Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

July 3, 2012

Virginia Tech to participate in Las Vegas Classic

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will compete in the 12th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic, to be played over four days, including the final two at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on December 22-23.

The Hokies will open play in the event with a pair of home games at Cassell Coliseum on  Dec. 10 against Mississippi Valley State and Dec. 15 against Georgia Southern of the Southern Conference.

The Hokies will then travel to Las Vegas and play in the evening sessions on Dec. 22 and 23.

The three other teams competing in the evening sessions will be Colorado State, Bradley and Portland. Along with MVSU and Georgia Southern, Cal. State Bakersfield and North Florida will participate in the afternoon sessions.

The Hokies are under the direction of first-year head coach James Johnson, who will guide a team that will return three starters from last season, including second-team All-ACC selection Erick Green, who led the Hokies in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game.

Also returning are junior starterss Jarell Eddie (9.1 ppg) and Cadarian Raines (5.9 ppg. 3.9 rpg), along with sophomores C.J. Barksdale, Robert Brown and Marquis Rankin,

Redshirt freshman Joey van Zegeren returns to action this year, after missing almost the entire 2011-12 season with injuries and freshman Marshall Wood joins the Hokies after an outstanding high school career in Rustburg, Va.

“We are extremely excited to take part in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic,” Johnson said.  “This is a great opportunity for our program to play four good teams and travel to one of the top destinations in America. This tournament will test our team, while providing a great experience for our players.”

Each team will play four games, the first two at campus sites and the final two rounds a few days before Christmas.

Tickets for the final rounds in Las Vegas can be purchased at the Virginia Tech website or by calling the Orleans Arena at (702) 284-7777.

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