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Houston Baptist-Virginia Tech men's basketball preview capsule

Houston Baptist-Virginia Tech men's basketball preview capsule


Men’s basketball


Houston Baptist at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum

Records: Houston Baptist 1-3; Virginia Tech 3-1

Internet: Network Extra

Last meeting: First meeting

Houston Baptist probable starters: F David Caraher (16.8 ppg), 6-foot-11 C Josh Ibarra (18 ppg), G Braxton Bonds (9.8 ppg), G Ian DuBose (13.3 ppg), G Will Gates (7.8 ppg)

Virginia Tech probable starters: F Kerry Blackshear (13.8 ppg), G Justin Bibbs (22.5 ppg), G Ahmed Hill (22 ppg), G Nickeil Alexander-Walker (19.3 ppg), G Justin Robinson (10.5 ppg)

Notes: Houston Baptist is visiting Virginia Tech as part of the on-campus portion of the 2K Classic. … Houston Baptist is coming off a 116-109 overtime loss to Detroit Mercy — the team that lost to Tech 111-79 in the season opener. … Houston Baptist is 0-3 against Division I foes this season. … Houston Baptist will be the first Tech foe this season that had a winning record last year. The team was 17-14 overall and 12-6 in the Southland Conference. … For the first time in Tech history, the Hokies have scored at least 100 points in three of their first four games. The last time Tech scored at least 100 points in three games during a season was in the 1988-89 campaign, when the Hokies did so six times.

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Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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