Hokies Set to Dance, Again

This is March.

Virginia Tech will put on its dancing shoes once again this March. It's the first time the Hokies will participate in March Madness in back-to-back seasons since 1984-85, 1985-86. Marquee wins at Virginia, as well as against North Carolina, Clemson, and Duke helped lock up Tech's at-large bid.

No. 8 Virginia Tech will play No. 9 Alabama on Thursday in Pittsburgh, PA. It's the late tip on TNT.

The ACC, the best conference in college basketball, led the field with 9 at-large berths.

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NOTRE DAME OUT FAM.

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

Fuck Matt Farrell

"Now Miami wants to talk about it." *Cue Enter Sandman*

LET'S GO

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

HO-KIES!!!

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We Dancing!

Also, this new format for the selection show stinks. And the audio isn't tracking with the picture. Good going, TBS.

But We Dancing!

Fuck that Selection Show. We were forced to be more stressed because of our place in the alphabet.

Almost had a heart attack when Gumble said "and that's it for the at large teams" when there was another set of 6 to go

Selection show sucks and Trae young is gonna drop 30 in a first round exit

...That's what Maryland does.

I don't give a damn what the fans think cause, quite frankly, I know what the fans want better than they do.

Selection show sucks and Trae young is gonna drop 30 on 47 shots in a first round exit

FTFY

I texted my buddy who's a Syracuse alum and told him his team was only the 2nd largest joke to make the dance.

I just wish we could know our matchup already so I don't have to continue to watch this dumpster fire.

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

We Bak?

WE BAK!!!

It's all about The VPISU
VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804.
Rockin in The Bakken.
GO: Freeman Rebels, Keydets, Black Knights (the VMI of the North), NY Rangers & Giants, and ATL Braves.

We want 'Bama.

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

#BEATBAMA

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Haha, who's still got their shirt??

"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

I've got a buddy shipping me his from CA just in case I make the drive to the game

Was actually wearing mine during the selection show. Maybe I subconciously selected it?

@vtscottyb

They can have Colin Sexton, we got Bibbs, we got Clarke,we all we need we all we got, let's go fam

...That's what Maryland does.

I don't give a damn what the fans think cause, quite frankly, I know what the fans want better than they do.

Come on man, it's "We all we got, we all we need"!

Would love for a little Eagles magic to rub off on this team and they make a run

So many dark horses this year. I would not want to be playing Texas. Also, loluva has a pretty difficult path which is always good to see.

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

UVA's region is stacked imo

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Agreed. Creighton can beat them. Then AZ or UK? Wow. And Cincy can out BennettBall uva.

UVA-Cincy would be an even bigger rock fight than UVA-Wisky was a while back...

Look- I hate UVA as much as anyone, but they are not losing to Creighton on a neutral floor in this universe. They went 17-1 in the ACC and rolled through Brooklyn, really. They are #1 in defensive efficiency and have 3 guys that can shoot the lights out. Creighton is not beating UVA this year under any circumstance. An Arizona? a Kentucky? a Duke? maybe... let's be real - this UVA team is 100% legit. A 6th place BE team aint touching them.

Get out of here with your perfectly sound logic and rationale backed with statistics!

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

We all know UVA won't lose to Creighton.

Because UMBC is about to get it done.

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

Now that, I would love to see!! It would be epic if they are the first 1 to lose to 16 evah!! lol

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST

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

McDermott is a great coach.

YOU WANT BAMA!? SHOW ME, SON!

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What sort of state of emergency would have to get declared if UVA and VT made the title game?

If you're from California you're not a Yankee. You're not really anything.

Follow @wasknick

Easy, partner.

Let's focus on the first round.

LET THE MAN DREAM

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

I'm pretty sure the state would be Virginia...

Between that, a possible (though unlikely) VT-Radford second round and a WVU-VT Sweet 16... you could see Virginia and West Virginia both up in flames by the time it's all said and done! D: D:

Edit: Oh, God, I just realized you could have VT-Radford and WVU-Marshall round of 32 matchups!

What has the committee done??!

Marshall is beating WVU. Fuck WVU.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

Really the dankest timeline is us , Radford, WVU, and Marshall all advance

...That's what Maryland does.

I don't give a damn what the fans think cause, quite frankly, I know what the fans want better than they do.

WE WANT UVA

Fuck that, we already beat em.

"I mean, you know, fuck them, but good for them." -Too Druck to Funk

All we have to do is take down the No. 2 team in the country to make the sweet 16. Shouldn't be a problem since we beat the No. 1 team on their home court!

