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Presbyterian-Virginia Tech men's basketball preview capsule

Presbyterian-Virginia Tech men's basketball preview capsule


Men’s basketball


Presbyterian at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum

Records: Presbyterian 6-5; Virginia Tech 9-2

Internet: Network Extra

Last meeting: Virginia Tech won 87-65 at home on Dec. 27, 2014.

Presbyterian probable starters: F Francois Lewis (9.8 ppg), C Armel TeTe (4.3 ppg), G Davon Bell (13.9 ppg), G Reggie Dillard (17 ppg), G JC Younger (10.6 ppg)

Virginia Tech probable starters: F Kerry Blackshear (13.5 ppg), G Justin Bibbs (16.9 ppg), G Ahmed Hill (16.9 ppg), G Nickeil Alexander-Walker (13.6 ppg), G Justin Robinson (10.7 ppg)

Notes: Virginia Tech leads the nation in scoring offense (95.3 ppg), scoring margin (outscoring foes by 22.5 points per game) and field-goal percentage (55.5 percent). Tech ranks third in 3-point field-goal percentage (46.7 percent) and fourth in assists (19.7 apg). … Only eight Hokies saw action in last weekend’s loss at Kentucky, including one (Devin Wilson) who played 10 minutes and one (Tyrie Jackson) who played just one minute. … Presbyterian finished No. 346 out of 351 Division I teams in the NCAA’s final RPI last season. Presbyterian is Tech’s eighth foe so far this season that finished worse than No. 200 in the final RPI last season. … Former Wofford assistant Dustin Kerns is in his first season as the coach of Big South member Presbyterian. … Presbyterian is on a five-game winning streak — its longest win streak since 2011. … Presbyterian has beaten just four Division I teams this season. It has lost to Tennessee (88-53), North Carolina State (86-68) and VMI (78-58), among others. … This game will mark the debut of new postgame traffic patterns. All traffic exiting the Coliseum Lot (Lot 1) onto Beamer Way must turn right. Traffic will be allowed to go into the Stadium lot (Lot 2) and turn around to come back up Beamer Way. All traffic exiting onto Washington Street from the Coliseum Lot will now turn left and go to the roundabout before circling back eastbound on Washington Street. There will now be an officer at the Southgate Drive and Beamer Way intersection, working the traffic. An officer at the intersection of Beamer Way and Washington Street will prevent traffic on Washington Street from going south on Beamer Way.

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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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