Virginia Tech kicks off ACC Tournament against Florida State

Virginia Tech kicks off the ACC Tournament against Florida State Wednesday.
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Winners of three straight, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team kicks off play in the ACC Tournament Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The eighth-seeded Hokies will play ninth-seeded Florida State at noon at Capital One Arena, with the winner getting a date with top-seeded North Carolina on Thursday.

As it currently stands, Virginia Tech’s only path to the NCAA Tournament is likely winning the ACC Tournament, which will require four wins in four days, something they did just two short years ago. Can it be done again? Sure, but the path this season will be much harder.

Virginia Tech split their two meeting with Florida State

The Hokies and Seminoles split their two regular-season meetings with each team winning on their home floor and the third and deciding game will be in the second round of the ACC Tournament.

Going into the game, the Hokies have been on a roll, mainly on offense scoring 80-pus points a game during their winning streak. Against Notre Dame, Lynn Kidd missed the game with a hamstring injury, but on Tuesday, head coach Mike Young that his center will be available against FSU. That's going to be key as Florida State is a tall, athletic team that hits the boards at both ends.

Sean Pedulla has been playing some of his best basketball of the season and the junior point guard has been able to score going to the basket as well as knocking down some 3-pointers. If they are going to win this game, they will need Hunter Cattoor to shoot better than he did in the final game of the season against the Irish when he made just one of his 3-point attempts. Virginia Tech will also have to handle the pressure of the Seminoles.

The thinking here is that Virginia Tech gets a fourth win in a row to get a shot at the top-seed Tar Heels on Thursday.