Dec 3, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Justin Bibbs (10) puts in a lay up during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State wins 61-58. Mandatory Credit: Brett Carlsen-USA TODAY Sports
Last Sunday, the Virginia Tech Hokies seemed likely to go to 5-3 against a Radford team that had experience but was not as good as the Hokies. However, Virginia Tech did not seem to show up in the first half before making a big comeback in the second half which didn’t work out when Radford made an even later comeback right at the end to shock the Hokies 68-66.
Now, Virginia Tech seems like a team that will want to get some revenge for their lack of energy early against Radford. For Alabama A&M, that is a really bad sign.
Justin Bibbs seemed to be the most frustrated player last week and the freshman guard seems ready to come out and put on a show for the fans. Bibbs has been a great scorer and that is exactly what he will do today with at least 15 to 17 points in this game.
Alabama A&M has been blown out in almost every game except their one 20-point victory and their 6-point loss to Jacksonville State. The Bulldogs are shooting 37.3% from the field this season while only averaging 56.3 points per game. Alabama A&M will come out looking to get a big win but that will not happen today.
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Devin Wilson knows how to attack the basket and create space to either get a layup for him or a big man at the rim, or kick it out to an open three-point shooter. Despite playing almost 6 less minutes per game, Wilson is averaging 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds which is up from his 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds last season. Expect Wilson to have a strong game running the point and limiting his turnovers.
Joey Van Zegeren likely won’t start and only play 25 minutes due to Buzz Williams wanting to get some younger player some playing time. However, Van Zegeren will dominate when he is on the floor with 14 to 16 points along with 7 to 9 rebounds in this game.
The Hokies will bounce back this week after a disappointing loss to Radford last week. This game has all the makings of a major blowout with the Hokies beating Alabama A&M, 80-56.