Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball Releases 2021-22 ACC Schedule

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This is Virginia Tech’s most challenging non-conference schedule in recent memory, and the ACC schedule won’t be easy either. (Johnny Izquierdo)

We’re 54 days away from college basketball season and the schedules are here. Virginia Tech women’s basketball released its schedule last night, and Mike Young and the men’s team released theirs tonight.

The Hokies open their 2021-22 campaign in Cassell Coliseum on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Maine. Tech’s ACC opener is Saturday, Dec. 4 in Blacksburg against Wake Forest.

Virginia Tech released its non-conference schedule back in mid-August. On Thursday, the ACC announced each school’s conference schedule on the ACC Network.

The Hokies’ complete 2021-22 schedule:

DateOpponentTime, TV
Tue 11/9/21 Maine8:00 PM, ACCNX
Fri 11/12/21 @Navy
Veteran's Classic
8:30 PM, CBSSN
Mon 11/15/21 Radford7:00 PM, ACCNX
Thu 11/18/21 St. Francis (PA)8:00 PM, ACCN
Sun 11/21/21 Merrimack4:00 PM, RSN
Wed 11/24/21 vs. Memphis
NIT Tip-Off
9:30 PM, ESPN2
Fri 11/26/21/ Xavier/Iowa State
NIT Tip-Off
TBD
Wed 12/1/21 @Maryland
B10/ACC Chall.
7:15 PM, ESPN/2
Sat 12/4/21 Wake Forest2:00 PM, ACCN
Wed 12/8/21 Cornell9:00 PM, ACCN
Sun 12/12/21 @DaytonTBD
Fri 12/17/21 vs. St. Bonaventure
Hall of Fame Shootout
4:00 PM, ESPN2
Wed 12/22/21 @Duke9:00 PM, ESPN2
Wed 12/29/21 @North Carolina7:00 PM, ESPN2
Sat 1/1/22 Pittsburgh4:00 PM, ESPNU
Tue 1/4/22 NC State7:00 PM, ACCN
Wed 1/12/22 @Virginia9:00 PM, ESPN2
Sat 1/15/22 Notre Dame6:00 PM, ACCN
Wed 1/19/22 @NC State7:00 PM, ACCN
Sat 1/22/22 @Boston College12:00 PM, RSN
Wed 1/26/22 Miami7:00 PM, ACCN
Sat 1/29/22 @Florida State3:00 PM, ABC
Wed 2/2/22 Georgia Tech9:00 PM, ACCN
Sat 2/5/22 @Pittsburgh7:00 PM, ACCN
Sat 2/12/22 Syracuse6:00 PM, ESPN2/U
Mon 2/14/22 Virginia7:00 PM, ESPN
Sat 2/19/22 North Carolina4:00 PM, ESPN/2
Wed 2/23/22 @Georgia Tech9:00 PM, ESPN/2
Sat 2/26/22 @Miami3:00 PM, RSN
Tue 3/1/22 Louisville9:00 PM, ESPN/2
Sat 3/5/22 @Clemson2:00 PM, RSN
3/8-3/12/22 ACC Tournament
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
TBD

The Schedule Rotation: Home, Away and Both

Ahead of the 2019-20 season, the ACC released the schedule rotation for the next three seasons. This is the final year of the rotation, so it’ll be interesting to see if the conference changes anything for next year.

Virginia Tech’s two rivals, two teams the Hokies play home and away every season, are Miami and Virginia. This season, the rotation is as follows, in order of when Tech plays each team:

Home Only: Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Louisville
Away Only: Duke, Boston College, Florida State and Clemson
Both Home and Away: North Carolina, Pitt, NC State and Georgia Tech

