2007 was the Hokies 8th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Tech is 6-8 overall in the tournament.
Broken down by round:
Round of 64/48/40 (4-2)
Round of 32 (1-5)
Sweet 16 (1-0)
Elite Eight (0-1)
Final Four (0-0)
National Championship (0-0)
Notice a trend here?
Virginia Tech’s highest seeding came in 2007 at #5.
Here is a look back at each appearance.
2007 (1-1) – #5 Seed – West Region, Lost in Round of 32
The Hokies played their first and second round games in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Areana against two teams from the state of Illinois.
In the first round, Tech came back from 13 down with 8 minutes to play to beat the illini of illinois 54-52. Deron Washington hit the game winning shot from 10 feet. For more detail, check out the TechHoops.com game recap.
In the second round, Virginia Tech played southern illinois for the second time in the 2006-07 season. Just like the first meeting, the Hokies went down to the salukis. This time by a score of 63-48. The salukis would go on to lose in the Sweet 16 to the #1 seed kansas jayhawks. For more detail, check out the TechHoops.com game recap.
1996 (1-1) – #9 Seed – Midwest Region, Lost in Round of 32
The Hokies got hosed with the 9 seed after being ranked for almost the entire year, but they proved the critics wrong by beating 8 seed wisconsin-green bay in the first round, 61-48, in Dallas. The second round loss to eventual champion kentucky was by the score of 84-60.
Troy Manns set the team record for most assists in a NCAA Tournament game with 8 against kentucky.
Manns helped the 1996 Hokies set a team record for the most assists in a NCAA Tournament game with 16.
1986 (0-1) – #7 Seed – Southeast Region, Lost in Round of 64
Tech took on 10 seed villanova in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and lost 71-62. villanova would lose to georgia tech in the next round.
1985 (0-1) – #9 Seed – East Region, Lost in Round of 64
The Hokies lost to 8 seed temple 60-57 in Hartford, Connecticut. temple would lose to georgetown in the next round.
The field was 64 teams in 1985.
1980 (1-1) – #7 Seed – Mideast Region, Lost in Round of 32
After trailing by 18 points at halftime of their first round game against the 10th seeded hilltoppers of western kentucky, the Hokies rallied to win 89-85 in OT. Even more impressive is that the Hokies won this game on western’s home court in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The 89 points is the most points a Virginia Tech team has scored in the NCAA Tournament. Two days later, Tech lost to Isiah Thomas and 2 seed indiana, 69-58. indiana lost in the Sweet 16 to purdue. The next year, the hoosiers would go on to win the national title.
The field was 48 teams in 1980. Seeds 1 through 4 all received first round byes.
1979 (1-1) – #8 seed – Midwest Region, Lost in Round of 32
After a first round win over 9 seed jacksonville, 70-53, in Lawrence, Kansas, the Hokies took on Larry Bird and 1 seed indiana state two days later, only to lose 86-69. Tech kept the score close until two minutes left in the first half. indiana state ran off an 11-0 run and maintained that lead throughout the second half. At times Tech crept back to a nine or ten point deficit, but they could never get any closer after that 11-0 run. Bird and the sycamores made it to the Championship Game against Magic and the spartans that year.
The field was 40 teams in 1979, as seeds 1 though 6 all received first round byes.
1976 (0-1) – Lost in Round of 32
The Hokies squared off against 10th ranked western michigan in South Bend, Indiana. Tech held a 10 point lead until western michigan switched to a zone defense. The Virginia Tech offense could not contend with it, and also decided not to stall (no shot clock back then). The broncos stormed back to win the game in OT, 77-67. western michigan lost in the Sweet 16 vs. marquette.
By the way, there was no seeding before the 1979 tournament, and the field was 32 teams.
1967 (2-1) – Lost in Elite Eight
Just before the “Summer of Love”, the Hokies advanced farther than no other team has gone before (or after). Granted, the field was smaller (32 teams), but Virginia Tech collected two wins to get to the Elite Eight, which is more than any other Virginia Tech basketball team in history.
The Hokies defeated toledo in Lexington, Kentucky 82-76, and then indiana in Evanston, Illinois, 79-70. And then in the Elite Eight, Virginia Tech lost a heartbreaker to dayton in OT, 71-66. The flyers lost to ucla in the national championship game.
Three Virginia Tech NCAA records were posted in the ’67 Tournament:
Glen Combs holds the team record for the most points in a NCAA Tournament game with 29 against indiana.
Ken Talley set the team record for most rebounds in a NCAA Tournament game with 19 against toledo.
The 1967 team also holds the team record for most rebounds in a NCAA Tournament game with 55 against indiana.
TheACC.com ran a great story on the ’67 team for its 40th anniversary.