Saturday, March 12, 2011

VIDEO: Virginia Tech gets a gift

Virginia Tech needed to beat Florida State today.

A loss, and for the fourth straight season, the Hokies would have likely been on the wrong side of the bubble on Selection Sunday. Which is why the ending of Friday's ACC quarterfinal game was so gripping.

Erick Green was 1-12 from the floor when Malcolm Delaney found him open for a jumper with 4.7 seconds, giving the Hokies a 52-51 lead. Florida State came back the other way, and Derwin Kitchen buried a fadeaway 19 footer in the corner.

Heartbreak, right?


After the officials reviewed the call, the ball was still on Kitchen's fingertips when the buzzer sounded.

Finally, Virginia Tech caught a break. More importantly, however, the Hokies got a win they desperately needed, putting them in much better position heading into Selection Sunday. Its premature to call them a lock -- they will be if they can beat a Duke team that could very well be without Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving -- but the Hokies couldn't afford a loss to Florida State.

How much did this win mean to Greenberg and Virginia Tech?

The Hokies head coach was in tears after the call was reversed.

Like I said, the Hokies needed to catch a break.

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