Virginia Tech released the 2006-07 men’s basketball schedule on Thursday
afternoon. As the Hokies attempt to make their first NCAA tournament appearance
since 1996, they face arguably the most challenging schedule in school history.
In addition, TV appearances abound for this coming year’s Tech squad.
After opening the season with Coppin State on November 10, the Hokies will
take almost two weeks off before traveling to Orlando to play in the Old Spice
Challenge. Their opening game will be November 23 against Western Michigan and
it will be televised on ESPN2. The next night, the Hokies will play either West
Virginia or Montana, and on November 26 they will either play in the finals or a
consolation game. They are guaranteed to play in three games in the tournament.
After playing in the Old Spice Challenge, Tech won’t get much time to
relax. They return home to take on Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on November
29. That game will be televised by ESPNU.
The Hokies play in other tough non-conference games, including the BB&T
Challenge against George Washington in Washington, D.C. The game will take place
in the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on December 3.
Following the BB&T Challenge, the Hokies return home to host in-state
rival Old Dominion on December 6. Other out-of-conference games include home
games with Appalachian State, Lipscomb, Cambell and Richmond. The Hokies play
Marshall on the road and UNC-Greensboro in the Greensboro Coliseum.
Virginia Tech’s ACC home schedule includes Wake Forest, UNC, Maryland, NC
State, Virginia, Boston College, Miami and Clemson. The Wake game will be a
nationally televised game on Sunday, December 17 at 5:30pm. The game will be
carried by FSN. The UNC game will be nationally televised by ABC at 3:30pm on
Saturday, January 13. The Maryland game is also on national television. It will
be carried by FSN on Sunday, January 21 at 7:30pm. The Boston College game will
be on ESPN at 7pm on Wednesday, February 21.
The Hokies will travel to Duke, Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Boston
College, UNC, NC State and Virginia. The Duke game will be televised by ESPN at
noon on Saturday, January 6. Tech’s game at UVA on Thursday, March 1 will also
be televised by ESPN at 7pm.
Virginia Tech will also play in other regionally televised games. Overall, 20
Tech basketball games will be televised in some form this season. The ACC
Tournament will also be televised by ESPN. It is possible that other Tech games
will be picked up by television at a later date, such as the George Washington
and Old Dominion games.
We will incorporate the new schedule into TechSideline.com and will update
the roster for the 2006-07 season soon.