Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest Men's Basketball: How to watch & Prediction

The Virginia Tech men's basketball team returns to ACC play at Wake Forest on Saturday. Here is a preview with a prediction.
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After a nine-day break, the Virginia Tech men's basketball team returns to the court in Winston-Salem, North Carolina against Wake Forest in their second ACC game of the season. They beat Louisville, 75-68, on Dec. 3 in their conference opener at home. Wake Forest is the only ACC team that has not played a conference game.

The big question for the Hokies is whether or not they'll have their junior point guard, Sean Pedulla, who was injured in the final seconds of their win over Louisville. Pedulla has missed two of the three Virginia Tech games since the injury. In his place, freshman Brandon Rechsteiner has filled in and is coming an 11-assist game against American.

How to watch Virginia Tech at Wake Forest

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The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 beginning at 2 o'clock and it can also be seen on FuboTv.

Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest, Prediction

Both teams went 8-3 in the non-conference and now they turn their attention to ACC play. Virginia Tech is on a mission to return to the NCAA Tournament after missing out last season and having to settle for an NIT bid.

Early in the season, center Lynn Kidd has been a big presence on the inside for Young on both ends of the floor. He recently was named the ACC co-Player of the Week after scoring 31 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against American on Dec. 21. Pedulla and Rechsteiner have both done a good job of getting into the lane and finding him for easy baskets.

Hunter Cattoor has been hot and cold for the Hokies this season and you generally can tell how well it's going to go early. When he's on, he's knocking down shots early and it gets him into a groove where he's capable of filling the basket and going on a run offensively.

If Virginia Tech is going to get to the NCAA Tournament, they need road wins like this against the Demon Deacons. A lot of their success will depend on how Pedulla plays if he returns or how Rechsteiner plays in his first ACC road game.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 68, Wake Forest 64