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Thursday 02/26/2015
Duke's Okafor, Virginia Tech's Hudson shine in OT game
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 7:30 pm

BLACKSBURG — Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor showed Wednesday night why he is one of the best players in college basketball.

Blog: Postgame quotes from Virginia Tech and Duke
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 2:26 am

If you have already read my no-quotes game story on the Hokies’ overtime loss to Duke elsewhere on or in the previous blog post, it's time for the quotes. Here is all the postgame reaction from Duke and Virginia Tech:

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Duke beats Virginia Tech in OT
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 11:15 pm

BLACKSBURG — Fourth-ranked Duke beat Virginia Tech 91-86 in overtime Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd at Cassell Coliseum.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Duke point guard a freshman standout
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Duke’s freshman center has been generating plenty of attention this season.

Monday 02/23/2015
Blog: WVU, Georgetown back on my Top 25 ballot
Posted: February 23, 2015 - 1:42 am

Time to send a new Top 25 ballot to the Associated Press.

Saturday 02/21/2015
N.C. State hands Virginia Tech third straight lopsided loss
Posted: February 21, 2015 - 9:30 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team has played 10 nail-biters this season.

Quick Blog Post: N.C. State beats Virginia Tech
Posted: February 21, 2015 - 7:45 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina State men's basketball team beat Virginia Tech 69-53 tonight at PNC Arena.

Friday 02/20/2015
Blog: Virginia Tech-N.C. State preview capsule
Posted: February 20, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Men’s basketball

Thursday 02/19/2015
Louisville women hand Virginia Tech 7th straight loss
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 10:45 pm

BLACKSBURG — There are six ACC women’s basketball teams in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Wednesday 02/18/2015
Blog: Syracuse-Virginia Tech women's preview capsule
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Women’s basketball

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Blog: VT-Miami preview capsule
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Men’s basketball

Monday 02/16/2015
Blog: A look at my new Top 25 ballot
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 1:02 am

Time to send a new Top 25 ballot to the Associated Press.

Sunday 02/15/2015
No. 23 Syracuse women's basketball rallies to beat Virginia Tech
Posted: February 15, 2015 - 8:00 pm

BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team seemed on the verge of knocking off a ranked foe for the first time this season.

Saturday 02/14/2015
Clemson cruises past Virginia Tech
Posted: February 14, 2015 - 8:00 pm

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Clemson men’s basketball team is not known for its offensive prowess, but it shined offensively on Saturday.

Quick Blog Post: Hokies lose at Clemson
Posted: February 14, 2015 - 2:00 pm

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Virginia Tech men's basketball team lost to Clemson 75-54 today at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Blog: Syracuse-Virginia Tech women's preview capsule
Posted: February 14, 2015 - 9:30 am

Women’s basketball

Friday 02/13/2015
Blog: VT-Clemson men's preview capsule
Posted: February 13, 2015 - 6:10 pm

Men’s basketball

Blog: Virginia Tech says GT shooter had enough time
Posted: February 13, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Although the Virginia Tech clock operator started the clock too soon at the end of the Hokies' win over Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech associate athletic director Tom Gabbard said the Yellow Jackets still had the appropriate amount of time to get off a shot because the clock operator took action to make up for his error.

The many faces of Virginia Tech basketball coach Buzz Williams
Posted: February 13, 2015 - 1:52 pm

BLACKSBURG — At Virginia Tech men’s basketball games this season, there is almost as much action on the sideline as there is on the court.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Malik Mueller shines in clutch win for Virginia Tech
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 11:00 pm

BLACKSBURG — Malik Mueller came through with the biggest basket of his Virginia Tech career Monday night.

Blog: Coaches, players discuss Virginia Tech's comeback win
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 12:45 am

If you have already read my no-quotes game story on the Hokies' late-night comeback win over Georgia Tech, here are the postgame quotes:

Monday 02/09/2015
Virginia Tech men defeat Georgia Tech in basketball
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 11:30 pm

BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team erased a 10-point second-half deficit Monday and left Cassell Coliseum with only its second ACC win of the season.

Blog: Breaking down my new Top 25 ballot
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 10:52 am

Late last night I sent a new Top 25 ballot to the Associated Press.

Sunday 02/08/2015
Coach Sylvia Hatchell remembers Dean Smith after UNC women beat Virginia Tech
Posted: February 08, 2015 - 8:00 pm

BLACKSBURG — The late Dean Smith would have liked the way the North Carolina women’s basketball team played defense Sunday.

Blog: Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech preview capsule
Posted: February 08, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Men’s basketball

Saturday 02/07/2015
Tall Seminoles again too much for Virginia Tech
Posted: February 07, 2015 - 9:00 pm

BLACKSBURG — This was not another nail-biter.

