Bradley vs. Virginia Tech
8 p.m. at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
Records: Bradley 8-2; Virginia Tech 8-2.
Last meeting: first meeting.
Va. Tech probable starters: F C.J. Barksdale (6.1 ppg), F Jarell Eddie (15.4 ppg), C Cadarian Raines (7.2 ppg), G Robert Brown (12.3 ppg), G Erick Green (24.8 ppg).
Bradley probable starters: F Jake Eastman (8.5 ppg), G Tyshon Pickett (12.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg), 6-9 C Will Egolf (9.9 ppg), G Walt Lemon Jr. (13 ppg), G Dyricus Simms-Edwards (9.2 ppg).
Notes: Tech is playing in the Las Vegas Classic. The winner of this game will face the Colorado State-Bradley winner at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, while the losers will meet at 9 p.m. Sunday. Although tonight’s game will not be televised, Sunday’s games will air on CBS Sports Network (DirecTV Ch. 613, Dish Network Ch. 158, Comcast Ch. 732). … Bradley beat Georgia Southern 62-43 and defeated Mississippi Valley State 77-42 in the on-campus portion of this event, while Tech beat Mississippi Valley State 70-49 but lost to Georgia Southern 78-73. … Missouri Valley Conference member Bradley has already won one more game than it did all of last season. Its losses have come against South Florida (82-63) and nationally ranked Michigan (74-66). … Eastman, a Richmond native, is the son of Boston Celtics assistant and former UNC Wilmington and Washington State coach Kevin Eastman. … Tech is down to seven healthy scholarship players because Marshall Wood suffered a broken foot last weekend. … Green ranks second nationally in scoring. … Mountain West member Colorado State is 8-2. West Coast Conference member Portland is 6-6, including an eight-point loss to UNLV and a 28-point loss at Kentucky.
Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
2 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum
Records: Wake Forest 5-5, 0-0 ACC; Virginia Tech 4-5, 0-0 ACC.
Notes: This game will mark the Hokies debut of two players. Power forward Uju Ugoka, a two-time junior-college All-American, had to sit out the first nine games of the season for committing an NCAA violation at her Florida junior college last season. According to Tech, the host family of one of Ugoka’s former teammates bought her a round-trip plane ticket so Ugoka could visit her home country of Nigeria — but Ugoka never fully repaid the sum. … Ugoka has practiced with Tech all season, unlike freshman Hannah Young, who will also make her Tech debut today. Young did not enroll at Tech for the fall semester because the NCAA did not declare her academically eligible in August. The Australian took two courses at New River Community College this fall and took the SAT again. The NCAA declared her eligible this week.… The Demon Deacons’ first-year coach is William Byrd and Wake Forest graduate Jennifer Mitchell Hoover, formerly the coach at High Point. … Wake has beaten Tech six straight times, including twice last season. … Lakevia Boykin is averaging 14.5 points for Wake, which has been idle since Dec. 8. … Wake lost to UConn 95-34 last month. … The Wake bench includes freshman Kandice “Daisy” Ball (Pulaski County/Oak Hill Academy), who has scored a total of three points in three games this season. … Tech is on a three-game skid.