Tonight, the Hokies look to advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament against Florida State. Virginia Tech knocked off Georgia Tech last night to advance into the second round.
Florida State had a strong start to the season, but when star center Chris Singleton went down with an injury, the Seminoles started to struggle. Singleton is expected to see action for the first time in nearly a month tonight.
The two teams met once this season and Virginia Tech won 71-59.
Jeff Allen had a monster game with 24 points and 14 rebounds. The Hokies were able to contain Singleton for just 11 rebounds, but gave up 22 points to the junior. Defensively, the Hokies were able to limit scoring opportunities for the rest of Florida State knowing Singleton cannot beat them single-handedly.
Florida State is a good opponent for Virginia Tech to match up against. The Hokies have been able to contain teams with dominating big men and don’t rely on hot shooting hands to win games.
Although Virginia Tech lacks a lot of depth in the front court, Victor Davila and Allen have been able to team up well to shut down the likes of Singleton, Maryland’s Jordan Williams and Duke’s Kyle Singler.
Allen and Davila will have to stay out of foul trouble and Malcolm Delaney will have to continue to take smart shots to advance into the next round.
Playing a game just 24-hours ago might take a toll on the starter’s legs—they all played over 32 minutes. Slowing the game down and taking smart shots will keep the legs fresh and give the Hokies a shot at continuing to pursue an NCAA Tournament bid.
The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of Duke and Maryland in the semifinals.