Virginia Tech is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, and they’ll be going to Pittsburgh as an 8-seed. The Hokies will take on 9-seed Alabama on Thursday, March 15. 9:20 is the approximate tipoff time, and the game will be televised by TNT. The games in Virginia Tech’s bracket will be played in PPG Paints Arena.
The Virginia Tech-Alabama winner will play the winner of 1-seed Villanova vs. the winner of a play-in game that pits Radford against LIU-Brooklyn.
The back-to-back NCAA Tournament invitations for Virginia Tech are the first time the Hokies have accomplished that feat since 1985 and 1986.
Alabama is 19-15 overall and 8-10 in the SEC, finishing ninth in the 14-team conference. The Crimson Tide lost in the SEC semifinals to eventual SEC Tournament champion Kentucky, 86-63.
Alabama is led by freshman Collin Sexton, a 6-3 point guard who averages 19.0 points per game and shoots 44.4 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three-point range. Sexton is a projected NBA lottery pick who is also Alabama’s top passer, with 110 assists for the season. Alabama’s top rebounder is 6-9, 232-pound forward Donta Hall, at 6.8 rebounds per game to go with 10.9 ppg (second on the team).
We’ll have a more thorough preview of the game against the Crimson Tide on Monday.