Important Notes, Thoughts and Takeaways

  • Virginia Tech’s second and third ACC matchups are both on the road in late December in North Carolina against the two most historic basketball schools in the conference. Playing at Duke and then at North Carolina with Christmas in between is a heckuva way to start the conference schedule.
  • December is going to be a hectic month for the Hokies. Tech plays seven games. Four are on the road, two are at home and one at a neutral site. Games at Maryland, at Dayton, at Duke and at North Carolina… St. Bonaventure in Charlotte is no slouch, either. If Virginia Tech can get through that month with four-to-five wins, that’s a good sign.
  • As you see in the table above, the Hokies have SIX games at 9 p.m. or later, five in ACC play. Only two of those games – Georgia Tech and Louisville – are at home. 15 games still don’t have tip times. That’s a lot of late nights for fans watching Virginia Tech play on television, and a lot of late-night traveling for VT.
  • Virginia Tech’s home games over break (without students) are against Pitt, NC State and Notre Dame. That’s much better than a Duke or a Virginia. On the flip side, the Hokies get to play in Cameron Indoor and the Dean Dome while the students are away. That’s a positive.
  • There are four confirmed games on ESPN2, one on ESPN (Big Monday on Valentines Day vs. UVa) and five that have the potential to be on ESPN or ESPN2. That’s a lot of eyes on the Hokies. Unfortunately for fans who have Comcast, there are 12 games on the ACC Network. Hopefully that gets sorted out soon.
  • Three home games in a seven-day span in February against Syracuse (0-1 last season), Virginia (1-0) and North Carolina (0-1) is going to be difficult. Luckily, all three of the games are at home. The Virginia game is a 7 p.m. tip, while the other two are TBA. If it’s a favorable tip time, Cassell Coliseum should be packed.
  • Tech will play Wake Forest in December and won’t see the Demon Deacons again until the ACC Tournament. It’s the opposite for Louisville and Clemson, who the Hokies play once each, both in March.
  • Three of Tech’s last four games are on the road at Georgia Tech, Miami and Clemson. The Hokies are 3-0 against Clemson in Young’s short tenure but have always played Miami close and needed a miracle from Hunter Cattoor to win in overtime last season. Tech has yet to beat Josh Pastner and the Yellow Jackets under Young, and the Hokies haven’t beaten Louisville since 1991 – they’ve lost 17 straight. It won’t be an easy last few games.

A calendar for Virginia Tech men’s basketball, for those who are interested:

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  1. Looks like I’ll be watching 5 OOC and three conference games on the ncaa college basketball sub-Reddit (if bootleggers can still get away with it).

    The ACC has a patchwork “network “ that doesn’t serve their footprint. The state with more eyeballs than all the rest COMBINED can’t see all televised games.

    We missed the boat back during expansion. That Missouri spot was ours and we blew it.

  2. I think this might be first time ever that ACC didn’t give VT their toughest home games over Christmas break. Instead, we have UNC and Duke on the ROAD! What a refreshing change of pace.

  3. Couldn’t ask for an easier ACC schedule this yr. The teams that traditionally make the NCAA tournament out of the ACC are mostly teams we play once (Louisville, FSU, Duke, Clemson, Syracuse and ND). We do get Wake and BC only once, and the only way to make it the easiest possible ACC schedule we can get would be to switch UNC to one time for Wake or BC. The ACC schedule is always going to be tough, there is no way around that…but outside of opening w/ Duke abd UNC in conference, then it is not bad (no traveling to Duke either). I like not having a game vs ACC till Dec, so that improves too. Usually getting FSU, Duke, Louisville twice is rough..so dodging all of them twice is very nice.

    OOC seems like the worst we could possibly do of we play terrible in 8-3. We would only get Xavier if we beat Memphis, and if we lose to Memphis, Iowa St has been a cupcake of recent..I know the likes of Cornell are competitive, but we shouldn’t predict to lose to someone like that (Memphis, Xavier, Dayton and Maryland are the only challenges. I read something about how some of these teams were great in the tiny conferences last yr, but we only play 1 P5 team.

    For a team with a lot back, we couldn’t ask for it easier in our conference (noting that it will ALWAYS be tough in the ACC) and the OOC sets up nice for a good record with an ok SOS and potential FPI. MY and co should be set to make a run

  4. Good thing MY is building depth in the program – he is going to need it this year. They will have to get the NCAA bid the old fashioned way – earn it.

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