He's seen it enough.
"Honestly, U.Va is one of the hardest teams to play against," said Green, the nation's leading scorer (24.6 points per game) who will lead Tech (11-6, 2-2
If Green thought his previous experiences against plodding U.Va. (12-5, 2-2) were troublesome when Tech was running a half-court approach on the offensive end, he may find the Cavaliers to be maddening now that the Hokies want to run under coach James Johnson.
"Well, I think both teams are going to try," said Johnson about each of the combatants trying to establish the tempo.
"(The Cavaliers will) get the ball where they want to get it, when they want to get it and they'll take the shot that they want. We'll try to rebound the basketball and get out and run and try to get some easy baskets, like we've been trying to do all season."
U.Va. comes into the game second in the nation in scoring defense (50.6 points per game) and coming off a 56-36 win last Saturday against
U.Va., which is led by guard Joe Harris' 15.2 points per game and the defense of Bethel High graduate point guard Jontel Evans, prefers to bring the pace of the game to a crawl. It's 344th out of 347 Division I programs in possessions per game (59.7), according to statistical analyst Ken Pomeroy.
"We haven't been scoring too well ourselves, so we better play good defense," said Bennett, whose team, not surprisingly, is last in the ACC in scoring offense (62.1 points per game).
By contrast, Tech is 48th in the nation in possessions per game (70.1 per game). Among ACC schools, only
As far as Green is concerned, he actually played very well in his last three outings against U.Va., which all featured starting roles for him. He averaged 15.3 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor. There just wasn't as great a need for Green to score points in droves in those games for Tech as there is now.
"It's kind of cool being the nation's leading scorer," Green said. "It's pretty much what everybody knows me by, but my mindset isn't to out there to get 25 or 30. I really just pick my spots.
"With U.Va., hopefully, if we can limit them to only one shot and then get out and run, we'll be all right. If they get two or three shots, it's going to be a slow-paced game. If we make them have to score up in the 60s or 70s with us, then we should be all right."
Both teams are hoping to get some injured key frontcourt players cleared for the game. U.Va. forward Darion Atkins, who is dealing with a stress reaction in his right shin Bennett said probably won't heal completely until after the season, could be ready if he feels up to it. Atkins, a starter who is averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, sat out U.Va.'s win against FSU.
Johnson said freshman forward Marshall Wood, who has missed the last seven games with a broken metatarsal in his left foot, will be a game-time decision. He's averaging 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game off the bench.
Though U.Va. is 11-1 at home this season, it's just 1-4 away from John Paul Jones Arena. Both of its ACC losses came on the road — at