- Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011
- Time: 7 pm
- TV: No TV
Virginia Tech will face their final non-conference foe of the season on
Saturday night when the Longwood Lancers come to town. The Hokies are coming off
a big win against Maryland, and Longwood will hope to catch VT looking ahead to
another big ACC road game at Georgia Tech.
Longwood has played 21 games already, and have a 7-14 record. Two of their
wins were against Division II opponents, and the Lancers’ best win came against
Columbia, who is 170th in the RPI.
Longwood has lost to some very bad teams, such as Colgate, Navy, North Dakota
and VMI, among others. The Lancers are an independent team, meaning they are not
affiliated with any conference. They are probably the least talented team the
Hokies have faced this season, and Tech shouldn’t have any trouble winning this
Last season, the Hokies lost Malcolm Delaney to an ankle injury one minute
into the game against Longwood, and Tech still won 85-50.
Like most small schools, the Lancers have trouble recruiting size. To
compensate for that, they go with a four-guard lineup and try to play an
up-tempo game. They are averaging 76.4 points per game, but their lack of size
and overall athletic ability makes them a very vulnerable team on the defensive
end. Longwood is allowing 85.7 points per game, and opponents are shooting 50.1%
from the field.
Antwan Carter is Longwood’s best and biggest player, at 6-6, 225. He averages
nearly a double-double, and connects on 57% of his shots from the field. Carter
does have a tendency to turn the ball over, just like the entire Longwood team.
The Lancers have 319 turnovers on the year.
Last season, Tech’s superior height and athleticism caused a lot of trouble
for Carter. He scored just two points, and he was only 1-of-11 from the field.
However, he is a better player than he showed that day. Against Kansas earlier
this season, Carter scored 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, and pulled down eight
All of Longwood’s perimeter players are capable of scoring, but they match up
poorly with the length of Tech’s guards and wings. However, the Hokies must be
focused and not allow the Lancers to get in a rhythm from the outside. Longwood
is shooting 37.1% as a team from three-point range.
Jeremiah Bowman (55.6%), Martiz Washington (41%), Durann Neil (34.7%), Jan
van der Kooij (33%) and Mark Parker (57.6%) are all capable outside shooters.
That said, the length of guys like Terrell Bell, Erick Green and Manny Atkins
should make things difficult for them.
Because of their lack of size on the inside, the Lancers get outrebounded by
nearly six boards per game. Besides that, Longwood is a perfect 0-10 on the road
this season. The Hokies have more talent, more size, and the homecourt
advantage, and they shouldn’t have trouble winning this game.