Having fun yet? A seven-point win over Duke keeps the Hokies towards the top of the ACC, in the top 20 in the country, and avenges defeats to the Blue Devils last season. Tech led the entire contest, partially behind red hot three-point shooting, 42.9%, compared to Duke’s 27.6%. The trio of Keve Aluma, Tyrece Radford, & Jalen Cone continued to lead the way scoring a collective 49 points.
Up next, the Hokies travel to Winston-Salem to take the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. It’s part of a four-game stretch against schools at the bottom of the current ACC standings. Nothing is a given in the ACC, but if the Hokies can continue this form we could be in store for a 14-2 overall record, 8-1 in the ACC, and welcoming in UVA to Cassell Coliseum on January 30th. One step at a time — one free throw at a time.
Sunday, January 17th, 2021
Matchup: Virginia Tech (10-2 | 4-1) vs. Wake Forest (3-4 | 0-4)
Venue: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC)
Time: 6:00 pm ET
TV: ACC Network
Radio: TuneIn Radio
Live stats: HokieSports
ESPN Favorite: 72.8% for the Hokies.
All-time series: 36-11 in favor of Virginia Tech.
Scoring: Aluma (VT - 15.6) & Williamson (Wake Forest - 11.4)
Rebounds: Aluma (VT - 7.0) & Mucius (Wake Forest - 5.3)
Assists: Bede (VT - 2.8) & Williamson (Wake Forest - 3.0)
Last season the Hokies won the only meeting between these two sides by 10 points, which was also at Wake Forest. In fact, Tech was won seven of the last eight games against the Demon Deacons.
Wake won their opening two contests of the season before seeing their next four called off. Returning to action they’ve lost all four of their ACC games this season by at least 11 points. They were expecting double-digit production from Tariq Ingraham & Ian DuBose, before losing both for the season due to health issues. Five other players have stepped up averaging at least 9 points per game this season, but collectively Wake has been unable to pull together a complete performance in an ACC contest. The Hokies should be confident heading into this one and potentially have an opportunity to get more players further involved in the offense Sunday evening.