Pitt (15-10, 6-8) faces off against the Virginia Tech Hokies (14-10, 5-8) in Blacksburg, Va. just days after a morale-busting 20-point loss at home against Clemson. Wednesday’s loss to Clemson was a gut punch in terms of Pitt’s NCAA tournament hopes this season. Still, an upset win today would put the Panthers within one game of 0.500 in ACC play. The game is at 6 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on the ACC Network.
Players to watch:
Virginia Tech – Landers Nolley II. Nolley, a top-75 overall recruit in the class of 2018, is having a fantastic start to this season after nearly transferring from Virginia Tech just ten months ago. Following Buzz Williams’ departure to Texas A&M last spring, Nolley explored a transfer before ultimately making his decision to stick with the Hokies in April 2019.
His decision to stay with the team is fortunate for the Hokies, who are benefitting mightily from his presence on the court this season. Nolley, who has started 23 of Virginia Tech’s 24 games, is averaging 17.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with an effective field goal percentage of 48.9 percent. He’s hitting 35.1 percent of his threes on a significant 7.3 attempts per game from beyond the arc. Expect him to put up points tonight, especially with Pitt’s recent defensive struggles.
After all, Clemson just hit 13 of 22 three-point attempts against the Panthers on Wednesday. You can bet that Nolley is looking forward to tonight’s game.
Pitt – Trey McGowens. McGowens’ shooting difficulties have been well-documented this year, though he’s done plenty of other...
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