The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team had a golden opportunity in front of them at the 2023 ESPN Events Invitational this weekend. Through two games, the Hokies have taken advantage of their opportunity and Sunday, they have a chance to make it a giant success.
Virginia Tech has beaten Boise State and Iowa State, two teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season and should make it again this season. Boise State should be considered a Quad 2 win and Iowa State a Quad 1 when it comes to Selection Sunday. Now Mike Young’s team has a chance to add another big win this season to their tournament resume for March when they play No. 19 Florida Atlantic in the championship game.
How to watch Virginia Tech vs. Florida Atlantic
The Hokies and Owls will square off in their third game in four days in Orlando. The game will be televised on ESPN at 1 p.m.
Virginia Tech is coming in off an 82-75 win over Boise State Thanksgiving night, then they struggled offensively in the second half of a 71-62 win over Iowa State Friday night, but their defense got stops and rebounds to hold off the Cyclones.
That game came down to point guard play and Virginia Tech’s Sean Pedulla outplayed Iowa State’s Tamin Lipsey. Hunter Cattoor fouled with 1:40 for the Hokies, but Pedulla picked up his teammate with a pair of key 3-pointers down the stretch to pull away for the win.
Florida Atlantic comes into the game with wins over Bulter and Texas A&M after putting up 96 points on the Aggies. Yes, they allowed 89, but they are a very athletic team that loves to run up and down the floor. Virginia Tech is going to need to handle their pressure better than they did against Iowa State in the second half which played a big role in the Cyclones rallying from an 11-point deficit. A win over the Owls would be a huge one and a big step for the Hokies early in this season.