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Hokie Hoops Road Warriors This November
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com, TSLMail #458, November 12, 2010

If you like watching early-season Hokie men's basketball, you better get to Cassell Coliseum Friday night, when Tech takes on Campbell. Virginia Tech won't play a home game again until December 1st, a span of 19 days between home games.

In the last ten seasons, the Hokies have played just one November home game only three times. Here's the breakdown from 2001-02 to 2010-2011.

Virginia Tech Men's Basketball November Games
Season Home Games Road/Neutral Games Total
2001-02 4 1 5
2002-03 1 3 4
2003-04 2 1 3
2004-05 2 1 3
2005-06 6 1 7
2006-07 3 3 6
2007-08 1 4 5
2008-09 3 3 6
2009-10 2 3 5
2010-11 1 5 6
Totals 25 25 50

Although the Hokies have played an equal number of home and road/neutral games in November over the last ten years, the recent trend has been toward away games in November. In the last four seasons (including this one), the Hokies have just 7 home games and 15 away games.

Part of that shift has been driven by the recent rise of early-season tournament-like events, many of which are made for television. The events, which are often staged at attractive, vacation-like locales, serve several purposes: (1) a nice trip that can serve as a recruiting tool; (2) neutral-court matchups with highly-rated teams, which is good for the RPI; or (3) both.

From 2001-02 to 2005-06 (five seasons), the Hokies participated in just one such tournament. In the 2002-03 season, Tech opened play at the Virgin Islands, in the University of Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Hokies went 2-1 against St. Bonaventure (91-78 L, which St. Bonny later forfeited due to using an ineligible player), Michigan (65-53 W), and Toledo (58-45 W).

Since the start of the 2006-07 season, the Hokies have hit the road for a November event in every season.

November Events/Tournaments Since 2006-07
Season Event Opponents/Results
2006-07 Old Spice Classic
Orlando, FL
WMU (L, 71-68)
Montana (W, 77-56)
Southern Illinois (L, 69-64)
2007-08 Great Alaska Shootout
Anchorage, AK
E. Washington (W, 69-52)
#22 Butler (L, 84-78)
#14 Gonzaga (L, 82-64)
2008-09 Puerto Rico Tip-off
San Juan, PR
Fairfield (W, 74-57)
Xavier (L, 63-62, OT)
Seton Hall (L, 77-73)
2009-10 Philly Hoop Group Classic
Philadelphia, PA
Temple (L, 61-50)
Delaware (W, 74-66, OT)
2010-11 76 Classic
Anaheim, CA
Vs. Cal-St Northridge
vs. DePaul/OK State
Totals 4-7

In addition to the 76 Classic, the Hokies will play at #3 Kansas State next Tuesday, November 16th and will visit UNC-Greensboro on Sunday, November 21st. That makes five out of six November games away from Cassell Coliseum, the most non-home games in November in the history of the Virginia Tech program. Up until the last ten years, the Hokies rarely played more than one or two games in the month of November.

On the whole, the Hokies have 14 home games this regular season, and 15 road/neutral games. Last season, in addition to three NIT home games and one ACC Tournament game in Greensboro, the Hokies played 19 home games and 15 road/neutral games.


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