With Justin Fuente returning to the Hokies…oh wait, this is basketball. The Hokies came into this game after an awful loss, getting the doors blown off by the Penn State Nittany Lions. Virginia Tech came out with energy, defense and an overall good shooting night. The Hokies made more free throws, committed less fouls, and contributed with more assists. Is this the Hokie team we will see for the rest of the season? I am not sure, but I do think that this team is somewhere in-between the Villanova win and this Clemson win. Will they beat ranked teams every time they play? I doubt it, but so far so good for this season. Mike Young switched it up a little bit, allowing the no longer strep throated Hunter Cattoor more minutes, which paid off. Sinking his first 3 shots, putting up 9 points with 10+ minutes to go in the second half. Keve Aluma was a menace and had Clemson running for their mama as he took more trips to the foul line than Harry Potter did to Hogwarts (spoilers, it was a lot of trips). Every time Clemson seemed to get close in this game, the Hokies would come up with a big bucket or would draw a foul, extending a possession with another shot. One thing that really stood out this game; the rebounding of the Hokies. They were all over the boards, offensively and defensively. Bede did a really good job all night at creating contact with Clemson, drawing fouls and shooting pretty well from the field, making 2 of his 3 shots. Tyrece Radford is so strong and lead the Hokies in scoring with 15. Hell of a game and a huge win for the Hokies. What. A. Statement.
These Hokies take on Coppin State on Saturday at 12:30 (get the mimosas ready, folks).