Virginia Tech hires Wofford's Mike Young as head men's basketball coach

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Virginia Tech hires Wofford's Mike Young as head men's basketball coach

Virginia Tech announced on Sunday that Mike Young has accepted the men’s basketball head coaching position at Virginia Tech.

“We are fortunate to have been able to recruit Mike Young to Virginia Tech, not only because of his proven leadership and coaching ability but because Coach Young is home in Southwest Virginia and leads his life in the true Hokie tradition of integrity and commitment to service,” Virginia Tech President Dr. Tim Sands said in a statement. “I look forward to the excitement and success we will enjoy as Coach Young and his student-athletes hit the court and compete to win. Laura and I are excited to welcome Coach Young and his family to Virginia Tech and Blacksburg. We look forward to sharing our campus and the many Hokie traditions that make this place home for all of us.”

Young, who is from Virginia, became Wofford University's basketball coach in 2002 and brought the program to new heights.

Following a run to the Sweet 16, the Hokies lost Buzz Williams to Texas A&M after five seasons. Williams won 100 games at Virginia Tech and the Hokies made three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament.

March Madness 2019: How to Watch Duke vs. Virginia Tech TV channel, time live stream

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March Madness 2019: How to Watch Duke vs. Virginia Tech TV channel, time live stream

After taking care of business against Saint Louis and Liberty in the first two rounds, Virginia Tech has reached its first Sweet Sixteen since 1967.

However, the fourth-seeded Hokies now face a daunting task against No. 1 overall seed and ACC rival Duke. 

Virginia Tech did beat the Blue Devils in their only previous meeting this season, winning a 77-72 contest at Cassell Coliseum on Feb. 26. But Duke did not have Zion Williamson that night, and the superstar forward will be in the starting five when the two teams face off in the East Regional Semifinal on Friday, March 29. 

That said, Duke is coming off a major scare from UCF in the second round, the Blue Devils barely scraping out a 77-76 victory over the Knights. Will playing a de facto home game at Capital One Arena give the Hokies some hope?

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Virginia Tech vs. Duke How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinal (Sweet Sixteen)

Who: No. 4 Virginia Tech (26-8, 12-6 ACC) vs. No. 1 Duke (31-5, 14-4 ACC)

When: 9:39 p.m. ET on Friday, March 29

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. 

TV Channel: CBS

Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson 

Twitter: @HokiesMBB@DukeMBB

Virginia Tech vs. Duke Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Virginia Tech (at-large), Duke (auto-bid, ACC champions)

Previous Meeting: 77-71 Saint Louis win on Nov. 16, 2017 (Virginia Tech leads all-time series 7-1)

Next Round: Winner of No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 LSU

East Region Bracket:

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech

No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 LSU

Virginia Tech vs. Duke Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Duke -7
Over/Under: 144
Money Line: Virginia Tech +275, Duke -330
Against The Spread: Virginia Tech (18-15-1), Duke (18-18)

Betting lines found on BetOnline.ag

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NCAA Tournament 2019: Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2019: Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

Riding with one of the most potent offense's in the country, the No. 4 Virginia Tech Hokies will play the No. 13 Saint Louis Billikens in the NCAA Tournament. 

That offense (10th in offensive efficiency in KenPom), gave Virginia Tech their best season in quite a while. Tech's 24 wins marked their second-highest win total in program history. However, they've been without guard Justin Robinson for the last half of conference play. He is back for the Hokies which adds another element for a team looking to win their first tournament game since 2007.

Saint Louis (22-12, 10-8 Atlantic 10) is only here because the Billikens won the A-10's automatic bid. With a solid mixup of zone defenses, they are a difficult draw for anyone, and especially a hot and cold shooting Hokies squad. 

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament First Round, East Region

Who: No. 4 Virginia Tech (24-8, 12-6 ACC) vs. No. 13 Saint Louis (22-12, 10-8 Atlantic 10)

When: 9:57 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22

Where: SAP Center, San Jose, Calif. 

TV Channel: truTV

Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude

Twitter: @HokiesMBB@SaintLouisMBB

Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Virginia Tech (at-large), Saint Louis (auto- bid, Atlantic 10 champions)

Previous Meeting: 77-71 Saint Louis win on Nov. 16, 2017 (Virginia Tech leads all-time series 7-1)

Next Round: Winner of No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Liberty

East Region Bracket:

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 North Dakota State
No. 8 VCU vs. No. 9 Central Florida

No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Liberty
No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 Saint Louis

No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Belmont
No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Yale

No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Minnesota
No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Bradley

Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Virginia Tech -10
Over/Under: 126
Money Line: Virginia Tech -565, Saint Louis +460
Against The Spread: Virginia Tech (17-14-1), Saint Louis (17-18)

Betting lines found on BetOnline.ag

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