Tuesday, August 25

Daily Discussion #7: Virginia Tech 2009-2010 Basketball Schedule Released

Seth Greenberg stole some of the media away from Coach Beamer today as the Hokies released their official 2009-2010 basketball schedule.

You can view the schedule here.

Overall, this schedule lacks a big and worthy out of conference foe but the ACC portion of the schedule doesn't look too tough surprisingly.

Obviously, it's still way too early to tell which teams are going to be contenders but the Hokies only have to play Duke, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Wake Forest, and Maryland once this season. Duke, GT, Clemson, Wake, and Florida State were picked by by a few ACC Basketball blogs to finish in the top 8 of the conference this fall.

The Hokies will have to play UNC, Miami, UVA, NC State, and Boston College twice, however with UNC going through a transition year, UVA being in rebuilding mode with a new coach, Boston College going through a post Tyrese Rice transition, and with NC State losing a few talented seniors, the Hokies could be in position to possibly win 10 games in the ACC this winter.

The out of conference schedule feature a few tough away games with the Hokies traveling to Iowa for the Big 10/ACC showdown in December. Also, Tech will have to travel to Penn State and to Philadelphia to play in a tournament with Temple and Deleware. Seton Hall, VMI, and Georgia are the only big name out of conference home games this year.

This doesn't look like too tough of a schedule as it's on par with the ones over the past few seasons. If the Hokies can finish with 12 wins in their out of conference schedule, there's no way they can be denied from the tourny this year with 8 or 9 wins in the ACC.

However, at this point it's all speculation. Tech should have a good team this winter, but we may only be able to go as far as Malcolm Delaney can carry us.

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