Hokies look to rebound against UNCG

Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, on December 27, 2013
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Time: Noon
TV: ESPN3

The Hokies have two tune up games before ACC play begins.  The first is tomorrow in Cassell Coliseum against UNC-Greensboro.

The Spartans are 6-7 on the season, though they’ve come very close to pulling the upset against two much bigger schools.  They narrowly lost to ECU 85-84 back in November, and the Pirates are 10-3 this season.  They also played well against Wake Forest before falling 59-51.

The Hokies and Spartans played a very close game last season, with Virginia Tech pulling out a 96-87 victory that was nip and tuck for all 40 minutes.  Tech has never lost to UNC-Greensboro, and last year’s nine point win was the closest margin of victory in the series.

G Drew Parker (6-1, 178, Sr.): Parker is not a threat to score.  He averages just 1.8 points per game, and he can’t shoot.  However, he runs the point for UNC-G, and he has 36 assists and just 16 turnovers on the season.

G Tevon Saddler (6-4, 207, Fr.): Saddler is a freshman who is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game.  He’s a bigger guard who does most of his damage inside.  He only has one made three-pointer this year, and he also has 57 turnovers.

G Nicholas Paulos (6-7, 185, Jr.): Paulos averages 10.5 points per game and shoots 35.7% from three-point range.

F Kyle Cain (6-7, 210, r-Jr.): Cain is a transfer from Arizona State where he started 40 games in two seasons.  He leads the Spartans in scoring (16 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg).  He is easily the most talented player on the team, and he’s the guy the Hokies will have to stop.

F Kayel Locke (6-5, 240, So.): Locke is undersized to play in the post, but he is averaging 11.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.  However, Tech’s size and athleticism on the inside should present Locke with a very difficult matchup.

The Hokies must also watch for guard Jordan Potts (5-11, 170, So.) off the bench.  Potts is 18-of-29 (62.1%) from three-point range this season, and Tech’s perimeter defense has left a lot to be desired.

I don’t foresee Virginia Tech having much difficulty in this game.  The Hokies have a major advantage in athleticism and talent, and they also have a huge size advantage on the inside.  If they play hard, they should win.

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