If we are lucky that will be the last time we see Boston College this season. But I’m sure having said that the two will meet in the ACC Tournament somehow. After falling apart in the second half of the game in Chestnut Hill in January to lose by five, Saturday’s result was even more difficult to take.
On the back of a string of disappointing outings which often saw the Hokies trail by large margins, Tech started off against Boston College strong. VT led by five at halftime and it looked like they were finally going to break out of their rut. To make it even better it was coming in front of Cassell Coliseum. Instead BC rallied to force overtime and won by four pushing the Hokies deeper in the ACC standings.
The team gets a full week to rest and prepare as Pittsburgh comes into town on Saturday. The NCAA tournament is gone - unless the Hokies win the ACC Tournament. But if the team wants a chance at the NIT it has to start this weekend. There are only seven regular season games remain. Pitt has had an up and down run in conference play, but currently sit 7th and with a strong finish could push for the NCAA bubble. Here’s a look at this weekend’s match-up.
Back to work #StoneByStone | #Hokies pic.twitter.com/t17UbhiwPG— Virginia Tech Men's Basketball (@HokiesMBB) February 11, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Matchup: Virginia Tech (14-10 | 5-8) vs. Pittsburgh (15-9 | 6-7)
Venue: Cassell Coliseum (Blacksburg, VA)
Time: 6 PM ET
TV: ACC Network
Radio: TuneIn Radio
Live stats: HokieSports
ESPN Favorite: Virginia Tech 65.6%
All-time series: 8-7 in favor of Virginia Tech
Scoring: Nolley (VT - 17.7) & McGowens (Pitt - 12.9)
Rebounds: Radford (VT - 6.2) & Champagnie (Pitt - 7.3)
Assists: Bede (VT - 6.0) & Johnson (Pitt - 5.3)
Despite losing five straight games ESPN predicts the Hokies to win on Saturday. I’m glad the algorithm still has faith in Mike Young’s team because I can almost guarantee some of the fans have lost it. We will find out tomorrow when the SB Nation Fan Pulse results from this week are released. Until then leave us your scoreline predictions in the comment section below.