What We Know About Virginia Tech Basketball’s 2022-23 Schedule

Once again, Virginia Tech has a challenging schedule. (Ivan Morozov)

Over the past few months, non-conference scheduling information for Virginia Tech men’s basketball’s 2022-23 season has been reported. With new information on what the ACC scheduling format looks like, we’ll lay out the upcoming campaign for the Hokies.

Non-Conference Schedule

College basketball reporter Rocco Miller broke a large chunk of Tech’s non-conference schedule on May 24. It was also previously reported in March that the Hokies would play in the 2022 Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic. In addition, Tech announced on June 6 that it will return to Brooklyn for a December matchup with Oklahoma State.

Here’s a snapshot of what that non-conference slate looks like, with some tidbits on each known opponent:

Mike Young & Co. will play at least three games in the Charleston tournament, and most of the potential competition had a solid 2021-22 campaign. Colorado State and Davidson were top-50 teams last year, while Furman, Penn State and South Carolina finished in the top 100.

Tech’s non-conference opponents last season finished with an average KenPom ranking of 174.6 and an average NET ranking of 173.8. Five of the 11 teams VT faced were in the top-100: Memphis, Xavier, Maryland, Dayton and St. Bonaventure.

With roughly six chances against solid competition — three Charleston Classic games, the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Dayton and Oklahoma State — the slate for 2022-23 should be of very similar quality.

It is important to note, however, that Tech had three chances for Quadrant 1 wins in the non-conference schedule last year despite expecting to have more.

Maryland ended up being a Quadrant 2 win, and the Terps fired their coach and finished below .500. St. Bonaventure was also a Quadrant 2 win, but the Bonnies didn’t make the NCAA Tournament field. One of Tech’s Quadrant 1 opportunities on a neutral floor was Xavier, but the Musketeers — who beat the Hokies in Brooklyn — didn’t make the Big Dance. Instead, they won the NIT.

In theory, Tech’s 2022-23 non-conference slate should be close to last year’s in terms of level of competition, but with roster turnover and a hectic offseason, it’s hard to predict how much the landscape will change. The schedule also shouldn’t change since VT is at 31 games for the year: 11 non-conference games (eight plus a three-game tournament), and 20 conference games.

ACC Slate

As far as league play is concerned, the ACC is using the same three-year scheduling matrix that it implemented in 2019. The official announcement from VT and the ACC came on June 17.

The 2019-20 opponents are the same as they were 2022-23. Miami and Virginia remain the Hokies’ two rivals, meaning they’ll continue to play twice each season, once at home and once away.

In 2022-23, Tech will play four other schools twice, both home and away: Boston College, Clemson, Duke and Syracuse.

Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Pitt are the four schools the Hokies will only play at home. Their away-only opponents are Georgia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.

Using numbers from 2021-22, Virginia Tech’s ACC campaign looks to be slightly more difficult this season. The average NET ranking of VT’s ACC opponents last year was 93.8; using the same data, the average for 2022-23 is 84.3.

Why such a big difference? Playing Duke, Syracuse and Clemson twice instead of Georgia Tech, NC State and Pitt is a large part of the answer.

To put it in perspective, the Hokies had just five Quadrant 1 opportunities in the ACC last season. Just one of those — vs. UNC on Feb. 19 — came at home, and at the time, it was a Quadrant 2 win. It wasn’t until the Tar Heels made a run to the Final Four that their NET ranking went up and it became a Quadrant 1 game.

By applying last year’s statistics to Tech’s 2022-23 schedule, the Hokies could have seven Quadrant 1 opportunities. Two of those would be at home — Duke and UNC — with five on the road — Duke, Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia and Wake Forest.

More so than last season, Virginia Tech should have a schedule that sets it up nicely for Selection Sunday, both in and out of league play.

Future ACC Schedules

Here’s a full breakdown of the ACC rotation for Virginia Tech over the next three seasons:

2022-23:

Home/Away: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia
Home only: Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt
Away only: Georgia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame, Wake Forest

2023-24:

Home/Away: Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia, Wake Forest
Home only: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech
Away only: North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Syracuse

2024-25:

Home/Away: Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Virginia
Home only: Louisville, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Wake Forest
Away only: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State

7 Responses You are logged in as Test

  1. UVA is listed as a potential quad 1 opportunity as an away game. Duke is listed as a potential quad 1 as home and away games. Since we play uva at home and away shouldn’t they also be listed twice?

  2. Looks like a fairly solid schedule again.

    One typo I caught was “The 2019-20 opponents are the same as they were 2022-23.” I think that should be the other way around!

  3. Thanks for the info. At first glance, I like the scheduling strategy. Three home gimmes, then the Charleston Tourney. No “away” games. Six(ish) chances out of 11 games to get a meaningful win.

  4. Not a scheduling question but when/which season are the Cassell renovations expected to be completed?

    1. In April when it was in the news, Whit Babcock essentially said it will be completed when the funding comes in. He wanted the timeline to be sooner than 4-5 years.

        1. Whit said Alumni Weekend they were waiting for a naming donation to get further along. The plans are done for the most part. Just need the $$$$

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