Virginia Tech Basketball produces one of this season’s top comeback victories at UVA

The last week was quite the boost for Virginia Tech basketball and its NCAA Tournament hopes. After Justin Robinson led a midweek victory over NC State, the Hokies went on the road to face No. 2 Virginia in Charlottesville.

This was a seesaw game that went back and forth; Virginia Tech even held a nine-point lead at the eight-minute mark of the first half. Late in the second half, Devin Wilson cut backdoor and scored at the rim off a feed from Kerry Blackshear. That bucket put the Hokies up 49-45 with 1:21 to play; according to KenPom, VT had a win probability of 74.6 percent at that moment.

However, after back-to-back field goals from Ty Jerome, Virginia had a chance to win at the buzzer — Jerome’s three-ball clanged off, though. Overtime at JPJ.


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With 1:05 left in overtime, Devon Hall drilled a lefty three-pointer; on the next possession, Isaiah Wilkins snagged a defensive rebound following a Justin Bibbs miss. Chris Clarke fouled Wilkins, who sank both free throws, which put UVA up 59-54. At that moment, Virginia Tech had a win probability of just 1.3 percent, per KenPom.

Over the final 39 second, though, the Hokies pulled a rabbit out of a hat. According to KenPom, this is the 20th lowest win probability this season that a team has had before going on to be victorious.

Blackshear hit a jumper, and Hall went 1-of-2 from the free throw line (a big miss) — it’s now a four-point game. Freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker came off a flare screen, and then hit a three-pointer — his 46th of the season, and none bigger.

A Robinson miss was follow by an incredible offensive rebound and put-back from Blackshear (9.4 percent rebound rate). After another free throw miss from Blackshear, Jerome had more more shot to win it — however, his three-point launch went wide right.


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