ACC & SEC have a golden scheduling opportunity for the 2024-25 basketball seasons

Scheduling these two ACC/SEC Challenge games are a no-brainer for both conferences next season.

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Just a couple weeks into the 2024 basketball offseason for Virginia Tech and there is no shortage of storylines for both the men and women. Coaching changes, massive roster turnover, and an active transfer portal have made for a busy time in Blacksburg.

On the women's side, Kenny Brooks left Virginia Tech two days after the Hokies were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Baylor. In the last few days, Georgia Amoore and Clara Strack have both entered the transfer portal. Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock on Wednesday named Megan Duffy from Marquette as his next women's coach and it will be interesting to see what happens with the remaining Hokies on the roster.

On the men's side, after being eliminated by Ohio State in the second round of the NIT on March 23, head coach Mike Young has seen a huge amount of this 2023-24 roster enter the transfer portal to find new homes for next season. Lynn Kidd has committed to Miami and Mylyjael Poteat has withdrawn from the portal and announced he was returning to Blacksburg for 2024-25.

Sooner or later, it's going to be time to focus on the schedule for both teams next season, and for the first time this season, the ACC and SEC got together for the first annual ACC/SEC Challenge for both the men and women in the last week in November. Both conferences will announce the matchups for next season at a later date, but they have an opportunity to have a pair of tremendous matchups next season and both would be lovely to happen in Blacksburg.

ACC & SEC have an golden scheduling opportunity in front of them

Let's be honest, these are potential matchups that would be great for fans and college basketball. It's a no-brainer to have the Kentucky women with Brooks and likely Amoore and Strack return to Blacksburg to play Duffy and the Hokies. What theater? Seriously, having Brooks and Amoore return to Cassell Coliseum after what they built would be a night nobody would miss in person or on TV.

On the men's side, former Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams is at Texas A&M and a reunion inside Cassell Coliseum would be just as good TV as the women's matchup. That would be a second night nobody would miss in person or on TV.

What the ACC/SEC matchups are remains to be seen, but both conferences have an opportunity to have a pair of must-watch games in late November.