year.

Leonard. Duh.

It just seems like the ball bounces off his hands literally every time he touches it.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

I have seen the ball fumble out of his hands on too many rebounds to love his hands right now. Give him a year and people across campus randomly throwing basketballs at him and that should improve.

Fr. bigs usually have trouble with hands and touch. For a guy who needs a lot of development, the keys of a good big man: good feet, good hands, touch around the basket, and height are all there more than they are for a lot of other guys. Don't forget, he's receiving a lot of his passes from Clarke and Robinson who will really whip them in there from ridiculous angles.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Today, I have watched wrestling instead of basketball. That loss has kind of spoiled this tournament for me. Anyways, I don't know much about wrestling or the scoring, I just knew it was the NCAA championship and there were a lot of Hokies competing.

I watched our highest seed, Dance, lose in OT to a freshman from UVA to start the morning. That felt like a real kick in the nuts after last night's close loss.

Couple of the good guys are still in the mix, interesting sport to checkout if your in the march madness blues.

I thought we played really well last night and gave ourselves a chance to win a game in which we had to deal with season injuries, Allen's injury, Koenig playing maybe the best game of his career, and being screwed over by the committee who pitted us against possibly the most underseeded team in the entire field. The only problem I had with the way we played was that Bibbs only had 3, count 'em, THREE shot attempts and only 2 from distance. He averages 7 shots and 4 threes a game. Now it's hard to have our regular ball movement with their length and with Allen not fully himself. Bibbs played great on defense and had some fantastic passes but he can be a great equalizer if he's taking a couple more 3s.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

possibly the most underseeded team in the entire field.

After watching Wisconsin play, I tend to agree with the committee about the seed they were given. They were a very underwhelming team, and I honestly was expecting much more. As you mention, aside from Koenig having a ridiculous (read as: never before in his Wisky career) night and Hayes getting away with murder down low, they really weren't all that special. Happ to me seemed to be one of the most overhyped players I've ever watched.

TL;DR...The Badgers seem to have been given the correct seed and Wichita State are truly the one's that are underseeded.

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

Happ played with foul trouble. Overall you can't judge a teams seeding based just on a one game tourney performance. But if you are judging them on two games they are really challenging Villanova right now.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Well. I stand corrected. They proved me wrong! I think my foot is too big to fit into my mouth...

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

Gotta love that Buzz.

FAM

No. Nope. Don't cry. Don't....ok. Let's cry.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

A good season, but now it's time to turn to spring football, and set our hopes high!

All I ever want from my Hokie teams is for them to represent Virginia Tech well. Play hard and let the nation see what a great school it is. Win, lose, or draw that's all I ever want. Leday and Allen made me proud to say they were on our team and went to my school. Much like after we lost to Clemson, I'm proud to call these guys fellow Hokie alums and that's all I ever ask for.

Rip his freaking head off!