Jan 6, 2015; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Justin Bibbs (10) goes up for a shot past Florida State Seminoles forward Kiel Turpin (11) during the first half of the game at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies picked up their first ACC win in the Buzz Williams this past week against the Pittsburgh Panthers in a 70-67 overtime victory over Jamie Dixon’s Panthers. Now, the Hokies will look to extend their winning streak to two games as they take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston Salem.
The Hokies pulled off the upset without leading scorer Justin Bibbs who has missed four straight games for the Hokies. However, Bibbs may finally be ready to return from his concussion.
The fact that Bibbs is practicing is a great sign that he is close to recovering from his concussion, but the Hokies need to make sure that they don’t rush him back. Bibbs was a tremendous scorer in his first three ACC games averaging 20.7 points per game while averaging 13.6 points per game overall on the season.
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Justin Bibbs could make a huge impact on the Hokies’ game against Wake Forest which is very winnable. The Virginia Tech offense is much more dangerous with Bibbs and Adam Smith both on the court. Bibbs can help the Hokies have a much more efficient offense which cost the Hokies against Virginia.
However, the most important thing is that Bibbs is not rushed back from this concussion too quickly. Bibbs has been cleared to practice, but the Hokies need to make sure that Bibbs is completely recovered before allowing him to touch the floor.
Bibbs has too bright of a future to risk another concussion when he may not be completely recovered in a season in which the Hokies will not be going to the NCAA Tournament. Bibbs is only a freshman and has too much potential for Virginia Tech to take a risk.
The only way that Justin Bibbs should even touch the floor if he is completely cleared to play, and fully recovered from his concussion. Otherwise, Bibbs should not even travel with the team to Winston Salem especially since the Hokies have the talent to win this game without him.
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