Virginia Tech is coming off an emotional win after upsetting No. 1 Duke. Seth Greenburg knows there is still work to be done before securing a bid into the prestigious NCAA Tournament.
Tonight Virginia Tech (19-8, 9-5 ACC) hosts Boston College (17-11, 7-7 ACC) for its senior night.
Hokie fans will pay tribute to one of the best senior classes to ever play basketball in Cassell Coliseum. Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen and Terrell Bell will be honored tonight—Dorenzo Hudson and J.T. Thompson will be eligible to play next season and Paul Debnam was honored last season.
The Hokies are coming off an emotional win just three days ago and now three big contributors have to deal with the emotions of playing their final collegiate home game.
Virginia Tech traveled to Boston College earlier this year and came up short, losing 58-56.
Allen played arguably his best game of his career, recording 25 points and 19 rebounds. Unfortunately for the Hokies, Allen was the only player to show up. Erick Green failed to make a shot and finished the game with just one point while Delaney shot just 6-17 with 19 points.
Virginia Tech must control the many emotions and focus on the task at hand. The NCAA tournament bid is not guaranteed and tonight’s game is against a fellow bubble team.
Boston College’s resume isn’t quite as complete as Virginia Tech’s and the Golden Eagles don’t have a signature win. With Virginia Tech and Wake Forrest left on their schedule, the Golden Eagles are going to be hungry to pile up as many wins as possible before the season ends.
Boston College has a roster full of players capable of hitting 3-point shots. Five players are averaging over 35-percent shooting from behind-the-arc.
If there has been an Achilles Heel for Virginia Tech this season, it’s defending the outside shot while a team is hot. In the last meeting, Boston College hit four more 3-pointers than Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech has a major strength advantage. Boston College’s big men have shown problems in controlling the paint all season. With Jeff Allen in the midst of his impressive play and Victor Davila playing with more and more confidence, the Hokies should be able to create second chance points by dominating the boards.
Tonight’s game is bigger than honoring the great seniors tonight. A win will all but lock up the first NCAA tournament bid for these seniors who have been on the cusp for the past three seasons.