Virginia Tech will face Seton Hall tonight at 7pm in the Consolation Game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Tech was defeated 96-77 by #1 Michigan State last night, while the Pirates lost to Oklahoma 86-85.
Seton Hall is 3-2 on the season…
83-72 W vs. Niagara
78-76 W vs. Kent State
77-74 2OT L vs. Mercer
82-66 W vs. Monmouth
86-85 L vs. Oklahoma
At first glance, Seton Hall appears to be a very beatable team. Of course, the Hokies are also very beatable.
G Sterling Gibbs (6-2, 185, r-So.): 17ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.5 apg. Gibbs is a transfer from Texas who sat out last season. He has been Seton Hall’s top player thus far.
G Jaren Sina (6-2, 180, Fr.): Sina is a freshman who is averaging five points per game and 22 minutes per game.
F Fuquan Edwin (6-6, 215, Sr.): Edwin is averaging 15.3 ppg. Despite his size at small forward, he’s only grabbing 1.8 rebounds. He was an Honorable Mention All-Big East player last season.
F Patrik Auda (6-9, 235, r-Jr.): Auda is Seton Hall’s top post player, averaging 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
C Aaron Geramipoor (6-11, 245, Sr.): Technically a starter, Geramipoor only plays 7.8 minutes per game.
Seton Hall as a pretty solid and deep bench…
C Eugene Teague (6-9, 270, r-Sr.): Teague plays 23 minutes per game. He averages 5.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.
F Brandon Mobley (6-9, 215, Jr.): Mobley averages 7.5 points in 18.3 minutes per game.
G Tom Maayan (6-2, 175, So.): Maayan isn’t a scorer, but he is the backup point guard. He dishes out 3.5 assists per contest.
G Brian Oliver (6-7, 225, r-Sr.): Oliver was heavily recruited by Virginia Tech out of high school. He chose Georgia Tech instead, but he has since transferred to Seton Hall. He is a very dangerous outside shooter.
The Pirates have been a sloppy basketball team thus far this season. They have 77 turnovers in five games, compared to just 66 assists. That’s pretty similar to the Hokies, who have 72 turnovers and just 60 assists in five games.
The most disturbing stat for Virginia Tech this year is their 72 turnovers when compared to just 40 forced turnovers. The Hokies are facing a team tonight that tends to turn the ball over, so they must take advantage.