In Bud we trust

We did it before against UVA, before they became #1.
If Buzz gets them psych up, we could become the team to fear if we get 2 wins. Top ranked teams motivated these guys.

GO HOKIES!!!

I'm hoping for a Prices Fork War for the Sweet 16

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I think you mean round of 32. Can have WVU-VT Sweet 16, though >.>

Winner gets the Sweet 16

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Who is the 1 seed in that region?

Found it: Villanova

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

Notre Dame was the last one out.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Knocked out by Davidson.

Syracuse was the last in.

Notre dame and Louisville got shafted with Oklahoma getting in but BRING ON BAMA

Also thank god we beat duke otherwise I don't think we'd be dancing the way this committee worked it out also Louisville were .9 seconds from being in hahahahahhhah

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

If I'm UVA, I'm pissed that despite being the #1 overall seed, Xavier (especially) and Nova get easier regions.

But I'm not. LOLUVA

Normally, I want all the ACC teams to go as far as possible.

More money for the ACC.

I don't hate the matchup.

Yes, Bama has Sexton but they're not a good three point shooting team. Sub-300 in all of D-1. If we can keep them from feasting in the paint and force outside shots, we have an excellent shot to advance.

Bama's weakness actually plays right in to how we've been defending teams down the stretch - limit opportunities at the rim and force outside shots.

Agree. We're a better team overall. Sexton played Bama into the tournament of late. Slow him down just a tad (easier said than done, he's a beast) and its a very winnable game for us. Even if he plays well, we can still beat them if we're at our best.

Are you factoring in the +15% boost over their season 3pt avg that teams automatically get vs VT?
Buzz has to disable that cheat code.

Edit: After experiencing that stress inducing and agonizing, but great basketball game that ended our season, I apologize to this wonderful community for making the above comment... I really do wish season long trends could disappear in the postseason.

Overall, VT is a back to back NCAA tournament team! That's amazing.

A sincere thank you to the seniors who have lifted the program over their careers here.
Justin Bibbs and Devin Wilson have been, and will continue to be, great ambassadors for Hokie Nation.

To good Friends... good health... and the besting of Hoos.

Bama lost 5 in a row headed to the tourney. Sexton's scary but this isn't like last year where Wisconsin was just a horrible matchup for VT.

Just sayin' fam.

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

You left out the part where a train ride the Pitt is 16 hours.

Let's Go...

It's 12 including the layover. I'm willing to take the hit to save a few hundred.

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

I mean, its only a 4 hour drive each way from NoVA, so you can save even more money that way.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

I may consider driving from Richmond since it's ~5.5 hours. I'm just trying to find a way to get some work in so I don't have to take a ton of time off.

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

its only a 4 hour drive each way from NOVA, so you can save even more spend less money that way.

FTFY. Chances are, you're still gonna be spending $$$ (maybe not as much). But if you're spending, ya ain't saving.

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well if you have a fixed cost because you know you are definitely going to the game, you saving in that fashion

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The way I look at it: unless you're gaining some/all of that money back, or breaking even, all you're doing is reducing the amount going out.

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its honestly same difference. You don't spend $150 for the train and stay home, you saved yourself $150. You decided to drive and only spend $50 on gas, you saved yourself $100 since you didn't pay $150. Either way, this whole conversation was the OP putting how much a train ticket cost to Pitt, so that was the base of my stance.... lol this is a silly back and forth, but neither of us is wrong.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Agree to disagree (but that's ok for us to do on here). I don't view unspent/kept $150 (whatever amount as saved). To me it's just a reduction of how much went out. If I spent $50 on gas (even though I didn't spend $100) it's still a loss of $50. But yes, semantics. Also, I agree (in this scenario) that it is better spending the lesser amount.

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I don't view unspent/kept $150 (whatever amount as saved).

Definition of save:

keep and store up (something, especially money) for future use

You're saying a word as defined is not how you interpret the word. That's not a mere quibbling over semantics, but an actual disregard of the meaning of the word.

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And we're not allowed to do that??

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I am with you Gruber. Just because you buy something on sale, doesn't mean you saved money. You spent money on an item, just not as much as you could have.

My girlfriend always says "I got such and such for 50% off!!" and my response is always "Ok. How much did you end up spending on it?"

If you took money you would have spent, and set it aside to be spent in the not near future, you have saved it. If you took the money you could have spent on the trip, but did not, and spent on something else, you did not save it. Saving is not the act of not spending, it is the act of saving. If it is not still in your possession it is not saved. If it is, it is.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Well, if you're going by that line of thought, then spending less for an item(s), services, etc is not saving either. It's simply paying a smaller amount.

