Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball

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Virginia Tech Hokies
2018–19 Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team
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UniversityVirginia Tech
Head coachBuzz Williams (4th season)
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
LocationBlacksburg, Virginia
ArenaCassell Coliseum
(Capacity: 10,002)
NicknameHokies
Student sectionCassell Guard
ColorsChicago Maroon and Burnt Orange[1]
         
Uniforms
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1967
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1967
NCAA Tournament appearances
1967, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1996, 2007, 2017, 2018
Conference tournament champions
1979
Conference regular season champions
1960

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.[2]

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.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.[3]

From 1921 to 1965, Virginia Tech was a member of the Southern Conference.

In 1973, under coach Don DeVoe, Virginia Tech defeated Notre Dame to win the NIT.

Stability under Moir[edit]

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.[4]

Changing conferences[edit]

Bill C. Foster took over as head coach in 1991.They won the 1995 National Invitation Tournament under Coach Foster.

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.

Foster was replaced by Bobby Hussey prior to the 1997–98 season. After two years, Hussey was replaced by Ricky Stokes.

From 2000 to 2004, the Hokies were members of the Big East Conference.

Success under Greenberg[edit]

Virginia Tech saw a resurgence of its basketball program under coach Seth Greenberg who was hired prior to the 2003–04 season. In 2005, Virginia Tech joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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.[5] 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.[6][7] 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.

New Era[edit]

After a disappointing 2011–12 season and after nine seasons with a record of 170–123 at Virginia Tech, Greenberg was fired.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.

Retired jerseys[edit]

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.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
R.M. Brown (Independent) (1908–1909)
1908–09 R.M. Brown 4–2 Independent
R.M. Brown: 4–2 (.667)
Branch Bocock (Independent) (1909–1911)
1909–10 Branch Bocock 11–0
1910–11 Branch Bocock 11–1
L.N. Keesling (Independent) (1911–1912)
1911–12 L.N. Keesling 6–3
L.N. Keesling: 6–3 (.667)
Branch Bocock (Independent) (1913–1916)
1913–14 Branch Bocock 14–5
1914–15 Branch Bocock 9–4
1915–16 Branch Bocock 12–3
Branch Bocock: 57–13 (.814)
Harlan Sanborn (Independent) (1916–1917)
1916–17 Harlan Sanborn 17–2
Harlan Sanborn: 17–2 (.895)
Charles Bernier (Independent) (1917–1920)
1917–18 Charles Bernier 15–5
1918–19 Charles Bernier 18–4
1919–20 Charles Bernier 14–4
Charles Bernier: 47–13 (.783)
Monk Younger (Independent) (1920–1921)
1920–21 Monk Younger 19–5
Monk Younger (Southern Conference) (1921–1923)
1921–22 Monk Younger 14–6 2–2 8th
1922–23 Monk Younger 2–4 1–2 T–13th
Monk Younger: 35–15 (.700) 3–4 (.429)
B.C. Cubbage (Southern Conference) (1923–1924)
1923–24 B.C. Cubbage 5–13 0–4 18th
B.C. Cubbage: 5–13 (.278) 0–4 (.000)
Buford Blair (Southern Conference) (1924–1926)
1924–25 Buford Blair 6–9 1–4 T–14th
1925–26 Buford Blair 3–10 2–5 15th
Buford Blair: 9–19 (.321) 3–9 (.250)
Puss Redd (Southern Conference) (1926–1927)
1926–27 Puss Redd 6–8 2–6 17th
Puss Redd: 6–8 (.429) 2–6 (.250)
Bud Moore (Southern Conference) (1927–1928)
1927–28 Bud Moore 5–11 3–7 T–16th
Bud Moore: 5–11 (.313) 3–7 (.300)
Red Randall (Southern Conference) (1928–1929)
1928–29 Red Randall 4–13 5–7 13th
Red Randall: 4–13 (.235) 5–7 (.417)
Robert Warren (Southern Conference) (1929–1930)
1929–30 Robert Warren 5–14 2–10 20th
Robert Warren: 5–14 (.263) 2–10 (.167)
Charles Rhodes (Southern Conference) (1930–1931)
1930–31 Charles Rhodes 5–10 3–7 19th
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)
1932–33 Mark Younger 5–10 3–7 7th
1933–34 Mark Younger 1–15 1–10 9th
1934–35 Mark Younger 3–16 1–11 10th
1935–36 Mark Younger 5–16 1–9 9th
1936–37 Mark Younger 6–11 4–9 12th
Mark Younger: 33–68 (.327) 10–56 (.152)
Mac McEver (Southern Conference) (1937–1944)
1937–38 Mac McEver 6–8 4–5 10th
1938–39 Mac McEver 3–14 2–10 14th
1939–40 Mac McEver 4–15 1–9 15th
1940–41 Mac McEver 8–13 4–8 12th
1941–42 Mac McEver 10–10 4–8 T–10th
1942–43 Mac McEver 7–7 3–6 12th
1943–44 Mac McEver 11–4 4–1 2nd
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)
1947–48 Red Laird 14–9 7–5 6th
1948–49 Red Laird 10–13 6–8 9th
1949–50 Red Laird 16–9 9–5 6th
1950–51 Red Laird 19–10 9–5 6th
1951–52 Red Laird 4–16 3–10 12th
1952–53 Red Laird 4–19 4–13 13th
1953–54 Red Laird 3–24 3–13 9th
1954–55 Red Laird 7–20 4–14 9th
Red Laird: 77–120 (.391) 45–73 (.381)
Chuck Noe (Southern Conference) (1955–1960)
1955–56 Chuck Noe 14–11 10–7 3rd
1956–57 Chuck Noe 14–8 12–5 3rd
1957–58 Chuck Noe 11–8 10–5 2nd
1958–59 Chuck Noe 16–5 10–2 2nd
1959–60 Chuck Noe 20–6 12–1 1st
1960–61 Chuck Noe 15–7 12–3 2nd
1961–62 Chuck Noe 19–6 9–3 2nd
Chuck Noe: 109–51 (.681) 75–26 (.743)
William Matthews (Southern Conference) (1962–1963)
1962–63 William Matthews 12–12 6–6 T–5th
1963–64 William Matthews 16–7 7–3 3rd
Williams Matthews: 28–19 (.596) 12–9 (.571)
Howie Shannon (Southern Conference) (1964–1965)
1964–65 Howie Shannon 13–10 9–5 2nd
Howie Shannon (Independent) (1965–1971)
1965–66 Howie Shannon 19–5
1966–67 Howie Shannon 20–7
1967–68 Howie Shannon 14–11
1968–69 Howie Shannon 14–12
1969–70 Howie Shannon 10–12
1970–71 Howie Shannon 14–11
Howie Shannon: 104–68 (.605) 9–5 (.643)
Don DeVoe (Independent) (1971–1976)
1971–72 Don DeVoe 16–10
1972–73 Don DeVoe 22–5 NIT Champions
1973–74 Don DeVoe 13–13
1974–75 Don DeVoe 16–10
1975–76 Don DeVoe 21–7
Don DeVoe: 88–45 (.662)
Charles Moir (Independent) (1976–1977)
1976–77 Charles Moir 19–10 NIT Second round
1977–78 Charles Moir 19–8
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
1980–81 Charles Moir 15–13 6–6 T–3rd
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
1986–87 Charles Moir 10–18 5–7 T–5th
Charles Moir: 213–152 (.584) 62–48 (.564)
Frankie Allen (Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1987–1991)
1987–88 Frankie Allen 19–10 6–6 T–3rd
1988–89 Frankie Allen 11–17 2–10 T–6th
1989–90 Frankie Allen 13–18 5–9 7th
1990–91 Frankie Allen 13–16 6–8 6th
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)
2003–04 Seth Greenberg 15–14 7–9 8th
Seth Greenberg (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2004–2012)
2004–05 Seth Greenberg 16–14 8–8 4th
2005–06 Seth Greenberg 14–16 4–12 7th
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
2011–12 Seth Greenberg 16–17 4–12 T–9th
Seth Greenberg: 170–123 (.580) 68–76 (.472)
James Johnson (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2012–204)
2012–13 James Johnson 13–19 4–14 12th
2013–14 James Johnson 9–22 2–16 15th
James Johnson: 22–41 (.349) 6–30 (.167)
Buzz Williams (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2014–Present)
2014–15 Buzz Williams 11–22 2–16 15th
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)
Total: 1,440–1,243 (.537)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Post season results[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Hokies have appeared in ten NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–10.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1967 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Toledo
Indiana
Dayton
W 82–76
W 79–70
L 66–71
1976 First Round Western Michigan L 67–77OT
1979 First Round
Second Round
Jacksonville
Indiana State
W 70–53
L 69–86
1980 First Round
Second Round
Western Kentucky
Indiana
W 89–85 OT
L 59–68
1985 First Round Temple L 57–60
1986 First Round Villanova L 62–71
1996 First Round
Second Round
UW–Green Bay
Kentucky
W 61–49
L 60–84
2007 First Round
Second Round
Illinois
Southern Illinois
W 54–52
L 48–63
2017 First Round Wisconsin L 74–84
2018 First Round Alabama L 83–86

