When looking at a dark horse, you look for teams that are playing good basketball this late into the season. They’re likely teams that didn’t do too well against the top tier squads throughout the season but have managed to compile a winning record and are under the mentality of ‘nothing to lose’.
That would be the Virginia Tech Hokies. They’ve had a wild roller coaster conference season, starting off 4-1, followed by seven losses in the next eight games, and closing out the season on a five-game winning streak, capped off with a huge win over No. 7 Miami.
Hokies head coach Buzz Williams has his team sitting at 17-13 in his second season, already six wins better than his first year. He took Marquette to the big dance in five of the previous six seasons before arriving in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech for years under former head coach Seth Greenberg was considered the poster child for the ‘bubble teams’ in college basketball, and they typically found themselves on the outside looking in.