Nov 19, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Justin Bibbs (10) looks to pass in the second half against the Liberty Flames at Cassell Coliseum. Virginia Tech defeated Liberty 73-63. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies have started to play a lot better over the last few games, and extended their winning streak to 3 with a victory over VMI. Now, the Hokies will be looking to extend their winning streak to 4 and improve their record to 8-4, but the Presbyterian Blue Hose will be looking to take down the Hokies.
Presbyterian is 4-8 on the season, but all four of Presbyterian’s wins have come against non-Division I teams. This is a game that the Hokies should win though the Hokies won’t be able to afford to overlook this game with a trip to Morgantown three days later. The Hokies will want to make sure they avoid what would be a really bad upset loss.
One player who is gaining more confidence with every game is Justin Bibbs, and the Hokies’ leading scorer will be ready to play in this game. Bibbs is averaging 12.6 points per game this season, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that total rises a little more with Bibbs having 15 to 17 points against Presbyterian.
Shane Henry is gaining more confidence, and definitely will be a valuable player slowing down Presbyterian big man William Truss. Meanwhile, Joey Van Zegeren will be very effective in this game with around 10 points and 6 to 8 rebounds while Henry will get at least 4 to 5 rebounds in this game.
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The Hokies will do better on the glass than Presbyterian in this game while the offensive efficiency of the Hokies will also help. Virginia Tech is 27th in the nation with a team field goal percentage of 48.8% and that will show today as Devin Wilson will do a good job of attacking the rim, and creating scoring opportunities for either himself, another big man in the post, or an open three-point shooter.
Buzz Williams will definitely make sure that his team is ready to come out, and have a strong game against a weak Presbyterian team. This could be the last Virginia Tech victory for a few weeks with five of the next 7 opponents currently being ranked in the top 20 of the AP poll, and only one home game against a non-ranked team with that team being the tough Syracuse Orange.
The Hokies will take care of business in what will be the last game that they will be favorites in for a while if not the rest of the season. Virginia Tech will take down Presbyterian 74-57.
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