UPDATE: Sorry for being a little bit late on this one. New Years and all... COVID strikes the Hoos Men’s Basketball team. The game has been officially postponed. There isn’t a new time listed, so stay tuned for more updates.
On Tuesday evening the Hokies returned to ACC action as they hosted the Miami Hurricanes in what would turn out to be a tale of three different stories. The opening third of the game was a back and forth contest, full of quick action and lead changes. Then as halftime approached the Hokies pushed their lead up to 17 points, before the Hurricanes surged back forcing a tight finish.
The two-point win moves Tech to 2-0 in the ACC and 8-1 overall this season. Keve Aluma led the Hokies with a career-high 26 points and was joined by double-digits scoring nights for Tyrece Radford, Justyn Mutts, and Jalen Cone. Despite the late surge by Miami, Tech shot over 54% in the second half, including going 4-for-7 from three-point range. The Hokies forced 19 turnovers, compared to just 11 of their own, and only committed 11 personal fouls the entire game.
Up next is a trip up Interstate 81 and down I-64 for the first of at least two games against UVA this season. Here’s a quick preview of the game, how to watch, stat leaders, and a look at their season so far.
Saturday, January 2nd, 2021
Matchup: Virginia Tech (8-1 | 2-0) vs. UVA (5-2 | 1-0)
Venue: John Paul Jones Arena (Charlottesville, VA)
Time: 4:00 pm ET
TV: ACC Network
Radio: TuneIn Radio
Live stats: HokieSports
ESPN Favorite: 76.2% for the Cavaliers.
All-time series: 95-56 in favor of UVA.
Scoring: Aluma (VT - 16.0) & Hauser (UVA - 12.9)
Rebounds: Aluma (VT - 6.7) & Hauser (UVA- 6.4)
Assists: Bede (VT - 3.1) & Clark (UVA - 3.4)
The Hokies have lost their last four games in a row against UVA, with their last win over the rival coming back in February 2018 with a 1-point win in Charlottesville. Last season the Hokies only managed to score 39 points in their trip to UVA. Mike Young will be hoping the revamped offense and increased experience will manage better against a tough UVA defense.
The Cavs have started their season with four non-conf wins, were upset by San Francisco, and had three games canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 (William & Mary, Wake Forest & Michigan State). The day after Christmas they suffered a rare 23-point loss to #1 ranked Gonzaga as the Zags nearly put up 100 points on the Cavs defense, before responding with a controlling ACC win over Notre Dame on Wednesday night.
Outside of the typical rivalry, Saturday offers the next test for Mike Young’s squad who will be bringing a much more balanced team to Charlottesville this season.