Hokies face uncertain future in wake of loss

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The key word at Virginia Tech going forward is uncertainty.

Did the Hokies’ upset loss Friday to No. 12 seed Miami in the ACC tournament cost them their tenuous spot in the NCAA field of 65? And is Seth Greenberg a possible candidate at St. John’s if the Red Storm dismiss Norm Roberts?

Greenberg was asked both questions following Tech’s 70-65 loss to the Hurricanes.

Are the Hokies a lock for the field?

“You guys tell me," Greenberg said. “Sleep won’t be something that’s exactly at a premium (between now and Selection Sunday).”

Are you a potential candidate at St. John’s, as reported this week by the New York Post, which cited sources saying Roberts will be fired?

“I’m coaching at Virginia Tech,” Greenberg said crisply.

Of course, that’s not a complete enough answer to make the question go away -- though it has been pointed out that a Jewish coach at a Catholic university could be an odd mix. But for now, the St. John’s issue takes a back seat to the NCAA issue.

The Hokies’ strongest résumé line is their 10-6 ACC record and tie for third place in the league – but only two of those victories were over teams that finished in the top half of a pretty uninspiring league. In nonconference play, Tech’s only win of any worth was over Seton Hall -- and most people think the Pirates are an NIT team.

Greenberg said it would be futile to try and hide his players from what could be rampant bubble speculation over the next two days.

“Hypnotize them and put them in a time warp for 48 hours,” Greenberg joked. “That’s the only way to keep them from thinking about the tournament.”