Dayton, Toppin, Dominate Hokies, 89-62

Virginia Tech came out of the under-8-minute TV timeout with a Landers Nolley triple to cut the Dayton lead to 3 with 7:36 remaining in the first half. That would be the closest they would get to taking down a downright dominant Dayton team as the Flyers finished the half on a 20-5 run to take an 18 points half-time lead. Guess who started that run for Dayton? You guessed it. Obi Toppin was as good as advertised for Dayton, just an absolute matchup nightmare for the undersized Hokie front court. Toppin showed off his versatility throughout. He was 3-5 from 3, hitting three straight 3-point field goals in a 1 minute, 17 second span to spark the Flyers run to close the first half. He showed his ability to just get whatever he wanted on the block with undersized and inexperienced defenders on him. He had three straight spins baseline for easy dunks in the 2nd half as the Hokies just had no answer for him. It was a tough game for Tech, but they’ll have to forget about this one quickly because they’ll need to give either Kansas or BYU their full attention. BYU would probably be the slightly better matchup primarily because their best player (Yoeli Childs) has to sit out the first 9 games due to an NCAA violation of rules regarding agents (it is a bogus rule, but it is what it is). The Hokies will play Wednesday night, 11:30 PM on ESPN2 in the 3rd place game.

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