“They’ve always been a great team, so it’s going to be a great day for competition”. Today’s contest takes place from Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky and will air live on ESPN2.
Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexnder and Virginia Tech freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker are first cousins and played prep basketball together at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Tech coach Justin Fuente said last week he expects all of the Hokies’ committed players to sign a letter of intent in the early period, or he won’t consider them committed to the program.
His unofficial visit to Lexington has ideal timing, as Canadians Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech) will take the court in Rupp Arena. Webb is ranked as the second best JUCO cornerback in the nation by ESPN and 247 Sports Composite. “Their length in addition to their athleticism will be a distinct change from what we’ve played against through 10 games”.
“We’re excited definitely because we know this is a big test”, Clarke said of Kentucky. Williams appears to have Virginia Tech on rise.
Kentucky and Virginia Tech haven’t played since the 1996 season when the Wildcats defeated the Hokies 84-60 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “Just being a leader on and off the field, they just really believe in my style of play”. Bibbs is scoring 17.5 points per game and 47.6% from behind the arc. Virginia Tech has scored over 100 points in three games this year, however, the opponents in those games have a combined.500 winning percentage on the season.
Chris Clarke was Virginia Tech’s third-leading scorer last season but missed the final nine games with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
He said Virginia Tech’s reputation in developing defensive backs was important. Balanced scoring, as outlined above, and attacking the basket to get to the free throw line. Alexander-Walker, a Canadian, has been one of the ACC’s better freshmen but Virginia Tech is led by Bibbs (senior), Hill (redshirt junior) and Blackshear (redshirt sophomore). The Hokies rank 333rd out of 351 Division-I teams.
The Hokies can ball and if the Cats turn the ball over, and play like they have against others this season, it’ll be learning in a loss instead of a win. They are going to press us.