CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern rounds out its non-conference schedule with a visit to Virginia Tech on Tuesday. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU, with tipoff set for 9 p.m. Fans can also listen on csusports.com.
CSU (4-6) faces perhaps its toughest test of the year against a Virginia Tech (9-1) squad on the fringe of the Top-25. The Hokies pasted The Citadel, 113-71, on Saturday, scoring 73 second half points to roll to their fifth straight win.
The matchup concludes a tough three-game road swing and is the Bucs' final contest before Christmas break. CSU will practice on Wednesday before stepping away from the hardwood until Dec. 26. The 18-game Big South Conference slate begins Dec. 29 against league favorite Winthrop, meaning the next few days are important as the Bucs gear up for the meat of their campaign.
"Virginia Tech is the best basketball team we will play so we need to be at our very best," Radebaugh said. "This has been a tough stretch but one that is helping us identify weaknesses and continue to work and grow as a team. Big South play is right around the corner so our focus is on continuing to develop into the team we think we can become if we keep working and stay positive. We'll keep fighting to get there."
CSU will have to fight to slow down a potent Virginia Tech offense. The Hokies have four players averaging double figures scoring and rank top-35 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (14th), field goal percentage (20th), assists per game (21st), three-point field goal percentage (22nd) and scoring (34th).
This is the sixth all-time meeting between the two programs and first since 2009-10. Virginia Tech leads the series, 5-0, including a close win over CSU at the North Charleston Coliseum in December of 2008.
Keeling tabbed Big South Freshman of Week for second time
Christian Keeling earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors for the second time this year, on Monday. Keeling averaged 18 points and 5.5 rebounds per game against VMI and Georgia. The Augusta, Ga., product returned to the starting lineup versus the Bulldogs and posted 13 of his team-high 19 points in the second half. Keeling currently leads CSU and ranks sixth in the Big South in rebounding. He is also eighth in the circuit in scoring.
Mitchell finding scoring touch
Cortez Mitchell has now scored in double figures in four straight games after doing so just twice over the first six games of the season. Mitchell recorded 15 markers on an efficient 6-of-9 shooting against Georgia. His aggressive dribble penetration helped CSU shoot 52 percent in the second half. Over the last four outings, Mitchell is averaging 13.3 points per game while nearly 53 percent. That scoring prowess is more to the tune of the form that drew the Pearl River Community College transfer scholarship offers from the likes of Missouri before signing with CSU.
Maxwell provides spark
Antwan Maxwell gave CSU a boost off the bench with a career-high nine points against Georgia. Maxwell knocked down his first four shots of the afternoon, including a pair of jumpers that drew the Bucs within 12 early in the second half. The athletic 6-7 swing man has set new career-highs for minutes played each of the last two games. Overall, he's earned double figure minutes in five of CSU's last six contests.