North Carolina has a chance for redemption tonight in Blacksburg, Va. Five days after a 33-point loss — its most lopsided loss under coach Roy Williams — North Carolina will play at Virginia Tech in its second straight ACC road game. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. With doubts about their strength increasing, the Tar Heels will try to show that they're still an ACC threat and the NCAA tournament contenders they were thought to be when the season started.
UNC will try to reduce doubts against Virginia Tech
The Winston-Salem Journal
A common assumption in sports is that a good team will play its best after a loss.
North Carolina will test that theory tonight when it visits Virginia Tech (9 p.m., ESPN) in its first game since losing to Florida State by 33 points.
Hokies coach Seth Greenberg is one person who expects a bounce-back effort from the Tar Heels.
Tar Heels look to rebound from Florida State fiasco at Virginia Tech
The Durham Herald-Sun
Time to toughen up.
That's one of the messages North Carolina coach Roy Williams is delivering to his team after a 33-point loss.
"We've had teams that have gotten tougher and tougher and tougher and hopefully this team can do the same type of thing," Williams said. "I haven't seen anything I've liked. There's nothing related to Saturday's game that I liked."
That 90-57 punishment delivered by Florida State has meant an uneasy time around the eighth-ranked Tar Heels leading to tonight's game at Virginia Tech.
Coach calls for toughness from North Carolina amid uneasy time
The Burlington Times-News
The Tar Heels will have a chance to end their road woes tonight at Virginia Tech (9 p.m., ESPN), which has won two of the past three meetings between the teams at Cassell Coliseum. Zeller and his teammates, meanwhile, have had difficulty explaining what's gone wrong when they travel.
Tar Heels put emphasis on road game
The Charlotte Observer
Enduring a prolonged shooting slump and off to its worst ACC start in six years, Virginia Tech faces the conference's most talented team Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum.
Not what you would call ideal timing.
But this game against eighth-ranked North Carolina is an opportunity for the Hokies and their fans. An opportunity for players and coaches to proclaim their season is not toast, and for the faithful to show they have not abandoned the team.
Greenberg says youth not an excuse for Virginia Tech's skittish ACC start
The Hampton Daily Press
Virginia Tech's Dorenzo Hudson is learning hoisting hundreds of jump shots in his spare time can't automatically solve all his problems, but he's still going to do what shooters do.
That means shooting until his arms, shoulders and legs start to burn. It's therapeutic in a lot of ways for Hudson, who had a challenging fall semester on and off the floor.
Coming into Thursday night's game against No. 8 North Carolina (15-3 overall, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), Hudson is shooting just 39 percent from the floor, including 22.6 from 3-point range, and averaging 11.4 points per game.
It's a long way off from where he was two seasons ago, when he averaged 15.2 points per game and earned third team All-ACC honors, before suffering a foot injury last season that kept him out of all but nine games and required surgery. Now, he's trying to regain his confidence.
Hudson, Virginia Tech looking to break out of slow starts against UNC
The Hampton Daily Press
Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg wants his team to play faster and with more energy, particularly at the end of games.
That will be especially important tonight when the Hokies, who have lost three straight, host No.?8 North Carolina at Cassell Coliseum.
The Tar Heels (15-3, 2-1 ACC) play as fast as any team in the country, and they average a nation-leading 85.2 points per game.
Hokies must pick up the tempo against Tar Heels
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Even in the best of times this season, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg was always quick to point out the uncertainty involved with relying upon six players who have never received significant playing time before. So he isn't shocked the Hokies opened ACC play with three losses, two of which came against the teams picked to finish at the bottom of the conference. Greenberg knew it would take time to overcome such inexperience.
But it doesn't seem to be a sentiment his players agree with. Like many who follow Virginia Tech basketball, they've been taken aback at how the team's season has been altered in a matter of days.
Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg: ‘I know how green we are'
The Washington Post