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It's not mutually exclusive.

Saving, by the definition of the word, is holding on to something for a period of time to use later. Thus, if you spend less on an item, service, etc., in comparison to something equivalent, you have saved the difference. You have also spent less. You have also spent more than not purchasing . All can be true at the same time.

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Then I'll refer to one of the founding fathers of our nation: A penny saved is a penny earned (earn as in acquisition of profit). Not a penny spent less or not spent at all. Prevention or reduction of spending is not equal to or the same thing as saving (regardless of the similarities or how close it comes). You spend, you lose the money.

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These are all true (except, I'll say Franklin's use of the term earn probably didn't reflect an acquisition of profit from a capital or money investment as you suggest, but I digress).

Doesn't negate the fact that spending less than a referenced amount is a savings from that referenced amount.

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But it's not an actual savings. It's just a reduction in loss (which is not equal or the same as saving).

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Ok, a reduction of loss. 🤔Was there an actual opportunity to spend more? 🤔 Did I keep what I didn't lose? 🤔Can I use what I kept for a future time? 🤔

Hmm...,
definition of "to save":

keep and store up (something, especially money) for future use

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I'll put it this way. I have 40 dollars to spend on something. The item I want to purchase is normally 60 dollars, but happens to be on sale for 40 dollars. I spend 40 dollars on item because it's on sale. I did not save 20 dollars. I didn't have the 20 extra dollars to spend.

Places do this all the time to get you to purchase something because psychologically you think you're saving money by spending less on an item. Kohl's, for instance, has the little "you saved $" on the tag. They were never selling it for that high price because no one is going to buy it. They say an item was originally 100 dollars, and then sell it for 25 or 30 dollars, and say you saved 70 dollars. People like to think they are getting deals. I've known people who would purchase things they didn't need just because it was a good deal.

My wife, unfortunately (& stubbornly), maintains this mentality.

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They say an item was originally 100 dollars, and then sell it for 25 or 30 dollars, and say you saved 70 dollars.

The absolute most blatant example I have ever seen of this is the Invicta brand of watches. Everything they sell has a 'retail' price of somewhere between $800 and $1,000, but oh you, you lucky consumer, you can get it for this special deal of $80-$150.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

This the silliest thing I've ever done. But, I can't let it go for some reason.

In your first scenario, you saved yourself from going $20 in debt. Money is continuous and goes into the negatives, however, you are right that you can't save your cake and eat it too. The opportunity to save must exist and thus in your hypothetical of non-negative cash, you can't save $20 because it didn't exist. (You could create realistic hypotheticals for not having lending power to purchase something of a certain price, but when that price is lowered, you could purchase it. In these scenarios, you can't save due to no opportunity, but that's more of an existential question.)

You are trying to prove the definition of a word isn't it's definition by pointing out that retailers use gimmicks to create "savings." The definition of the word isn't changed by the retail industry or their customers.

If Kohl's says one item at their store is $30 and that the retail price is $100, Kohl's says you're saving $70. If there is an actual opportunity to buy that item at $100 and decide to buy it at Kohl's for $30, you saved $70. If there is no opportunity to spend more than $30 on that item, then you can't save.

It's really not as difficult as you're making it out to be. You can't just deny the existence of a bona fide definition of a word.

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This the silliest thing I've ever done. But, I can't let it go for some reason.

First off, I want to thank you and appreciate your involvement and input during this discussion. I don't think it's silly at all, and we're (at least myself) not attempting to drive you loco.

In your first scenario, you saved yourself from going $20 in debt. Money is continuous and goes into the negatives, however, you are right that you can't save your cake and eat it too. The opportunity to save must exist and thus in your hypothetical of non-negative cash, you can't save $20 because it didn't exist. (You could create realistic hypotheticals for not having lending power to purchase something of a certain price, but when that price is lowered, you could purchase it. In these scenarios, you can't save due to no opportunity, but that's more of an existential question.)

Thank you for finally (and thoughtfully) acknowledging this.

You are trying to prove the definition of a word isn't it's definition by pointing out that retailers use gimmicks to create "savings." The definition of the word isn't changed by the retail industry or their customers.

It's less about proving, moreso about challenging the aspects, thought process and interpretations behind and that make up the definition of the term.

You can't just deny the existence of a bona fide definition of a word.

