Lately it's becoming more and more obvious why Virginia Tech used to shy away from playing non-conference games against quality opponents.
The Hokies can't seem to win them.
Hoping to enhance their chances of earning an NCAA tournament berth this spring, Virginia Tech beefed up its 2010-11 schedule and added games against schools such as Kansas State, Purdue and Mississippi State. The Hokies also played in the Phillips 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., where they faced the likes of Oklahoma State and UNLV.
So far the move has backfired.
At 5-4, Virginia Tech is one of the biggest disappointments in college basketball thus far. Seth Greenberg's squad opened the season with a No. 22 national ranking but quickly fell out of the polls after being drubbed by Kansas State in the second game of the season.