COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — High school was the last time Texas A&M senior guard Mark French could remember a crowd chanting his name, he said.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Admon Gilder returned to very familiar territory, and it worked out quite well.
Gilder and Ryan Woolridge each scored 16 points, and No. 8 Gonzaga routed Texas...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Buzz Williams could finally exhale. He got his first game as Texas A&M's head coach out of the way.
"I need to improve my (emotional) endurance just as much or...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — As Buzz Williams tried to put his stamp on the team as he prepared for his first season in charge at Texas A&M, he acknowledged there were some growing pains along...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Southeastern Conference men's basketball media day (all times local):
Former NBA standout Jerry Stackhouse is back in school — now as a...
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Mike Young looked around Virginia Tech's Cassell Coliseum and said he's "so thrilled to be home."
"My love for ball originated in this building many years ago," Young...
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has hired former Wofford men's basketball coach Mike Young to replace Buzz Williams.
The school announced the decision Sunday night , just four days...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Buzz Williams valued his time as an assistant under coach Billy Gillispie at Texas A&M more than a decade ago so much that as he was heading to the airport to fly to...
Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said Buzz Williams left the Hokies basketball program "a lot better than he found it" and expressed empathy for the team, which learned of Williams'...
Texas A&M hired Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams on Wednesday, luring him back to his home state to try to turn the Aggies into a basketball power.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams clarified the circumstances surrounding the arrest of swingman Ty Outlaw and said he expects the sixth-year senior to play against top-seeded...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Having star point guard Justin Robinson back on the court was music to the ears of Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams.
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...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Kerry Blackshear Jr. is so pivotal to Virginia Tech's success that coach Buzz Williams begins sweating foul trouble as soon as his junior star commits his...
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Virginia Tech star guard Justin Robinson sat at the end of the bench with his left foot in a boot as the final seconds ticked off the clock, which tempered the Hokies' swagger following a resounding road win.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker tied a season high with 25 points and added a highlight-reel assist as No. 12 Virginia Tech shot 59 percent to beat Miami 82-70 on Wednesday night.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech claimed it had no extra motivation following a blowout loss to No. 4 Virginia this week.
Once the ninth-ranked Hokies got going against Wake Forest on Saturday, even with foul trouble and an unusually slow pace, their play suggested otherwise.
"I thought we were much more us," coach Buzz Williams said after the Hokies shot 57 percent, limited the Demon Deacons to sub-40 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers in an 87-71 victory.
Virginia Tech is enjoying one of the best starts to a basketball season in program history.
The Hokies are ranked ninth in the country and have won 14 of 15 — including nine in a row — heading into Tuesday's game at Virginia.
Part of Virginia Tech's success is that it is playing with more energy and focus on the defensive end of the floor.
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) — 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.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Isaiah Wilkins only found out on Monday that he would play rather than redshirt this season. The baby-faced 18-year-old freshman ended up playing a critical role in No. 15 Virginia Tech's season opener.
Wilkins, the 10th-youngest player in Division 1, scored 21 points as the Hokies fended off an early challenge from Gardner-Webb and went on to win 87-59 on Friday night.
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
Virginia Tech will have a new challenge to contend with this season: Expectations.
The Hokies are ranked 15th to start the season, matching the highest preseason ranking in program history.
This is coach Buzz Williams fifth season and the high expectations are warranted.
BOSTON (AP) — Virginia Tech got another chance when Boston College's potential game-winner rimmed out at the end of regulation and the Hokies didn't let a lead slip away the second time.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker nailed a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:57 left in overtime and finished with 18 points, Justin Bibbs also scored 18 and Virginia Tech beat Boston College 85-80 on Wednesday night despite blowing a seven-point lead in the closing 64 seconds of regulation.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Virginia Tech junior Chris Clarke "was as good as he's been," and never more than at crunch time.
Clarke scored six straight points in the final 23 seconds as Tech fought off a ferocious charge by Notre Dame for an 80-75 Atlantic Coast Conference road victory Saturday 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.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — After Syracuse held his team to 35 points below its season average and the lowest point total of the season, Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams had a message for his ACC counterparts, and it's not a message his fellow coaches want to hear.
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) — Those who attend Virginia Tech begin taking their semester-ending final exams on Friday.
The men's basketball team will be tackling its toughest exam of the season Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky.
Behind Chris Clarke's season-best 18 points, the Hokies cruised to a 93-40 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday, setting up a showdown with No. 8 Kentucky on Saturday at Rupp Arena.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The nation's second-leading scoring team certainly did little to hurt its 96.8-point average on Wednesday night.
