HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team will travel to Blacksburg, Va., to face top-seeded Virginia Tech in Wednesday night's first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The game will represent the Bobcats' first trip to a national postseason tournament since jumping to Division I in 1998-99. The Bobcats will face the Hokies at 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum. The Bobcats (23-9) received an automatic berth to the NIT as the Northeast Conference's regular-season champion.
"It's obviously a great thrill and a great honor to be the first Quinnipiac team to play in a national postseason tournament at Division I in the history of this school," said Head Coach Tom Moore. "It's the culmination of what's been a record-setting season for us. We're thrilled and excited to have the opportunity to play in the NIT. It's something that's never been associated with our school's name, so to be noticed nationally in such a history postseason tournament is a great honor."
The Hokies are led by junior guard Malcolm Delaney, who leads the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in scoring average at 20.4 points per game. Junior guard Dorenzo Hudson is 10th in the ACC at 14.5 points per game, while junior forward Jeff Allen has also been a force inside, averaging 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
"Virginia Tech is a terrific basketball team, extremely well-coached by Coach Greenberg," said Moore. "Anytime you're playing a team that's won 10 games in the ACC, you know you're playing a fantastic team. They always play with a lot of energy. Coach Greenberg historically gets his teams to play very hard. I've seen them play on TV a few times this year. They look very athletic. (Malcolm) Delaney is one of the leading scorers, if not the leading scorer, in the ACC. I know Jeff Allen is a huge, physical presence inside. So, we'll obviously be spending a lot of time in the next two days preparing as best we can for such a good team. I'm happy for our players, happy for our fans, and honored to be directing the first Quinnipiac team to ever go to a postseason tournament."