U.Va.-Va. Tech rivals enter rematch with different stakes

The stakes will be different when the Virginia and Virginia Tech men's basketball teams match up tonight for the second time this season.

The Cavaliers (17-6, 7-3 ACC) are looking to enhance their NCAA tournament qualifications after winning six of their past seven games - most recently an 80-69 victory Sunday at Maryland.

Meanwhile, the Hokies (11-12, 2-8) will attempt to snap a six-game losing streak against the opponent that started their slide.

The tip is at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.

Virginia beat Tech 74-58 Jan. 24 at Cassell Coliseum, overcoming a 35-point effort by Erick Green. He hasn't let up since, although teammates had to help the senior guard to the locker room following Saturday's 64-54 loss to Georgia Tech.

Green, who had 28 points, was diagnosed with dehyrdration.

"Man, I'd like to be able to (rest) him more," Tech coach James Johnson said, "but especially when you're playing a team like Virginia, where you have to manufacture points... it's very hard to take him off the floor.

"We don't have guys right now that are putting the basketball in the hole like we need them to."

One of those underachiever, junior forward Jarell Eddie, missed all six of his field-goal attempts Saturday in an abbreviated, 17-minute stint. He did not return to the court after splashing water and ice on the floor when he spiked a water bottle in frustration.

Johnson wouldn't say if Eddie - the only Tech player other than Green averaging double figures - will make his 24th start tonight.

"Jarell's frustration doesn't have much to do with the long (losing) streak," Johnson said. "He's been like that on himself all the time, he's so hard on himself. It's something that I'm trying to teach him as a young man, that he's got to be able to fight through adversity.

"He understands that he made a mistake. He understands that he hasn't played well, that he needs to play better for the team. He just has to go out and get it done."

The Hokies have been trying to get by with eight scholarship players, which makes it difficult to take advantage of U.Va.'s manpower shortage.

Mike Tobey, a 6-foot-11 freshman who had 10 points in 15 minutes in the first Tech-U.Va. game, is out with mononucleosis.

Darion Atkins, a 6-8 junior, played seven minutes at Maryland but had missed 6 of 7 games before that with a stress fracture in one of his shins.

"I asked him how he was feeling after the game," coach Tony Bennett said. "He said, 'OK.'... The seven minutes he gave us were important because we were in foul trouble."

It was the first game Virginia had won as an underdog all season.

"I think the key is really to be resilient," Bennett said. "Kind of love the challenge, embrace the challenge."

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Hoos and the Hokies. Tuesday night

As Sunday night's Grammy Award winner for Best Historical Album ( The Smile Sessions ) Brian Wilson once said ( when I was much younger ): "On Tuesday we'll be jacked up for the basketball game, and we'll be ready to fight. We're gonna smash 'em now. My girl will be working on her pom-poms now, and she'll be yelling tonight... So be true to your school!" Go Wahoos! Beat 'dem Hokies!


Maryland "was the first game Virginia had won as an underdog all season?"

What about the 11/28 win at Wisconsin (favored by 10½ points)?


What about the 1/29 win against #19 nationally ranked NC State?


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