Again, there's absolutely zero denial of the existence, merely a challenge to the interpretation that form the definition behind the term.

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I'm glad you appreciate the discourse. In silly, I'm just stating that we're talking about the verb "to save" on forum meant to discuss the upcoming and exciting NCAA tournament.

It is true, every verb definition has an existential threshold to meet. You can't perform any action without a means to perform that action. You can't live if you're not born. You can't die if you haven't lived. You can't walk without legs. You can't read without learning to read. You can't save if there is no opportunity to save.

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You can't just deny the existence of a bona fide definition of a word.

Once you have TKPed much harder for much longer you will realize just how crazy the off-season will make people. Already, even with the prospect of Dancing just a day in front of us, people are denying pie (happy pi day), supporting Chipotle, calling meat on bread not a sandwich even if it does not have cheese, and other forms of shear madness. Definitions are subjective. How can anyone logically justify there being only one definition of a word, or in fact that are not infinite definitions for any word, or even variances of meaning? How many double negatives does it take to make a negative impression? Irregardless of postulates put forth as proven, flat-earthers span the globe, and we can deny whatever we want. "I think not, therefore it is not" - that's a motto.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

If you want to use the definition which speaks directly to what we are discussing, it's this one:

Avoid the need to use up or spend (money, time, or other resources) -Oxford dictionary

The "keep or store up" definition is based around things like a savings account. Of course, this is all in good fun, because the use of a word and it's addition to a dictionary is solely based in how it is commonly used amongst individuals in a population. If most people use the word "save" in this way, then that is the definition it is given. A word isn't given a definition in the dictionary and THEN used in the given language. So, I concede that you have accepted that as the definition, as most people do.

Then again, new words and definitions for existing words get added all the time as language is ever evolving, and people consistently operate in debt, with no actual money to their name. So, hardly anyone is really saving money, and that doesn't stop the world from turning.

Avoid the need to use up or spend (money, time, or other resources)

This definition is 100% accurate and essentially the same as the other definition.

There is an opportunity to purchase an item at $100 and at $30. A purchase at $30 saves $70. Was there an avoidance of the need to use or spend money? Hmm, seems like the need to spend $70 was avoided because there was an opportunity to buy at $30. $70 was saved.

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I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

There is an opportunity to purchase an item at $100 and at $30. A purchase at $30 saves $70. Was there an avoidance of the need to use or spend money? Hmm, seems like the need to spend $70 was avoided because there was an opportunity to buy at $30. $70 was saved.

Avoidance? Perhaps. There was a reduction (which is not synonymous with actual saving). But there was also still a loss of $30 (no gain or breaking even).

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It's an exercise in values exchange, really. What the retailer (or whoever) has done, is changed the value of the item in question. If retailer A values something at 100 dollars, and retailer B values the same item at 30 dollars, and you purchase the item from retailer B, you may have saved over what you would have purchased the item for from retailer A.

If there's one retailer, and that retailer marks an item down from 100 dollars to 30 dollars, there is no savings because the retailer has changed the value of the item. Including, in instances where the price of the item might be marked back up to 100 dollars. If I buy the item at 30 dollars and you bought it at 100, I spent less than you. I didn't save money because 30 dollars was the value I placed on the item by agreeing to spend that amount for the item.

Again, I cede the definition, but the definition itself is based in the idea that you are getting a perceived higher valued item for a lower price. You "saved" money because you think the value of the item is higher than you actually paid for it. The truth is, the value of the item is exactly what you paid for it and no higher. Someone may pay more for it because their value for it is different.

I agree with all of this.

Ok, let's go Hokies and #BeatBama

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Looking ahead, do you choose 8 hours drive to Pittsburgh from RVA for the first weekend or pray for an exciting run and take a $300 round trip flight and have a weekend in Boston for the Sweet 16?

Let's Go...

Yes.

"Why not both?" gif

I've got to stop being shocked when either UNC or Duke play in state as a non number 1 seed don't I?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Not if you like to party.

Leonard. Duh.

Guys....TBS has said Virginia Tech and Buzz Williams about a dozen times on the only playoff postseason show right now.

Recruiting exposure much?

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

LOL at the meltdown happening on the Sabre...

Is it football season yet?

Why are they freaking out they got the #1 seed?

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

They need whine

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And cheese

Reach for Excellence!

VT Football: It'll get after ya!

Proud Hokie since 2004.

Crybabies. They got the 2nd easiest region instead of the easiest (where we are).

