After six days off, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team returns to the court at Cassell Coliseum on Saturday afternoon when they host Valparaiso in a non-conference game. At 6-3, the Hokies will be looking to take advantage of the few non-conference games they have remaining before ACC play kicks into high gear on Dec. 30 at Wake Forest.
Virginia Tech beat an improved Louisville team, 75-68, at home last Sunday afternoon and now gets a Beacons team that is 4-5, 0-3 away from home and is a big favorite to win according to DraftKings.
How to watch Valparaiso at Virginia Tech
This game tips at noon and will be broadcast on the CW Network from Blacksburg and on FuboTV.
In their win over the Cardinals, MJ Collins returned from an injury and came off the bench to spark the Hokies with 20 points (3-for-3 from behind the 3-point line and 7-for-7 on free throws) and he made two clutch 3-pointers in the second half to help Virginia Tech get some breathing room from Louisville.
Lynn Kidd continues to be huge for Virginia Tech in the post and is averaging 15.1 points a game and 7.4 rebounds a game. Point guard Sean Pedulla has struggled in his last three games against Florida Atlantic, Auburn, and Louisville. All three of those teams have also taken shooter Hunter Cattoor out of the game early, limiting his attempts and not letting him get into a rhythm like he was earlier in the season. Once he gets hot, he can fill up the basket.
Valparaiso comes into the game averaging 69.8 points a game and allowing 69.9 points a game and they are on a three-game losing streak with losses to Drake, Belmont, and Central Michigan. They have played on a ranked team, Illinois, and lost 87-64 on Nov. 17
Prediction: Virginia Tech 76, Valparaiso 57