NIT results[edit]

The Hokies have appeared in 13 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 25–11. They were NIT champions in 1973 and 1995.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1966 First Round Temple L 73–88
1973 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
New Mexico
Fairfield
Alabama
Notre Dame
W 65–63
W 77–76
W 74–73
W 92–91OT
1977 First Round
Quarterfinals
Georgetown
Alabama
W 83–79
L 72–79
1982 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Fordham
Mississippi
Georgia
W 69–58
W 61–59
L 73–90
1983 First Round
Second Round
William & Mary
South Carolina
W 85–79
L 75–76
1984 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Third Place Game
Georgia Tech
South Alabama
Tennessee
Michigan
Louisiana-Lafayette
W 77–74
W 68–66
W 72–68
L 75–78
W 71–70
1995 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Clemson
Providence
New Mexico State
Canisius
Marquette
W 62–54
W 91–78
W 64–61
W 71–59
W 65–64
2005 First Round
Second Round
Temple
Memphis
W 60–50
L 62–83
2008 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Morgan State
UAB
Mississippi
W 94–62
W 75–49
L 72–81
2009 First Round
Second Round
Duquesne
Baylor
W 116–1082OT
L 66–84
2010 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Quinnipiac
Connecticut
Rhode Island
W 81–61
W 65–63
L 72–79
2011 First Round
Second Round
Bethune-Cookman
Wichita State
W 79–54
L 76–79OT
2016 First Round
Second Round
Princeton
BYU
W 86–81OT
L 77–80

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Cassell Coliseum floor now named Virginia Tech Carilion Court". vt.edu.
  3. ^ https://www.unirel.vt.edu/history/athletics/mens_basketball.html
  4. ^ "Men's Basketball | History of Virginia Tech | Virginia Tech". www.unirel.vt.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  5. ^ "Last unbeaten team falls: Va. Tech halts No. 1 Wake Forest - USATODAY.com". www.usatoday.com.
  6. ^ Trueblood, Matt. "Bracket Snubs: Five Teams Not Invited to the Big Dance". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  7. ^ "Virginia Tech learns its lesson". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
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