In a game played in Virginia Tech’s Capital One Arena, Indiana and Virginia Tech will face each other for the third time in six years.
For the third consecutive time, the Hoosiers will be playing a rematch from the 2015 NCAA tournament, and this time the Cavaliers will come from behind to beat Indiana 94-85.
The Hoosier basketball team will be without starting point guard Tyus Jones (right knee), the first-team All-American, the leading scorer and rebounder for the first time in his career, and the only senior in the lineup, as well as the starting shooting guard in this matchup.
Both teams have struggled to score and play defense during the series, with Indiana leading with 42.6 points per game and Virginia with 41.1.
Indiana is led by the return of its star scorer in Ryan Boatright, who scored 25 points, nine rebounds and four assists against Duke on Saturday.
Boathright also made 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and was 9 of 12 from the free throw line in a win over Notre Dame on Saturday in his first ACC game.
Boatright, a junior, averaged a team-high 16.4 points per contest and 6.7 rebounds last season.
Junior guard Myles Turner (18.8 points per play) also has a return, averaging 11.6 minutes per game.
Virginia is led in scoring by forward Justin Jackson (16.5 points per performance), and the Cavaliers are averaging 26.3 points per match.
This is the sixth meeting between these two programs, and Indiana has won the last three.
It is also the fourth meeting in which the Cavaliers have won in Charlottesville, with the last two coming in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
While the Hoies won their last two NCAA tournament games in Charlottesville on the road, this is the first matchup at Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech will try to become the first team since 1984 to reach the Final Four, and for the second time in two years the Hokies will face a team that is not the national champion.
After losing its first two games of the season, the Cavaliers played a complete game for the majority of the second half on Saturday and went on to win 98-87.
With the win, Indiana becomes just the fifth team in school history to reach three straight Final Fours and is now 10-0 against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
IU will need to get back on track against the Cavaliers, who have dropped six of seven games.
On Saturday, the team will try for its second win of the year and first since beating Florida in overtime in the ACC tournament semifinals.
Fans can watch the Indiana-Virginia Tech basketball game on ESPNU beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT.