BLACKSBURG, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For the first time since 1982-83, the Virginia Tech men's basketball team has started a season 13-1 after topping Boston College on Saturday.
"The maturity of this group and the execution level, relative to what the staff is presenting, through 14 games is as good as I've seen," Hokies Coach Buzz Williams said after the win.
The Hokies sit 10th in both the Coaches and AP polls and with in-state rivals Virginia's win over (9) Florida State, Virginia Tech could match their highest ranking ever of eighth in the next poll. Wins like Saturday's in ACC play give the team confidence that they have earned the recognition.
"When we came out and got that run going, we're like 'we're here now," sophomore guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker said, "Now they're not gonna come in here and punk us. We've earned our right to be here so far and we earned the right to be doing this well."
After the game Williams also confirmed freshman Landers Nolley and senior Chris Clarke will not play this season for the Hokies.