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Hokies coach Buzz Williams leaving Virginia Tech after five seasons to take head coaching gig at Texas A&M

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Hokies coach Buzz Williams leaving Virginia Tech after five seasons to take head coaching gig at Texas A&M

Virginia Tech men's basketball head coach Buzz Williams announced Wednesday morning that he will be leaving Blacksburg, VA. after five seasons to take the vacant head coaching opening at Texas A&M.

Williams spent two seasons as an assistant coach at A&M from 2004-06 before getting the head coaching job at Marquette, and ultimately Virginia Tech.

Williams' decision comes five days after the Hokies' elimination in the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils. Williams lead the Hokies to 26-9 record in 2018-19 and a 100-69 record overall since arriving in Blacksburg. 

Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock thanked Williams Wednesday for rejuvenating the program and establishing the Hokies as a major power on the hardwood in the ACC.

"Thanks to our talented student-athletes, Coach Williams and his staff, Virginia Tech is now one of the most attractive jobs in the nation's top basketball conference, the ACC," Babcock said.

Williams will look to bring the same success to College Station, Tx. that he established at Virginia Tech over the past half-decade.

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Miami vs. Virginia Tech time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Miami vs. Virginia Tech time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Virginia Tech welcomes Miami to Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday night, looking to avenge a 71-61 January loss to the Hurricanes. Meanwhile, Miami is chasing a three-game winning streak to improve its seed for the ACC tournament.

Despite both teams having good victories on their respective ledgers, the Hokies and Hurricans have both largely struggled this season and find themselves among a crowded middle of the ACC standings. 

There are currently nine ACC teams — including Virginia Tech (6-8) and Miami (5-10) that have a conference record between 5-10 and 7-7, meaning that just 2.5 games separate the fifth spot and 13th position. The Hokies and Huricanes have five games left in the regular season to improve its spot in the ACC tournament, and that starts with Wednesday night's matchup.

Forward Landers Nolley II leads Virginia Tech into this game with 17.2 points per game, and Miami guard Chris Lykes (15.2 points per game) gets his first chance against the Hokies this season after missing the January matchup.

Here's everything you need to know to catch Wednesday night's ACC action.

Miami vs. Virginia Tech: How to Watch

Who: Miami Hurricanes (13-12, 5-10 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (15-10, 6-8 ACC)
What: ACC basketball on NBC Sports Washington
When: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 9 p.m. ET. 
Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
TV Channel: You can watch Miami vs. Virginia Tech on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

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VCU's upset bid falls short as No. 5 Dayton earns 15th straight win

VCU's upset bid falls short as No. 5 Dayton earns 15th straight win

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Jalen Crutcher scored 18 points and No. 5 Dayton held off a late challenge and beat VCU 66-61 on Tuesday night, the Flyers' 15th consecutive victory.

Odi Toppin added 12 points and Trey Landers 11 for the Flyers (24-2, 13-0 Atlantic 10). They were the highest-ranked team ever to play on VCU's home floor.

VCU (17-9, 7-6) closed to within one possession several times in the last seven minutes, the last on Vince Williams' putback with 27 seconds left, but Dwayne Cohill made a pair of free throws with 22.4 seconds left and the Flyers held on.

Nah'Shon Hyland led VCU with 18 points and Marcus Santos-Silva had 12 points and 17 rebounds, but VCU lost for the fourth time in its last five games.

The Rams used an 8-1 run to get within 52-50 with 6:18 left, but Dayton converted six of eight free throws to rebuild the lead to 58-51. Malik Crowfield's 3-pointer and a free throw by De'Riante Jenkins pulled the Rams within 58-55, but Toppin scored inside and added a free throw.

BIG PICTURE

Dayton: The Flyers were shooting well about 50% for most of the game before a dry spell in the second half that included a pair of ill-advised 3-point tries by Crutcher and Landers. They finished 19 for 42, 45.2%.

VCU: The Rams played without point guard Marcus Evans, their top passer and No. 3 scorer. Evans aggravated a left knee injury in VCU's loss to Richmond last Saturday.

UP NEXT

The Flyers are at home against Duquesne on Saturday.

VCU is on the road at Saint Louis on Friday.

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