Men's College Basketball
Preview
Louisville at Virginia Tech
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia

No. 22 Virginia Tech will look to avenge an early season two-point loss to Louisville when the two teams meet Wednesday night in Blacksburg, Va., in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season home finale for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech (15-5, 9-4 ) still has a shot at the regular-season conference title. The Hokies are coming off an 84-46 win over Wake Forest on Saturday, in which Keve Aluma scored 23 points to lead them.

Tech's defense had a hand in 18 Demon Deacons turnovers and a 27.3 field goal percentage for the game for Wake Forest. The Hokies led 49-22 at halftime and made 53.4 percent of their shots with 54.2 percent on 3-pointers.

"We wipe the slate clean. Tomorrow is a new day, we have not lost two in a row," Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young said after the game. "I think that is the mark of a good team. ... They had that bounce back in our step and we connected defensively and we played with a sense of urgency that I've come to expect around here from this team. It was certainly encouraging to watch."

Louisville came away with a 73-71 home win on Jan. 6 in the first meeting between the two teams this season. It was the 17th straight win in the series between the two teams for the Cardinals, who haven't lost to the Hokies since Feb. 13, 1991, in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech is 8-36 all time against Louisville.

Aluma's 15.9 points and eight rebounds per game lead the Hokies this season. He's made 50 percent of his shots, hitting 111 of 222.

The Cardinals (13-5, 8-4) got bad news on Monday. Forward-center Malik Williams will miss four to six weeks after re-injuring his right foot Saturday against Duke. It was Williams' third game after returning from almost a year out because of injury.

The foot won't require another surgery, but the 6-foot-11 senior already had missed 15 games this season after foot surgery in November. He returned on Feb. 20 against North Carolina, then made his first start of the season against Notre Dame and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Louisville got 25 points from Carlik Jones in the 80-73 overtime win over Duke on Saturday night.

"It means a lot," Cardinals head coach Chris Mack said after the game. "They have a belief in themselves. We had two of the longest COVID pauses, a lot of teams have maybe had one, some teams haven't had any. We have a young crew, not practicing and then getting our brains beat out by Carolina, you've got to love our response. Everyone leaves us for dead and people say, 'They're not that good,' and maybe we aren't, but we're battling. Those guys listen to themselves, they allow themselves to be coached."

The Cardinals defeated the Blue Devils twice in the same season for the first time in school history. Jones, a transfer from Radford, has scored in double figures in his first 17 games as a Cardinal, a school record.

--Field level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Louisville 13-5 W2 9-1 4-4 0-0 6-1 7-4 8-4
Virginia Tech 15-5 W1 10-2 3-3 2-0 4-1 11-4 9-4
Last Meeting
Louisville Virginia Tech
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/6/21 VT 71 LOU 73 73 36 47.3 71 29 42.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Louisville D. Johnson 17 50.0 5
Virginia Tech J. Cone 23 50.0 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Louisville J. Withers 12 3 9
Virginia Tech J. Mutts 8 3 5
Assists Player  
Louisville C. Jones 3
Virginia Tech N. Alleyne 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Louisville C. Jones 300 42.1 71
Virginia Tech K. Aluma 318 50.0 76
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Louisville J. Withers 144 46 98
Virginia Tech K. Aluma 159 52 107
Assists Player  
Louisville C. Jones 76
Virginia Tech W. Bede 61
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Louisville Off vs  red bar Virginia Tech Defense
blue bar 69.2 Points For
red bar 64.8 Points Against
blue bar 44.2 FG%
red bar 41.7 FG%
blue bar 37.3 Reb
red bar 28.4 Reb
red bar Virginia Tech Off vs  blue bar Louisville Defense
red bar 72.1 Points For
blue bar 66.2 Points Against
red bar 45.1 FG%
blue bar 41.6 FG%
red bar 32.5 Reb
blue bar 30.9 Reb