Virginia Tech and Virginia square off on Monday night at Cassell Coliseum. The game, part of the Commonwealth Clash, tips and 9 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.
About Tonight’s Game
The Hokies enter tonight’s game 9-5 overall and 1-0 in ACC action … Virginia is 12-1 on the season and 1-0 in league play … The Cavaliers were ranked fifth in both polls last week.
Last Time Out: VT 73, NCSU 68 OT
The Hokies opened ACC play with a big come-from-behind victory over NC State, 73-68, in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Tech trailed by as many as 16 points in the game and trailed by 10 points with 10:31 remaining in regulation, but rallied to send the game into overtime on a three-pointer by Seth Allen in the final seconds of regulation ... Tech then got big baskets from Kerry Blackshear Jr., and Jalen Hudson in overtime for the 73-68 victory ... Allen and Hudson scored 23 points each and Zach LeDay had nine points and 12 rebounds in the win.
Series Against The Cavaliers
This is the 142nd meeting all-time between the two in-state rivals, in a series that dates back to 1915 … This is the most-played rivalry for the Hokies ... UVa leads the all-time series, 88-53 … UVa has won the last seven meetings, most recently a 69-57 win in Charlottesville last season … Tech is 27-21 in home games in the series and 14-7 in games played in Cassell Coliseum … This series has been played not only in Blacksburg and Charlottesville, but also in Richmond, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Salem, Hampton, Norfolk and Greensboro, North Carolina in the 2006 ACC Tournament.
Tonight’s game is presented by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of Virginia Tech Athletics ... It is also a potential half point in the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash, the point rivalry series between University of Virginia and Virginia Tech ... Currently the score for the Clash is University of Virginia 3.5 and Virginia Tech 1.5 ... Learn more about Virginia529 and this new competition at thecommonwealthclash.com.
Virginia Tech is 427-313 (.577) all-time against schools from Virginia ...Tech is 2-0 this season against Virginia schools ... The Hokies have played 14 schools from the state all-time ... The only state Division I school that Tech has not played is Hampton ... Tech holds winning records against 10 of the schools and even records against two others ... Tech has played VMI and Radford from the Commonwealth this year.
We Like 23, and 4
Jalen Hudson scored 23 points in the win over NC State ... That is a season high for Hudson and third time in his Virginia Tech career he has scored 20-or-more points in a game ... All three have come against ACC competition ... Seth Allen scored 23 points for the Hokies ... This is his third, 20-plus point game of the season.
All the Way Back
In the win over NC State, the Hokies rallied from a 16-point deficit ... That is the largest comeback of the season and the first time the Hokies have rallied from a double-digit deficit since coming back from a 10-point deficit to Georgia Tech last season ... The last time the Hokies overcame more than a 16-point deficit was a17-point comeback over West Virginia on Nov. 12, 2013.
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