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According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, a full 100 percent of responding Virginia Tech fans are confident the men’s basketball team is headed in the right direction. This is the tenth week in a row that mark has held steady, despite the big loss to Georgia Tech following their return from a pause in activities.
This season has brought a modified schedule, no fans in Cassell Coliseum, Tyrece Radford suspended from numerous games, Cartier Diarra opting out of the season after a few games, and now two different breaks in basketball activities following COVID-19 results and contact tracing. Even with all of that fans can easily see what Mike Young is building in Blacksburg, as Virginia Tech sits third in the ACC, and looks likely to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
In a year full of surprises, schools like Duke, Michigan State, and Kentucky which are normally fighting for seeding are struggling just to reach the field of 68. In this week’s survey, one-third of fans believe Michigan State has the best chance of that group to reach the NCAA Tournament while another third of fans believe Duke has the inside track. Only 18 percent believe Kentucky has the best odds while 12 percent believe none of those teams will receive a bid.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Gonzaga has continued to roll through its schedule while holding a tight grip on the No. 1 spot in the country. Nearly two-thirds of fans believe Gonzaga will complete the season undefeated, earning the program’s first National Championship.
The Hokies' regular season recently came to an end with the cancelation of games against Louisville (again) and NC State this weekend. They have almost a full week to clear the protocols in time for the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC. At the moment, they would be the #3 seed playing in the late game on March 11th, next Thursday. While there is still a lot in motion they would take on the winner to advance from Pittsburgh v. Boston College, who then takes on Clemson.
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