About the Hoopin' Hokies

Despite the loss of Rodney Rice, Virginia Tech is still well-positioned to get back to the NCAA Tournament. But to do so will require more production from developing players.

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Basketball is back!

It's the time of year when we get a temporary reprieve from the brutal grind of football; when talk of KenPom and NET rankings saturate the Twitter timeline; and when Joe Lunardi gives us his NCAA Tournament picks 130 days in advance for some godforsaken reason.

The Big Ten is already in March form with Michigan State's upset loss at the hands of James Madison. The ACC is once again despised by the metrics, which means they'll probably put seven teams in the Elite Eight.

And in the meantime, after an absence a season ago, the Virginia Tech Hokies will look to return to the NCAA Tournament where they so joyously ventured for five-straight seasons.

Today, an overview of the 2023-24 Hokies men's basketball season.

Preseason Prognostications

The preseason models project Virginia Tech to be where most everyone else does: on the NCAA Tournament bubble. KenPom had the Hokies as the #65 team in his preseason rankings (they've since moved up to 58th after Monday's 100-55 trashing of Coppin State), while BartTorvik was a little more charitable, pegging Tech at 45th.

Unless Tech wins a bunch of close games against good teams, that won't be good enough to make the Big Dance. Why is Virginia Tech alumnus Ken Pomeroy sour on the Hokies? An understanding of how models work provides some insight.

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