The Virginia Tech men’s basketball program is coming off a second straight finish at the bottom of the ACC standings, and life won’t get any easier after the Hokies lost point guard Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer in 2012-13, to graduation. Plus, the ACC gets tougher with the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame this season.
The success of the 2013-14 Hokies will likely revolve on the maturation of a five-member freshman class and that youth is reflected in Virginia Tech’s schedule, which was released Thursday
Though the Hokies’ second game of the year comes against West Virginia in a rare 1 p.m. start time as part ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon and they face Michigan State at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Virginia Tech doesn’t have a single road nonconference game. It will also play either Oklahoma or Seton Hall in Brooklyn depending on the outcome against the Spartans.
The only other time Coach James Johnson’s squad will leave the friendly confines of Cassell Coliseum in non-ACC play will be a game against VCU at Richmond Coliseum for the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic. Virginia Tech’s other nonconference games come against USC Upstate, Western Carolina, VMI, Furman, Radford, Winthrop, UNC Greensboro and Maryland-Eastern Shore.
The Hokies begin ACC play on Dec. 8 at Miami, the result of the league expanding to an 18-game schedule going forward. They then get three straight ACC home games when conference play restarts in January with a matchup against Syracuse. It will be the first time legendary Orange Coach Jim Boeheim has taken a team to Blacksburg since 1978.
The Hokies faces in-state rival Virginia in Charlottesville on Jan. 25 and the Cavaliers travel to Cassell Coliseum on Feb. 18. Virginia Tech plays at Notre Dame on Jan. 19 and at Pittsburgh on Feb. 8.
The Hokies then close the regular season with road games in three of their final four contests, including consecutive matchups at Duke and against North Carolina.
Below, you’ll find Virginia Tech’s complete schedule for the coming season, although many of the non conference games have tip times that have yet to be determined.
Virginia Tech men’s basketball 2013-14 schedule
Nov. 9 USC Upstate, TBA
Nov. 12: West Virginia, 1 (ESPN)
Nov. 15 Western Carolina, TBA
Nov. 18 VMI, TBA
Nov. 22: Michigan State at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., 9:30 (TruTV)*
Nov. 23: Oklahoma/Seton Hall at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., 7 or 9:30 (TruTV)*
Nov. 26 Furman, TBA
Nov. 29: Radford, TBA
Dec. 3 Winthrop, TBA
Dec. 8 at Miami, 12:30 (ESPNU)
Dec. 21 vs. VCU at Richmond Coliseum, NBC Sports Network^
Dec. 28 UNC Greensboro, TBA
Dec. 31 Maryland-Eastern Shore, TBA
Jan. 7 Syracuse, 9 (ESPN3 or ACC Network)
Jan. 11 Boston College, Noon (RSN)
Jan. 15 Clemson, 7 (RSN)
Jan. 19 at Notre Dame, 6 (ESPNU)
Jan. 22 Wake Forest, 7 (ESPN3 or ACC Network)
Jan. 25 at Virginia, 3 (ESPN3 or ACC Network)
Jan. 29 at Boston College, 7 (RSN)
Feb. 1 Maryland, Noon (ESPN3 or ACC Network)
Feb. 5 at Florida State, 9 (RSN)
Feb. 8 at Pittsburgh, Noon (RSN)
Feb. 15 Miami, 6 (RSN)
Feb. 18 Virginia, 9 (ESPN3 or ACC Network)
Feb. 22 North Carolina State, 2 (RSN)
Feb. 25 at Duke, 7 (ESPNU)
Mar. 1 North Carolina, 2:30 (ESPN 3 or ACC Network)
Mar. 4 at Maryland, 8 (ESPN3 or ACC Network)
Mar. 8 at Georgia Tech, 2 (ESPN or ESPN2)
Mar. 13-16 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
*Part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic event
^Part of the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic