To say the Hokies’ 2015 basketball season has been a struggle would be an understatement. With just one regular season game remaining, the Hokies (10-20, 2-15) stand in dead last place in the ACC.
However, there is a still a lot for the Hokies to play for. Miami comes marching in to Cassell Coliseum on Saturday at noon with everything to play for. Right now they are listed on Joe Lunardi’s "Bubble Watch" for the NCAA tournament, and a loss to the Hokies would certainly destroy their resume.
The Hokies are guaranteed at least two more games: senior day against Miami, and a first round game at Greensboro Coliseum for round one of the ACC Tournament. With a win against Miami and a Georgia Tech loss on Saturday, the Hokies will meet Boston College in the first round on Tuesday. With a loss on Saturday, the Hokies will meet Wake Forest in round one.
Either way, they would have to pull off a seemingly impossible task and win 5 games in 5 days to win the ACC Tournament and earn an automatic bid to the big dance. This would likely include beating the likes of Duke and Virginia who are two of the top five teams in the nation.
While the Hokies’ season will almost definitely end without a trip to the NCAA tournament or even the NIT, these players certainly have a lot of motivation to lay it all on the line as their season comes to an end.
With four star recruits like Kerry Blackshear, Justin Robinson, and Chris Clarke coming in next season, and transfers Zach Leday and Seth Allen set to be eligible, the Hokies’ starting lineup will likely be completely different.
VT Basketball has three 4 star Recruits for 2015 @Chris_Clarkee @kjblack15 @5Alive_ they are all great players #VT pic.twitter.com/Cr5ieEKCum
— HokieNation (@VTHOKIE_NATION) January 28, 2015
All of the current Hokies players have one more chance to make an impression and prove that they deserve a spot in the lineup come next season. This includes two-year starters Adam Smith and Devin Wilson, as well as talented freshmen Ahmed Hill, Justin Bibbs, and Jalen Hudson.
Either way, Hokie fans now that they will continue to see incredible effort this weekend and into the ACC tournament next week as this team has continued to fight all season long behind the leadership of first-year head coach Buzz Williams.
I’m sure Cassell will be packed to the brim on Senior Day, ready to see this team take to the hardwood one more time.