For the second week in a row, the Virginia Tech Hokies may very well be getting a key participant again on the basketball courtroom.
Head coach Mike Younger mentioned Monday that senior guard Hunter Cattoor was “full-go, in follow,” and he believed that Cattoor would play Wednesday towards No. 10 Virginia.
#Hokies coach Mike Younger expects Hunter Cattoor to be “full go” in follow right this moment and in a position to play Wednesday at #UVa.
— David Teel (@ByDavidTeel) January 16, 2023
The Hokies [11-6, 1-5] have misplaced 5 video games in a row and badly must get again on monitor. Nevertheless, the schedule is daunting. Beginning with Virginia, the Hokies then play No. 19 Clemson [undefeated in the ACC], Duke, Syracuse, at No. 17 Miami and UVA once more on Feb. 4 of their subsequent six video games.
You possibly can take a look at this in two methods: First, the Hokies, with Cattoor again, have an opportunity to select up some spectacular wins. If Virginia Tech can go 4-2, or maybe 5-1, then the Hokies are again within the dialog. Nevertheless, if Tech someway continues to stumble, an NCAA Match berth isn’t within the playing cards this March.
Exterior of final week’s loss at Syracuse [82-72], the earlier 4 losses got here right down to the ultimate seconds. The return of Cattoor and freshman Rodney Rice is sweet information for the Hokies. An issue all season for Virginia Tech has been exterior capturing. The Hokies depend on the skin shot, and when it’s not falling, it places them in a tricky place.
Cattoor, final season’s ACC Match MVP, is averaging round 10 factors per sport. In his first collegiate motion final week, Rice performed 29 minutes and made solely one in every of his 9 makes an attempt from the sphere. The rust was anticipated. Rice did contribute 4 rebounds and three steals.
The Hokies and Hoos tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET Wednesday.