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The Hunt for 69 | NIT Preview | #4 wichita state (25-8) @ #1 VT (22-11) | Sunday at 11 AM | ESPN

The Hunt for 69 | NIT Preview | #4 wichita state (25-8) @ #1 VT (22-11) | Sunday at 11 AM | ESPN

Unlike the White Stripes, we are not going to Wichita. wichita state is coming to Blacksburg for Round 2 of the Virginia Tech Invitational. It’s Brunch in Blacksburg as the Hokies host the shockers at 11 AM Sunday in the Cassell!  Yep, the shockers come to town as the Hunt for 69 rolls on.

With a Hokie win, the current senior class will pick up their 88th win and post the most wins in a 4-year span in VT basketball history.

Both teams enjoyed woodshed beatings in their NIT openers on Wednesday. VT scrambled bethune-cookman 79-54 (Recap).  wichita state popped the cornhuskers of nebraska by a 76-49 margin.

The big question for the Hokies will be the status of Victor Davila.  He has what has been diagnosed as either a torn labrum, a rotator cuff, or a deep bruise in his right shoulder.  He actually hurt it in the georgia tech game last Thursday and has logged 84 minutes of action in three games since.  But he couldn’t even lift his right arm above his shoulder earlier this week.  I bet he’ll play, but he’ll be battling it.  It doesn’t help that this is his dominant arm.  That sweet hook shot of his will be even more of a baby hook.

Erick Green also has an ankle injury from practice on Tuesday, but looked solid Wednesday.  Could we be down to six scholarship guys on Sunday?  We’ll see.  Heck, I might be suiting up by the time we get to New York if we can win two more.

I usually talk about how Virginia Tech will have an advantage with this game being at 11 AM, which is 10 AM Central where the shockers are.  But after baylor killed VT in an 11 AM game two years ago, I’ll just let that one go.

SERIES: VT 1-0 (Won 91-90 in 1965)

STARTERS:

Position Virginia Tech wichita state
Guard 11 Green – 6-4 23 Murry 6-5
Guard 23 Delaney – 6-3 1 Ragland 6-0
Wing/Forward 1 Bell – 6-7 14 Hatch 6-4
Forward 0 Allen – 6-7 32 Blair 6-8
Forward/Center 14 Davila – 6-8 31 Durley 6-8

Talk about a contrast – the shockers will go five deep on their bench.  Tech can likely only go two deep at most.

STATS:

Virginia Tech wichita state
PPG 70.1 72.3
Pts Against 62.2 61.5
FG % 45% 46%
3-Pt % 33% 35%
FT % 71% 74%
Leading
Scorer Delaney 18.4 Durley 11.3
Rebounder Allen 9.8 Blair 6.2
Assists Delaney 4.1 Murry 3.4
Steals Green 1.7 Murry 1.1
Blocks Davila 1.2 Blair 0.9

When I say the shockers have a balanced attack, I mean they have a really balanced attack.  They have 10 guys averaging between 4.5 and 11.3 points per game.  Seven of those guys will shoot the three, so you have to defend almost their whole lineup on the perimeter except for Gabe Blair, one of their big men (he transferred from ecu).  David Kyles off the bench is their best shooter — he’s hit 72 3′s at 40%.  J.T. Durley is an inside-outside forward who will step out.  Luckily for VT, he isn’t that aggressive and doesn’t get to the line a lot.  Toure’ Murry will slash and look to get to the rim.  VT may play man if the shockers are hot from deep.

The shockers are in the top 60 in the nation in offensive and defensive efficiency.  They also are the 4th best defensive rebounding team in the nation, holding opponents to 26%.

Note: Malcolm Delaney needs just 8 assists to become VT’s all time leader.

BORING FACTS ABOUT wichita state:

  • Colors: Black and yellow (another Wiz Khalifa fan)
  • Established: 1895
  • Type: Public
  • Conference: Missouri Valley
  • Mascot: WuShock
  • Tragedy: 31 football players died in a 1970 plane crash… but they didn’t get a movie with Matthew McC.
  • Baseball: Winningest team in the NCAA over the past 31 seasons – 1989 national champs and 3 time runner-up.
  • Willie Jeffries became the first Division I black head coach at wsu in 1979.
  • Bill Parcells played at wsu.
  • Co-foundes (and brothers) of Pizza Hut went to wsu.

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  • http://vt.bb.fanfoc.us hokieguru

    So, I missed the HoKeys to victory that are normally in the other previews… I get the sense that you all don’t feel that good about this game… neither do I…

    • Niemo

      Nah, that’s not it at all. I think it is 3 things:
      1) I don’t know much about them so it is hard to have meaningful keys.
      2) I was trying to get something up before Friday Happy Hour.
      3) Writer’s burnout of being in the NIT the 4th straight year… I debated about not doing any previews for the NIT as a form of non-violent protest but decided that would be disrespectful to the program.

  • Les

    We need to show more hospitality this time and take them out drinking Saturday night.

    • Niemo

      Or pull the fire alarm at the Inn & Conference Center at 3 AM just like the night before the uva@VT game in 2007.

  • RK in Roanoke

    Did davila hurt his arm against gt on one of those two horrible attempted dunks where he smashed the ball into the rim? Or was he already hurt and couldn’t get the ball over the rim because of it?

    • Niemo

      RK – Yep – hurt it on one of those dunk attempts.

  • http://vt.bb.fanfoc.us hokieguru

    Niemo, the Shockers are a really good team and the reference to Baylor was on the spot… Shockers have even better size than Baylor had… at times, they can have 7’0″, 6’8″, and 6″8 on the floor in the front court… that scares me.

  • King

    Tech better be careful. Witchitalkin Bout Willis State played before a packed house in their opening round win over Nebraska & played with a lot of energy. I think they’re genuinely excited about competing for the NIT championship. They’re a solid team & shouldn’t be taken lightly. That said, I liked Greenberg’s statement after the game, regarding his pre-game message, imploring Tech to play loose & play to win. I hope the students pack the Cassell & show their appreciation for the senior class. Go Hokies!

  • chrishokie

    10 guys in double figure minutes is scary for us. But, hopefully that means they don’t have any standouts. Davilla can just play defense with his body and one arm and set picks on offense. If the game stays reasonably close I like Debnam and Garland in the rotation. Some of those long shots from Garland look really rough (not even drawing iron). I guess most of his points in HS must have been driving to the basket.

  • chrishokie

    P.S. Nice NIT logo!

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