Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball

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Virginia Tech Hokies
2016–17 Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team
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University Virginia Tech
Conference ACC
Location Blacksburg, VA
Head coach Buzz Williams (3rd year)
Arena Cassell Coliseum
(Capacity: 10,052)
Nickname Hokies
Student section Cassell Guard
Colors Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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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
Conference tournament champions
1979
Conference regular season champions
1960, 1996

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] Buzz Williams has been the head coach since 2014.

The Hokies have made the NCAA Tournament 9 times, the most recent appearance coming in 2017.

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.

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 #5 seed and beat Illinois before losing to Southern Illinois.

In January 2009, Virginia Tech beat #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 2008–09 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 #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 nonconference 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 2016-2017, the Hokies broke through and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament with a nine seed.

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 Head Coach Overall Conf. Postseason Notes
Independent
1908–09 R.M. Brown 4–2
1909–10 Branch Bocock 11–0
1910–11 Branch Bocock 11–1
1911–12 L.N. Keesling 6–3
1912–13 Houston Hughes 5–9
1913–14 Branch Bocock 14–5
1914–15 Branch Bocock 9–4
1915–16 Branch Bocock 12–3
1916–17 Harlan Sanborn 17–2
1917–18 Charles Bernier 15–5
1918–19 Charles Bernier 18–4
1919–20 Charles Bernier 14–4
1920–21 Monk Younger 19–5
Southern Conference
1921–22 Monk Younger 14–6 2–2
1922–23 Monk Younger 13–6 2–4 1–2
1923–24 B.C. Cubbage 5–13 0–4
1924–25 Buford Blair 6–9 1–4
1925–26 Buford Blair 3–10 2–5
1926–27 Puss Redd 6–8 2–6
1927–28 Bud Moore 5–11 3–7
1928–29 Red Randall 4–13 5–7
1929–30 Robert Warren 5–14 2–10
1930–31 Charles Rhodes 5–10 3–7
1931–32 George S. Gummy Proctor 8–9 2–8
1932–33 Mark Younger 5–10 3–7
1933–34 Mark Younger 1–15 1–10
1934–35 Mark Younger 3–16 1–11
1935–36 Mark Younger 5–16 1–9
1936–37 Mark Younger 6–11 4–9
1937–38 Mac McEver 6–8 4–5
1938–39 Mac McEver 3–14 2–10
1939–40 Mac McEver 4–15 1–9
1940–41 Mac McEver 8–13 4–8
1941–42 Mac McEver 10–10 4–8
1942–43 Mac McEver 7–7 3–6
1943–44 Mac McEver 11–4 4–1
1944–45 George S. Gummy Proctor 6–8 1–3
1945–46 George S. Gummy Proctor 11–8 7–3
1946–47 George S. Gummy Proctor 13–13 4–9
1947–48 Red Laird 14–9 7–5
1948–49 Red Laird 10–13 6–8
1949–50 Red Laird 16–9 9–5
1950–51 Red Laird 19–10 9–5
1951–52 Red Laird 4–16 3–10
1952–53 Red Laird 4–19 4–13
1953–54 Red Laird 3–24 3–13
1954–55 Red Laird 7–20 4–14
1955–56 Chuck Noe 14–11 10–7
1956–57 Chuck Noe 14–8 12–5
1957–58 Chuck Noe 11–8 10–5
1958–59 Chuck Noe 16–5 10–2
1959–60 Chuck Noe 20–6 12–1 Conference Regular Season Champions
1960–61 William Matthews 15–7 12–3
1961–62 William Mathews 19–6 9–3
1962–63 Howe Shannon 12–12 6–6
1963–64 Howe Shannon 16–7 7–3
1964–65 Howe Shannon 13–10 9–5
Independent
1965–66 Howe Shannon 19–5 NIT First Round
1966–67 Howe Shannon 20–7 NCAA Tournament Regional Final
1967–68 Howe Shannon 14–11
1968–69 Howe Shannon 14–12
1969–70 Howe Shannon 10–12
1970–71 Don DeVoe 14–11
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 NCAA Tournament First Round
1976–77 Charles Moir 19–10 NIT Second Round
1977–78 Charles Moir 19–8
Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference
1978–79 Charles Moir 22–9 4–6 NCAA Tournament Second Round Conference Tournament Champions
1979–80 Charles Moir 21–8 8–4 NCAA Tournament Second Round
1980–81 Charles Moir 15–13 6–6
1981–82 Charles Moir 20–11 7–5 NIT Quarterfinals
1982–83 Charles Moir 23–11 7–5 NIT Second Round
1983–84 Charles Moir 22–13 8–6 NIT Third Place
1984–85 Charles Moir 20–9 10–4 NCAA Tournament First Round
1985–86 Charles Moir 22–9 7–5 NCAA Tournament First Round
1986–87 Charles Moir 10–18 5–7
1987–88 Frankie Allen 19–10 6–6
1988–89 Frankie Allen 11–17 2–10
1989–90 Frankie Allen 13–18 5–9
1990–91 Frankie Allen 13–16 6–8
1991–92 Bill C. Foster 10–18 3–9
1992–93 Bill C. Foster 10–18 1–11
1993–94 Bill C. Foster 18–10 6–6
1994–95 Bill C. Foster 25–10 6–6 NIT Champions
Atlantic 10 Conference
1995–96 Bill C. Foster 23–6 13–3 NCAA Tournament Second Round A-10 Regular Season Champions
1996–97 Bill C. Foster 15–16 7–9
1997–98 Bobby Hussey 10–17 5–11
1998–99 Bobby Hussey 13–15 7–9
1999–2000 Ricky Stokes 16–15 8–8
Big East Conference
2000–01 Ricky Stokes 8–19 2–14
2001–02 Ricky Stokes 10–18 4–12
2002–03 Ricky Stokes 11–18 4–12
2003–04 Seth Greenberg 15–14 7–9
Atlantic Coast Conference
2004–05 Seth Greenberg 16–14 8–8 NIT Second Round
2005–06 Seth Greenberg 14–16 4–12
2006–07 Seth Greenberg 22–12 10–6 NCAA Second Round
2007–08 Seth Greenberg 21–14 9–7 NIT Quarterfinals
2008–09 Seth Greenberg 19–15 7–9 NIT Second Round
2009–10 Seth Greenberg 25–9 10–6 NIT Quarterfinals
2010–11 Seth Greenberg 22–12 9–7 NIT Quarterfinals
2011–12 Seth Greenberg 16–17 4–12
2012–13 James Johnson 13–19 4–14
2013–14 James Johnson 9–22 2–16
2014–15 Buzz Williams 11–22 2–16
2015–16 Buzz Williams 20–15 10–8 NIT Second Round
2016–17 Buzz Williams 22–11 10–8 NCAA First Round

Post season results[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Hokies have appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–9.

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

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 92–91
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

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