Michigan to host Virginia Tech in Big Ten-ACC Challenge

Dylan Burkhardt

According to a report by Jon Rothstein, Michigan will host Virginia Tech in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

The Hokies went 20-15 last season with a 10-8 record in conference play and were eliminated by BYU in the second round of the NIT — their first trip to the postseason since 2011.

Virginia Tech finished last season with an RPI of 80 and a KenPom rank of 57. ESPN’s John Gasaway projects the Hokies 9th in the ACC in his early rundown of the conference.

“When the bulk of your rotation returns from a team that went 10-8 in the ACC, expectations will be high,” Gasaway wrote. “Particularly when the season in question constituted the program’s first above-.500 finish in conference play in five years. Well, believe the buzz. In his third season in Blacksburg, coach Buzz Williams at long last has what he needs to make a serious run at the NCAA tournament.”

Zach LeDay and Seth Allen return to lead the Tech offense while Ahmed Hill returns after missing last season with a knee injury.

The Wolverines will also travel to UCLA and Cincinnati and will participate in a 2K Sports Classic in New York City, an event featuring Pittsburgh, SMU and Marquette. Find a full rundown of future scheduled dates on our future schedules page.

Other Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups include:

Date Matchup
Mon, Nov 28 Minnesota at Florida State
  Wake Forest at Northwestern
Tues, Nov 29 No. 17 Syracuse at No. 9 Wisconsin
  No. 13 Michigan State at No. 1 Duke
  Pittsburgh at No. 14 Maryland
  Iowa at Notre Dame
  Georgia Tech at Penn State
  NC State at Illinois
Wed, Nov 30 No. 16 Purdue at No. 5 Louisville
No. 6 North Carolina at No. 8 Indiana
Ohio State at No. 7 Virginia
Virginia Tech at Michigan
Rutgers at Miami
Nebraska at Clemson

Earlier this month at the NBA Draft combine, John Beilein hinted that Michigan would be open to adding an additional major conference opponent to their schedule.

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  • Wayman Britt

    VT is about the right draw. UM finished 8th in the Big Ten so playing VT out of the ACC is right. I wish UM program was good enought to draw Duke, NC or UVA.

    • All three of which were due for home games this year. Looks like best road ACC games (Big Ten home games) were Syracuse (who Michigan just played), Pittsburgh, NCSU and Va Tech.

      • bobohle

        In a way I wish we could have drawn Syracuse to show Mr. Battle he made a wrong decision decomitting from Michigan. He should have trusted his first choice.

  • ChiMan

    Ummm can we talk about the shellacking that Miami is going to drop on Rutgers?! Yikes! Other than our game, I’ll be anxious to see Iowa vs. Notre Dame, Georgia Tech vs. Penn State (only because I live in Atlanta and am a Tech season ticket holder), and Purdue vs. Virginia. Some pretty solid matchups this year!

  • bobohle

    According to Rivals, 2017 five star (No. 12 nationally) small forward 6’7″ Kris Wilkes to visit Michigan next week.

    • Bigrange

      He’s from Indianapolis. I had the chance to see him play. He has a lot of interest from schools and has the game to back it up.