2015–16 Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Hokies were led by second year head coach Buzz Williams and played their home games at Cassell Coliseum. They were a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 20–15, 10–8 in ACC play to finish in a tie for seventh place. They defeated Florida State in the second round of the ACC Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to Miami (FL). They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Princeton in the first round to advance to the second round where they lost to BYU.

2015–16 Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball
Virginia Tech Hokies logo.svg
NIT, Second round
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
2015–16 record20–15 (10–8 ACC)
Head coachBuzz Williams (2nd season)
Assistant coachIsaac Chew
Assistant coachSteve Roccaforte
Assistant coachJamie McNeilly
Home arenaCassell Coliseum
Seasons
2015–16 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 North Carolina 14 4   .778     33 7   .825
#4 Virginia 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#10 Miami (FL) 13 5   .722     27 8   .771
#16 Louisville* 12 6   .667     23 8   .742
Notre Dame 11 7   .611     24 12   .667
#19 Duke 11 7   .611     25 11   .694
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Clemson 10 8   .556     17 14   .548
Pittsburgh 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Syracuse 9 9   .500     23 14   .622
Georgia Tech 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Florida State 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
NC State 5 13   .278     16 17   .485
Wake Forest 2 16   .111     11 20   .355
Boston College 0 18   .000     7 25   .219
*Ineligible for both the 2016 ACC Tournament and the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to self-imposed postseason ban.
2016 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Last seasonEdit

The Hokies finished the 2014–15 season 11–21, 2–16 in ACC play to finish in last place. They advanced to the second round of the ACC Tournament where they lost to Miami (FL).

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Malik Müller 1 G 6'3" 220 RS Freshman Ehingen, Germany Play professionally overseas
Joey van Zegeren 2 F 6'10" 235 RS Junior Hoogeveen, Netherlands Transferred to Northwestern
Adam Smith 3 G 6'1" 170 RS Junior Jonesboro, GA Graduate transferred to Georgia Tech
Christian Beyer 22 F 6'7" 220 Senior New Bern, NC Graduated
Will Johnston 25 G 6'4" 205 Senior Midlothian, VA Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Johnny Hamilton 22 C 6'11" 215 Sophomore Louisville, KY Junior college transferred from Jacksonville College.
Tyrone Outlaw 42 F 6'6" 215 Junior Roxboro, NC Junior college transferred from Lee College.

Recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chris Clarke
SF
Virginia Beach, VA Cape Henry Collegiate School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Nov 6, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Kerry Blackshear Jr.
PF
Orlando, FL Maynard Evans High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 4, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Justin Robinson
PG
Manassas, VA St. James School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Oct 12, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NA   Rivals: NA  247Sports: 23  ESPN: 19
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Virginia Tech Commit List for 2015". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2014-07-21.

