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Friday, 11/16/2018 11:00 AM
CHARLESTON CLASSIC - Round 2 - TD Bank Arena - Charleston, SC
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VIRGINIA TECH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-0+12-00-280.042.548.4%33.061.531.044.3%28.0
Road Games1-0+11-00-
Last 5 Games2-0+12-00-280.042.548.4%33.061.531.044.3%28.0
VIRGINIA TECH Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)80.042.530-6348.4%8-2533.3%10-1475.0%3310172111143
vs opponents surrendering78.340.530-6445.7%8-2431.9%12-1867.6%371416208144
Team Stats (Road Games)73.043.029-6346.0%7-2626.9%8-988.9%33101417793
Stats Against (All Games)61.531.021-4844.3%7-2431.2%11-1762.9%28711153215
vs opponents averaging71.231.725-5546.1%8-2136.7%13-1966.7%321012185174
Stats Against (Road Games)64.029.022-5242.3%9-2733.3%11-1478.6%321011114146

NORTHEASTERN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-1-7.72-12-174.334.049.3%27.766.729.346.0%29.0
Road Games2-0+2.92-01-174.533.052.3%26.561.527.544.1%24.5
Last 5 Games2-1-7.72-12-174.334.049.3%27.766.729.346.0%29.0
NORTHEASTERN Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)74.334.024-4849.3%9-2243.1%18-2184.1%28413177131
vs opponents surrendering69.332.424-5542.7%7-2035.6%15-2173.2%32911196132
Team Stats (Road Games)74.533.023-4452.3%11-2055.0%17-1989.7%26213158141
Stats Against (All Games)66.729.325-5446.0%7-1934.5%11-1762.7%29811196112
vs opponents averaging74.837.927-5847.4%8-2136.1%12-1966.2%361114195134
Stats Against (Road Games)61.527.522-5144.1%7-2133.3%9-1465.5%24511185112
Average power rating of opponents played: VIRGINIA TECH 72,  NORTHEASTERN 76.7
VIRGINIA TECH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/9/2018GARDNER WEBB87-59W-20W148U32-6350.8%332021-4546.7%2429
11/15/2018*BALL ST73-64W-8W151.5U29-6346.0%33922-5242.3%3214
11/24/2018ST FRANCIS-PA              
11/27/2018@ PENN ST              
12/1/2018C CONN ST              
12/9/2018S CAROLINA ST              

NORTHEASTERN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/6/2018BOSTON U74-77L-13L145.5O25-5644.6%301029-5949.2%3811
11/9/2018@ HARVARD81-71W3W139.5O24-4652.2%281626-5151.0%2214
11/16/2018*VIRGINIA TECH              
11/24/2018@ DAVIDSON              
11/28/2018@ BUCKNELL              
12/1/2018E MICHIGAN              
12/4/2018@ SYRACUSE              
VIRGINIA TECH: Last season: 21-12, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
Nickname: Hokies
Coach: Buzz Williams, fifth season
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: G Justin Bibbs (13.3 ppg. Led the team with 66 3s), G Devin Wilson, their best defensive player
Who's back: G Justin Robinson (14 ppg, 185 assists) is a speedy 6-foot-2 guard who can take over a game (he had 32 points in a victory against NC State last year). F Kerry Blackshear Jr. (12.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg), who can be hard to stop when not in foul trouble. G Nickeil Alexander-Walker (10.7 ppg, 58 3s), who showed maturity beyond his years as a freshman. G Ahmed Hill (10.6 ppg, 64 3s), who shot 41 percent from deep. G/F Chris Clarke (8.2 ppg, team-best 6.3 rpg) whose speed can be an asset, but also a liability (75 turnovers). F P.J. Horne, who shot 59 percent from the field and showed flashes of being a spark off the bench.
Who's new: G Ty Outlaw, who shot 48.7 percent from 3-point range in 2016-17 before missing last season with a torn ACL.
The Skinny: The Hokies have thrived in an us-against-the-world approach in Williams' first four seasons, winning two ACC games their first season and 10 each of the past three years. With prospects for a third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in school history, how they handle being on the expectations side of the ledger will go a long way toward determining how successful they can be.
Expectations: At No. 15, the Hokies are ranked as high as they ever been to start a season, and they are picked fifth in the ACC after much more dire prognostications in previous seasons. With eight experienced players returning, Williams also has more experience than he's had during his tenure in Blacksburg. A quick return to form of Ty Outlaw after missing last season with a torn ACL would help their prospects immensely.
Virginia Tech, Northeastern meet in Charleston Classic semifinals

The Virginia Tech Hokies -- without multiple players they hoped would be part of their roster this season -- managed the opening game of the Charleston Classic as well as they reasonably could.

