With this past weekend’s disappointing football loss, Hokies will be thrilled to have the welcomed distraction that is the upcoming ACC Basketball schedule. Last season Mike Young rebuilt the Hokies mainly through freshman (& one prominent redshirt), and continues that process as we head into ‘20-21 through experienced upper classmen and another exciting recruiting class.
On Tuesday we learned that the ACC schedule will consist of 20 games - 10 home and 10 away, and begin on December 15th hosting Clemson. The Hokies opened last season at Clemson pulling off a victory in Landers Nolley’s debut which put him on the national radar. While he has since transferred, Coach Young can enter this season more confident as Tech looks to have a more complete squad.
In fact, ESPN’s John Gasaway listed the Hokies as the emerging ACC program to keep an eye out for this season. Playing in the ACC is always a tall task, but expect to see Mike Young move Virginia Tech another step forward this year.
We'll play 20 @accmbb games pic.twitter.com/E64q2D54ls— Virginia Tech Men's Basketball (@HokiesMBB) November 10, 2020
Here’s the full ACC schedule from HokiesSports:
- Dec. 15 vs. Clemson
- Dec. 29-30 vs. Miami (Fla.)
- Jan. 2 at No. 4 Virginia
- Jan. 5-6 at [RV] Louisville
- Jan. 10 vs. Notre Dame
- Jan. 12-13 vs. No. 9 Duke
- Jan. 17 at Wake Forest
- Jan. 19-20 vs. Boston College
- Jan. 23 at Syracuse
- Jan. 26-27 at Notre Dame
- Jan. 30 vs. No. 4 Virginia
- Feb. 2-3 at Pitt
- Feb. 6 at Miami (Fla.)
- Feb. 9-10 vs. No. 21 Florida State
- Feb. 13 vs. [RV] Louisville
- Feb. 16-17 at No. 19 North Carolina
- Feb. 20 at No. 21 Florida State
- Feb. 23-24 vs. Georgia Tech
- Feb. 27 vs. Wake Forest
- March 5-6 at NC State
The Hokies kick off the season on November 28th against Temple (time TBD) in the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. We also found out last week that Virginia Tech will host Penn State on December 8th as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The schedule is nearly complete, but expect a few additional non-conference games to be announced in the coming week or two to fill in the gaps between the early season events and the start of ACC play. With the number of in-state and nearby schools the Hokies can easily pull together three or four non-conference games to be held at Cassell. Right now capacity is limited to 1,000 fans for Cassell Coliseum, but that is subject to change as in-state COVID-19 restrictions are adjusted.
College basketball is nearly back.