The Virginia Tech Hokies have a long and illustrious history of playing in the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies first began playing basketball in the early parts of the 20th century, but did not make their first NCAA Tournament appearance until 1967. That 1967 Virginia Tech basketball team remains one of the most successful and storied in school history. Led by head coach Howie Shannon, the Hokies won 20 games, including posting an 11-1 record in Blacksburg. Coming into the NCAA Tournament, Virginia Tech were slated as underdogs to advance, but the scrappy Hokies defeated Toledo and then upset Indiana to advance to the school’s first ever Sweet 16 and Elite 8.
Following this initial success in the tournament, it would take Virginia Tech almost a decade to return to the Big Dance. Virginia Tech’s next NCAA Tournament win would not come until 1979 when the team handily defeated Jacksonville to post their 3rd NCAA Tournament win. Throughout the 1970’s and the 1980’s, Virginia Tech was a consistent presence in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the acclaimed tournament in 1976, 1979, 1980, 1985, and 1986. However, despite this success, Virginia Tech has struggled to repeat the win total of their first trip to the Tournament.
In 1996, Virginia Tech returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade and posted the team’s first victory in over 16 years, defeating UW-Green Bay 61-49. Over the years a number of iconic players have played on the hardcourt for Virginia Tech, including Bimbo Coles, Ace Custis, Dell Curry, and Allan Bristow. The Hokies play in the ACC which is one of the nation’s premier basketball conferences and one of the toughest leagues to win.
Virginia Tech Hokies Recent NCAA Tourament History
Virginia Tech’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament came in 2007. The 2007 Virginia Tech Hokies, won 22 games, including wins over Duke, and North Carolina. The team was coached by Seth Greenburg and entered the NCAA Tournament as a #5 seed. They took on the Illinois Fighting Illini and won a thrilling 54-52 first round game.