Defending Cassell

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There’s one team accomplishment the Hokies haven’t pulled off since the
1975-76 season, 34 years ago. What is it? In the last 34 seasons, the Hokies
have won a conference tournament, won the NIT, won NCAA tournament games,
featured All-Americans on the roster, defeated #1 teams, and all sorts of other
good things. But what have they not done in 34 seasons? Answer: The Hokies
haven’t been undefeated at home since 1975-76. Just two home games remain, and
Virginia Tech is currently 14-0 at home.

No, I’m not jinxing the Hokies by talking about it, because I may be the
first, but I won’t be the last. When the February 27th home game against
Maryland approaches, the media will start to talk about how VT is two games away
from going 16-0 in Cassell, their first undefeated home season since 1975-76.

All the Hokies have to do is beat Maryland and then knock off NC State on
March 3rd, and they will have achieved it. The Terps are 0-3 in Blacksburg since
ACC expansion. NC State is a more respectable 2-2, but the Wolfpack are
struggling this year (14-13, 2-10 and last place in the ACC), and Sydney Lowe’s
team might be completely mailing it in by March 3rd, if they aren’t already.

So the prospects look promising for an undefeated home slate. Here is a look
at Tech’s record in Cassell Coliseum since it opened in 1961-62. Undefeated home
seasons are in orange and maroon, and near-misses (since 1975-76) are in black
and gray. I threw in the coaches and overall records just for interest, although
it clutters up the table.

Virginia Tech Basketball
Since Cassell Coliseum Opened
(as of 2/18/10, two home games left in 2009-10)