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Virginia Tech Announced as No. 8 Seed in East Region; Will Play No. 9 Alabama in First Round

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The Hokies will be in Pittsburgh for the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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Virginia Tech did not have to wait very long to hear that they were going dancing. And they did not have to wait much longer after that to discover that they would be the No. 8 seed in the East region, matched up with No. 9 seed Alabama Crimson Tide.

It will not be easy for the Hokies. Alabama boasts one of the best freshmen in the nation in point guard Collin Sexton, who carried the Crimson into the big dance with two heroic performances in the SEC Tournament. As the old adage says, guard play wins tournament games. It is a very good thing the Hokies have a solid and deep guard rotation to match up with Sexton.

If they do make it past Alabama, they will face the No. 1 seed Villanova Wildcats. Jay Wright’s team has flirted with the No. 1 AP Poll ranking all season, but had two losses close to the end of the season. Still, the Wildcats are in the upper echelon of teams and will be an incredibly tough matchup for any team in the field.

I’ll have you covered for the entirety of the Hokies’ tournament run, whether that lasts one game or (hopefully) six.