It’s good to be home after playing five consecutive games on the road. As we approached this season, our goal was to challenge this team early and often. Our trip to California was good, not great. We were in position to win the game versus the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels and, unfortunately, came up short.
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is another one of the benefits of our membership in the ACC. This year’s opponent, Purdue, is one of the elite programs in the Big Ten, in the history of college basketball and in the country this year. Having a primetime spot on ESPN gives us the opportunity to show the nation the tremendous support and ownership Hokie Nation has in our basketball program.
Coach Bob Knight and his sidekick, Brent Musburger, will be calling the game for ESPN. This will be the fifth game on the ESPN family of networks out of our first seven games. That just shows you something special is happening here in Blacksburg and in Cassell Coliseum.
The season is long and we are just beginning our journey. This home stand is pivotal to our long-term success. I’m counting on you, not only to rock the Cassell, but also help motivate our players. Our players feed off your energy. They play for you. They represent you and tomorrow, more than ever, they need you.
Let’s get there early, let’s be loud and proud, and let’s show the national television audience that everyone’s all in.
Also, remember we will have another Chalk Talk at noon tomorrow at D2. Make sure you stop by to have a great meal and learn more about this exciting matchup. Until then, go Hokies!
Men’s Basketball Coach