The Hokies (15-5, 9-4) do not play again until next week’s ACC tournament, where they are assured a double bye as a top-four seed. Virginia Tech is in third place in the conference standings and can finish as high as second if front-runner Florida State (14-4, 10-3) loses its final two games.
The Seminoles’ final two opponents, Boston College and Notre Dame, have a combined eight conference wins.
Virginia (16-6, 12-4) is in second place and will finish with a higher ACC winning percentage than the Hokies regardless of the outcome of the Cavaliers’ regular season finale Saturday at Louisville.
An unbalanced schedule means conference winning percentage will determine the ACC’s order of finish, leaving Virginia Tech, which owns a 65-51 victory over Virginia, at a disadvantage because of the number of games it has not been able to play.
Among the teams occupying the ACC’s top four spots, only Virginia will have played close to the 20 conference games originally scheduled for each school.
The cancellation marks the ninth schedule adjustment this season for Virginia Tech, which is unable to play because of contact tracing protocols connected to an undisclosed member of the program. As of this past weekend, no players had tested positive, Coach Mike Young had said.
Virginia Tech and Louisville originally were scheduled to play Feb. 13 before the Hokies had a virus-related pause that led to three postponed games, including two against Florida State.
The Hokies will play their first game of the ACC tournament next Thursday. The event begins Tuesday at Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, which took over as host from Washington’s Capital One Arena for logistical reasons amid the pandemic.