Tech Looks for One More Win Before Their Difficult Stretch Begins

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The Hokies play their final buy game of the year when they host Grambling State in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday night. Tech will be looking to improve to 8-3 before taking on St. Joseph’s and West Virginia in the final two non-conference matchups.

Improving to 8-3 should not be a problem. Grambling State went 2-27 last season, and they are 2-8 this year, with neither of their wins coming over Division I programs. Here’s a quick look at their schedule…

61-53 loss at ECU
85-26 win vs. Mid Atlantic Christian University
82-55 loss at Ohio State
83-65 loss at Memphis
86-67 loss vs. Louisiana Tech
98-53 win vs. Selma
95-49 loss at Marquette
64-52 loss at Tennessee State
61-47 loss at North Carolina A&T

The advanced metrics show that Virginia Tech has a huge advantage in this game. First, we’ll start with the Tigers…

Offensive efficiency: #351 (out of 351 teams)
Defensive efficiency: #232
Offensive Rebounding efficiency: #341
Total Rebounding Rate: #326
Turnovers per Possession: #342

Grambling State ranks in the top 300 in only one of those five categories. Here are Tech’s numbers…

Offensive efficiency: #73
Defensive efficiency: #42
Offensive Rebounding efficiency: #12
Totally Rebounding Rate: #21
Turnovers per Possession: #206

The Hokies haven’t done a great job of protecting the basketball this season, though their last two games against Radford and Lamar have been steps in the right direction.

Tech should dominate this game. The worst team they’ve played all season is Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and there’s a very good chance that Grambling is a lot worse.

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