Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball
|Virginia Tech Hokies|
|Head coach||Buzz Williams (4th season)|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
Cassell Coliseum |
|Student section||Cassell Guard|
Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1967, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1996, 2007, 2017, 2018|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
The Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Home games are played at Cassell Coliseum, located on Virginia Tech's campus in Blacksburg. As of August 5, 2015 the floor is known as Virginia Tech Carilion Court.
The Hokies have made the NCAA Tournament ten times, the most recent appearance coming in 2018, their second appearance since 2007, and first back-to-back appearances since the 1985-1986 tournaments. They have reached the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen only one time, in 1967.
The Hokies are currently coached by Buzz Williams who took over the Virginia Tech basketball program before the start of the 2014-2015 season.
The Hokies' first intercollegiate basketball game was played January 22, 1909, resulting in a 33–26 win over Emory & Henry College. During the 1909–10 campaign, the Hokies completed the only undefeated season in school history by posting an 11–0 mark.
From 1921 to 1965, Virginia Tech was a member of the Southern Conference.
Stability under Moir
In the 1970s and 80s, Virginia Tech saw its most sustained period of success under head coach Charles Moir. The Hokies appeared in four NCAA Tournaments in Moir's tenure as coach from 1976 to 1987. In 1978, Virginia Tech joined the Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference after many years of being an independent school. Moir coached 11 seasons and holds the all-time wins record at Virginia Tech with 213.
The Hokies remained members of the Metro Conference until 1995 when they joined the Atlantic 10. In five years in the A-10, the Hokies won one regular season championship and appeared in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.
From 2000 to 2004, the Hokies were members of the Big East Conference.
Success under Greenberg
During the 2006–07 season, Virginia Tech beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium and also beat top-ranked North Carolina in Blacksburg. The Hokies went on to beat fourth-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill that same season. The Hokies earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament that season as a No. 5 seed and beat Illinois before losing to Southern Illinois.
In January 2009, Virginia Tech beat No. 1-ranked Wake Forest, the last unbeaten team in Division I in the 2008–09 season, marking the Hokies fourth defeat of a top-ranked team. The Hokies finished the 2009–10 season with a record of 23–8 and were snubbed for the NCAA Tournament partially because they had one of the worst nonconference schedule strengths in recent memory. They received a bid to the NIT where they advanced to the third round before losing to Rhode Island. The following year Virginia Tech added another victory over a top-ranked team on February 26, 2011, when it beat No. 1 Duke, 64–60 in Cassell Coliseum. But, they again received a bid to the NIT, just missing out on the NCAA Tournament.
After a disappointing 2011–12 season and after nine seasons with a record of 170–123 at Virginia Tech, Greenberg was fired. James Johnson replaced him shortly thereafter. Greenberg has the second most wins all-time at Virginia Tech behind Moir.
The Hokies beat 15th-ranked Oklahoma State on December 1, 2012. Star Erick Green led the team to its first non-conference home defeat of a ranked opponent since 1995 by scoring 28 points. After two seasons with a record of 22–41, Johnson was fired.
Virginia Tech hired Marquette head coach Buzz Williams as head basketball coach on March 24, 2014. Though the 2014–15 season was difficult, the 2015–16 team finished with a 20–15 record and advanced to the second round of the NIT. Finally, in 2016-17, the Hokies broke through and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed, falling to Wisconsin in the First Round.
The following players have had their jerseys retired by Virginia Tech.
|Name||Number||Position||Career after Virginia Tech|
|Bimbo Coles||12||G||Made United States Olympic team in 1988. Selected in the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Played 14 NBA seasons.|
|Ace Custis||20||F||Currently an assistant coach at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.|
|Dell Curry||30||G||Selected in the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Played 16 NBA seasons with five different teams.|
|Allan Bristow||44||F||Played in the NBA for ten years, was the third-ever head coach of the Charlotte Hornets franchise.|
|R.M. Brown (Independent) (1908–1909)|
|R.M. Brown:||4–2 (.667)|
|Branch Bocock (Independent) (1909–1911)|
|L.N. Keesling (Independent) (1911–1912)|
|L.N. Keesling:||6–3 (.667)|
|Branch Bocock (Independent) (1913–1916)|
|Branch Bocock:||57–13 (.814)|
|Harlan Sanborn (Independent) (1916–1917)|
|Harlan Sanborn:||17–2 (.895)|
|Charles Bernier (Independent) (1917–1920)|
|Charles Bernier:||47–13 (.783)|
|Monk Younger (Independent) (1920–1921)|
|Monk Younger (Southern Conference) (1921–1923)|
|Monk Younger:||35–15 (.700)||3–4 (.429)|
