The ACC Men's Basketball schedule was released around 10 a.m. this morning, which means Virginia Tech's schedule for the season is finalized.
Virginia Tech will open their season on November 9 at home against Gardner-Webb. The Bulldogs may be the toughest non-conference opponent the Hokies will face at home this season.
After Gardner-Webb, Tech will travel to Charleston to play three games in the Charleston Classic. The first of those games is against Ball State with Alabama being a possible semfinal opponent if they beat Ball State as expected. If the Hokies get to the championship, some of their possible opponents include Purdue, Wichita State, and Davidson.
Tech will then return home to host Saint Francis (PA) before traveling to Penn State on November 27 for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Either the Nittany Lions or the Washington Huskies, a team the Hokies will play four games later in Atlantic City, will be the toughest non-conference opponent for the Hokies.
After traveling to State College, Tech will return home to host three home games in a row against Central Connecticut State, VMI, and South Carolina State. The Hokies will then travel to face Washington and return home to host two more not-so-tough non-conference games against North Carolina A&T and Maryland Eastern Shore.
There's the non-conference schedule. As you can see, Penn State and Washington are the only two tough games on the schedule, not including the second and third games in the Charleston Classic. Tech could potentially play Alabama in the second round, the team they lost to in the NCAA Tournament, with three teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament lurking on the other side of the bracket (Purdue, Wichita State, Davidson). That tournament should be a decent boost in resume for the Hokies, assuming they can win a few non-conference games.
Now, onto the ACC schedule where the Hokies will play Notre Dame, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia twice and the other 10 ACC teams once.
Tech's ACC schedule starts on New Year's Day at home with a game against Notre Dame. After the Irish, Tech will host Boston College and then travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech, all before traveling to Charlottesville for the first matchup against the Cavaliers this season.
After Virginia, the Hokies will host Wake Forest, travel to North Carolina, and then host Syracuse. Students will come back to campus around the 20th, which means Cassell will be a little quieter for only a pair of conference games. In addition, the Hokies' trip to Chapel Hill will also be their first Big Monday apperance of the season.
Tech will then travel to Miami and NC State, all before hosting Louisville. The Cardinals come into town for Big Monday, which will be Tech's second Big Monday of the season after they play in primetime at UNC.
Their next three games are at Clemson, home against Georgia Tech, and that at Pitt. Those three games set the stage for the Hokies' big home showdown against Virginia on Big Monday on February 18th.
Four games remain after Virginia starting with a trip to South Bend to play Notre Dame right before hosting Duke in the only matchup between the two teams this season. After that, Virginia Tech has to travel down to Tallahassee to play Florida State on March 5th before traveling back to Blacksburg to host Miami on March 8th on Senior Night.
Overall, it's not too bad of a schedule. The students love that Virginia is not visiting during break, while hosting Duke is a huge draw for all fans. Not having to play Louisville, Clemson, NC State and Florida State may be preferred by many after last season's results while hosting Syracuse instead of playing in the Carrier Dome is another plus.
Three Big Monday games headline an unsurprisingly strong ACC slate, but pair with a sub-par non-conference schedule.
Only 57 days until November 9th which means only 57 days until one of the best times of the year in sports, the overlap of college football and college basketball.
Full Schedule (From VT Press Release)
Fri. Nov. 9 GARDNER-WEBB 7 p.m.
Charleston Classic (Charleston, S.C.)
Thurs. Nov. 15 vs. Ball State 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Fri. Nov. 16 vs. Alabama/Northeastern 11 a.m/1 p.m. ESPN2/ESPNU
Sun. Nov. 18 Consolations/Finals TBA TBA
Sat. Nov. 24 ST. FRANCIS (PA) 1 p.m.
Big Ten/ACC Challenge (University Park, Pa.)
Tues. Nov. 27 at Penn State 7 p.m. ESPN2/U
Sat. Dec. 1 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE 1 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 5 VMI 7 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 9 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 1 p.m.
Boardwalk Classic (Atlantic City, N.J.)
Sat. Dec. 15 vs. Washington 7 p.m. ESPNU
Wed. Dec. 19 NORTH CAROLINA A&T 7 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 28 MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE 7 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 1 NOTRE DAME* 1 p.m. ESPNU
Sat. Jan. 5 BOSTON COLLEGE* Noon RSN
Wed. Jan. 9 at Georgia Tech* 7 p.m. RSN
Tues. Jan. 15 at Virginia* 8 p.m. Raycom
Sat. Jan. 19 WAKE FOREST* 4 p.m. RSN
Mon. Jan. 21 at North Carolina* 7 p.m. ESPN
Sat. Jan. 26 SYRACUSE* 8 p.m. ESPN2
Wed. Jan. 30 at Miami* 7 p.m. ESPN2/U
Sat. Feb. 2 at NC State* Noon Raycom
Mon. Feb. 4 LOUISVILLE* 7 p.m. ESPN
Sat. Feb. 9 at Clemson* Noon ESPN/2/U
Wed. Feb. 13 GEORGIA TECH* 8 p.m. Raycom
Sat. Feb. 16 at Pittsburgh* 4:30 p.m. RSN
Mon. Feb. 18 VIRGINIA* 7 p.m. ESPN
Sat. Feb. 23 at Notre Dame* 4 p.m. ESPN/2/U
Tues. Feb. 26 DUKE* 7/9 p.m. ESPN/Raycom
Tues. March 5 at Florida State* 7 p.m. ESPN2/U
Fri. March 8 MIAMI 7 p.m. ESPN2
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