Life on the bubble — college-basketball parlance for being uncertain of reaching the NCAA tournament — is a fretful existence for schools this time of year. No one has it worse, though, than Virginia Tech. One month ago, the Hokies, who rarely make it, were in good shape. Then they lost six of their last seven games. Now they must beat Miami today and, if successful, top-ranked North Carolina tomorrow to have a reasonable shot at getting in.
Meanwhile, in the back of their fans’ minds remains the mother of what-ifs: What if Stephen and Seth Curry, the sons of Virginia Tech legend Dell Curry, had come to Tech, rather than being allowed to slip through the school’s recruiting net? “I wish the best for them,” says Tech fan Chris Coleman, “but I’m ready for Stephen to go to the NBA.”