NC State Virginia Tech Basketball

Virginia Tech’s Landers Nolley II, left, and Tyrece Radford celebrate after last week’s win against N.C. State.

Manning was frustrated with Wake Forest’s free-throw attempts (16) and number of makes (nine) against Duke.

Now the Deacons face the third-best team in the country, per KenPom, as limiting its opponents’ trips to the free-throw line.

Virginia Tech allows an opponent free-throw rate of 18.8% — only Notre Dame (17.8) and Nebraska (18.4) have been better. The Hokies, under first-year Coach Mike Young, are undersized but have versatility in the form of wings P.J. Horne (6-6, 225) and Landers Nolley II (6-7, 225).

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