After a week off, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will return to the court Saturday night at Notre Dame. The Hokies have had seven days to reflect on a loss to Miami in South Florida last Saturday, 82-74, after blowing a 10-point lead with less than 12 minutes left in the game.
Two straight losses last week to Duke and Miami have put a major dent into Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament hopes. If they are to get back in the conversation, a win over the Irish is necessary.
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, How to Watch, Preview
This game will begin at 6 o'clock and be broadcast on the CW Network and stream on FuboTV.
Virginia Tech has had a week to stew over their collapse against the Hurricanes and this really should be a game that they win. No excuses. The Fighting Irish are in last place in the ACC under first-year head coach Micah Shrewsberry who came from Penn State.
Guard Markus Burton leads Notre Dame with 16 points a game and he had 19 in a loss at Duke Wednesday night. Off the bench, Micah Shrewsberry's son, Braeden, shoots the 3-ball at 35% and averages nine points a game.
As far as Virginia Tech goes, it will come down to how well Sean Pedulla and Hunter Cattoor shoot the ball and whether or not they can get Lynn Kidd going in the post as when he's scoring and playing well, the Hokies are tough to defend. Tyler Nickel and Robbie Beran are role players who will also need to chip in.
In the end, there is no reason why Mike Young's team should leave South Bend without a victory. I get it, it's college basketball and conference games on the road, but this is a must-win game for the bigger picture.