Following their 98-76 victory over Wofford Sunday night, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will now turn their attention to the ESPN Events Invitational beginning on Thanksgiving night in Orlando. Monday, the Hokies announced that they are going to be playing again next Thanksgiving, in 2024, again in the state of Florida.
Virginia Tech will be one of four teams heading to Fort Myers next Thanksgiving to take part in the three-day Fort Myers Tip-Off. The games will be played on Nov. 25 and Nov. 27, the night before Thanksgiving, at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.
Virginia Tech is part of an impressive field in Fort Myers
Joining the Hokies in Florida will be Michigan, South Carolina, and Xavier. The Wolverines are coached by Juwan Howard, Xavier is coached by former Arizona coach Sean Miller, and South Carolina, who beat the Hokies earlier this month, are coached by Lamont Paris.
The matchups, times, and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.
Out of the three teams, Virginia Tech knows the most about South Carolina after the Gamecocks edged the Hokies, 79-76, two weeks ago in Charlotte in the second game for both teams of the season. The Gamecocks jumped out a lead and carried it for most of the game until Virginia Tech took a lead late in the second half on three Sean Pedulla free throws, but Mike Young’s team was not able to get enough stops down the stretch to rally for a win.
Michigan and Xavier are two good programs led by two good coaches. Miller had a lot of success at Arizona and led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament yearly and is on his second stint with the Musketeers. At Xavier, he has done a good job with the Musketeers. Howard has had his ups and downs with the Wolverines in the Big Ten, but one thing is for sure when you play them, they are going to be prepared and ready to go. It’ll be two very good games for the Hokies before ACC play begins.