The Virginia Tech men’s basketball workforce even now does not have the providers of its wounded point guard, but it does have a shot at a double bye in the ACC Match.
The No. 15 Hokies (22-6) will take a look at the No. 14 Seminoles (23-6) at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a useful prize at stake.
The two teams are tied for fourth position in the ACC with 11-5 league marks. The winner of this activity will clinch a best-four seed and the previous remaining double bye in subsequent week’s ACC Match, no matter of how either squad does in its normal-period finale.
The four teams with double byes will not have to perform in the ACC Match until eventually the quarterfinals. Tech has never ever attained a double bye because the tournament expanded just before the 2013-14 period.
“To be in this situation likely into the previous 7 days of the period, thinking about all that’s transpired, is for positive a lifetime memory,” Hokies mentor Excitement Williams stated Monday.
Williams stated Monday that point guard Justin Robinson will not perform at FSU. He stays sidelined with an wounded foot.
The Hokies are 5-3 without the need of Robinson, which include previous week’s gain in excess of then-No. 3 Duke.
“We see him operating to get again. That provides us assurance each day to know that if we continue to keep profitable, when he’s again, we’re likely to all be rolling,” Tech forward Kerry Blackshear stated immediately after that activity.
The Seminoles’ length and depth have offered the Hokies matches in current years. FSU has received 6 of the previous 8 meetings in the sequence, which include the earlier 3.
Eleven Seminoles regular at minimum 9.7 minutes.
“They perform loads of persons and waves of persons, all genuinely talented, athletic, strength guys,” Blackshear stated.
The Hokies have lost at Florida Point out 11 straight periods. Tech previous received there in 1990, when the two teams ended up Metro Meeting rivals.
“That was when I graduated superior faculty,” Williams stated.
The Seminoles have received 10 of their previous 11 games.
“From best to base, they’re arguably as talented as any individual in the league,” Williams stated. “They’re likely to contest each dribble. They are likely to deny each entry pass. … If you can get earlier their entrance line, when you get to the major, … they block pictures.
“It’s just their depth and how challenging they perform each possession on the two ends of the ground.”
7 users of FSU’s rotation are 6-foot-6 or taller, which include 6-10 forward Mfiondu Kabengele (workforce-superior 13.2 ppg) and 7-4 middle Christ Koumadje.
Florida Point out ranks fourth in the ACC in rebounding margin, outrebounding foes by 5.6 rebounds for each activity.
FSU mentor Leonard Hamilton is not emotion self-assured about his team’s measurement benefit in excess of the Hokies, though.
“Size may be an challenge if we ended up executing sumo wrestling or wrestling in faculty, but athleticism and execution of fundamentals in some cases has a good deal a lot more to do with no matter if or not you can rebound or rating than probably some measurement,” Hamilton stated.
Tech’s defensive activity approach Tuesday will be similar to what it was against Duke.
“Portions of what we experienced to do against Duke to give ourselves a opportunity will be the same [at FSU]. You have to get the job done very challenging to continue to keep the ball out of the paint,” Williams stated. “Once they get earlier the entrance line of your defense, as soon as your major arrives throughout, they practically throw it to the sky and [Koumadje] or [Kabengele] finishes.”
Tech’s offense will also have to be crisp Tuesday.
“You simply cannot have a superior turnover charge for the reason that it’s likely to be a dunk on the other conclusion,” Williams stated. “A undesirable shot may as nicely be a stay-ball turnover for the reason that [of] the rate at which they can run.”