Tech hosts Minnesota in Monday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge

BLACKBURG – Virginia Tech will face Minnesota in its 14th appearance in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge presented by Continental Tire on Monday night at the Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies are undefeated at home this season and clinched a full-house 69-64 win over the Charleston Southern last Friday.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION
Monday 28 Nov | 7 p.m. ET

Cassell Coliseum (Blacksburg, Virginia)
against Minnesota
Series: Minnesota leads 1-0
Game Notes: Virginia Tech (PDF) | Minnesota

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Play by Play: Mike Monaco

Analyst: Jordan Cornette

 

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THE SERIES

  • Virginia Tech and Minnesota only met once before Monday night — a 58-55 Gopher win in the 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
  • mike young met Minnesota three times as head coach at Wofford, going 0-3.

STATEMENT OF THE GOLDEN GOPHERS

  • Minnesota has had a two-game stint at the SoCal Challenge, where it shared results with California Baptist (W, 62-61 OT) and UNLV (L, 62-71).
  • The Golden Gophers are beaten on points and boards by sophomore Dawson Garcia (15.8 points and 6.7 rebounds) — a 6-11 forward from Savage, Minn.
  • Junior Jamison Battle made his season debut for Minnesota against Cal Baptist and is averaging 16 points and six boards in two games this season.

ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE

  • The 2022 campaign marks the 24th year of the Challenge, which began in 1999.
  • ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will jointly televise all 14 games and will also stream them via the ESPN app.
  • The Hokies are 6-9 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Their 62-58 win in Maryland last season saw Tech’s two-game slip in the Challenge.

HE DESERVED IT

  • In just 15 minutes of action against Charleston Southern, Lynn Kidd contributed a career-high 11 points on 5 for 9 shooting, along with eight boards.
  • “He played a really good ball game,” Young said of Kidd. “Kept some things alive on the glass in one night as Grant [Basile] didn’t have his best stuff. Five offensive rebounds, eight total, 11 points. He worked [in the offseason]. I believe in basketball gods. They’re in every basketball facility. And they smile at those who are working on their game and are serious about it. And he’s had an incredible summer in the weight room, on the floor. … I’m proud, he deserves everything he gets. Nothing was given to him.”

HARD ROAD AHEAD

  • Tech’s 69-64 win over Charleston Southern was the fourth straight game to be decided by five points or fewer.
  • Things aren’t getting any easier as the Hokies have Minnesota, North Carolina, Dayton and Oklahoma State ahead of them within 13 days.

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