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Basketball Season (and Clemson) is Upon Us

By Justin Cates | December 03
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After a desperately needed bye week that included some 2020 style holiday festivities, the Hokies return to action on the gridiron against Clemson.

It would have been hard to imagine back in August a scenario where Tech fans were generally apathetic about this game. A season can really spin out of control fast however and that's been the story in Blacksburg as of late.

Can the Hokies shock the world? It seems decidedly unlikely, but this is a bizarre season and as Robert Irby wrote this week strange things can happen.

There's plenty of intrigue if only to see which version of Virginia Tech comes out this week and how long they can hang around. Plenty of things have been, 'peak 2020' this season and the Hokies somehow winning would honestly make as much sense as anything.

Basketball season is also in full swing in Cassell Coliseum where the Hokies find themselves unexpectedly ranked after a win in a pseudo pickup game against then No. 3 Villanova. Tech sits at a surprising 4-0 and while the team is still a work in progress —they almost always are— Mike Young has his guys ready to surpass expectations yet again.

It certainly wouldn't be the first time Tech has made the ACC media look foolish for predicting a basement finish in preseason polling.

As for this week's show we briefly talk about the Hokies' great starts in men's and women's basketball, give our VT-Clemson pick, and try not to act overly thirsty for a guest appearance on a Mike McDaniel podcast. I fail spectacularly in at least one of these areas.

Check it out below. Stay safe and enjoy the games.


My Dad graduated from Tech in 1981 and I’ve been attending Virginia Tech sporting events since I first moved to Blacksburg in 1988. I myself graduated in 2008 with a Communication degree. During my time as a student I was the Sports Director for WUVT and helped establish and run Planet Blacksburg, an independent student-run news website. I’ve since written for numerous publications including SBNation, Inside The ACC, and Sports Illustrated's AllHokies. Currently, I host The Justin Cates Show in addition to other contributions here at Sons of Saturday and various other sites as the need arises. I now live in a fortified compound in upstate New York with my wife and numerous animals. The smell of popcorn makes me think of Cassell.

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