After five days off, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will return to the court Saturday afternoon in South Florida at Miami. The Hokies will be looking to get some revenge for a loss earlier this season at Cassell Coliseum and stay in the conversation for the NCAA Tournament bubble.
This will be a game that both teams desperately need as the Hurricanes are in the same boat as Mike Young’s team in terms of trying to beef up their resume.
Virginia Tech vs. Miami, How to Watch, Preview
This game will begin at noon and be broadcast on ESPN and FuboTV.
Recently, Virginia Tech’s Sean Pedulla has been playing some very good basketball at both ends of the floor. He scored 33 points in the first meeting with Miami, but it was not enough in a 75-71 setback. The Hokies played the game without Hunter Cattoor, who was injured against Clemson when he was accidentally kicked in the head diving for a loose ball.
Virginia Tech is coming off a 77-67 loss at home to Duke on Monday night. The Blue Devils took Virginia Tech out of their offensive rhythm and never let Pedulla or Cattoor get going shooting the ball from behind the arc. They left MJ Collins open and he responded with 13 first-half points on three treys, but he managed just four points in the second half. By the time Cattoor was able to knock down some shots, it was too late.
Miami is coming into the matchup off a 74-68 loss at North Carolina State and did it without Matthew Cleveland who missed his second consecutive game with an injury. His status against the Hokies is still up in the air. In the first matchup between the two teams, he scored 21 points to help the Hurricanes rally for the win.
This is a very big game for both teams and as we have found out this season, playing an ACC game on the road is very difficult. The thinking here is that the Hokies come up short in winning their second consecutive game on the road in conference play.