BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) After their first round loss in Buffalo, the Virginia Tech men's basketball team is now back home in Blacksburg. The team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament late last night by the Wisconsin Badgers.
It was a quiet return to Blacksburg for the team that took the Hokies to the tournament for the first time in 10 years.
"I think the ending is always hard. No matter how successful your year was you never want it to end. You know that team will never be again," said Buzz Williams, the team's coach.
There were several hugs and many words of thanks to coaches and players as they unloaded the bus. Senior Seth Allen is looking to the future.
"I'm excited to see how they do next year. No body wants to lose but it was just was good experience for all of us. Hopefully the younger guys learn from it and can go further next year," Allen said.
Like Allen, last night's game ran through the minds of players all night and on the short ride home. Barely anyone got any sleep.
"Last night was rough trying to go to sleep. It was kind of hard to sleep for a lot of us but we all just stick together, we're a family and there is a really strong brotherhood here," Allen said.
While unloading the buses, one word came to mind from Coach Buzz Williams and Allen - proud.
"Ultra proud. Great group who love one another at a level that's very rare anymore in this day and age and I think, in large part, that's why we had the success that we had," Williams said.
It's an experience the guys certainly won't forget.
Friday night it's the women's turn to try to advance in post-season play. The Lady Hokies are hosting Rider in Blacksburg in the WNIT at 7.