Virginia Tech is headed to Atlanta to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the first Hokie ACC game on the road. What makes this normally scheduled contest so important is that it’s our first away game in the conference.
Georgia Tech is 9-5 overall, and 1-0 in ACC play. Their record doesn’t show it, but they are still a very dangerous team. The road is where the first big stumbles happen, and there is one other real pressure facing Kerry Blackshear, Jr., Justin Robinson, and the guys in Maroon and Orange.
First road trip in ACC play begins in Atlanta ✊#getBETTER | #Hokies pic.twitter.com/qCwYvOXE8c— Virginia Tech Men's Basketball (@HokiesMBB) January 8, 2019
We move up to No. 7️⃣ in the Coaches' Poll and No. 9️⃣ in the @AP_Top25!— Virginia Tech Men's Basketball (@HokiesMBB) January 7, 2019
It marks the highest ranking in school history in the Coaches' Poll and second-highest in the AP
AP » https://t.co/tOCFMVs5Ja
CP » https://t.co/DOqBhY36Nh#getBETTER | #Hokies pic.twitter.com/Ru5M7jJQxG
It’s been a really long time since the Hokies have been ranked this high nearing the mid point in the season, and just starting into conference play. So, this is an announcement of some very thin air, and some ego inflation. Buzz will be working hard to keep the energy up without allowing such small ranking numbers to get into players’ heads. It certainly is getting into more than a few fans’ heads... yours truly included.
Georgia Tech, on the road in convincing fashion will be the kind of statement that Virginia Tech needs to make. Of course Georgia Tech will have other ideas, and they could use a signature in their treasure box.
As I have told several readers. We have only a few “Signature Wins” possible in the schedule this season. Because at #9 and #7 we are the “Signature Win”. That means every single game is going to be tough. Every ACC team is going to be out for turkey.