Virginia Tech Hokies' Finney-Smith, Raines, Green and Duke Blue Devils' Plumlee battle for a rebound during their college basketball tournament game in Atlanta

Virginia Tech’s recruiting presence is one guy

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In a way, Virginia Tech’s decision to fire head coach Seth Greenberg in April was a case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. The Hokies declined to fire Greenberg for his win-loss record in March, then dumped him a month and a half later because all of his assistants quit on him.

Whether you think that’s a valid reason to fire someone or not, there’s little doubt that the move took away the one coach the Hokies had left, the only guy who could have possibly gone out on the recruiting trail this spring. So what are the maroon and orange doing about this sorry state of affairs? Let the inimitable David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press give you the depressing (but oddly charming) rundown of the Hokie presence at this weekend’s Nike EYBL event:

Virginia Tech’s sole representative was John Janovsky, who wore his Hokies garb proudly.

Janovsky has never coached at the Division I level, but he appeared more than comfortable after his battlefield promotion in the wake of Seth Greenberg’s firing.

Prior to Greenberg’s exit, assistant coaches Rob Ehsan, James Johnson and John Richardson, plus operations director Jeff Wulbrun, resigned. That left Janovsky, a former assistant at Division II Indiana of Pennsylvania with myriad Division I contacts.

Janovsky spent this past season as Tech’s video coordinator. When Wulbrun left for an assistant’s job at Alabama-Birmingham, Greenberg promoted Janovsky to the operations gig.

With no coaches on staff to travel during this month’s evaluation window, Janovsky passed the required NCAA recruiting test and headed to last weekend’s EYBL session in Minneapolis, plus Washington-area high schools Paul VI and Sidwell Friends.

Maybe a video coordinator in head coach’s clothes is better than nothing. It’s hard to say.

Teel has also done a good job of keeping track of realistic (an important distinction) possible replacements for Greenberg, including Loyola’s Jimmy Patsos and Lehigh’s Brett Reed, both of whom led their teams to the NCAA tournament this season. Reed’s upset of Duke might make him a very popular candidate, indeed.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: