Chris Graham: Is Tech a tourney team?

The short answer: not right now. No marquee wins. (No, beating Florida State, who beat Duke, isn’t a marquee win-by-association.) Two losses to a Virginia team that is in the 150 range in the RPI.

And yes, that matter of RPI. Tech is currently in the mid-60s in the various RPIs out there. The expanded NCAA field has 37 at-large teams getting in this year. My reckoning is that anybody outside of 45-50 in the RPI had better get their pins and needles ready come Selection Sunday.

The Hokies have some time to work on their resume. Four games remain in the regular season, including one last chance at a marquee win at home on Saturday against Duke. A loss to the Blue Devils, a slipup against Wake Forest, or a loss to another team trying to boost its resume (Boston College, Clemson), and it could be win-out-in-Greensboro-or-else.

No pressure, right? Expectations have risen with what Seth Greenberg has been able to do in Blacksburg in recent years, but the fan base is getting impatient with the succession of near-misses come tourney time.

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