Virginia Tech Basketball Cracks AP Poll at No. 16

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Tyrece Radford and his Virginia Tech teammates have made the AP rankings for the first time since Buzz Williams’s last year at VT. (Johnnie Izquierdo, ACC Pool)

The AP Basketball Poll is out, and Virginia Tech is ranked No. 16, the Hokies’ first ranking since the end of the 2018-19 season under Buzz Williams.

Here are the complete rankings, from this link:

Virginia Tech received votes in five different AP Polls during Mike Young’s first season, but the Hokies never made the Top 25, so this week’s ranking represents a new achievement for Mike Young in Blacksburg.

The Hokies’ ranking comes as a result of their 81-73 overtime win over then-No. 3 Villanova on Saturday night.

Virginia Tech’s next game is at home Thursday night against VMI. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 PM, and the game will be televised on the ACC Network.

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  1. Another exciting start to a season! So much like the beginning of last year. Have to admit I won’t be completely sold until we get to the last 1/3 of the season. But, the potential looks there and it’s a great lift from the football woes. Aluma having an all-world start like Nolley did last year. He gives us some Blackshear but with a little better post game. If he can pass well out of that, he will be tough to guard.

  2. This team has a very cohesive look for such a crazy year. I hope their able to build upon this and enjoy their season. Go Hokies !!!!!!

  3. Nice start HOKIES. Kudos to the Players and Coach Young and his Staff. You deserve your ranking, but stay focused, take one at a time, it’s a long season. Thanks for making ALL of us Hokies Proud!

  4. The schedule looks favorable through the EOTY w/6-home games. We were 16-16 last year but 7-13 in ACC play. We have a deeper, bigger team this year led by a very experienced PG (Bede) who has a capable backup. If we can close out 2020 w/6-NC wins and split our conference games, and win at least a first round tournament game, an 18-win season playing in the ACC ought to get us an invitation to, “The Dance.” So far, so good.

  5. Have enjoyed watching the first two games even though I am still trying to figure out who is who. Even Bede looks like a new player. Love how CMY has handled the success so far, reminding them as soon as they get complacent they’re going to get “a baseball bat across the knees”. Know it’s very early but this team has way more size than last year, think we will be able to give teams like FSU more of a run for their money.

  6. Early season polls are mostly meaningless, especially when some teams have played zero games, and a few have played one. But, I will take the recognition of a good start for the Hokies, they deserve it. Hopefully we can continue to build on that.

  7. Big 10 looks incredibly strong, by these rankings. We will see if the season unfolds like the pollsters have predicted (pollsters have not had a good year to date ;-))
    MFC

  8. Beat a team by eight points and get ranked four spots lower than them. Makes total sense to me- not. At least the pollsters got the rankings right for UR and UK. Congrats to CMY and our bball HOKIES for a great start to the season. Definitely helps reduce the misery created by our horrid football program.

    1. Mostly agree, but then I’ve also always considered an overtime win to be a 1 point win, even if we pulled away in OT.

      But the point remains valid. We beat them on a neutral court. We should be ranked higher. Not that rankings mean anything at this point, but it’s the principle.

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