ESPN College GameDay Coming to Virginia Tech

ESPN announced that College GameDay will be in Blacksburg next Sunday before the Hokies women's basketball team hosts North Carolina.

The ESPN College Gameday broadcast before Auburn Tigers take on Kentucky Wildcats at Neville Arena
The ESPN College Gameday broadcast before Auburn Tigers take on Kentucky Wildcats at Neville Arena / Jake Crandall / USA TODAY NETWORK
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A week from Sunday, Feb. 24, the Virginia Tech women's basketball team will host North Carolina in the final regular season home game at Cassell Coliseum. It's the final home game for the Hokies talented senior class that has put the program on the map for women's college basketball. Ahead of the game, ESPN announced on Sunday that College GameDay will be in Blacksburg.

College GameDay has made trips before for football and men's basketball, but never women's basketball. The hour-long show will begin at 11 a.m., three hours before tip Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina on the ACC Network.

This will be the second matchup this season between the Hokies and Tar Heels with Virginia Tech winning the first matchup in overtime on Feb. 4, 70-61. The Hokies outscored UNC, 16-7 in overtime, and following the game, Tar Heels' coach Courtney Banghart commented about the Hokies' defense.

“Defense is not what they do well,'' said Banghart. “They’re really good offensively, they shoot you out of games.’’

Going into action on Sunday, Virginia Tech is No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll at 21-4 overall and 12-2 in the conference ahead of their game at No. 18 Louisville. North Carolina is 16-9 overall and 8-5 in the ACC ahead of their game at Wake Forest on Sunday night. After playing the Cardinals, Kenny Brooks and his team will have a week off before hosting the Tar Heels.

Virginia Tech is the sixth women's program to host College GameDay, joining and list of other powerhouse programs in Connecticut, Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, and LSU.

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