They definitely have the toughest bracket as a #1 I think. But they should be happy thy don't have Michigan St sitting as a 3 there

Zona at 4 is a dangerous team. Wouldn't sleep on Kentucky either even though their year has not been a vintage Calipari team.

Cincy vs UVA matchup would probably be the lowest scoring game of the entire tournament.

I'm upset that I'll have to deal with them this weekend. But I will have a nice big smile the whole time.

I might have to print this out: The best bar graph.

Honestly, I can't decide which one I enjoyed more: us getting a consecutive invite in over 20 yrs OR ND getting shafted. Probably ND getting shafted.

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In enjoy VT getting to the dance more.

The ND miss was just a nice kicker.

Fuck Matt Farrell. Fuck TVT

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Games is on TNT. After cutting cable I can't mooch off of someone else's cable subscription since there isn't a tnt app on Apple TV. How are you cable cutters watching this game at home?

In past years every game has been online. Is it not the same this time around?

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

I would expect it to be. CBS has an app for just about every platform. I watched a good portion of last years tourney from my iPhone and Roku. I would expect coverage to be even more expansive this year.

So even though it's tnt I should be able to watch it through cbs?

CBS, TNT and TruTV have some arrangement for the tournament, which is why the selection show was on TruTV today.

Pretty sure every game will be viewable online

Yup

March Madness Live sir

Sling TV has TNT, TBS and TruTV.

But, thankfully, NO TVT tv.

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YouTube TV. Sign up for the free trial for a week, that will get you grandfathered in at the $35/month price that goes up tonight. They just added all the turner networks a couple weeks ago.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

Just watched all of the "pros" pics on Espn for the elite 8 (including Greenberg) and all picked MSU to be in the national championship. Thought that was interesting. Is MSU really that good at a 3 seed? Asking for a friends bracket...

I work with a huge MSU fan and alum. On the days after they win you hear about how great they are.

After their losses, I heard detailed breakdowns of all of their weaknesses. They are pretty good, but susceptible to that bad game

I've been watching the NCAA tournament for longer than some of you have been alive. Several physical laws have been established... One of them is Trust in Tom Izzo.

Leonard. Duh.

I have them in the Final Four this year. The last time I had them going to the Final Four, though, they lost to Middle Tennessee in the first round.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

I think MSU is good but who knows how any team will do in a one-and-done tournament. Duke is a tough match up in the Sweet 16, as I believe they are the most talented team in the country, but they appear to have chemistry issues. On paper Kansas looks vulnerable to being knocked off before the Elite 8 except both Clemson and Auburn lost important players to injury and struggled to end the season. It would be very tough to go through Duke, Kansas, and Villanova to make the championship but it's certainly possible.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

A team nobody is really talking about is the Tar Heels. I think those guys are putting together a streak. Berry/Pinson/May are ballin' right now.

I know they lost to UVa, but those guys played 4 straight games.

Leonard. Duh.

Question from a non-round baller to you experts: Is bama a better or worse matchup for tech than wiscy was last year?

Follow-up bonus question for anyone who wants to play: if you advance in the NCAA tournament beyond where you did the season before, is that season more successful, regardless of the regular seasons performance?

Better.
Yes.
Did i do this right?

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

Depends. Are you correct?

See here.

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Much easier. Wisconsin was the worst matchup, a senior-laden team with talented bigs is VT's kryptonite. Alabama could make this a close one but I expect the Hokies to win by 10 if we keep turnovers down and shoot anywhere more than 25% from 3.

Is bama a better or worse matchup for tech than wiscy was last year

Better. Bama is just one player. One very good player, but one player nonetheless. We stick Wilson on him with the sole intention of locking him down defensively, and it should play extremely well in our favor.

if you advance in the NCAA tournament beyond where you did the season before, is that season more successful, regardless of the regular seasons performance

In my personal opinion, I would say its all about seeding. Are you a higher seed than you were last year? Then you had a better season. Advancing in the tournament is pretty tough to be a determining factor because of matchups. That said, to me, if you advance past where you should be eliminated (first game where you could matchup with a higher seed) then I would say you had an exceptional tournament run. Seeds 10 through 16, be happy you were there. Seeds 6 through 9, making the second round is great. Seeds 3 through 5 are likely to see an Elite 8 run before dying off. Seeds 1 & 2 - Final Four or bust.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I don't know much about Bama, I know they rank in the lower 200s for 3 point % which is our biggest Achilles heel. I haven't watched much of this kid Sexton. So I feel like I'm going into this game pretty unaware of what we are up against.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]


I appreciate yalls comprehensive opinions.

