Hokies Have a Favorable Schedule

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Virginia Tech couldn’t ask for a better basketball schedule heading into the 2012-13 season.  With a rookie head coach and a light number of scholarship players, the Hokies were going to need some luck to be in a position to make the postseason.  The ACC gave it to them when their schedule was announced.

We don’t know the exact date of the games, though we do know approximate dates.  We also aren’t sure of TV coverage or times yet.  But we do know who the Hokies play on the road, who they play at home, and who they play twice.  Remember, the ACC is switching to an 18-game conference schedule this season.

Road Only Opponents

Virginia Tech will play two teams only at home, and two teams only on the road.  The two road-only teams are North Carolina and NC State.  Either one of those teams could be the preseason #1 in the ACC, and I’d say it would be highly unlikely that Tech would beat either one of them at home in Cassell Coliseum.

As far as I’m concerned, the Tar Heels and Wolfpack were two automatic losses this season.  I’d rather take those losses on the road where Tech’s RPI will not be hurt.  In return, the Hokies will have some home games they can win.

Home Only Opponents

Virginia Tech will face Florida State and Boston College in Cassell Coliseum.  They won’t have to make return trips to Tallahassee or Chestnut Hill.  Thank goodness.  I’d feel better about the Hokies winning in Chapel Hill than I would in Chestnut Hill, and the Leon County Civic Center has been Virginia Tech’s house of horrors since joining the ACC.

Tech has won in Chestnut Hill just once in the history of the VT program.  That was an 81-73 overtime win back in 2008.  Hank Thorns took the game over in overtime, outplaying BC All-ACC guard Tyrese Rice.  Overall, the Hokies are 1-10 at Boston College.  Fortunately they don’t have to make that trip this season.

It’s been even worse in Tallahassee.  That’s the only road trip where the Hokies are winless since joining the ACC.  They’ve been blown out at FSU, and they also lost on a shot at the buzzer down there this past season.  It hasn’t been a kind trip.  The Hokies have lost eight in a row in Tallahassee, with the last win coming way back in 1990 when the Hokies were in the Metro Conference.

Home and Home Opponents

Virginia Tech will play the rest of the ACC