Fourth-ranked Virginia men's basketball is set to face its in-state foe on Monday night, as the Cavaliers travel to Blacksburg. The Wahoos will face Virginia Tech in their second ACC game of the season.
“No matter what their team is supposed to be ranked or anything like that, anytime we go into Virginia Tech, it’s always a close game," said Cavalier forward Anthony Gill. "They always get up for us and it seems to be a good game no matter what. We just have to be ready from the beginning and, like Malcolm said, rest our bodies and be willing to do the little things in order to get the win.”
The Cavs are coming in on a 11 game winning streak.
"We’ve been pretty efficient offensively the past two games, especially in the second half of Oakland and then this game," said Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon. "I was happy with what I saw and now we have to turn around and do it again in a hostile environment.”
Behind Enemy Lines
The Hokies are coming into the game with a 9-5 record and a thrilling overtime win over NC State on Saturday. Virginia Tech are averaging 77.4 points per game, hitting 44.9 percent from the field and 33 from three-point range. While defensively they are allowing an average of 69 points and opponents are shooting 40 percent.
Players to Watch
Justin Bibbs is shooting over 52 percent from the field but an impressive 57 percent from outside the arc. He averages just under 12 points per game.
Forward Zach LeDay has been very effective for the Hokies, averaging 14 points per game and just under ten rebounds a contest. He is shooting 45.5 percent from the field.
Chris Clarke, who averages over ten points a game and seven rebounds, is out for the next few weeks after breaking his fifth metatarsal last month.