Last season, the Virginia Tech Hokies were one of only three ACC schools that did not face off against a Big 10 opponent as a part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge. Of course, Virginia Tech did end up playing Michigan State in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as a part of the Coaches vs Cancer Classic but not being a part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge was a disappointment. Due to the expansion of the Big 10, only one ACC team will miss out on this year’s ACC-Big 10 Challenge and it will not be Virginia Tech that misses out.
The schedule for the ACC-Big 10 Challenge was released yesterday and was headlined by a potential Final Four preview between Duke and Wisconsin. Of course, the big news for Virginia Tech fans was the fact that the Hokies would travel to State College, Pennsylvania to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. This game will be most likely broadcasted on ESPNU and will be a good, early season opportunity for the Hokies to have a game on the ESPN family of networks.
This game pits two programs that have had struggles over the last couple of season but Buzz Williams will see this as a great opportunity for Virginia Tech to get a solid win to build confidence. Virginia Tech will have a fairly young team once again with the leadership of guys like Devin Wilson, Joey Van Zegeren, and Ben Emelogu being very important. However, this seems like a great chance for the Hokies to get a victory in a year in which they should make a run at the NIT or possibly the NCAA Tournament.
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