Rankings: Syracuse (2/2), VT (N/R)
Day & Time: Tuesday, January 7, 9:00 p.m. EST
Arena: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
TV: ACC Network
Announcers: Tim Brant, Dan Bonner
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network
VT News: Gobbler Country
Streak: 4, Syracuse
First Meeting: The final game of the 1975-76 regular season, the Orangemen dropped one at home, 92-81, their fourth loss in a row. It required them to go win the ECAC Tournament in order to make the NCAA Tournament, which they did.
School Connections: Current assistant coach Adrian Autry paid his dues as an assistant at Virginia Tech between 2008-2010.
Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (38th Year, 934-314); VT: James Johnson (2nd Year: 21-24)
Last Year: Touch year for the Hokes.They finished 13–19 (4–14), good for last place in the ACC. They lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament to NC State.
Last Game: The Hokies finished off 2013 with a resounding 82-66 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore, putting an end to a two-game skid.
Head Coach Bio: Johnson played for D-III Ferrum College and slowly but surely worked his way up the assistant ranks from Old Dominion to Elon to Penn State to George Mason and finally Virginia Tech. After five seasons behind the scenes, he left to take another job with Clemson. 12 days later, he was hired back as head coach, replacing Seth Greenberg.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds Of Timelords": Senior forward Jarell Eddie leads the team in scoring (17.4 PPG) and rebounding (6.3) averages, and 3-point baskets per game (3.2).
If Syracuse Wins…: They'll cement their spot as the top-dog in the ACC, for now...
If Syracuse Loses…: They'll join Duke and UNC in losing weird games early in ACC play.
Fun Fact: via HighSocks21, Syracuse has been ranked in every Boeheim-era game while Virginia Tech has never been ranked.
Fun Fact 2: Despite sharing a conference for four seasons, this is the first time the Orange will visit Blacksburg since 1978. Blame the era of weird Big East divisions and imbalanced scheduling.