Live from G-Tech vs. V-Tech: It’s NOT an elimination game

Here's what it's all about, folks. (Bracket courtesy of ESPN.com)

Here's what it's all about, folks. Eight days until the invitations are extended. (Bracket courtesy of ESPN.com)

There are those who’ll disagree, but I don’t believe Georgia Tech would be in dire straits, Dance-wise, if it loses today. As I’ve mentioned a time or two, I’m fairly certain the Yellow Jackets can finish 7-9 in regular-season ACC play and still make the field of 65 on the strength of their schedule and RPI. And this will sound strange, but here goes:

G-Tech, which will finish behind Virginia Tech in the ACC, is in better shape than the Hokies. If V-Tech loses here today, it’s in real trouble. If G-Tech loses, it’s in less.

At this moment, Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com lists G-Tech as a No. 10 seed in his updated Bracketology and V-Tech as a No. 11. Yes, the Hokies are 9-6 in the conference to the Jackets’ 7-8, but the NCAA committee cares less about standings than it does about SOS and RPI. And there’s your difference: V-Tech has an RPI of 55 and a SOS of 155; G-Tech has an RPI of 35 and an SOS of 18.

Put simply, V-Tech needs to beat somebody with a good RPI these next eight days to make the field. G-Tech needs only to win another game — and that victory can come either today or in Greensboro next Thursday — to make sure. And even if it loses both, G-Tech could still be invited to the only tournament that matters.

Maybe you shrugged when G-Tech beat Siena on Dec. 2, but the Saints have an RPI of 40. V-Tech, by way of contrast, played a non-conference schedule that included Brown, UNC Greensboro, Campbell, Delaware, Iowa (RPI of 195), Georgia (RPI of 95), VMI, Penn State, Charleston Southern, Maryland-Baltimore County, Longwood, Seton Hall (RPI of 56) and North Carolina Central. The Hokies did play Temple (RPI of 15) but lost.

And it isn’t as if Virginia Tech hasn’t been warned. It was snubbed 2008 after going 9-7 in the ACC because it played a weak non-conference slate. That came after coach Seth Greenberg contended, after a last-second loss to North Carolina in the ACC semis, that anyone who didn’t consider his Hokies an NCAA tournament team was “certifiably insane.”

But on every Selection Sunday, the chairman of that year’s committee tells Jim Nantz and Billy Packer the same thing: The committee’s advice is to go out and play someone good. G-Tech scheduled better than V-Tech. That’s why, eight days from Selection Sunday, GT is better situated than VPI.

With that, I’d be happy — nay, thrilled — to accept any and all questions, comments and predictions on tomorrow night’s Academy Awards. I’ll be here until we’re done with Tech-versus-Tech, and I’d be happy — nay, thrilled — if you’d join me. And yet again I thank you in advance.

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EEJacket

March 6th, 2010
3:33 pm

GT For You And Me

March 6th, 2010
3:34 pm

Tech wins. They have to……..or else…….

EEJacket

March 6th, 2010
3:34 pm

haha! I never thought I’d say this but…..go hokies! For the record, I’m rooting against paul hewitt, NOT gt.

Paul in RDU

March 6th, 2010
3:36 pm

With the unbalanced schedule in the ACC, Big East, etc. conference W-L records are not as good an indicator of how teams compare. Before the ACC expansion, the round-robin home and away was a good indicator.

GT For You And Me

March 6th, 2010
3:36 pm

Hewitt is watching his final days with disgust for his lack of coaching………

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
3:41 pm

Kudos, EEJacket.

Paul in RDU

March 6th, 2010
3:42 pm

Best picture Oscar goes to The Hurt Locker – the voters still haven’t forgiven James Cameron for his “King of the World” outburst

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
3:42 pm

I realized yesterday I haven’t seen any of the 10 pictures nominated as best. I need to get out of the house.

Paul in RDU

March 6th, 2010
3:45 pm

Mark – How the heck are you going to go to a movie any time soon? It’s wall to wall college b’ball for the next few weeks

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
3:47 pm

Tech honoring its seniors — Zachery Peacock and D’Andre Bell.

Paul in RDU

March 6th, 2010
3:47 pm

See you all at the half or a TO

GT For You And Me

March 6th, 2010
3:50 pm

Mark: You should spend more time with your family,after all,they are all that matters. No one should have to work weekends………….

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
3:52 pm

Folks, if you’ve ever had a notion to see a Tech basketball game … let’s just say I think you’d find tickets for sale right now. The place is about 60 percent full.

