Monday, March 21, 2011

Hokies And Irish End Seasons

Basketball season has effectively come to an end here at Stars & Slights.

Sunday saw the Hokies give a valiant but ill-fated effort in an overtime home loss to Wichita State in the Second Round of the NIT. Tech fell 79-76 despite one final amazing performance from Malcolm Delaney.

The senior finished with 30 points on 8 of 14 shooting, including 3 of 6 from three-point range.

Delaney also had 4 steals and an impressive block that saw him sprint full court to snuff out a fast break by the Shockers.

The loss leaves Tech with a 22-12 overall record to end the season, and leaves a lot of people wondering what kind of season might have been with a full roster.

The No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Notre Dame had a tough one against No. 10 Florida State. The Seminoles used their stifling defense and athleticism to knock off the Irish 71-57, reaching the team's first Sweet Sixteen since 1993.

Senior Tim Abromaitis had a typical 21 points and 6 rebounds, but fellow senior and Big East player of the year Ben Hansbrough was kept to just 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

The loss brings Notre Dame's record to 27-7 overall with a 14-4 mark in Big East play.

The Irish, like the Hokies will wonder what might have been this offseason, but they were afforded a chance at the big prize.

Yes Brian, it's better to be one-and-done in the NCAA Tournament than make a run (or lose early) in the NIT.

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