Well, my Calm and Beloved Reader, the Hokies have a chance to do something amazing. Just as in 2004 when the football team came out of nowhere to win the ACC championship, the basketball team is attempting to replicate that phenomenal feat.
Writers and experts had VT picked to finish anywhere from 6th to 8th in the conference this year. I personally figured they would finish 5th. And make no mistake, they could lose their last two games and finish 3rd so there's still a long way to go. But this much is certain - Virginia Tech men's basketball is for real.
With a top recruiting class (the best in VT history) in 2007 and a strong push for new basketball practice facilities in the works (don't worry they'll keep the Cassell for games) the future also looks bright for Virginia Tech. But that's all down the road. For right now, on Thursday night in Charlottesville, Tech can take a huge step towards winning the 2006-7 ACC championship. And what better way to take that step than to mathematically eliminate their rival - the Wahoos of Virginia, on their home floor no less - from winning the regular season championship. It is nothing short of an enormous game.
At this point, all the seniors who have put so much into building this program over the past four years get all they could ever ask for. A chance. An opportunity to win a title. They can beat UVA, they did it badly a few weeks ago. But it's going to be hard and it's going to be hard-fought. UVA basketball isn't weak and phony like UVA football. The basketball team plays hard because they've cut their teeth in the ACC which has historically been the top basketball conference in the country, and they want this game just as badly as the Hokies. It won't come down to who wants it more. It will come down to execution and minimizing turnovers. UVA's guards aren't going to play as badly as they did in the first game. The Hokies frontcourt is going to have play much better than they did in the first game. But with a victory in Charlottesville, the team can move into sole possession of first place in the ACC with one game left on their schedule. Wow.
I hope all of you plan on watching, attending or somehow supporting the basketball team on this momentous occasion.