They definitely managed their first game in South Carolina better than the Alabama Crimson Tide. As a result, Virginia Tech will face the Northeastern Huskies in Friday's first semifinal of the pre-Thanksgiving tournament.

Virginia Tech entered Charleston without the services of Chris Clarke (suspension) and Landers Nolley (ineligible to play). The Hokies carried a limited bench into a three-games-in-four-days tournament. They knew that they would need strong games from several different players, and that's what happened against Ball State.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker carried the day for the Hokies. The sophomore played 38 minutes and scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting. When Ball State tried to make a push midway through the second half, Alexander-Walker scored important baskets to halt the Cardinals' comeback bid.

Kerry Blackshear scored 18 points and provided six offensive rebounds for Virginia Tech. Justin Robinson didn't shoot well (5 of 14), but handed out six assists and collected four steals.

All told, Alexander-Walker, Blackshear and Robinson scored 54 of Virginia Tech's 73 points, roughly 75 percent.

"I thought we were much better than we were in our first game Last Friday," Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams told ESPN's Sean Farnham after the game. "I was a little concerned that maybe we made a scheduling problem because we only had one game (before this one), but I thought our guys, including our staff -- we did a very good job of getting back to what we need to be about."

What is Virginia Tech about? Defensive effort.

The Hokies weren't always crisp with their defensive rotations. In some two- or three-minute sequences on Thursday, late responses led to open corner threes for Ball State. However, the Cardinals didn't make many of their opportunities, finishing 9-of-27 from 3-point range. When Ball State didn't take advantage of its better possessions, it paid a price.

Virginia Tech clamped down on Ball State for most of the day, especially the end of the first half. Ball State scored just seven points in the final nine minutes of the half, as Virginia Tech gained a 43-29 halftime lead. This enabled the Hokies to surrender a 10-0 run early in the second half and still have a small working margin.

Walker-Alexander played his best basketball midway through the second half to extend that margin, and as soon as Virginia Tech thwarted Ball State's surge, the energy of the game changed. The Hokies swarmed Ball State's two best players, Tayler Persons (21 points) and Kyle Mallers (19 points), forcing a third Cardinal player to beat them.

That player never did emerge.

The Ball State supporting cast surrounding Persons and Mallers hit a total of just eight field goals and shot just 32 percent (8 of 25). Ball State's non-Persons, non-Mallers players hit just two 3-pointers (2 of 10). The Cardinals collected just nine bench points.

This was exactly the kind of performance which enabled Virginia Tech to win despite its own short bench. The Hokies' reserves scored just four points, but their three best players carried the day.

Virginia Tech will meet Northeastern, a 68-52 winner over Alabama on Thursday. The Huskies denied Alabama a chance to meet Virginia Tech for a second time in 2018. The two schools faced each other in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, with Alabama winning.

Northeastern was never truly challenged in the program's first-ever win over an SEC school. The Huskies led 33-22 at halftime and maintained that lead throughout the second half. Alabama hit no 3-pointers in the first half and finished 3 of 19 from the arc for the game. The Tide hit just 37 percent of their field goals and were constantly hesitant against the Huskies' defense.

Northeastern hit 52 percent of its field goals (22 of 42) and 53 percent of its threes (9 of 17). Vasa Pusica scored 20 points on 4-of-4 3-point shooting with five assists and three steals. He gave Alabama a lot of problems. He did, however, commit five turnovers, something Virginia Tech's defense will take note of in the Charleston semifinals.

Jeremy Miller scored 11 points coming off the bench for Northeastern. Miller was elated about the win. He spoke about the Huskies' chance to play yet another Power Five conference opponent in Charleston:

"Everyone's hype, everyone's really into it," he said. "I think it brings out a different side to us. We have something to prove this year."

Northeastern played like a team with something to prove on Thursday. Virginia Tech will test the Huskies' acumen and aspirations on Friday in South Carolina.

Last Updated: 5/21/2019 7:44:54 PM EST

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