The Wahoos are the #5 seed in the East Region and open up NCAA Tournament play Thursday against #12 seed UNC-Wilmington.
Or from reaching the second round at all.
About a half hour before the brackets were released, the Badgers dropped the Big Ten Championship game to MI.
Given the volatility the Hokies’ and Cavaliers’ 3-point dependency creates, I’d want more like 50-1 before risking any significant coin. “Specifically offensively. That’s where we got ourselves in a hole we couldn’t get out of”.
Tech will take on No. 8-seed Wisconsin in the first round on Thursday at 9:40 PM in Buffalo. If the Blue Raiders can generate a lot of points in transition, which they’ve been doing quite well all season, Minnesota’s return to the NCAA Tournament could be rather brief. But you have to remember, the last time Virginia Tech was in the NCAA tournament, the Motorola RAZR flip phone was the hottest thing on the market.
“The average-to-poor teams are on spring break”, Gard said. They are definitely under-seeded but probably not by as much as you might think. This is only Virginia Tech’s second game against Wisconsin. You can also see how the committee ranked the teams 1-68 here. “It’s not a right”.
“But once you get on the floor, seeds go out the window”, Perrantes added. He made the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in the Badgers’ second-round win over Xavier a year ago. The interim tag was removed from his title after last season. And Virginia Tech has just been playing the better ball as of late. The Badgers started the season by making it to the championship game of the Maui Invitational.
Zach LeDay, a South Florida transfer, leads the Hokies in scoring (16.3 points) and rebounding (7.4) while shooting 53 percent.
While Wisconsin boasts the ninth-best scoring defense in the country (61.4 ppg), it ranks 307th in the nation against the 3-pointer – opponents make 37.7 attempts from beyond the arc against UW.
The matchup brings an interesting storyline, as the Badgers meet Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams, who had some battles with Wisconsin while he was the coach at Marquette. “At this time of the year”.
“Odds are, no matter who we played, unless it was Northwestern, we were going to have more newbies”, Williams said.
However, while all the above stats are true, that version of the team didn’t feel like the one that always showed up to play. Virginia Tech finished the regular season tied with Miami and Syracuse for 7th. Wilkins had eight points and eight rebounds, but looked thinner than usual in his undershirt in the locker room afterward. A nice performance in the B1G Tournament (beating in and steam-rolling Northwestern before running into the hottest team in the midwest, Michigan, in the finals) gave fans some hope, but in reality no one has any idea which team will show up for the Badgers in the NCAA Tournament.
In response, I’ve found it hard to make any sense of the 2016-17 Cavaliers – who have shown such inconsistency that they nearly feel like two different teams. Hayes leads all current active players with 131 points over the last three tournaments. In the interim between tournaments, he vowed to rest, force down some food to get his weight back, and try to help the Cavaliers keep their focus. After that, you can win a couple of games.
Who: No. 8 Wisconsin vs.