The 1972-73 "Virginia Tech Gobblers" basketball team had a good year ..... a VERY good year. To cap it off, they went to the NIT tournament in New York and came away with their first ever national championship, winning their final four games by a total of only 5 points. The Hokies shocked the college basketball world by pulling off an upset of Notre Dame in overtime.
The Blacksburg Sun reported it this way:
|Hokie Bird of the early 70's|
Stevens wasn't convinced.
The ball rolled crazily off the right side of the hoop, bounced off some frantic hands and Stevens, at 5'10" the smallest man on the court, found himself with the ball and time running out.
He fired up a shot Tech fans will be a long time forgetting. The net hadn't even stopped swaying when the horn went off and a team that most people had never picked to get past the first game of the tourney had won it all."
When the team bus pulled into Blacksburg they got a huge welcome from students and fans from all over the area.