The Hokies look to improve their record to 3-1 when VMI makes the trip down I-81 for a Monday night game. The Keydets are already 3-1 on the season, and they’ll be looking to upset their in-state rival.
VMI plays a fast-paced, high-scoring brand of basketball that is a lot of fun to watch. Check out the scores from their four games this season…
82-71 W vs. The Citadel
71-63 W vs. Air Force
98-71 L vs. Wake Forest
121-80 W vs. Bluefield State
71 point games against Air Force and Wake Forest are actually somewhat of a surprise for VMI. That’s a little low for them, even against an ACC foe like Wake. The Hokies haven’t had much trouble with VMI in the last two meetings, though both were fun games to watch. Tech won 95-80 last season, and they also beat the Keydets 98-73 back on December 9, 2009.
Here’s a look at VMI’s starting lineup…
G Rodney Glasgow (5-10, 170, Sr.): 15.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.5 apg. Glasgow ranked first in the Big South in assist-to-turnover ratio last season. He has been one of the top point guards in the Big South since his freshman season.
G Brian Brown (5-11, 185, Jr.): 3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg. Brown was a starter last season and he averaged 8.5 points per game. He’s off to a slow start this year, but his scoring should pick up.
G QJ Peterson (6-0, 170, Fr.): 21.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.8 apg. The freshman guard has been VMI’s most dynamic scorer thus far in 2013-14.
F Craig Hinton (6-7, 185, Fr.): 4.3 ppg, 4 rpg, 0.5 bpg. Hinton has stepped into the starting lineup as a freshman this year. He’s shooting just 23.1% from the field.
C DJ Covington (6-9, 235, Sr.): 14.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.8 apg. Covinton is VMI’s impressive center. He is a good back-to-the basket player, and he has the talent to play at a higher level than the Big South. He had 23 points against Virginia Tech last season.
We could also see Jordan Weethee (6-6, 210, r-So.) in the starting lineup. He is averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
This is a game Virginia Tech should win, because of their overall athletic advantage and their size advantage in the backcourt. Also, it’s a game that the Hokies need to win. They play #1 Michigan State on Friday night in Brooklyn. Assuming they lose that game, they’ll play either Oklahoma or Seton Hall on Saturday. It’s very possible that they could leave New York with two losses, so it’s important to pick up as many wins as possible against teams like VMI.