BLACKSBURG, Va. (WVIR) - Virginia Tech earned a 4-seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Selection Sunday, and the Hokies will face 13-seed St. Louis in the opening round on Friday in San Jose, CA.

The No. 4 seed in the tournament is the highest in program history.

The winner between Tech and St. Louis will take on the winner of  5-seed Mississippi State and 12-seed Liberty.

The Flames went 20-5 this season, and earned an automatic bid by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

Duke is the top-seed in the East Region, which could set up a rematch between the Hokies and the Blue Devils in the Sweet Sixteen in Washington D.C. on Friday, March 29th.

Virginia Tech will be looking to advance past the First Round for the first time since 2007.

The Hokies are in the Big Dance for the third year in a row, which is the longest stretch of appearances in program history.  Head coach Buzz Williams took over the team in 2014.

Tech had a record of 24-8 overall this season, and they went 12-6 in conference play.

The Hokies will have their senior point guard back for the tournament.

Justin Robinson announced on Sunday on Twitter that he will be back for the NCAA Tournament.  Robinson missed the past twelve games with an injured left foot.  The Hokies went 7-5 in his absence. 

Saint Louis earned its automatic bid by beating St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 title game, and the Billikens are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years.