Friday, December 30, 2016

Kenny Brooks-led teams won big in 2016

It's been a great year to have been coached by Kenny Brooks.

If No. 19 Virginia Tech can get past Delaware State Friday at 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum, the Brooks-led Hokies will finish 2016 - and their non-conference schedule, with a 13-0 record. And in the 2016-only portion of last season, Brooks guided JMU to a 20-2 mark - after losing on Jan. 3 at William and Mary, the Dukes won 20 straight through the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament before falling to DePaul in the first round of the NCAAs.

So, with a win over Delaware State, the two Brooks-led teams will have combined to go 33-2 in the calendar year 2016.

Maybe Geno Auriemma wouldn't be overly impressed. But in the non-UConn universe, it doesn't get much better than that.

Now, the degree of difficulty will spike considerably beginning Monday when the Hokies start Atlantic Coast Conference play by hosting North Carolina.

But we'll worry about that next year.

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