Going dancing: Virginia Tech tabbed as a 10 seed for NCAA Tournament

Hunter Cattoor hits the game-tying three pointer to force overtime against Miami
Hunter Cattoor hits the game-tying three pointer to force overtime against Miami (ACC)

ROANOKE, Va. – During Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show, it was announced that Virginia Tech would be a 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

This will mark the Hokies’ 12th appearance in the ‘Big Dance’, after making three consecutive trips from 2017-2019 under Buzz Williams. The first two trips resulted in first-round losses to Wisconsin and Alabama, while in 2019, Virginia Tech reached the Sweet Sixteen where they fell 75-73 to the Duke Blue Devils who were led by Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett.

“To me, it’s never been about the reaction to the seed, but rather enjoying the reaction of our kids when they see Virginia Tech pop up on the screen,” Tech coach Mike Young said.

“This has been one most enjoyable groups I’ve had in my 30-plus years as a coach. These guys have always been about the team and they have improved over the long haul of the season. They have weathered every storm thrown at them and I expect them to continue to do the same as we get to Indianapolis.”

“This was my first time being able to participate in the [NCAA] Tournament, so I’m just happy and blessed,” forward Cordell Pemsl said.

“This is an opportunity for us in March to come out and make some noise. Everyone knows at this point that anything can happen. If we play hard and leave it all on the table, we will be able to go down and get some wins.”

ACC Coach of the Year, Mike Young, guided the Hokies to a record of 15-6 and a No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament. It was the first time since the field expanded to 15 teams that Virginia Tech had earned a double-bye and only the second time in school history they had received the three seed. The Hokies lineup features All-ACC Second Team member Keve Aluma and All-ACC Honorable Mention, Tyrece Radford.

Virginia Tech will open play on Friday against No. 7 Florida in the First Round. Tipoff is slated for 12:15 pm Friday from Hinkle Fieldhouse.


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