No. 20 Virginia Tech endured a loss on the courtroom Saturday at Syracuse and one other one off it early Sunday morning.
The Hokies might be with out beginning guard Tyrece Radford for his or her Wednesday evening go to to Atlantic Coast Convention rival Notre Dame. The 6-foot-2 junior was suspended indefinitely, per athletic division coverage, after being charged with a first-offense DUI and carrying a hid weapon by Blacksburg, Va., police.
Radford averages 11.1 factors and 6.Three rebounds, each second on the crew, and leads the crew in minutes per sport at 31.1. In Virginia Tech’s win on Jan. 12 over Duke, Radford was one of the best participant on the ground with an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double.
The duty for the Hokies is to make up for the lack of Radford of their third consecutive ACC street sport.
“We have got no selection,” coach Mike Younger mentioned. “We’ll determine it out. We have got sufficient gamers on this constructing to proceed to win.”
Or, on this case, to renew the successful that put them close to the highest of the ACC standings. Even after a 78-60 clunker in upstate New York, Virginia Tech is tied for third within the convention and nonetheless boasts three top-25 wins, together with a neutral-court additional time determination in opposition to No. Three Villanova in November.
Keve Aluma leads the Hokies’ offense with 13.9 factors and seven.1 boards per sport whereas sixth man Jalen Cone (10.9 ppg) and Nahiem Alleyne (10.5 ppg) additionally provide double-figure scoring. Alleyne pumped in 20 factors at Syracuse, however Virginia Tech made simply 20 of 61 pictures from the sector (32.Eight %), together with Eight of 29 from 3-point vary (27.6 %).
The Hokies additionally turned in a sub-par effort on protection, permitting the Orange to attach on 50.9 % of their field-goal makes an attempt whereas forcing solely eight turnovers.
In the meantime, the Combating Irish (5-8, 2-5) are coming off a 73-59 win Sunday evening at Miami, their second victory in a row after 4 consecutive losses. Prentiss Hubb led the best way with 19 factors and 9 assists whereas Juwan Durham added 16 factors and Nate Laszewski produced a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Notre Dame overcame 16 turnovers with excellent taking pictures and rebounding. The Combating Irish made 53.Eight % of their field-goal tries, together with a blistering 10 of 18 on 3-pointers, and earned a 37-28 benefit on the boards.
The Irish have not at all times been an excellent rebounding crew this season. Even after Sunday evening, they rank close to the underside of Division I in boards with simply 32.1 per sport. Nevertheless, the absence of Radford may give them a greater likelihood to compete on the glass.
“He is a heck of a participant, and that is an enormous loss for them,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey mentioned. “Regardless that he is a loss, I’ve a sense that they nonetheless have sufficient dudes that they’ll get out and get after us.”
Laszewski (16.6 factors, 7.Eight rebounds per sport) leads the Irish in scoring and rebounding whereas connecting on 64.6 % of his pictures from the sector.
Virginia Tech gained the season’s first assembly 77-63 on Jan. 10 in Blacksburg behind 18 factors from Cone and a 41-24 rebounding benefit.
–Area Degree Media