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Hokie Hoops Road Warriors This November
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com, TSLMail #458, November 12, 2010
If you like watching early-season Hokie men's basketball, you better get to Cassell Coliseum Friday night, when Tech takes on Campbell. Virginia Tech won't play a home game again until December 1st, a span of 19 days between home games.
In the last ten seasons, the Hokies have played just one November home game only three times. Here's the breakdown from 2001-02 to 2010-2011.
Part of that shift has been driven by the recent rise of early-season tournament-like events, many of which are made for television. The events, which are often staged at attractive, vacation-like locales, serve several purposes: (1) a nice trip that can serve as a recruiting tool; (2) neutral-court matchups with highly-rated teams, which is good for the RPI; or (3) both.
From 2001-02 to 2005-06 (five seasons), the Hokies participated in just one such tournament. In the 2002-03 season, Tech opened play at the Virgin Islands, in the University of Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Hokies went 2-1 against St. Bonaventure (91-78 L, which St. Bonny later forfeited due to using an ineligible player), Michigan (65-53 W), and Toledo (58-45 W).
Since the start of the 2006-07 season, the Hokies have hit the road for a November event in every season.
On the whole, the Hokies have 14 home games this regular season, and 15
road/neutral games. Last season, in addition to three NIT home games and one ACC
Tournament game in Greensboro, the Hokies played 19 home games and 15
Tech Snowman Wreath
VT holiday wreath with plush snowmen. Approximately 20"
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