Winners of three straight games over North Carolina State, Boston College, and Georgia Tech, you could make the case that the Virginia Tech men's basketball team is beginning to peak at the right time in the 2023-24 season. Looking to improve their NCAA Tournament resume, the Hokies have a huge chance to do just that Monday night at Cassell Coliseum.
Virginia Tech will welcome in No. 12 Duke to Blacksburg for "Big Monday'' and a win over the Blue Devils would go a long way into adding to their resume.
Virginia Tech vs. Duke, How to Watch, Preview
This game will begin at 7 o'clock and be broadcast on ESPN and FuboTV.
If there is one area where the Hokies can attack the Blue Devils, it's in the post. Duke struggles with post play and that just happened to be a strength of Virginia Tech's in their win over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday night at home. Lynn Kidd and Mylyjael Poteat each had 18 points and were dominating presences in the middle on both ends of the floor. Poteat had a pair of big blocks late in the first half.
Hunter Cattoor and Sean Pedulla have been playing well lately, but head coach Mike Young has been getting some real depth from Tyler Nickel and Robbie Beran to give Virginia tech seven guys who can score on any given night.
Duke struggled at home Saturday beating Clemson, 72-71, on two free throws by Tyler Proctor. They are led by Kyle Filipowski and the Blue Devils were outrebounded by the Tigers, 42-33. That's an area that the Hokies are going to have to win as well.
The outlook for the ACC and the NCAA Tournament is not great currently, but Virginia Tech has an opportunity going forward to get some Quad 1 wins, beginning against Duke.