Weeks ago, Virginia Tech released its 2017 non-conference basketball schedule headlined by a trip to Kentucky. Not long after, the Hokies revealed their home and road opponents for ACC play.
Today, the ACC released its official schedule, and Hokie fans will love it.
Virginia Tech will play home games against Duke and North Carolina on ESPN's Big Monday along with hosting three home ACC games while students are on campus. Home games against Florida State and Miami are ESPN/ESPN2 flex games while the Louisville game will be carried on CBS, the first time the Hokies have been featured on CBS during the regular season in years.
The Hokies will play on New Year's Eve again, this time facing off with Syracuse at the Carrier Dome to open ACC play before having back-to-back home games against Virginia and Pittsburgh, the only home ACC games while students are on break. This may be the easiest three-game stretch in the Hokies' schedule and presents the Hokies with a great chance to get to 2-1 or 3-0 early in ACC play.
The Hokies hit the road for the following two games with trips to Wake Forest and Louisville. The Demon Deacons have shown some promise under Danny Manning, but present an opportunity to gain a road victory while the trip to Louisville will be one of the toughest games on the Hokies' schedule this year. The Louisville game is also when the Hokies' schedule transitions from a fairly pleasant start to the meat of the ACC in what is a loaded schedule.
Virginia Tech returns home for two home games in three days against Florida State and North Carolina. Both games will be featured games and will likely pit the Hokies against their second and third straight ranked teams. This is one of two home in three days stretches that will bring tons of attention to the Hokies and be showcase periods for the Hokies' program.
Virginia Tech also got a great draw in facing the defending national champion in primetime on ESPN's Big Monday package which should bring tons of attention to the Hokies' program especially if VT can get a big win over the Tar Heels.
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After that, the Hokies hit the road for two games against Notre Dame and Boston College. The Hokies' game against Notre Dame will be one of the biggest in America not involving a team in the Big 12 or SEC. The Notre Dame game should be one of the Hokies' toughest road tests while the trip to Boston College is another great opportunity for the Hokies to gain an important ACC road win though the Eagles are no longer the ACC's weakest team on-paper, that honor goes to Pittsburgh.
The Hokies return home for one of their lower-profile home stands against Miami and NC State. However, these games won't be easy especially a Miami team that is projected to be a preseason top 15 team and has a very talented freshman guard in Lonnie Walker to go with sophomore Bruce Brown. NC State will be intriguing to watch in their first year under new head coach Kevin Keatts. Keatts' impressive offense at UNC-Wilmington drew lots of attention last season, though his rebuild likely will take some time.
The Hokies face their toughest road trip of the schedule in mid-February going on the road to face Virginia, Duke, and Georgia Tech. UVA is projected to be slightly down, but is always tough while Georgia Tech had a strong debut season under Josh Pastner and returns stars Ben Lammers and Josh Okogie.
The headliner of all of this is a trip to Cameron Indoor to face a Duke team that is very likely to start the season at #1. On paper, this is the Hokies' toughest game during the 2017-18 season given the fact that this game is on the road against the preseason #1. If the Hokies can win at least one of these three games, it will have been a successful road trip.
After that, Virginia Tech comes home for their longest home stand of the schedule starting with a home game against Clemson. Then, the Hokies have the biggest three-day stretch in a long time if not ever during the regular season with home games against Louisville and Duke.
The Hokies will be on CBS during the regular season for the first time in years when they host Louisville before hosting Duke as a featured game on ESPN's Big Monday, the second VT home game on Big Monday. Both Duke and Louisville are expected to be in the preseason top 10-15 and should both be serious contenders in the ACC. On top of that, the Hokies will have a little extra emotion against Duke with that game being Senior Night.
If the Hokies can win both, they'll make a significant national statement and give themselves lots of momentum.
To end the season, the Hokies hit the road for a trip to face Miami. This is the third time in the past four years that the Hokies have finished their ACC schedule with the Hurricanes and first time they've done so in Coral Gables.
This ACC schedule gives Buzz Williams and Virginia Tech plenty of opportunities to showcase their program, and do so at home on national television. Fans should also love this ACC schedule as well with only two home ACC games starting at 9pm and three Saturday home games while students are on campus. On top of that, the Hokies will have students on campus for all of their home except for the Commonwealth Clash rivalry game against Virginia and Pittsburgh who most project to finish last in the ACC.
This is about as good of a schedule as anyone could have imagined and will excite Virginia Tech fans a lot. See the full ACC schedule below.
- at Syracuse (Dec. 31st, 6pm, ESPNU)
- vs. Virginia (Jan. 3rd, 9pm, ACC Network)
- vs. Pitt (Jan. 6th, noon, ACC Network)
- at Wake Forest (Jan. 10th, 9pm, RSN)
- at Louisville (Jan 13th, 4pm, ESPN/ESPN2)
- vs. Florida State (Jan 20th, noon, ESPN/ESPN2)
- vs. North Carolina (Jan 22nd, 7pm, ESPN)
- at Notre Dame (Jan 27th, 8pm, ESPN2)
- at Boston College (Jan 31st, 9pm, RSN)
- vs. Miami (Feb. 3rd, 2pm, ESPN/ESPN2)
- vs. NC State (Feb. 7th, 9pm, RSN)
- at Virginia (Feb. 10th, 6pm, ESPN/ESPN2)
- at Duke (Feb. 14th, 7pm, ESPN2)
- at Georgia Tech (Feb. 17th, noon, ESPN/ESPN2)
- vs. Clemson (Feb. 21st, 7pm, RSN)
- vs. Louisville (Feb. 24th, 1pm, CBS)
- vs. Duke (Feb. 26th, 7pm, ESPN)
- at Miami (Mar. 3rd, noon, ESPN/ESPN2)
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