Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball
|Virginia Tech Hokies|
|Head coach||Buzz Williams (3rd year)|
|Student section||Cassell Guard|
|Colors||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|
|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. Buzz Williams has been the head coach since 2014.
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.
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 #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. 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. 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.
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 nonconference 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 2016-2017, the Hokies broke through and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament with a nine seed.
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.|
|1922–23||Monk Younger 13–6||2–4||1–2|
|1931–32||George S. Gummy Proctor||8–9||2–8|
|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|
|1959–60||Chuck Noe||20–6||12–1||Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1965–66||Howe Shannon||19–5||–||NIT First Round|
|1966–67||Howe Shannon||20–7||–||NCAA Tournament Regional Final|
|1972–73||Don DeVoe||22–5||–||NIT Champions|
|1975–76||Don DeVoe||21–7||–||NCAA Tournament First Round|
|1976–77||Charles Moir||19–10||–||NIT Second Round|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Big East Conference|
|Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2004–05||Seth Greenberg||16–14||8–8||NIT Second Round|
|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|
|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
NCAA Tournament results
The Hokies have appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–9.
|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|
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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