Quick Blog Post: Florida State beats Virginia Tech again
Posted: February 07, 2015 - 5:00 pm

BLACKSBURG -- The Virginia Tech men's basketball team lost to Florida State 73-65 today at Cassell Coliseum.

Blog: UNC-Virginia Tech women's basketball preview capsule
Posted: February 07, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Women’s basketball

Friday 02/06/2015
Blog: FSU-VT preview capsule; Johnston update
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Men’s basketball

Wednesday 02/04/2015
Virginia Tech men's basketball players say they 'panicked' in loss at Syracuse
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 8:30 pm

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A blown lead and a rash of late turnovers left Virginia Tech men’s basketball players blaming themselves for their latest defeat.

Blog: Virginia Tech players, coach discuss loss at Syracuse
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 2:45 am

If you have already read my no-quotes game story on the Hokies' loss at Syracuse in the newspaper or elsewhere on the website, here is what the Virginia Tech players and both coaches had to say about the game:

Tuesday 02/03/2015
Virginia Tech lets late lead slip away against Syracuse
Posted: February 03, 2015 - 11:30 pm

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Another Virginia Tech men’s basketball game came down to the final seconds Tuesday.

College basketball notebook: Radford High grad Young has Wofford atop SoCon
Posted: February 03, 2015 - 8:00 pm

It’s fun being the coach of a first-place team.

Monday 02/02/2015
Blog: Tech-Syracuse preview capsule; Johnston sidelined
Posted: February 02, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Men’s basketball

Blog: UVa stays No. 2 on my Top 25 ballot
Posted: February 02, 2015 - 1:18 am

Time to send a new Top 25 ballot to the Associated Press.

Saturday 01/31/2015
Another "brutal" close shave for Hokies
Posted: January 31, 2015 - 9:00 pm

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For the third time in a week. the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team had a chance to tie the game with a 3-point attempt in the final seconds of regulation.

Quick Blog Post: Hokies lose at Wake
Posted: January 31, 2015 - 4:15 pm

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Virginia Tech men's basketball team lost 73-70 at Wake Forest today.

Friday 01/30/2015
Blog: Bibbs update and VT-Wake preview capsule
Posted: January 30, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Men’s basketball

Thursday 01/29/2015
Notre Dame women cruise past Virginia Tech
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 11:00 pm

BLACKSBURG — As expected, a freshman forward did very well for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team Thursday.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Virginia Tech next for powerful No. 4 Notre Dame women
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm

One of the best women’s basketball teams in the land will be on display at Cassell Coliseum on Thursday.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Smith 3-pointer gives Virginia Tech an OT win over Pitt
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 11:00 pm

BLACKSBURG — On Sunday afternoon, Adam Smith missed a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer in Virginia Tech’s three-point loss to Virginia.

Quick Blog Post: Hokies beat Pitt in OT
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 9:15 pm

BLACKSBURG -- The Virginia Tech men's basketball team beat Pittsburgh 70-67 in overtime tonight at Cassell Coliseum.

College basketball notebook: Duke to face Notre Dame in big ACC test
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Saturday night’s Duke-Virginia clash is not the ACC’s only big game of the week.

Monday 01/26/2015
Pittsburgh next for slumping Virginia Tech
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 8:00 pm

The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team is in danger of going 0-for-January for the second straight year. But after playing four straight games against ranked foes, the Hokies will get to face an unranked opponent tonight.

Blog: Pitt-VT preview capsule; Bibbs out again
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 5:25 pm

I will have a preview story in Tuesday's paper and online later tonight, but for now here is the preview capsule.

Blog: Breaking down my Top 25 ballot, plus here's the new poll
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Last night, I sent another Top 25 ballot to The Associated Press. Here is the breakdown, followed by the actual new AP poll at the end.

Sunday 01/25/2015
Hokies disappointed by narrow loss to UVa
Posted: January 25, 2015 - 10:00 pm

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech was forlorn, rather than encouraged, after throwing a huge scare into the second-ranked men’s basketball team in the country Sunday.

Quick blog post: No. 2 Virginia fends off Virginia Tech
Posted: January 25, 2015 - 3:00 pm

BLACKSBURG -- The Virginia Tech men's basketball team threw a huge scare into No. 2 Virginia before losing to the Cavaliers 50-47 today at Cassell Coliseum.

Saturday 01/24/2015
Hokies prepare to solve Cavaliers' defensive puzzle
Posted: January 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

When Buzz Williams coached Marquette, his team used to play Tony Bennett’s Virginia squad in an annual preseason scrimmage.

Blog: Bibbs to miss Sunday's game
Posted: January 24, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Virginia Tech freshman Justin Bibbs will miss Sunday's game against Virginia.

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