The No. 4 seed Virginia Tech Hokies (24-8; ACC at-large) take on the No. 13 seed Saint Louis Billikens (23-12; Atlantic-10 conference tournament champion) in an East Region Round of 16 matchup at SAP Center in San Jose, California as NCAA Tournament action continues on Friday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start around 9:57 p.m. ET (following conclusion of Mississippi State vs Liberty) and will be televised on TruTV. But if you don’t have cable, you can sign up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services that allow you to watch TruTV on your computer, phone or streaming device:
TruTV is one of 85-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports. Also included are TNT, TBS and CBS (live in select markets), allowing you to watch every NCAA tournament game.
You can start a free 7-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game (and other programs) on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
PS Vue–which doesn’t require an actual PlayStation console to sign up or watch–offers four different live-TV channel packages: All four include TruTV. Also included are TNT, TBS and CBS (live in select markets), allowing you to watch every March Madness game.
You can start a free 5-day trial of PS Vue right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation (3 or 4), or other supported device via the PS Vue app.
If you can’t watch live, PS Vue comes with cloud DVR.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 60-plus live TV channels, including TruTV. Also included are TNT, TBS and CBS (live in select markets), meaning you can watch every other NCAA tournament game.
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
Virginia Tech vs Saint Louis Preview
The Hokies get senior guard Justin Robinson back in the lineup on Friday. Robinson, who is averaging 13.7 points per game for the Hokies this season, sustained a left foot injury against Miami (FL) back on January 30 and hasn’t played since.
Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams knows his team, regardless of having Robinson in the starting lineup or not, has come to play, and continued coming to play.
“I don’t want it to come across arrogant at all, but if there was some category for effort across the country regardless of sport in college, I think we would win. I don’t mean this in the wrong way either, I don’t want to win so we can win. I want to win because that means we get to play again, and I’ve never seen in my career as a coach the connectedness and the effort that these guys play with.”
Virginia Tech’s regular season was highlighted by several key wins against ranked opponents, most notably early against Purdue and a 77-72 victory against Duke in Blacksburg back on February — the Blue Devils were still without Zion Williamson for that contest.
The Hokies’ inside-outside attack was one of the best in the ACC this season. A large part of that is because of 6-foot-10 junior forward Kerrry Blackshear Jr., who Jay Bilas regards as one of the best interior passers and defenders in the nation. Blackshear Jr. averages 14.7 PPG, while adding 7.4 rebounds to give Virginia Tech an important, menacing presence and mismatch in the paint.
The Billikens’ run through the A-10 Tournament was definitely shocking to most pundits. Saint Louis flat out stole a bid, and kept other bubble teams — Clemson, NC State, TCU, etc. — completely out of the field of 68.
The Billikens’ best player is 6-foot-6 senior guard Javon Bess, a former Michigan State standout. Bess averages 15.7 PPG, and will need to continue his standout performance in March in order to pull off a 4-13 upset — Bess averaged 16 PPG through four games in the A-10 Tournament last week.
The winner of Virginia Tech-Saint Louis takes on the winner of Mississippi State-Liberty in the Round of 32 on Sunday.