Gary

March 6th, 2010
3:57 pm

Tech is on the bubble. Lose today and they have to win 2 in the tourney.

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
3:57 pm

Crowd is filling in now.

Tech Forever

March 6th, 2010
3:58 pm

Prediction – Virginia Tech wins.
Standard Prediction – Georgia Tech will NOT make the field of 65. I’ve been posting it for over a month and I’m stickin to it.

Again….the ACC will get 5 teams in….tops….Duke, Maryland, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
3:59 pm

Hewitt starts Peacock. Nice gesture.

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
3:59 pm

A few boos when Hewitt was introduced. But only a few.

Tech Forever

March 6th, 2010
4:01 pm

Louisville beating Syracuse could very well have knocked a team out off the bubble….the VT / GT loser maybe?

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:02 pm

Peacock hits a 3 on the first trip. What a shooter.

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:02 pm

Shumpert with a steal but a charge.

Tech

March 6th, 2010
4:03 pm

Who wants to see this crap product in person. Not me

Tech Forever

March 6th, 2010
4:03 pm

A Notre Dame win @ Marquette DEFINITELY knocks someone from one of the big 6 off the bubble and the Big East ends up with 8 teams in.

Tech Forever

March 6th, 2010
4:04 pm

Good news…..Texas and Baylor is about to start!!!!!

Rick

March 6th, 2010
4:04 pm

Nice shot shump. Pathetic

Sam

March 6th, 2010
4:05 pm

Here go the Hokies! Nice shooting tech!

Technophobia

March 6th, 2010
4:05 pm

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:06 pm

VT up 5-3. But D’Andre Bell ties it from the baseline. Both teams defending hard.

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:07 pm

GT up a point at the first media timeout. Although I’ve never seen anyone take a timeout to help the print media.

Plack

March 6th, 2010
4:07 pm

Horrible offense. Pathetic aggresive defense. No fundamentals. Horrid free throw shooting. Out of control on both sides. This is Paul Hewitt basketball!!!

GT For You And Me

March 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

GT has no inside game. Pathetic…..

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

Relax, Plack. It’s early yet. GT’s OK. This is going to be a tough game.

Paul in RDU

March 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

Mark – Are there many NBA scouts in the house? Shumpert seems to think there are, if you know what I mean

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:09 pm

I’d say at least 10 pro scouts are here, Paul, including two former Hawks general managers.

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:10 pm

Favors replaces Lawal.

carrolltondawg

March 6th, 2010
4:10 pm

Hey Mark lets say yech loses the next two games and get left out of the tourney is Hewitt fired? or do they everyone a favor and keep him around to mis coach another season?

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:11 pm

I think Hewitt will be back next season no matter what, carrolltondawg.

Steve

March 6th, 2010
4:11 pm

Once again they stand there watching their shots. Paul Hewitt doesn’t even teach to follow your shot. That’s his lazy style. VT will be in the 1-1 in 5 minutes.

Tech Forever

March 6th, 2010
4:11 pm

Mark are any of them recruiting for new coaches for the next level?

Technophobia

March 6th, 2010
4:12 pm

Plack there haven’t been any FT’s yet!

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:13 pm

GT exceeds 35 seconds on a possession, which isn’t permitted.

carrolltondawg

March 6th, 2010
4:13 pm

If they were recruiting coaches they would not be there

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:14 pm

Brian Oliver with an AB from 22 feet.

Steve

March 6th, 2010
4:14 pm

How many airballs is that? And chumps clank off the backboard. And you call this an ncaa team Mark?

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:14 pm

VT up eight.

Tech Forever

March 6th, 2010
4:14 pm

I completely disagree carrolltondawg. Hewitt’s lackadaisical approach and ignorance of the fundamentals fits in nicely with the pro game.

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:16 pm

Oliver fouls Delaney on a 3-pointer. (Shot was missed.)

Greg

March 6th, 2010
4:16 pm

This doesn’t even look like an NIT team. Looks like a bunch of kids you picked off the street to play. No unity. No rhythm. Just a bunch of clueless kids. I feel sorry for them thinking Hewitt is a good coach. I doubt you will see many go to tech anymore. He’s the worst coach in Div 1 basetball by far.

Mark Bradley

March 6th, 2010
4:17 pm

Hokies, 19, Jackets 8.

carrolltondawg

March 6th, 2010
4:17 pm

I dont know tech forever, He may would make a good middle school coach