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Virginia Tech men's basketball head coach Mike Young recently shared with Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times that the Hokies will be facing a pair of nearby, in-state schools as part of their non-conference schedule.
Virginia Tech #Hokies @HokiesMBB basketball news in Tues. paper, online now: Mike Young talks about playing games in Mohegan Sun bubble and other VT scheduling news (@RadfordMBB and @VMI_Basketball). #UVa @UVAMensHoops is heading to Mohegan bubble too. https://t.co/yC07GcZupX— Mark Berman (@BermanRoanoke) October 26, 2020
The Hokies will open their 2020-21 season against Mike Young's hometown team Radford on November 25th followed by an early December meeting with VMI. He also confirmed that the Hokies will take part in this year's ACC-Big 10 Challenge after sitting out last season's event.
This comes as the Hokies will be taking part in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Event in Connecticut on November 28th and 29th where they will face Temple and South Florida. Additionally, the previously planned tripleheader that included Virginia Tech facing Davidson in Charlotte has been cancelled for this season though Mike Young hopes it will happen as soon as the 2021-22 season.
Given the complexity of travel and trying to actually get a few non-conference games in, playing local schools like Radford and VMI makes lots of sense. Even if this was a normal year, Tech should try to play some of the nearby local programs like these 2 especially since we know that every non-conference schedule always will include teams from lower tier conferences.
Tech's schedule is almost set now with a couple more slots for non-conference opponents that are likely to come from nearby schools in Virginia or within a few hour radius.