When the Hokies(22/24) face the Kansas State Wildcats(3/3) at 4pm on ESPN they won’t be short on talent. The Hokies made it hard om themselves against Campbell, and did not look like a team almost certain of its march madness inclusion. The season is young, and without the bench depth the Hokies were gifted in having last season, the team must work a lot harder than they thought to make this season special. Their first test will be against a very talented K-State team, that comes off of a 75-61 win over James Madison. Kansas State looks impressive, but also had issues in its tangle with JMU. Jacob Pullen, the Wildcats premier guard, is the only Senior on the roster. This is not, unexpectedly, a weakness for this team. They are very dangerous, and boast one of the most intimidating crowds in all of college basketball. The “Octagon of Doom” is a cramped, crazy, and loud Coliseum. It holds 12,000 plus and can be as loud as they come. It is a remarkably similar environment to VT’s own Cassell Coliseum. Tech will need to reverse this environment, and be able to not let it affect their game. The good news is that the Hokies are a very good team when facing highly ranked opponents, and seem to be driven by hostile environments. It was 2 years ago that unranked Virginia Tech went to Wake Forest, and beat the #1 ranked Demon Deacons very handily. They will need to improve upon their performance from Friday if they desire to upend the 3rd ranked Wildcats.
Prediction: There are many if’s involved in the scenarios that have VT winning this game. The best thing that I saw from the Hokies on Friday was even distributed point scoring. The team gave many players a chance to score, including a career high 17 points for T-Bell. They also sent a lot of Campbell’s possessions down to the last seconds on the shot clock. They, unfortunately, could not stop the Camels from taking and making a lot of shots. IF Virginia Tech can establish a presence down low, while staying out of foul trouble (Jeff Allen and Victor Davila) they can win this game. They will need to make every possession count as well. Look for Malcolm Delaney to push the ball and take a lot more open shots than he did in last Friday’ game. I have seen this team play well, and take great teams down with unbelievable resilience. Seth, along with this mature lineup will play inspired basketball tomorrow against a great team in K-State, and hopefully it will be enough.
About the Author
Written by Logan Cecchine
I am a Virginia Tech undergrad, and plan on graduating with a degree in human development, as well as a minor in leadership and social change. I am a huge fan of all sports, but college football and basketball are on the top of my list. I am a fan of the Boston Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, Denver Broncos, and my Hokies.