BLACKSBURG, Va. – Fifteen regular season nationally-televised games, a trip to the Bahamas, plus eight home Atlantic Coast Conference contests, highlight the 2010-11 Virginia Tech men’s basketball schedule.
The Hokies will have at least 22 regular season games televised, including a school-record 15 nationally-televised games. In addition, all games in the ACC Tournament will be televised by either Raycom or one of the ESPN family of networks. In all, 15 of the Hokies’ 16 ACC games will be televised this season. As a whole, the ACC will have a league-record 182 nationally-televised games.
The Hokies will visit Anaheim, California for the 76 Classic and host Big 10 opponents Purdue and Penn State. Tech will also travel to nationally-ranked Kansas State on Nov. 16 as part of the ESPN Hoops Marathon and play St. Bonaventure in Rochester, N.Y. The Hokies will also play UNC Greensboro in the Greensboro Coliseum, home to he 2011 ACC Tournament.
“This year’s schedule will be one of the most challenging and, hopefully, most rewarding in school history,” head coach Seth Greenberg said. “The number of nationally-televised games is unprecedented. Obviously, we have a number of difficult turnaround games and starting times are going to be something we are going to have to be aware of in terms of keeping our team well-rested.
“A lot has been mentioned about our non-conference schedule; it has nothing to do with last year’s disappointment, in regards to our NCAA selection. It is more about our senior-oriented team that wanted to compete at the very highest level each and every night. We are excited about the challenge that is being presented to our team and I am confident, with the senior leadership that we possess, we will find a way to compete at the highest level.”
Virginia Tech will also welcome ESPN College GameDay Driven by State Farm to Cassell Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 26, when the Hokies host defending national champion Duke. The day’s activities begin at 10 a.m. and the Hokies and Blue Devils will square off at 9 p.m., in a game televised nationally on ESPN.
The Hokies open the 2010-11 ACC conference season on Sunday, Dec. 5, as they host in-state rival Virginia, in a nationally-televised game on FoxSportsNet. Tech will later host league foes Florida State, Wake Forest, Miami, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Duke and Boston College in Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies will travel to North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia Tech, NC State, Boston College, Virginia, Wake Forest and Clemson this season.
Virginia Tech will participate in the 76 Classic in Anaheim over Thanksgiving weekend. The Hokies open with Cal State Northridge on Nov. 25 as the first game of the event and will play either DePaul or Oklahoma State the next afternoon. The consolations and finals will take place on Nov. 28. Other teams participating the the event are UNLV, Murray State, Stanford and Tulsa. All three Virginia Tech games will be televised live by one of the ESPN family of networks.
Tech will host Purdue on Dec. 1, as part of the 12th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, in a game televised by ESPN at 7:30 p.m. The Hokies will open the regular season in Cassell Coliseum against Campbell on Nov. 12 and also host Penn State, USC Upstate, Mount St. Mary’s and Longwood in home non-conference games.
The Hokies will play a second-consecutive season on foreign soil, as the travel to The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas to face Mississippi State on Dec. 18 in the Battle at Atlantis. The game is part of a doubleheader which also features Georgia Tech against Richmond.
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