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TheOpenThread: UConn vs. Virginia Tech, NIT Second Round

Not that we ever need an excuse to post this video, but today is the 20th anniversary of the above craziness. (Two notes on the video: I love Jonathan the Husky jumping around, because nothing looks more ridiculous and awesome than a mascot losing his sh-t; secondly, did you know that Cliff Ellis, the dejected Clemson coach, is still around? He's the head coach at Coastal Carolina, which won 28 games and lost in the first round of the NIT to UAB this year. He's also, according to Wikipedia, an ostrich farmer and a 1960's rock musician, neither of which could possibly be true.)

Surely that's a good omen for tonight's NIT game against Virginia Tech (ESPN, 7 p.m.), no?

If it feels like the NIT is an afterthought, well, it kind of is. The season seems like it ended three weeks ago, and yet, here we are, with UConn one of just 44 college teams still playing basketball (if you count the NCAA, NIT, CBI and CIT tournaments). Jerome Dyson came up clutch (yeah, I'm shocked too) in the win against Northeastern, and for once, a few bounces went UConn's way. It took until the third week of March for it to happen, but it happened. Huzzah.

Tonight, the Huskies travel to play a Virginia Tech team that is pretty good all-around, but not a very capable team of shooters. Nevertheless, they're at home, and if I had to bet, I'd wager that this is the night that the Dyson/Robinson/Edwards era finally reaches its conclusion.

And hey, if not? Bonus. And a potential home game against Nevada - or a Yankee Conference free-for-all against URI - in the Relatively Elite Eight Wednesday night. Whatever happens, use this thread for your in-game thoughts.