CHARLOTTE, N.C. – St. Bonaventure has added another marquee event to the 2021-22 non-conference schedule with its selection to the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout at the Charlotte Spectrum Center against Virginia Tech on Friday, Dec. 17.
Bona's game will be part of a quadruple header in a packed day of hoops at the home of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. Also on the docket are contests between N.C. State and Richmond, Charlotte vs. Wake Forest and East Carolina against Liberty.
Game times, ticket information and television broadcast details will be released at a later date.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to play Virginia Tech in Charlotte this December," Bonnies head coach and Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Mark Schmidt said. "This game gives us another great challenge on our non-conference schedule against an ACC team that is on the rise and extremely well-coached. Being in Charlotte and an area that is filled with St. Bonaventure alumni, we look forward to playing in an arena full of Bonnies colors. We know Bona Nation will be on full display and showing their Bonnies pride at the Hall of Fame Shootout."
The reigning Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament champions add another Power 5 opponent in the form of ACC foe Virginia Tech, which went 15-7 overall with a 9-4 conference mark last season and finished the year No. 51 in the NCAA NET rankings. The Hokies are led by Mike Young, who was named ACC Coach of the Year in his second season at the helm after a successful run at Wofford.
"We look forward to competing in the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout in Charlotte this upcoming December," Young said. "We certainly have a challenging matchup with the reigning A-10 champion, and I have the utmost respect for Coach Schmidt and the job he's done up there in New York."
"We're very excited to be launching a collegiate event in North Carolina, a state known for its tremendous basketball history," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "Spectrum Center is a fantastic NBA venue in a terrific basketball community, and we're excited to provide this unique opportunity to eight collegiate teams and their fans this fall."
Former Atlantic 10 foes, the Bonnies and Hokies have met 16 times previously with Virginia Tech winning 11 of those matchups in a series dating to 1973. The last meeting came in 2011 when the Hokies took a 73-64 decision in Blacksburg.
The Bonnies and Hokies could potentially be an early season Top 25 matchup. Both teams are ranked in the "way-too-early" ESPN Top 25 with Virginia Tech at No. 16 in the latest rankings and St. Bonaventure at No. 22.
Bona has taken part in an event hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame in an NBA venue in recent history with memorable results. St. Bonaventure took down Rutgers, 80-74, in Toronto as part of the James Naismith Classic in 2019.
As the health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and provide updates as needed.
St. Bonaventure already has been announced as a member of the outstanding 2021 Charleston Classic field slated for November also including Boise State, Clemson, Elon, Marquette, Ole Miss, Temple and West Virginia. Pairings and official bracket information will be released for that tournament later this summer.