Justin Bibbs and Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 20 points each to carry Virginia Tech to a 95-68 victory over Radford.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Chris Clarke scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds off the bench on Saturday as Virginia Tech rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half to defeat Mississippi 83-80 in overtime.
Virginia Tech (7-1) placed five players in double figures, led by Kerry Blackshear Jr. with 17 points. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Justin Robinson had 13 points apiece, while Justin Bibbs added 11. The Hokies have won five consecutive games.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech indulged in its final appetizer before the main course of its 2017-18 non-conference schedule is served.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 18 points to pace the Hokies in a 96-63 victory over Morehead State on Saturday.
Alexander-Walker hit 7 of 9 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, for the Hokies (5-1), who now gear up for non-conference games against Iowa and at Ole Miss over the course of the next seven days.
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington's Nahziah Carter drove the lane and attempted a dunk, only to have the ball bounce off the rim and into Virginia Tech's Chris Clarke's waiting hands. The ball moved up-court toward Justin Bibbs, who knocked down an open 3-pointer for the Hokies.
A sequence which took all of seven seconds thoroughly encapsulated Virginia Tech's 103-79 victory over Washington in the consolation game of the 2K Classic on Friday.
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 isn't necessarily surprised at his rather torrid start to the 2017-18 season. He used another word to describe it.
"Grateful," he said.
Alexander-Walker scored 29 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 132-93 victory over The Citadel on Sunday night.
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
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech doesn't have the array of 3-point marksmen that helped the Hokies return to the NCAA Tournament last season.
That means Buzz Williams and his band of overachievers will have to pay more attention to another facet of the game: Defense.
"We'll have to be a lot better defensively than we've ever been," Williams said, adding that last season, "we didn't mind if it turned into a scoring contest."
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina and Virginia Tech will play an exhibition contest next month and funds raised from the game will go to hurricane relief efforts in Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas.
The game, "Hoops 4 Hurricane Relief," will take place Nov. 5 at Colonial Life Arena. Tickets will cost $10. Anyone who donates $250 or more will receive two premium seats for the matchup along with two passes to the McGuire Club at the arena during the game.
Zach LeDay and Seth Allen believe they have laid a foundation at Virginia Tech that has the Hokies' program heading in the right direction.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sometimes the toughest coaching decisions aren't zone defense or man-to-man, but double breasted or vest?
Fashion can be just as important on the road to the Final Four.
Villanova's Jay Wright, West Virginia's Bob Huggins and Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams, whose tastes in clothing run from fine Italian silk to polyester, all offered the reasons for their sartorial choices on the sideline ahead of their first-round NCAA Tournament games.
NEW YORK (AP) — Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams brings his top two scorers off the bench. Maybe that's part of the reason it took the Hokies a while to get going Wednesday night.
Once they did, they sailed right into the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
BOSTON (AP) — Two weeks ago, the Virginia Tech Hokies' season took a big hit when they lost one of their better players — forward Chris Clarke — to a season-ending knee injury.
Coach Buzz Williams is impressed how Clarke's teammates have responded.
Justin Bibbs scored 13 points, getting seven with a 4-point play and a 3-pointer 27 seconds later to cap a game-breaking 21-6 run that carried Virginia Tech to a 91-75 win over Boston College on Saturday.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Tech and NBA great Dell Curry was in the building Tuesday, and known for his superb marksmanship as a player, he probably left with an appreciation of Seth Allen's exploits.
Allen shrugged off a subpar evening according to his standards by hitting a 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to play to carry Virginia Tech to a 71-70 victory over Clemson on Tuesday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville's 1,800th victory was one for the books.
On a day when both teams were so hot from the field that Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams changed shirts at halftime, Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points to lead the eighth-ranked Cardinals past the Hokies 94-90 on Saturday.
Both Mitchell, a sophomore guard, and the Cardinals' inside game stood out.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Hurricanes won at home Wednesday to nudge their Atlantic Coast Conference record above .500, and given the league's depth, that's not an achievement they're taking lightly.
Davon Reed had 18 points and six assists and Miami pulled away in the second half to beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 74-68.
"It's always a grudge match when we play them," Reed said. "Any win in the ACC, home or away, with a chance to advance in the league is big time."
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams had faced Syracuse 13 times as a head coach. So he went into Tuesday's game with a lot of experience in how to attack Syracuse's vaunted 2-3 zone.
In his latest matchup against the Orange, he chose a more simplistic method of attack — throw the ball to Zach LeDay.
LeDay scored 22 points to help lead Virginia Tech to an 83-73 victory over Syracuse on Tuesday.
A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference:
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.