The Hokies had a week off to focus on exams following their first defeat of the season. The 20-point loss to Penn State was a rough game for Virginia Tech across the board and one they will be happy to move on from. Luckily, the perfect opportunity is up next - the ACC opener, as the Hokies begin the holiday schedule.
Clemson has started their season undefeated with wins over Alabama, Maryland, Purdue, and Mississippi State. Last season Tech won both games against Clemson last season, including the road game which was the ACC opener a year ago as well. The Hokies have won six of the last seven over the Tigers and have only lost in Blacksburg once since 2010.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Matchup: Virginia Tech (4-1 | 0-0) vs. Clemson (4-0 | 0-0)
Venue: Cassell Coliseum (Blacksburg, VA)
Time: 6:30 pm ET
TV: ACC Network
Radio: TuneIn Radio
Live stats: HokieSports
ESPN Favorite: 52.3% for the Hokies
All-time series: 21-16 in favor of Virginia Tech
Scoring: Aluma (VT - 15.8) & Simms (Clemson - 11.6)
Rebounds: Aluma (VT - 7.8) & Trapp (Clemson - 5.0)
Assists: Radford (VT - 2.8) & Simms (Clemson - 2.4)
Tuesday’s contest will be a good litmus test for the Hokies. How will this squad respond to their first loss of the season? A 20-point drubbing at home? Can they shake that off and reset as they take on their first ACC opponent? Will Jalen Cone continue to expand his minutes as Tech looks for improved three-point shooting? And will experienced transfers Cordell Pemsl and Justyn Mutts rediscover their offense after going just 1-4 combined against the Nittany Lions?
Following the game against Clemson, the Hokies have two more favorable non-conference contests in Blacksburg over the following week. If they can find their form VT could be 7-1 heading as they face Miami on the 29th.