Selection Sunday has arrived and Virginia Tech is set to make back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for only the third time in program history. The Hokies should end up in the 8-9 seed range of the bracket with a 7 seed not being ruled out by some due in part to their impressive group of four wins over teams in the top of the RPI.
However, a 7 seed seems unlikely with VT just about set for an 8-9 matchup for the second-straight season. With only five conference championship games remaining, there are no games that could really affect the Hokies’ seeding unless Rhode Island gets beat by Davidson badly enough to significantly push them down the S-curve.
With all that said, here are some of the final bracket projections ahead of tonight’s Selection Show.
- Bracket Matrix: 8
- ESPN: 8
- CBS: 8
- Shelby Mast (of USA Today): 8
- SB Nation: 8
- NBC Sports: 8
- Bleacher Report: 7
- The Athletic: 9
There has been almost no movement for the Hokies in any of these predictions with the only changes coming from Shelby Mast who briefly had VT on the 9 line before moving them back up to the 8. While many teams have been moved around by bracketologists re-evaluating resumes, the Hokies’ seeding projections have stayed consistent.
If VT is an 8 or 9 seed, they will end up in the sub-regional of either Villanova, Kansas, or Xavier most likely meaning that VT’s first and second round games will likely be in Detroit, Wichita, or Pittsburgh. Given that Virginia will likely be the #1 overall seed, Virginia Tech fans should not expect the Hokies to end up in the South Region unless they aren’t an 8 or 9 seed.
Many Hokie fans will likely remember last year when most expected VT to be a 7 or 8 seed before being surprised to see them land on the 9 seed line. While most may expect that to happen again, VT’s resume is better this year which should push them slightly higher on the seed line to an 8 seed. For more on the Hokies’ resume, take a look at today’s final NCAA Tournament watch here.
The final bracket projections are in and for the second-straight season, Virginia Tech fans have nothing to worry about after years of heartbreak during the Seth Greenberg era.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi now projects Virginia Tech to be an 8 seed with Rhode Island falling to the 9 seed line after losing to Davidson in the Atlantic 10 Championship.