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Virginia Tech travels south for a mid-week tilt with the Miami Hurricanes, tip-off is slated for 7:00pm.

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Virginia Tech (10-15, 2-10) looks to get back on track as they travel to south Florida for a mid-week battle with longtime rivals Miami (16-9, 6-6). This will be the 27th meeting between the Hokies and Hurricanes all time with Miami leading the series 14-12.

Last season the Hokies won both regular season contest, but fell by 3 points to the Hurricanes in the ACC tournament.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hokies?src=hash">#Hokies</a> are in action tonight at Miami. Check the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HokieHuddle?src=hash">#HokieHuddle</a> for where to find the game in your area. <a href="http://t.co/bNpl3pbOp4">pic.twitter.com/bNpl3pbOp4</a></p>&mdash; VT Men&#39;s Basketball (@VT_MBBall) <a href="https://twitter.com/VT_MBBall/status/568090794428665856">February 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Miami is led by Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez who combine for ~28 points per contest. McClellan is shooting better than 50% from the field on the season and has the ability to attack off the dribble and knock down the open shot.

As a team the Hurricanes shoot 43.5% from the field, average 68.5 points per game and record 33.9 rebounds per contest. Overall, Miami is a very balanced team under Head Coach Jim Larranaga. The Hurricanes are most effective in transition and will look to push the Hokies both on offense and defense.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GamedayGuide?src=hash">#GamedayGuide</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VTvsUM?src=hash">#VTvsUM</a> <a href="http://t.co/rPHspNWVYY">pic.twitter.com/rPHspNWVYY</a></p>&mdash; Buzz Williams (@TeamCoachBuzz) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamCoachBuzz/status/568075727175868416">February 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Keys to the game:

  • Take care of the basketball (limit turnovers).
  • Offensively, play towards the basket and from inside-out (drive to the basket and kick it to the perimeter).
  • Defensively, limit second chance opportunities by having all five players attack the glass.

Television

Regional Sports Networks - Wes Durham & Dave Odom

Radio

Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network - Bill RothMike Burnop

Go Hokies!