Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

NCAA

Alexander-Walker propels Hokies’ to 2nd-round first time in 12 years

Nickeil Alexander-Walker propels Hokies’ to 2nd-round first time in 12 years
Nickeil Alexander-Walker propels Hokies’ to 2nd-round first time in 12 years

For the first-time in twelve-years, the Virginia Tech Hokies’ are marching on to the second round of the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

Canadian guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, a sophomore guard from Toronto, Ontario was impressive in his second NCAA tournament game — finishing with a game-high 20 points to lead Hokies to a 66-52 win over the No. 13 Saint Louis Billikens.

Saint Louis had no answer for Alexander-Walker who continues to deliver for Buzz Williams, pulling down 6 rebounds and adding three steals on 8-of-13 shooting.

Virginia Tech last reached the second round of the tournament as a fifth seed in 2007 when it beat No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini before being taken down by No. 4 Southern Illinois.

Since Alexander-Walker’s arrival, the Hokies have improved tremendously — reaching the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament for the third straight year — a first in the program’s history.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker no look pass propels Hokies’ to 2nd-round first time in 12 years
Nickeil Alexander-Walker drops a tasty no-look pass against Saint Louis Billikens

Like many freshmen during their first dance, Alexander-Walker’s 15-point, 3-assist, 2 rebound effort wasn’t quite good enough to earn an invite to a second date as the Hokies couldn’t quite get over the hump — falling 86-83 to a talented Alabama Crimson Tide squad in the first round of the classic eight-nine match-up.

No. 4 Virginia Tech (ACC) will look to cool off the Flames of No. 12 seed Liberty — the Atlantic Sun Conference champions, in the round of 32.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Advertisement

BUZZING

NCAA

Keep-up with all the Canadians playing men's college basketball with our industry leading 2022-23 BasketballBuzz NCAA stats tracker. Loaded with all the stats and...

NCAA

Canadian seven-foot-four center Zach Edey set a new career-high with a near perfect shooting night in the big 63-44 win over Austin Peay.

NCAA

Très petit, served-up with a little poutine avec poulet. Montreal’s Bennedict Mathurin delivered a true Montreal delicacy, cocking that joint all the way back...

NCAA

Stay on top of all the off-season moves and action with the 2022 BasketballBuzz Canadian NCAA basketball transfer portal tracker.

NCAA

After an exciting college basketball regular season filled with memorable moments and highlights, a record 30 Canadians will play in the 2022 NCAA Men's...

NCAA

Canadian sophomore guard Bennedict Mathurin has quickly put his name in the 2022 NBA Draft lottery pick conversation with his stellar play for the...

NCAA

Gonzaga Bulldogs' Andrew Nembhard made a strong case for the best pure point-guard in college basketball with a terrific all-around performance in a Final...

NCAA

Stay updated daily and keep-up with all the Canadians in the NCAA with BasketballBuzz’s 2021-22 Canadian NCAA men’s basketball advanced stat’s tracker featuring our...

BasketballBuzz - Canada's Basketball Magazine