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Hokies prepare for Hoos
Written by Ryan Durham   

By Sean Deyerle

After the heartbreaking loss to Florida State on Thursday, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team maintained enough composure for a victory against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday. A fade away three pointer at the buzzer in overtime lifted the spirits of the Hokies as they now prepare for their fifth game in 12 days as they host the UVA Cavaliers tonight.

Despite a less than desirable record, Greenberg and his squad still believe that they still have an opportunity to make it to the NCAA Tournament next month.

“We’ve had a chance to win or lost almost every game we’ve played,” said Greenberg. 

In order for the unlikely run to occur, the Hokies are going to have to remain healthy.

Through the recent stretch of games, hydration and nutrition are among the team’s top priorities. The heat and humidity of Florida took a toll on the players’ health and it showed Saturday when a few of them fell victim to cramps.  Gatorade and bananas have been regimented to the players to combat fatigue and potential injury.

As for tonight’s game, the Hokies will look for a season sweep of the rival Cavaliers. Virginia Tech won the first meeting 47-45 almost a month ago in Charlottesville.

UVA’s Mike Scott, the ACC’s third-leading scorer, poses a formidable threat for the Hokies. In the previous match-up, the Hokies kept Scott in check for the most part as he scored 10 points with six rebounds in 36 minutes of action.

Since that game, however, Scott has averaged 18.75 points per game and has been the leading scorer in seven of the Hoos past eight games.

Greenberg has taken notice of Scott’s recent production but plans to employ the same defensive strategy as before to shut him down as much as possible.

“We’re not going to stop him. We just got to play tough,” Greenberg said.

Another key to the game for the Hokies is their efficiency on each of their possessions. UVA’s defense is formidable to say the least as opponents are averaging 51.9 points per game against them. Even more astonishing, the Cavaliers have given up only 1,349 total points on the year, which is 221 points less than Clemson, who is second in the ACC behind the Cavaliers in both categories. If this game is as low scorings as the last meeting, points per possession, not just points, will decide who controls the game.

The team will likely be without Victor Davila, whose groin injury has kept him out of the Hokies past two games.

Tonight’s game starts at 9 and will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

 
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