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Men's College Basketball
Preview
VMI at Virginia Tech
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, December 22, 2014
Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Tech has survived an up-and-down non-conference slate with some quality defense, but that will be put to the test Monday against high-scoring Virginia Military Institute. The Hokies have held six straight opponents and nine out of 10 overall under 70 points after a 64-61 home win against The Citadel on Saturday. It was the fourth straight time Virginia Tech - which has held foes to a 39.9 percent shooting percentage - has been involved in a game decided by 10 points or fewer.

The Hokies will be hard-pressed to keep alive some of those trends against a Keydets squad that entered Sunday ranked second in the nation in scoring (88.9) and first overall in 3-pointers per game (12.9). VMI also has plenty of rest since its 92-77 win over Marist on Dec. 13, when it made 55 3-point attempts - sinking 19 - and 11 straight to begin the game. While Virginia Tech is not quite as focused on its perimeter game, it does lead all ACC teams with a 42.1 percent showing from beyond the arc.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3.com

ABOUT VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE (5-6): The Keydets forced their style on the Hokies in the previous meeting on Nov. 18, 2013, shooting 36 3s and nearly rallying in a frantic second half before falling 105-92. Leading scorer QJ Peterson, who is averaging 27 points over his last four games, led the way in that loss for VMI with 22 and four steals. The Keydets' last win in Blacksburg came on New Year's Eve, 1997.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (6-4): While defeating The Citadel at home does not qualify as a defining moment for an ACC program, the Hokies were pleased they were able to pull out a close one after failing down the stretch in some recent affairs. "We're thankful that we won," coach Buzz Williams told reporters. "We've lost three games just like this." Virginia Tech, which was led by Adam Smith's 16 points, made 4-of-6 free throws in the closing seconds to help seal the win for a team that came into Sunday ranked 342nd in the country with a 57.1 percent mark from the line.

TIP-INS

1. Virginia Tech F Joey Van Zegeren is 25-for-43 from the field but 2-for-18 from the line over a five-game span.

2. Keydets G Tim Marshall scored 20 points in the win over Marist and is averaging 11.7 in 19.5 minutes for the season.

3. The Hokies have an 88-43 lead in the series, which is their most-played non-conference rivalry.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 87, VMI 80
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
VMI 5-6 W1 3-1 1-4 1-1 2-1 3-5 1-1
Virginia Tech 6-4 W2 5-2 0-1 1-1 3-2 3-2 0-0
Last Meeting
VMI Virginia Tech
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/18/13 VMI 92 VT 105 92 25 41.8 105 50 52.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
VMI R. Glasgow 22 47.1 2
Virginia Tech J. Eddie 21 58.3 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
VMI D. Covington 5 2 3
Virginia Tech M. Wood 8 1 7
Assists Player  
VMI R. Glasgow 4
Virginia Tech D. Wilson 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
VMI Q. Peterson 235 39.8 49
Virginia Tech A. Smith 125 47.4 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
VMI P. Anglade 68 37 31
Virginia Tech J. Van Zegeren 62 29 33
Assists Player  
VMI Q. Peterson 48
Virginia Tech D. Wilson 43
Quickchart Matchup
VMI Off vs  Virginia Tech Defense
80.1 Points For
61.8 Points Against
41.3 FG%
39.2 FG%
32.0 Reb
32.5 Reb
Virginia Tech Off vs  VMI Defense
67.5 Points For
86.9 Points Against
48.3 FG%
52.7 FG%
32.5 Reb
36.4 Reb