|B.C. Cubbage (Southern Conference) (1923–1924)|
|B.C. Cubbage:||5–13 (.278)||0–4 (.000)|
|Buford Blair (Southern Conference) (1924–1926)|
|Buford Blair:||9–19 (.321)||3–9 (.250)|
|Puss Redd (Southern Conference) (1926–1927)|
|Puss Redd:||6–8 (.429)||2–6 (.250)|
|Bud Moore (Southern Conference) (1927–1928)|
|Bud Moore:||5–11 (.313)||3–7 (.300)|
|Red Randall (Southern Conference) (1928–1929)|
|Red Randall:||4–13 (.235)||5–7 (.417)|
|Robert Warren (Southern Conference) (1929–1930)|
|Robert Warren:||5–14 (.263)||2–10 (.167)|
|Charles Rhodes (Southern Conference) (1930–1931)|
|Charles Rhodes:||5–10 (.333)||3–7 (.300)|
|George S. Gummy Proctor (Southern Conference) (1931–1932)|
|1931–32||George S. Gummy Proctor||8–9||2–8||20th|
|Mark Younger (Southern Conference) (1932–1937)|
|Mark Younger:||33–68 (.327)||10–56 (.152)|
|Mac McEver (Southern Conference) (1937–1944)|
|Mac McEver:||49–71 (.408)||22–47 (.319)|
|George S. Gummy Proctor (Southern Conference) (1944–1947)|
|1944–45||George S. Gummy Proctor||6–8||1–3||10th|
|1945–46||George S. Gummy Proctor||11–8||7–3||3rd|
|1946–47||George S. Gummy Proctor||13–13||4–9||13th|
|George S. Gummy Proctor:||43–48 (.473)||17–30 (.362)|
|Red Laird (Southern Conference) (1947–1955)|
|Red Laird:||77–120 (.391)||45–73 (.381)|
|Chuck Noe (Southern Conference) (1955–1960)|
|Chuck Noe:||109–51 (.681)||75–26 (.743)|
|William Matthews (Southern Conference) (1962–1963)|
|Williams Matthews:||28–19 (.596)||12–9 (.571)|
|Howie Shannon (Southern Conference) (1964–1965)|
|Howie Shannon (Independent) (1965–1971)|
|Howie Shannon:||104–68 (.605)||9–5 (.643)|
|Don DeVoe (Independent) (1971–1976)|
|1972–73||Don DeVoe||22–5||NIT Champions|
|Don DeVoe:||88–45 (.662)|
|Charles Moir (Independent) (1976–1977)|
|1976–77||Charles Moir||19–10||NIT Second round|
|Charles Moir (Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1978–1987)|
|1978–79||Charles Moir||22–9||4–6||T–4th||NCAA Second Round|
|1979–80||Charles Moir||21–8||8–4||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1981–82||Charles Moir||20–11||7–5||4th||NIT Quarterfinals|
|1982–83||Charles Moir||23–11||7–5||T–2nd||NIT Second round|
|1983–84||Charles Moir||22–13||8–6||4th||NIT Third place|
|1984–85||Charles Moir||20–9||10–4||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1985–86||Charles Moir||22–9||7–5||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|Charles Moir:||213–152 (.584)||62–48 (.564)|
|Frankie Allen (Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1987–1991)|
|Frankie Allen:||56–61 (.479)||19–33 (.365)|
|Bill C. Foster (Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1991–1995)|
|1991–92||Bill C. Foster||10–18||3–9||7th|
|1992–93||Bill C. Foster||10–18||1–11||7th|
|1993–94||Bill C. Foster||18–10||6–6||4th|
|1994–95||Bill C. Foster||25–10||6–6||T–4th||NIT Champions|
|Bill C. Foster (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1995–1997)|
|1995–96||Bill C. Foster||23–6||13–3||T–1st West||NCAA Second Round|
|1996–97||Bill C. Foster||15–16||7–9||3rd West|
|Bill C. Foster:||101–78 (.564)||36–44 (.450)|
|Bobby Hussey (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1997–1999)|
|1997–98||Bobby Hussey||10–17||5–11||T–4th West|
|1998–99||Bobby Hussey||13–15||7–9||4th West|
|Bobby Hussey:||23–32 (.418)||12–20 (.375)|
|Ricky Stokes (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1999–2000)|
|1999–2000||Ricky Stokes||16–15||8–8||4th West|
|Ricky Stokes (Big East Conference) (2000–2003)|
|2000–01||Ricky Stokes||8–19||2–14||7th East|
|2001–02||Ricky Stokes||10–18||4–12||7th East|
|2002–03||Ricky Stokes||11–18||4–12||7th East|
|Ricky Stokes:||45–70 (.391)||18–46 (.281)|
|Seth Greenberg (Big East Conference) (2003–2004)|
|Seth Greenberg (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2004–2012)|
|2006–07||Seth Greenberg||22–12||10–6||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|2007–08||Seth Greenberg||21–14||9–7||4th||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2008–09||Seth Greenberg||19–15||7–9||8th||NIT Second round|
|2009–10||Seth Greenberg||25–9||10–6||4th||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2010–11||Seth Greenberg||22–12||9–7||T–4th||NIT Second round|
|Seth Greenberg:||170–123 (.580)||68–76 (.472)|
|James Johnson (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2012–204)|
|James Johnson:||22–41 (.349)||6–30 (.167)|
|Buzz Williams (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2014–Present)|
|2015–16||Buzz Williams||20–15||10–8||T–7th||NIT Second round|
|2016–17||Buzz Williams||22–11||10–8||T–7th||NCAA First Round|
|2017–18||Buzz Williams||21–12||10–8||7th||NCAA First Round|
|Buzz Williams:||74–60 (.552)||32–40 (.444)|
Postseason invitational champion
Post season results
NCAA Tournament results
The Hokies have appeared in ten NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–10.
|1976||First Round||Western Michigan||L 67–77OT|
|W 89–85 OT|
|1985||First Round||Temple||L 57–60|
|1986||First Round||Villanova||L 62–71|
|2017||First Round||Wisconsin||L 74–84|
|2018||First Round||Alabama||L 83–86|
The Hokies have appeared in 13 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 25–11. They were NIT champions in 1973 and 1995.
|1966||First Round||Temple||L 73–88|
|William & Mary
Third Place Game
New Mexico State
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