Virginia Tech played their way to the 2018 NCAA Tournament with a strong ending to ACC conference play. It marks back-to-back NCAA bids for the Hokies for the first time in over 30 years. It will also be the second year the team in the 8-9 match-up.
Their hot shooting and playmaking ability carried them to monster wins over Virginia, Clemson, and Duke. That was enough for them to circumvent a relatively weak non-conference schedule. They were one of nine ACC teams to make the NCAA Tournament this year.
With six different players that can lead the team in scoring it is near impossible to halt the entire Hokie offense. As a team they shoot 49.8 percent from the field, tied for ninth best in the entire country. Unlike their rivals from Charlottesville they play up-tempo, multiple possession basketball and try to run up the scoreboard.
Their opponent, Alabama also likes to play with a quick pace which could lead to a shootout in the First Round.
Last season the Hokies lost to No. 8 Wisconsin in the First Round of the tournament. The Badgers went on to defeat the No. 1 overall seed Villanova for a spot in the Sweet 16. Virginia Tech has not made it to the Sweet 16 in the modern 68-team NCAA Tournament.
Virginia Tech and Oklahoma will meet on Thursday in Pittsburgh, PA.
Here is the NCAA Tournament information:
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Virginia Tech vs. Alabama How to Watch
What: 2018 NCAA Tournament First Round, East Region
Who: No. 8 Virginia Tech (21-11, 10-8 ACC) vs. Alabama (19-15, 8-10 SEC)
When: 9:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15.
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA.
TV Channel: TNT
Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com
TV Announcers: Kevin Harlan (Play-by-play), Reggie Miller (Analyst), Dan Bonner (Analyst), Dana Jacobson (Reporter)
Virginia Tech vs. Alabama Bracket Analysis
How They Got Here: Virginia Tech (At-large), Alabama (At-large)
Previous Meeting: 1989. Virginia Tech 76, Alabama 75.
Next Round: Winner of No. 1 Villanova/ No. 16 Radford/ LIU Brooklyn
East Region Bracket:
No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Radford/ LIU Brooklyn
No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Alabama
No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 Murray State
No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 13 Marshall
No. 6 Florida vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure/ UCLA
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 S.F. Austin
No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Butler
No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton
Virginia Tech vs. Alabama Betting Spread, Lines & Odds
Favorites: Virginia Tech, -2
Over/Under: 141.5 (-110)
Money Line: Virginia Tech, -130; Alabama +110
Against The Spread: Virginia Tech is 17-11 ATS on the season. Alabama is 17-15-1 ATS.
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