Four days after receiving their ACC championship rings, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team officially turned the page Monday afternoon with the first official practice of the 2022-23 season in the Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Center.
Plenty of new faces were on the court as the Hokies have nine newcomers on their roster, tied for the third-most in the ACC. On the other hand, plenty of experience was in the gym as well, anchored by senior and 2022 ACC Tournament MVP Hunter Cattoor and graduate student Justyn Mutts.
Mike Young, who enters his 21st season as a Division I head coach and his fourth on the Tech sideline, opened the practice with introductory remarks, followed by defensive work. He emphasized, “We will go as far as our defense takes us this year.” The Hokies finished last season ranked 24th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 62.8 points per game.
Broadcast networks and tip times for Virginia Tech’s upcoming 2022-23 men’s basketball campaign were announced Wednesday morning. Of the Hokies’ 31 regular-season games, 30 will air on ACC Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or RSN. Tech’s ACC opener vs. North Carolina will tip at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 and be carried by the ACC Network.
The 2022 ACC title game rematch between VT and Duke will go down on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. as part of ESPN’s Big Monday inside Cassell Coliseum. Tech makes the return trip to Cameron Indoor on Saturday, Feb. 25, for the second meeting of the season. The game is slated for a 6 or 8 p.m. start on ESPN.
Finally, the Commonwealth Clash presented by Smithfield, returns to Blacksburg on Saturday, Feb. 4, for a noon tip-off on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. Tech and UVA first square off on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in Charlottesville.
Earlier this week, Virginia Tech Athletics announced that full-season ticket packages for the Hokies’ 2022-23 campaign have sold out.
Tech opens its season at home on Monday, Nov. 7, against Delaware State at 9 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women.