WASHINGTON (AP) — There was nothing Zion Williamson could do but watch. Once again, Williamson and Duke were at the mercy of an opponent's last-second shot at the rim. Once again, the Blue Devils...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The final seconds ticked down and the celebration began for Virginia Tech. The more than half-century wait for a return to the Sweet 16 was finally over.
No. 12 seed Liberty (29-6) vs. No. 4 seed Virginia Tech (25-8)
NCAA Tournament Second Round, SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California; Sunday, 6:10 p.m. EDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After back-to-back years of first-round losses in the NCAA Tournament, Virginia Tech finally broke through.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 20 points, Kerry...
No. 5 seed Virginia Tech (24-7, 13-6) vs. No. 4 seed Florida State (25-6, 13-5)
Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina; Thursday, 1:30...
Miami (14-17, 6-13) vs. No. 5 seed Virginia Tech (23-7, 12-6)
Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Second Round, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina; Wednesday, 1 p.m. EDT
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — In a pregame ceremony, the Virginia Tech recognized three seniors who arguably changed the fortunes of the program. Then, a sophomore stole the show.
Miami (13-16, 5-12) vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech (22-7, 11-6)
Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 15 Virginia Tech looks to give Miami its ninth...
No. 15 Virginia Tech (22-6, 11-5) vs. No. 14 Florida State (23-6, 11-5)
Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
No. 3 Duke (24-3, 12-2) vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech (21-6, 10-5)
Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams battle as No. 3 Duke visits No....
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 23 points and No. 3 Virginia pulled away in the second half to beat No. 20 Virginia Tech 64-58 on Monday night.
Ty Jerome added 16 points and De'Andre Hunter had 10 for the Cavaliers (23-2, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who swept the regular-season series with their state rivals and won for the sixth time in their last eight visits to Cassell Coliseum.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — De'Andre Hunter scored 21 points and Ty Jerome had 14 and a career-high 12 assists as No. 4 Virginia started fast and routed No. 9 Virginia Tech 81-59 on Tuesday night.
Kyle Guy added 15 points for the Cavaliers (16-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who never trailed in the first meeting of the programs in which both were ranked in the top 10. Virginia also remained one of two unbeaten teams in the country along with Michigan, which was idle.
ATLANTA (AP) — Ahmed Hill scored 15 points, Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 9 Virginia Tech overcame a terrible shooting performance to beat Georgia Tech 52-49 on Wednesday night.
The Hokies (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their ninth straight game for the school's best start to a season since the 1982-83 team had an identical record. They never trailed after Georgia Tech led in the first minute.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw hit the first 3-pointer, and it became his turn to carry the No. 10 Hokies in a game when four guys took turns.
"He fuels me and we feed off each other," Outlaw said of Ahmed Hill, who made consecutive baskets before Outlaw's first 3-pointer from the corner, right in front of the Virginia Tech bench, splashed through in an 81-66 victory against Notre Dame on Tuesday.
"If one of us is going, we look at the other like, 'Hey, come on.' That's what we do," Outlaw said.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ahmed Hill thought it was a perfect way to end the nonconference portion of No. 10 Virginia Tech's schedule.
Hill scored 20 points and the Hokies shot nearly 66 percent as they drubbed Maryland-Eastern Shore 85-40 on Friday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
"It's really good for my confidence," Hill said after making 7 of 10 shots overall and 6 of 9 3-point tries. "I just go game to game. Some games, shots fall and some games not, and today it was falling."
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Virginia Tech handled some late pressure to earn a big victory Saturday night.
The 13th-ranked Hokies withstood a second-half rally from Washington to earn a 73-61 win in the Air Force Reserve Boardwalk Classic.
Nickell Alexander-Walker scored 24 points for Virginia Tech (9-1), which won its fourth straight since a one-point loss at Penn State on Nov. 27. Kerry Blackshear, Justin Robinson and Ahmed Hill scored 10 points apiece.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Most players search for motivation when playing opponents they should beat, but Ahmed Hill didn't need to look very far for his.
Actually, he only needed to watch film of his last game.
Coming off a scoreless performance against Penn State, Hill scored 24 points to lead No. 13 Virginia Tech to a 94-40 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ahmed Hill and No. 13 Virginia Tech knew their strong finish to the first half wasn't going to be enough to satisfy coach Buzz Williams.
The Hokies got the message at halftime and quickly pulled away from the Red Flash for a 75-37 victory on Saturday.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Justin Robinson saw his Virginia Tech teammate Ahmed Hill coming off the floor after a disappointing first half.
"We're going to need you to win," Robinson told him.
Hill certainly listened and was instrumental in the 16th-ranked Hokies' first in-season tournament title in coach Buzz Williams' five seasons with an 89-83 victory over No. 23 Purdue at the Charleston Classic on Sunday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Charleston Classic college basketball tournament (all times local):
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 25 points, Ahmed Hill and Justin Robinson had 23 points apiece and No. 16 Virginia Tech rallied from 12 points down in the second half to beat No. 23 Purdue 89-83 in the Charleston Classic championship.
The Hokies (4-0) trailed 50-38 after Ryan Cline's 3-pointer with 18:27 left, but wiped out the deficit over the next six minutes.
