Last season, Virginia Tech was upset by Alabama State in the first game of the season. Though the Hokies rebounded to go 20-15 overall, that opening loss crippled their chances of making the NCAA Tournament, as the loss gave their RPI a big hit.
This season, Virginia Tech has some much bigger expectations. Though the national rankings have yet to be released, chances are high that the Hokies will be ranked among the national top 25 polls.
And a daunting schedule awaits, too. Not only will Virginia Tech play Michigan and Ole Miss in their non-conference slate, but it also takes part in the Wooden Legacy Thanksgiving weekend. That tournament also features Texas A&M, Dayton and UCLA.
"I don't know what the answer is any more," coach Buzz Williams said. "There's certain guys in our league, they play one game away from home and the rest of them, they buy. I never thought I'd be a Division I head coach, but along the way, that's not something that necessarily fires me up. At the same time, it doesn't fire me up to be 8-5 going into conference play. But if you lose to Alabama State, you're never going to be a bubble team."
Coach Buzz Williams delved into these topics and more Monday at the program's media and photo day.