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Bobby Stevens Named VT’s ACC Legend for 2014

Bobby Stevens’s name may not be familiar to every Hokie fan, but it should be.  Stevens hit arguably the biggest shot in Virginia Tech basketball history.  His putback floater of his own miss in overtime at the buzzer gave the Hokies a 1-point win over notre dame and the 1973 NIT Championship (which was a big deal back then since the NCAA Tournament had a much smaller field of just 24 teams). 

Here’s a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ARTICLE about Tech’s NIT Championship run (from their archives).

Stevens will be honored at this year’s ACC Tournament along with a member from each other ACC school, including Terry Holland, Tree Rollins, Julius Hodge, Eric Montross, John Lucas, and Dave Bing.

Stevens was a 5’10” guard who started his college career at ferrum.  He played just two years at Virginia Tech, so you won’t see him on any top 10 lists in terms of his production, but his winning basket will forever be cherished in Hokie basketball lore. 

I had the opportunity to watch the tape of the NBC broadcast in the VT library while doing research on Hokie basketball.  And even though it was 25 years after the fact and I wasn’t even born when it originally happened, my hair stood up watching the final seconds and the buzzer-beating win. 

The win capped an improbable run for Tech in the NIT tournament.  Back then all the games were playing in Madison Square Garden.  Tech defeated new mexico, fairfield, alabama, and notre dame by a combined 5 points to win the title.  Tech truly was the cardiac kids for those four games.

Congrats to Bobby!

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Niemo is a member of the VT Class of '98. While not a professional journalist by any stretch, Niemo analyzes and breaks down every minute of Hokie hoop action. He also researches topics of interest such as Hokie recruits, program revenue, statistical data on the team, previews VT opponents, and discusses his favorite bourbons/Scotches. In addition to his passion for Hokie hoops, Niemo has attended 126 straight VT football home games (every game since '94), eclipsing the 100 mark in September of '09 and recently attended his 20th consecutive VT/uva game. During the final home basketball game of his senior year, he was brought onto the court and was awarded 2 passes to the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament in Philly during a timeout for being a "Super Fan" during his time at VT. The Hokie Bird made the award on behalf of Athletic Director Jim Weaver. Niemo was known to be in the front row of every home game with his familiar red afro hairdo.

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