The Virginia Tech basketball team wins 93-91 against a very evenly matched Wake Forest team.
Hokie fans, it might be time to get excited about the potential of this Virginia Tech basketball team. The loss to Duke was by a big margin, but the response from the Hokie players was even bigger. I wrote that Virginia Tech was perfectly okay losing big to the Blue Devils, but that they had to win two of the next three against unranked opponents to make it a good four game stretch. Well, they are well on their way to making that happen. Wake Forest came into this game with a 10-5 record and it looked like it would be a very close game.
And close it was. Justin Bibbs played arguably the best game of his career, and Virginia Tech improved to 11-6, and is now ranked 5th in the best basketball conference in the country. The Hokies led most of the game, and had it sealed up in the last minute. It wouldn’t have been so close, had the Demon Deacons not been absolutely lethal from three-point land. They hit ten… TEN three pointers in the second half. Every time Tech would seem to gain control of the game, Wake Forest would hit a dagger of a three pointer to keep it close. But the Hokies never got discouraged. They kept playing their game and looked like the better team the majority of the contest. If Wake Forest hadn’t been so hot from long distance, this could have been a blowout.
Let’s talk about Justin Bibbs for a second. He’s been pretty off the last couple games. It might have been that I cursed him, writing an article about how he might be the Hokie’s X-factor, but if that’s the case, it seemed to have worn off before tip-off yesterday. Bibbs was active on defense, he was aggressive to the hoop, and he was hitting his free throws. That was the weakness I saw in him early on, but yesterday he went 5-5 from the line and would add 12 field goals, including 3 three pointers to make his point total 32, a career high.
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Zach LeDay, who had a great game against UVA, had another great game. He had 20 points, including (get this) 4 three pointers out of 4 attempts. Not too bad for a power forward! Seth Allen, who’s been Tech’s most consistent player was relatively quiet, only adding 6 points to Virginia Tech’s total, but he did have 4 assists in his 32 minutes of play.
If you’re a Hokie fan, you should be very optimistic that the Virginia Tech basketball team is going to meet my goal I had for them of winning two of the next three games after Duke. They’re 1-0 so far, and looking very good. Get this though, Georgia Tech, who they play in two days, has the same record as the Hokies (11-6). Notre Dame four days later? 11-5. These will be two very evenly matched games. Unfortunately they’re both on the road, so the Hokies will need to be dialed in and ready to go, because I believe they’ll be underdogs in both games. Close underdogs, but underdogs.
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