RosterEdit

2015–16 Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Shane Henry 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Newton/Georgia Perimeter College Newton, Georgia
G 4 Seth Allen 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Fredericksburg Christian/Maryland Woodbridge, Virginia
G 5 Justin Robinson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr St. James School (MD) Manassas, Virginia
G 10 Justin Bibbs 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Montverde Academy Dayton, Ohio
G 11 Devin Wilson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Jr Montour McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
G 13 Ahmed Hill 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Aquinas Augusta, Georgia
F 14 Greg Donlon (W) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Cosby Midlothian, Virginia
G/F 15 Chris Clarke 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Cape Henry Virginia Beach, Virginia
F 21 Satchel Pierce 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) So Kiski School Barberton, Ohio
C 22 Johnny Hamilton 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr St. Augstine/Jacksonville College Rio Claro, Trinidad and Tobago
G 23 Jalen Hudson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So St. Vincent–St. Mary Akron, Ohio
F 24 Kerry Blackshear, Jr. 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Maynard Evans Orlando, Florida
F 32 Zach LeDay 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr The Colony/South Florida Dallas, Texas
G 33 Matt Galloway 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Potomac Falls/Hood College Sterling, VA
G/F 42 Ty Outlaw 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Person/Lee College Roxboro, NC
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
Nov 14*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Alabama State
Emerald Coast Classic
L 82–85  0–1
Cassell Coliseum (6,519)
Blacksburg, VA
Nov 18*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Jacksonville State
Emerald Coast Classic
W 71–62  1–1
Cassell Coliseum (4,984)
Blacksburg, VA
Nov 21*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
VMI W 76–52  2–1
Cassell Coliseum (5,644)
Blacksburg, VA
Nov 24*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
North Carolina A&T W 90–60  3–1
Cassell Coliseum (4,464)
Blacksburg, VA
Nov 27*
7:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. No. 4 Iowa State
Emerald Coast Classic semifinals
L 77–99  3–2
The Arena (2,222)
Niceville, FL
Nov 28*
3:30 pm, CBSSN
vs. UAB
Emerald Coast Classic
W 82–77 OT 4–2
The Arena (2,222)
Niceville, FL
Dec 1*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Northwestern
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 79–81 OT 4–3
Cassell Coliseum (4,879)
Blacksburg, VA
Dec 5*
3:00 pm, ESPN3
Arkansas–Pine Bluff W 80–45  5–3
Cassell Coliseum (4,931)
Blacksburg, VA
Dec 9*
7:00 pm
at Radford
New River Valley rivalry
W 74–65  6–3
Dedmon Center (4,013)
Radford, VA
Dec 13*
3:00 pm, ESPN3
Lamar W 88–53  7–3
Cassell Coliseum (4,870)
Blacksburg, VA
Dec 19*
6:00 pm, ESPN3
Grambling State W 87–52  8–3
Cassell Coliseum (4,649)
Blacksburg, VA
Dec 22*
1:00 pm
vs. Saint Joseph's
Atlantic 10/ACC Showcase
L 62–79  8–4
Barclays Center 
Brooklyn, NY
Dec 30*
12:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 19 West Virginia L 63–88  8–5
Cassell Coliseum (9,567)
Blacksburg, VA
ACC regular season
Jan 2
2:00 pm, RSN
NC State W 73–68 OT 9–5
(1–0)
Cassell Coliseum (4,971)
Blacksburg, VA
Jan 4
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 Virginia
Commonwealth Clash
W 70–68  10–5
(2–0)
Cassell Coliseum (6,157)
Blacksburg, VA
Jan 9
12:00 pm, ACCN
at No. 14 Duke L 58–82  10–6
(2–1)
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Jan 13
9:00 pm, RSN
Wake Forest W 93–91  11–6
(3–1)
Cassell Coliseum (4,985)
Blacksburg, VA
Jan 16
12:00 pm, RSN
at Georgia Tech W 78–77  12–6
(4–1)
Hank McCamish Pavilion (6,470)
Atlanta, GA
Jan 20
7:00 pm, RSN
at Notre Dame L 81–83  12–7
(4–2)
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,888)
South Bend, IN
Jan 24
3:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 2 North Carolina L 70–75  12–8
(4–3)
Cassell Coliseum (9,567)
Blacksburg, VA
Jan 27
8:00 pm, ACCN
No. 16 Louisville L 83–91  12–9
(4–4)
Cassell Coliseum (7,084)
Blacksburg, VA
Jan 31
6:30 pm, ESPNU
at Pittsburgh L 71–90  12–10
(4–5)
Peterson Events Center (10,049)
Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 2
8:00 pm, ACCN
at Syracuse L 60-68 OT 12–11
(4–6)
Carrier Dome (21,409)
Syracuse, NY
Feb 6
4:00 pm, RSN
Clemson W 60–57  13–11
(5–6)
Cassell Coliseum (9,567)
Blacksburg, VA
Feb 9
8:00 pm, ACCN
at No. 7 Virginia
Commonwealth Clash
L 49–67  13–12
(5–7)
John Paul Jones Arena (14,395)
Charlottesville, VA
Feb 17
9:00 pm, RSN
at No. 11 Miami (FL) L 49–65  13–13
(5–8)
Bank United Center (6,614)
Coral Gables, FL
Feb 20
3:00 pm, ACCN
Florida State W 83–73  14–13
(6–8)
Cassell Coliseum (9,567)
Blacksburg, VA
Feb 23
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at Boston College W 71–56  15–13
(7–8)
Conte Forum (1,018)
Chestnut Hill, MA
Feb 28
6:30 pm, ESPNU
at Wake Forest W 81–74  16–13
(8–8)
LJVM Coliseum (9,404)
Winston-Salem, NC
Mar 2
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Pittsburgh W 65–61  17–13
(9–8)
Cassell Coliseum (6,949)
Blacksburg, VA
Mar 5
4:00 pm, ACCN
No. 7 Miami (FL) W 77–62  18–13
(10–8)
Cassell Coliseum (8,911)
Blacksburg, VA
ACC Tournament
Mar 9
9:00 pm, ESPN2
(6) vs. (11) Florida State
Second round
W 96–85  19–13
Verizon Center (18,561)
Washington, D.C.
Mar 11
9:30 pm, ESPN
(6) vs. (3) No. 11 Miami (FL)
Quarterfinals
L 82–88  19–14
Verizon Center (20,719)
Washington, D.C.
National Invitation Tournament
Mar 16*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
(3) (6) Princeton
First round – St. Bonaventure Bracket
W 86–81 OT 20–14
Cassell Coliseum (8,241)
Blacksburg, VA
Mar 18*
9:30 pm, ESPNU
(3) at (2) BYU
Second round – St. Bonaventure Bracket
L 77–80  20–15
Marriott Center (12,379)
Provo, UT
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

ReferencesEdit