Virginia vs Virginia Tech

Time: 09:00 P.M. EST

Virginia managed to stick around in the Top 25 despite another week filled with mixed results.

A difficult two-game stretch this week could knock them out.

The 25th-ranked Cavaliers look to avoid a fourth consecutive road loss and a season sweep at the hands of in-state rival Virginia Tech when the schools meet Tuesday night.

Virginia (20-6, 7-5 ACC) entered this past weekend having dropped three of four, with all those losses coming in opposing arenas. The Cavaliers' only victory over that stretch came 68-44 over reeling Wake Forest on Feb. 8.

After suffering a 70-52 defeat at then-No. 5 North Carolina on Feb. 11 and falling 60-48 at Clemson last Tuesday, Virginia bounced back with a win over another of the conference's lesser teams Saturday. The Cavaliers blew out Maryland 71-44 behind 25 points from leading scorer Mike Scott.

"(The message was) not to panic. We're fine," Scott said. "At Carolina our defense didn't hold up. At Clemson, we turned the ball over. We're just paying for our mistakes. We'll be fine. Don't panic."

While Virginia didn't have much to worry about versus the Terrapins, things are about to get much more difficult with a visit to Blacksburg and Saturday's matchup with the No. 7 Tar Heels looming.

The Cavaliers are 3-6 over their last nine meetings in this series - including a 47-45 home loss Jan. 22.

"We know that they stole one from us here earlier in the season, so we're excited to go in there and give them 110 percent," senior Sammy Zeglinski said.

Virginia had dropped four straight and six of seven road meetings with the Hokies (15-12, 4-8) before pulling out a 57-54 win Dec. 5, 2010, thanks to Scott's 21 points.

The Cavaliers could find themselves in another tightly-contested battle if Virginia Tech's recent efforts are any indication. Seven of the Hokies' last 11 games have been decided by two points or fewer, with each of the last three decided by just one.

Two days after suffering a heartbreaking 48-47 loss at then-No. 20 Florida State, Virginia Tech bounced back with a thrilling 74-73 overtime win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. Dorenzo Hudson played the role of hero, hitting the game-winning 3 as time expired.

"This was a heckuva win for us," coach Seth Greenberg told the school's official website. "For our guys to come back from the Florida State devastation and show the resiliency and figure out a way to win, I just couldn't be more prouder."

The Hokies have split their six home games versus ACC foes. Since suffering three losses in a row to the schools currently tied for first place in the conference, Virginia Tech has put together a three-game run against teams under .500 in league play.

The Hokies, however, are all but certain to have their hands full with Scott, who ranks third in the league with 17.2 points per game.

"Mike is having a terrific year. He is showing his versatility. He desperately wants to leave behind a successful senior year, and to leave a stamp on this program to help it in the future," coach Tony Bennett said.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
College Basketball Current Odds
GameCurrent Line
@ Virginia Tech

TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Carolina14-433-75
Florida St.12-626-914
Notre Dame12-626-1023
Va. Tech10-822-1148
Miami (Fla.)10-821-1242
Wake Forest9-919-1439
Georgia Tech8-1021-16106
NC State4-1415-17141
Boston College2-169-23219

Related Video


CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike White Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

Villanova Wildcats 2016 National Champs
Get the Locker Room Gear!
Shop Now

Other Games
GTOWN 55 Final
Auburn 47 Final
Florida 63
K-State 78 Final
Missouri 68
Illinois 67 Final
Ohio St 83
NC 86 Final
Michigan 67 Final
Nwstern 55
Kentucky 73 Final
Miss St 64
N Mexico 63 Final
Colo St 71