ESPN sees Virginia Tech women as "outside contender'' for a top-seed come March

ESPN women's basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme sees the Hokies' women as an "outside contender'' for a top-seed come NCAA Tournament time in March.

Pittsburgh v Virginia Tech
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The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team is in a familiar position. At this time last winter, the Hokies were 11-2 as they turned their full attention to ACC play. All they did was take control of the conference, won 15 straight games, and ended up in second place behind Notre Dame, before capturing their first ACC Tournament championship. They continued to stay on a tear and won the Seattle Regional to get to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

Sunday, the Hokies opened up ACC play with a 91-51 win over Pittsburgh at Cassell Coliseum to improve to 10-2. ESPN’s Charlie Creme, their women’s bracketologist, isn’t ruling out the Hokies to end up as a top-seed come March.

Virginia Tech is an “outside contender’’ for a top seed according to Creme

There is still a ton of basketball remaining over the next two-plus months, but for the Hokies, the opportunities are there for them to collect some big wins and move up the line in terms of seeding. The ACC currently has nine teams in Creme’s latest projections and the chances are there for the Hokies to add some big wins to their resume. 

It’s easy to see Virginia Tech make a similar run this season. They have Elizabeth Kitley and Georgia Amoore back as a very tough 1-2 combination. Add in transfer Matilda Ekh with Kayla King and Rose Micheaux as the starting 5, and there are a lot of options for Brooks to go to and get some baskets. As we have already seen this season, when the Hokies are shooting the ball well, they are tough to defend.

Does this mean Virginia Tech will follow the same path they had last season? No, but if they can finish ACC play between 14-16 wins, then there’s a very good chance that they could end up on a one-line again.