It’s that time of year again! March Madness is upon us and everyone is wondering when virginia tech will play in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a quick rundown of the Hokies’ schedule.
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2019-20 NCAA Tournament Schedule
The 2019-20 NCAA tournament schedule is out, and virginia tech is set to play in the first round on Thursday, March 19th. The Hokies will take on Temple at 12:15pm EST on CBS. This is the first time since 2007 that virginia tech has made the NCAA tournament.
First Four – Wednesday, March 18
The First Four is the common name given to the two play-in games that are contested by the four lowest-seeded teams in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The First Four games are played on consecutive days, with two games played on each day. The first of these games is typically played at a time that is convenient for viewers in the Eastern and Central Time Zones, while the second game is generally televised in the late afternoon or evening so that it can reach a national audience on the West Coast.
The First Four has been held every year since 2011, when the NCAA expanded the field of the tournament from 64 to 68 teams. Prior to 2011, there was no play-in game and the four lowest-seeded teams were simply given automatic berths into the first round of the tournament.
First Round – Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20
The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament will begin on Thursday, March 19, 2019 and conclude on Sunday, April 7 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A total of 68 teams will enter the tournament as 28 of them earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The remaining 40 tournament spots will be filled by at-large teams.
Virginia Tech will play in the First Four on Thursday, March 19, 2019. The Hokies’ game will be broadcast on truTV.
Second Round – Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22
After the First Four games are played on Wednesday and Thursday, the field of 64 will be set and the Second Round will begin on Saturday, March 21.
There will be four games played on both Saturday and Sunday, with the Sweet Sixteen set to begin on Thursday, March 26.
Below is the full schedule for the NCAA Tournament Second Round (all times ET).
##SECOND ROUND – Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22
At Hartford, Conn.
7:27 p.m. (truTV) \\
No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 12 Murray State
At Jacksonville, Fla.
9:57 p.m. (truTV) \\
No. 7 Louisiana State vs. No. 10 Florida State
At Tulsa, Okla.\\
1:10 p.m.(CBS) \\
No.. 4 Kansas vs No.. 5 Auburn
At Salt Lake City \\
3:40 p.m.(CBS) \\
Sweet Sixteen – Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27
The Sweet Sixteen will take place on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27. On Thursday, #1 Virginia will play #12 Oregon and #2 Tennessee will play #3 Purdue. On Friday, #1 North Carolina will play #5 Auburn and #2 Kentucky will play #3 Houston.
Elite Eight – Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
The Elite Eight games of the 2019-20 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament will be played on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The matchups will be determined by the results of the Sweet Sixteen games, which will be played on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27.
Final Four – Saturday, April 4
The Final Four will take place on Saturday, April 4. The first game will be at 6:00 p.m. ET, and the second game will be at 8:30 p.m. ET. The championship game will be on Monday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
National Championship – Monday, April 6
The 2019-20 NCAA Tournament will culminate with the National Championship on Monday, April 6. The game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament History
The virginia tech hokies have a rich history in the NCAA Tournament, dating back to their first appearance in 1942. The Hokies have appeared in the tournament 27 times, with their most recent appearance coming in 2019. They have a record of 32-27 in the NCAA Tournament, and have made it to the Sweet Sixteen six times.
Virginia Tech has made the NCAA Tournament 11 times
Virginia Tech has made the NCAA Tournament 11 times. The Hokies first made the tournament in 1967, led by head coach Charlie Moir. Virginia Tech has made the tournament four times since Moir’s retirement in 1974, but has never advanced past the second round.
Under current head coach Buzz Williams, the Hokies have made the NCAA Tournament three times, in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In each of those years, Virginia Tech has lost in the first round.
The Hokies’ most recent NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2019, when they lost in the first round to Saint Louis.
Virginia Tech’s best NCAA Tournament finish was in 1967, when they made the Sweet Sixteen
Virginia Tech’s best NCAA Tournament finish was in 1967, when they made the Sweet Sixteen. The Hokies have only been to the NCAA Tournament nine times in their history, with their last appearance coming in 2007. They are currently coached by Mike Young.
Virginia Tech’s 2019-20 NCAA Tournament Chances
Virginia Tech will be looking to make a return to the NCAA Tournament this season after missing out on the big dance last year. The Hokies have a strong team and will be looking to make a run in the ACC Tournament. Virginia Tech has a few key players that will need to step up in order for the Hokies to make a deep run in the tournament.
Virginia Tech is a bubble team for the 2019-20 NCAA Tournament
Virginia Tech is currently ranked #20 in the AP Top 25 poll and is considered a bubble team for the 2019-20 NCAA Tournament. The Hokies have a record of 20-7 (10-6 in ACC play) and are currently projected as a #7 seed in the NCAA Tournament by ESPN.
Virginia Tech has a strong resume with wins over Duke, Louisville, Florida State, and Marquette. The Hokies also have solid road/neutral court victories over Purdue, Washington, and NC State. Virginia Tech’s losses have come against Kansas State, Penn State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Miami (FL), and Clemson.
The Hokies still have a chance to improve their resume with games remaining against Pittsburgh, Virginia, georgia tech and Wake Forest. Virginia Tech will need to win at least two of those games to feel good about their chances of making the NCAA Tournament.
Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament chances will be helped by their strong non-conference schedule
Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament chances will be helped by their strong non-conference schedule, which includes games against ranked opponents such as Duke, Louisville, and Florida State. The Hokies will also have a chance to prove themselves in the ACC Tournament, where they are likely to face tough competition. If Virginia Tech can win some of these big games, they will have a strong case for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.