The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team received its program-record fourth-straight NCAA Tournament bid Sunday night, as a 10-seed in the South Region. The Hokies (15-6, 9-4 ACC) will face 7-seed Florida (14-9, 9-7 SEC) out of the SEC.
Virginia Tech was the overall 38 seed, so they were squarely in the 10-seed area.
Here’s a look at the Hokies’ sub-regional.
Four Florida starters average in double figures, led by 6-5 sophomore guard Tre Mann, who averages 16 points per game. The Gators are fifth nationally in blocks per game with an average of 5.4.
Florida ranks No. 37 overall in the Ken Pomeroy ratings, and they are a balanced team overall, ranking No. 40 in offensive efficiency and No. 37 in defensive efficiency. The Hokies come in at No. 50 overall, No. 55 in offensive efficiency and No. 54 in defensive efficiency.
The Gators went 14-9 on the season, but their seeding was helped by the fact that they have five Quadrant 1 wins. As a comparison, no ACC team had more than four Quadrant 1 victories.
Update: The game will be played on Friday, March 19, at 12:15 at Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University in Indianapolis. It will be televised on CBS, with the announcing team of Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson.
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