Zion Williamson is back for a rematch in the Sweet 16 against one of the four teams the Blue Devils lost to this year.
Duke gets Virginia Tech on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament, a team...
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.
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...
The Latest on the first round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):
The first round of the NCAA Tournament is complete.
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
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
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw caught a pass from driving teammate Wabissa Bede, set himself and fired away with a tiebreaking 3-pointer.
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.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 23 North Carolina State was held to a stunningly low point total, beaten by No. 12 Virginia Tech 47-24 on Saturday in the Wolfpack's lowest-scoring output of the shot-clock era.
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) — Justin Robinson called No. 10 Virginia Tech's game against Syracuse "the biggest game of our careers since we've been here," coming as it did after the Hokies absorbed a 21-point loss on the road at No. 11 North Carolina.
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) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker and No. 13 Virginia Tech have played tough team defense so far this season.
Swimming along quite nicely.
Alexander-Walker scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half, and the Hokies beat North Carolina A&T 82-60 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
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) — Virginia Tech is trying to add improved defense to its already potent offense.
Justin Robinson scored 18 points and the No. 15 Hokies held Virginia Military Institute to just eight first-half field goals in cruising to an 89-68 victory on Wednesday night.
Robinson hit a trio of 3-pointers for Virginia Tech (7-1), which won its 21st straight regular-season nonconference game at home. The Hokies topped VMI (5-5), which has lost three straight, for the seventh consecutive time.
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
Defensive improvement gave Virginia Tech a big lift late in the regular season, helping the Hokies reach the 10-win plateau for the third consecutive season in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference.
Virginia Tech also made its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the first time it has done that since 1985-86.
That's the good news. The bad news is the Hokies were eliminated in the first round of the tourney for the second straight year, falling to Alabama 86-83.
Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday:
ALABAMA 86, VIRGINIA TECH 83
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 21 of his team-high 24 points after halftime to lead Alabama over Virginia Tech for the Crimson Tide's first NCAA Tournament win in a dozen years.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The No. 8 seed Virginia Tech (21-11) plays ninth-seeded Alabama (19-15)
First round, East Region, Pittsburgh, 9:20 p.m. EDT on Thursday
BOTTOM LINE: Two programs with very little recent NCAA Tournament experience both get it this season with at-large bids. The Hokies are one of nine Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the field of 68.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams admitted that he and his team only focus on increments of 24 hours.
"Just be consumed with today," he said.
That approach certainly has been working.
Justin Robinson and Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 14 points each to lift the Hokies to a 65-58 victory over No. 15 Clemson on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Virginia Tech coach Buzz Wiliams loves how his team has changed its approach to scouting opponents on the road.
He can only hope it keeps up. The Hokies, at 5-3, have a single-season high in ACC road wins for the first time since joining the league in 2004-05.
"I think they've been very disciplined in how they've executed it," Williams said. "Over the last three games it's just kind of continued to morph and grow and develop. I think it's a credit to our staff and our kids."
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech spent the entirety of its past two practices working on its defense.
So, of course, the Hokies put on a clinic on offense Wednesday evening.
"It's counterintuitive," Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams admitted. "It's a paradox. It's ironic."
Getting a career-high 32 points from point guard Justin Robinson, the hot-shooting Hokies notched an 85-75 victory over NC State.
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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Topping Deng Adel's happiness in hitting shots when Louisville needed them was his satisfaction making timely defensive contributions that helped the Cardinals earn another hard-fought victory.
Adel had a career-high 27 points, scoring seven consecutive during a critical second-half stretch that put the Cardinals ahead, and made two big defensive plays late that helped them beat Virginia Tech 94-86 on Saturday.
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.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Coming off two losses in which it did not play particularly well and staring at the possibility of starting league play with an 0-3 mark, Virginia Tech desperately needed someone to deliver a marquee performance.
The Hokies certainly found their man in Kerry Blackshear Jr.
The 6-foot-10 post player dominated on the interior, scoring a career-high 31 points to lift Virginia Tech to an 81-67 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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 squandered several double digit leads and a scrappy Wake Forest squad battled back to beat the Hokies 89-84 on Saturday afternoon.
Bryant Crawford led the Demon Deacons (18-12, 9-9 ACC) with 26 points and Austin Arians added 15. Five players scored in double figures for Wake Forest.
"I thought we got contributions from a lot of different guys," head coach Danny Manny said after the game.
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Justin Robinson scored 25 points and Monmouth overtook Rider in the final two minutes to earn a school record 10th consecutive victory 74-69 on Monday night.
A Kealen Washington-Ives free throw followed by a Kahlil Thomas jumper gave Rider (13-12, 6-8 MAAC) a 69-66 lead with 1:44 left.