Buzz Williams’ team became the latest victim of what’s become perhaps the most unusual opening weekend of upsets in modern college hoops history.
There had already been shocking, hard-to-explain outcomes and upsets throughout the first 30 hours of the college hoops season. The latest? Virginia Tech was unable to come out of its season opener with a victory, falling 85-82 to Alabama State on Saturday night. The Hornets outscored the Hokies 48-40 in the second half and wound up with one of the biggest victories in school history.
The win gave Alabama State its first nonconference victory on the road since 2013. The SWAC program’s last win against a school from a power conference came in 2001, when the Hornets beat La Salle 55-42. The win was also the first time Alabama State opened its season with a victory against a Division I opponent since 2007.
On the other side, Virginia Tech fell to an opponent that, entering the night, was ranked 303rd out of 351 teams at KenPom.com.
Zach LeDay of Virginia Tech led all scorers with 26 points, adding 15 boards. Jamel Waters led ASU with 21 points. The Hornets led by as many as eight in the second half, and Seth Allen’s 3-point attempt in the closing seconds sealed Virginia Tech’s fate.
Williams’ team, which went 11-22 a year ago, next plays Jacksonville State on Wednesday.