Virginia Tech released the 2008-09 men’s basketball schedule on Tuesday. Seth
Greenberg’s Hokies face a number of challenging out-of-conference opponents this
year, not to mention their regular share of ACC teams.
The Hokies open their season on Friday, Nov. 14 against Gardner-Webb in
Cassell Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 8pm. After one more home game against
Mount St. Mary’s the next Monday, the Hokies will depart for the O’Reilly Auto
Parts Puerto Rico Tip-off in San Juan.
The Hokies will face Fairfield in the first game of that event, and it will
be televised by ESPNU at 11am on Thursday, Nov. 20. Tech will face either
Missouri or Xavier the next day. Other teams in the field include Southern Cal,
Memphis, Seton Hall and UT-Chattanooga.
The Hokies will also play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tech will face
Wisconsin in Cassell Coliseum on Monday, December 1 at 7pm. The game will be
televised by ESPN2.
Tech will return to Madison Square Garden to defend their Aeropostale Holiday
Festival Championship. They will face Columbia in the first game, and either St.
John’s or Marist in the second game.
Other out-of-conference games of note include Navy in Washington, D.C. on
December 7, and a game at defending SEC Tournament champion Georgia on December
Tech’s first ACC game will come on Sunday, January 4. We won’t have to wait
long for a big ACC game, because the Hokies will be play at Duke that night at
The Hokies will have two ACC games televised by ESPN2. The game at Wake
Forest on January 21 will be on ESPN2 at 7pm, as well as the road game against
Clemson on February 25. The home game with Clemson on January 29 will be on
either ESPN or ESPN2.
The Hokies have two huge back-to-back home games late in the regular season.
On Saturday, February 28, Tech will host Duke. That game will be on ABC at
3:30pm. Just a few days later, on Wednesday, March 4, North Carolina comes to
Blacksburg for a 7pm game that will be televised by ESPN.
This year’s ACC Tournament begins on Thursday, March 12. It will be held in