Temple Game Canceled; Virginia Tech To Play No. 3 Villanova Instead

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Mike Young and Virginia Tech will play Villanova on Saturday night. (Ivan Morozov)

The Virginia Tech men’s basketball game with Temple – scheduled for Saturday night in the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, CT – has been cancelled due to the Owls’ program being temporarily shut down due to COVID-19.

However, that doesn’t mean the Hokies won’t be playing.  Instead of Temple, Virginia Tech will play No. 3 Villanova in the same event.  The Wildcats are 2-0 on the season with a 76-67 victory over Boston College and an 83-74 win against No. 18 Arizona State.  The Hokies are 1-0 coming off their 77-62 win over Radford on Wednesday.

Villanova is considered to be a legitimate National Championship contender this season under head coach Jay Wright.  Tip-off is scheduled for 8pm on Saturday night, and the game will be televised by ESPNU.

Note: the original version of this article incorrected listed the broadcast network as ESPNews.

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  1. This is great we will find out if can complete with a top program I will be happy with great effort on our part GO Tech

  2. I feel this is a very good thing. V will be great early season measuring stick for the team, Young, and fans. Will give us ideas of where we need to improve and realistic expectations for the rugged ACC schedule. Go Hokies !!!!

  3. Only thing interesting about this game will be the difference in shooting percentage.

    Nova ~ 50-60%, our Hokies 35-40%.. Nova is one of the best shooting teams I’ve seen.

    GO HOKIES!!!

  4. Great news. I’m looking forward to watching this game tomorrow night. Go Hokies. A chance to stun the basketball world. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.

      1. It’s ESPNU, per hokiesports.com schedule and article. I have corrected the article and will update our schedules.

    1. Definitely bet the farm on this.

      *(for entertainment purposes only. We do not offer money back guarantees on our picks)

  5. To be the best you gotta play and beat the best. We probably won’t win but we’ll get some great experience and learn a lot about where we are early in the season. Would love a win though!!

  6. What a great opportunity for the team! Win or lose this game is probably better for the long term development of the team and individual players and the ACC regular season to come than Temple would have been.

  7. My two favorite teams marching up. I know Gillespie and Arcidiacono families so watch them religiously same as VT. Will be tough but look forward to Bebe defending Gillespie as he likes to back you down in post and operate in the paint. Crafty player. Jeremiah Robinson Earl gonna be a problem.

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