Last season: 21-12, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
Coach: Buzz Williams, fifth season
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: G Justin Bibbs (13.3 ppg. Led the team with 66 3s), G Devin Wilson, their best defensive player
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Kerry Blackshear Jr. called Virginia Tech's game against No. 10 North Carolina a "really big character test," coming on the heels of a loss at home against Florida State.
That was a game, Blackshear said, in which the Hokies "really didn't just come to play."
They passed this test with flying colors.
Justin Robinson scored 19 points, Ahmed Hill had 18 and the Hokies pulled away in the second half to beat the Tar Heels 80-69 on Monday night.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Virginia Tech seems to have found its offensive flow again.
Ahmed Hill scored 21 points while Justin Robinson came up with three critical baskets late to help Virginia Tech hold off Wake Forest 83-75 on Wednesday night, helping the Hokies even their Atlantic Coast Conference record after an 0-2 start.
BLACKBURG, Va. (AP) — Ahmed Hill led a balanced attack with 14 points as Virginia Tech beat an overmatched North Carolina A&T squad 76-59 on Thursday.
The Hokies' early dominance in the paint, a 19-6 points off turnovers edge and poor shooting by North Carolina A&T doomed the visitors. "The way we play leads to wide open shots," said Hill.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Buzz Williams wasn't dreading his team's game Tuesday night. But he knew what he probably was going to get from his group considering the squad's disappointing loss at then-No. 8 Kentucky on Saturday and knowing that his players were in the middle of exams.
Fortunately, he, and they, didn't get a loss.
Ahmed Hill scored 12 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 63-55 victory over Presbyterian College on Tuesday.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — As the nation's leading scoring team heading into Tuesday night's games, Virginia Tech tried a different approach toward finding success.
That approach worked, too.
Ahmed Hill scored 18 points to lift the Hokies to a 79-55 victory over Iowa on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Character was the theme espoused by Saint Louis coach Travis Ford and Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams.
Ford praised his team's ethos, as opposed to Williams, who wondered about his squad's makeup.
"What haunts me is our character was revealed in how we played," Williams said after Saint Louis topped Virginia Tech, 77-71, in the opening round of the 2K Classic on Thursday night.
"This was the first time I was caught off-guard," Williams said.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 24 points, Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 23 and Virginia Tech beat Detroit Mercy 111-79 on Friday night in a season opener.
Alexander-Walker, a six-foot-five freshman guard, was 9-of-14 shooting with four 3-pointers. Blackshear was 7 of 10 from the field and made 8 of 10 free throws. Ahmed Hill added 19 points, and Devin Wilson and P.J. Horne chipped in 10 points apiece.
Last season: 22-11, lost to Wisconsin in first round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Buzz Williams.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: F Zach LeDay, G Seth Allen, G Ty Outlaw, Khadim Sy
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Down big at the half, Virginia Tech dug deep to shoot 50 percent from the floor in the second half to spark a come-from-behind 66-63 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
Seth Allen made a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining to give the Hokies the lead for good and Pitt missed three 3-point attempts on the final possession.
The Hokies are becoming close-game specialists, having played five conferences games decided by two possessions or less.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Terance Mann scored 22 points and Dwayne Bacon added 17 as No. 12 Florida State defeated No. 21 Virginia Tech 93-78 on Saturday.
It is the first time since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference that the Seminoles have won their first three league games. FSU, which has won 11 straight, improved to 15-1, which matches it with the 1988-89 team for best start in school history thru 16 games.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Chris Clarke had 22 points and 12 rebounds, leading Virginia Tech to an 87-70 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County on Wednesday night.
Ahmed Hill added 18, Seth Allen chipped in with 17 and Zach LeDay had 14 for the Hokies (11-1). UMBC (9-4) made a game of it early in the first half before ice cold shooting (25 percent, 9-36 at the break) left them down 40-27.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Most winning coaches walk into a postgame news conference with smiles on their faces following 28-point victories.
But Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams is holding what he believes to be a special team to a much higher standard.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Duggar Baucom, the head coach of The Citadel, has coached against Virginia Tech several times going back to his days at VMI, and he knew what his team was getting into on its recent visit to play the Hokies and head coach Buzz Williams
"I sat here two years ago (in 2014) when I was at VMI and we played Buzz in his first year," Baucom said. "I said, 'The ACC better get him this year before he gets his guys in here.'
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams consistently cites Ahmed Hill as the toughest player in his program.
So it came as no surprise to him that Hill made the big plays in the final minute of a close non-conference game.
"I've been to where Med grew up," Williams said. "He'll be fine in the toughest situation you can create."
Hill scored 20 points to lead the Hokies to an 80-75 victory over Ole Miss on Sunday.
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — DJ Hogg scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to lead Texas A&M to a 68-65 win over Virginia Tech in a Wooden Legacy semifinal on Friday.
Texas A&M (4-1) will play in the tournament championship while Virginia Tech (4-1) plays in the third-place game. Both games are Sunday in Anaheim.
Hogg also grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, and scored the final five points for the Aggies.
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Justin Robinson had 22 points and eight assists, Ahmed Hill added 18 points and Virginia Tech defeated New Mexico 92-72 in the first round of the Wooden Legacy on Thursday.
Chris Clarke had eight points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Hokies (4-0) capitalized on timely three-point shooting, an edge on the glass and good ball movement.