Hokies Overwhelmed by BYU

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Virginia Tech’s trip to Salt Lake City didn’t go well.  The Hokies got blasted by BYU 97-71 in a game that was never close.  Tech dropped to 9-4 with the loss, while the Cougars improved to 10-4.

The Hokies didn’t play defense all day, and gave up 42 points to BYU sophomore guard Tyler Haws.  He was 14-of-25 from the field and 6-of-8 from three-point range.  On the opposite end, Erick Green had his first off day of the season.  The nation’s leading scorer had just 12 points, and was 4-of-17 from the field.  Green did have six assists, but Tech’s defense wasn’t good enough to give them a chance in this one.

Jarrell Eddie led the Hokies with 17 points, and he also had seven rebounds.  Robert Brown added 13 points for Tech, who was just 2-of-20 from three-point range.

The Hokies got poor play from their starting frontcourt.  Cadarian Raines had no points and five rebounds in 22 minutes, and he missed all six of his free throw attempts.  He came into the game shooting 61% from the line on the season.  C.J. Barksdale finished with just two points and no rebounds in eight minutes.

Walkon forward Christian Beyer got 23 minutes and finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, including six offensive rebounds.  Joey van Zegeren had seven points and four rebounds off the bench.  Tech’s backup front line completely outplayed the starters.  Raines and Barksdale have to find a way to get things going.

What started out as a great season has gone south in a hurry.  The Hokies have lost four of their last six games, and their defense has been poor over the last two contests.  Colorado State scored 88 against Tech last Sunday.

Tech returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Maryland for their first ACC game of the season.  Tipoff is scheduled for noon, and the game will be televised by the ACC Network.

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  1. What has happened Hokie supporters? This site is now dominated by negative comments and a lot of Hokie bashing. We have been to 20 consecutive bowl games and everyone seems to be spoiled. JJ is a young coach. Give the guy a chance without all the bashing. It’s embarrassing.

  2. It’s going to be a bad year. I think we all knew that. I think at least for one and probably two years we should can the blame game and see in what direction the program is actually headed.

  3. “What started out as a great season has gone south in a hurry. The Hokies have lost four of their last six games.”

    With #4 effectively out of any game we play with 0 points and limited rebounds we are realistically only at 6 scholly players. Sorry, Coach JJ, but the honeymoon is over. At the risk of being called NATT, we have come to the point in the season I predicted, with the avalanche you see being the losses building up. I’d love to see the players get wins like earlier in the season, but I just don’t see it happening. Resources are too thin, which puts extra pressure on everyone. Performing under pressure just is not conducive to winning play.

    If I’m wrong yawl can kick me where it counts, The way things are right now I don’t think we finish the season above .500.

    Okay, I’ll call myself NATT.

  4. Even when the Hokies were 7-0, the defense was average at best…now the “fun” offense isn’t as fun when the shots aren’t falling and you’re losing. But this season will get a pass because of lack of scholarship players…a strong test for a first time head coach; but I’m pulling for him.

  5. here we go into the ACC – now things get even tougher. These are really good teams we are going to face. Hey, I still have some faith and I will follow the team closely but unless some things change like improving our field goal percentage and stopping the other teams from making most of their 3 point shots then we are going to lose a lot of games in the ACC.

    1. Your name fits you. A bit too extreme a comment at this point. The cupboard is pretty bare right now for him and his style of play that he wants to bring. Give him a few years to actually build a team and then we’ll see what kind of coach he is.

      1. I was just trying to remark on how….just a mere few weeks ago…many posters were saying that JJ was the second coming. Funny how quickly people’s perceptions have changed. Not a knock on JJ, but on certain posters.

        Nonetheless, one could argue that his hire wasyet another Weaver experiment destined for failure.

    2. You are right, he’s not coach of the year. You are wrong, however, to proclaim that he’s Ricky Stokes part 2. He inherited a team that is woefully low on talent, that is woefully low on scholarship players, and that was predicted to finish 10th in the ACC by the media. Let’s give him more than 13 games before we declare him a failure.

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