Good link, with a brief overview of the matchup. Looks like a good defensive team who's also pretty good at rebounding, average shooters (other than Sexton). Poor three point shooting, poor free throw line shooting, and really bad at fouling. Other than the rebounding advantage, this seems like a pretty good matchup, so long as we can attack their defense.
https://collegefootballnews.com/2018/03/alabama-vs-virginia-tech-ncaa-tournament-prediction-game-preview

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Man, you guys listen to some sissy-ass music. As far as the 90's go,
Alice In Chains...great band
White Zombie put out two great albums
Pantera briefly saved metal, as all the good thrash bands (except for Slayer) were softening
I have to say, I also liked STP

Man, you guys listen to some sissy-ass music.

Yeah, well, you comment in weird places

Whoops, wrong thread. Was meant for the 90's music thread.

Uh, you mean the 2000s Rock thread, right??

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Like this matchup a LOT more than last year's. Let's lock in and make a statement!

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

make a statement


Old and overused. How about just winning the damn game. That sounds better.

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I think it's pretty appropriate considering where we've been and where we want to be. If we have a good showing and prove to the nation that we're a much better program that people think, I'd consider that making a statement, cliche or not. You don't have to like it though.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

The problem is that it's been used in conjunction with multiple sports of our program for probably over 2 decades. We're (I believe) way past and beyond that mentality and just need to do what we're capable and supposed to do. Just win the damn game. No more statements. No more talks. Action time. That's it.

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I think we want the same thing, but perhaps my phrasing was poor. When I said 'statement', I meant it in reference to the tournament as a whole, not just this one game. With that being said, I wasn't referring to multiple sports and I also don't personally think our men's basketball program is "way past and beyond that mentality" no matter how much we want it to be. We haven't had that type of success yet to say that. In my opinion, a run in this tournament would absolutely be a statement.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I think we want the same thing, but perhaps my phrasing was poor. When I said 'statement', I meant it in reference to the tournament as a whole, not just this one game.

Agreed, 1,000%.

With that being said, I wasn't referring to multiple sports

I realize that, however, that phrase "make a statement" has been applied to multiple sports of our program, and it's played out.

and I also don't personally think our men's basketball program is "way past and beyond that mentality" no matter how much we want it to be.

I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. Which is cool. It just means I cringe every time I hear any variation of "making a statement". I feel like this + last season, the men's team has moved beyond the mentality of that phrase. JMOP.

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Not a fan of whatever cousin of the hokie bird this is, dancing on not.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

It's the Chinese knock-off, like the fake Turbo Man doll.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

I'm a fan, just because it means VT is dancing.

How they say? Ah, yes. Don't look a gift Hokie Bird in the beak.

Its like the Philly Frenetic

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I actually kinda like it. Call me crazy.

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To me, it looks like "The Simpsons" version.

Simulated based on Ken Pom rankings. Can't say I want to see UVA win it all, and hope like hell they don't, but I love it putting the Hokies in the Final Four!

As far as the cutoff portion goes:
Midwest - Duke v Oklahoma 2nd round, Duke vs Michigan State Sweet 16
West - UNC vs Providence 2nd round, UNC vs San Diego State Sweet 16

I don't see Oklahoma making it out of the first round.

I need some advice on my bracket. Did VT lose in the first round last year because I had them winning in the first round, or because I did not have them advancing far enough? Or was that somebody else's fault, and it does not matter where I pick VT?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Maybe walk it back a little; settle for a Final Four appearance. Yes, that will fix everything.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Said no one ever...

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

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22737287/ted-valentine-not-officiate-ncaa-tournament

This might be the biggest news that could help Tech make a decent tourney run in some time. TVT would have no doubt weasled his way into one of our games. At least the head officials had the balls to keep him out and not rewarding a selfish ref who makes the game about him and not the players/teams.

Is it too much to hope that Jamie Lucky will similarly be missing the tournament?

Of course the former Duke player is heartbroken about TVTeddy getting banned from the tourney

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I would've been shocked & felt that something was screwy if they weren't.

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Side note, any hokies meeting up IN BALTIMORE tomorrow for the game?

I am actually making the trip to Pittsburgh for the game but live in Baltimore. My go to places to watch Hokie sports are either Alexander's Tavern in Fells or Wiley Gunthers in Fed. Both are "Hokie" bars and will draw a good contingent of Hokie fans for games

Yep, I'll probably end up at Wileys (moving a few blocks away from there anyway, so that will be amazing/dangerous)