Commentary

Va. Tech, UVA battle for a bid

Hokies' low-ranking S.O.S. may prove their undoing

Originally Published: February 8, 2010
By Joe Lunardi | Special to ESPN.com
Malcolm DelaneyJeff Lack/Icon SMIVirginia Tech's schedule is hindering its NCAA Tournament chances.

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The Bubble Battle

The Big East continues to dominate most "bubble" talk (see Behind the Bracket for more). Nearly as noticeable here are the efforts of Virginia Tech and Virginia to climb into the NCAA field as a seventh team from the ACC. Va. Tech's overtime victory at UVa would seem to be a major plus for the Hokies, but it is countered by a No. 346 nonconference schedule rank (only Central Connecticut is worse at No. 347).


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