The Buzz Williams era begins tonight

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The Buzz Williams era begins tonight at 7pm when the Hokies host Maryland-Eastern Shore in Cassell Coliseum. Both teams are breaking in a lot of newcomers, and both head coaches will coach their first game at their new school. Here’s a quick primer on the Hawks.

Bobby Collins is the head coach at UMES. He has a lot of experience, going 180-167 in his career as a head coach. He took Hampton to the NCAA Tournament back in 2005-06, and he also took Winston-Salem State to two Division II NCAA Tournaments.

Collins will be looking to turn around a UMES basketball program that went 5-23 a year ago, finishing #347 in the RPI out of 349 times. In short, this is one of the worst and least talented programs in college basketball. The Hokies beat the Hawks 82-66 last year in one of their nine wins, and it was a 46-23 game at halftime.

UMES has two newcomers that they hope will bolster their lineup this season…

Mike Myers (6-9, 245, r-Sr.): Myers hasn’t played since the 2011-12 season, but that year he averaged 20.3 points and 9.1 rebounds for Angelina College. He had 19 points in the Hawks’ 70-51 exhibition win over Division III Salisbury State.

Devin Martin (6-4, 205, Jr.): Martin enrolled at UMES after playing two years at Monroe College. He scored 20 points against Salisbury State.

Here’s how the UMES lineup is expected to look…

G Isaac Smith III (6-1, 170, Sr.)
G Devon Walker (6-4, 215, Sr.)
G Devin Martin (6-4, 205, Jr.)
F Dominique Elliot (6-8, 260, Jr.)
F Mike Myers (6-9, 245, r-Sr.)

The Hawks are very big for a small conference team. In fact, they are bigger than the Hokies. Tech hasn’t released a starting lineup, but here’s my best guess…

G Devin Wilson (6-4, 190, So.)
G Adam Smith (6-1, 170, r-Jr.)
G Malik Muller (6-3, 220, r-Fr.)
G/F Justin Bibbs (6-5, 225, Fr.)
C Joey van Zegeren (6-10, 235, r-Jr.)

UMES has a size and experience advantage on the Hokies. However, Tech clearly has the talent advantage. I worry about Mike Myers, particularly if he’s matched up against Justin Bibbs. However, this is a game the Hokies should clearly win.

Also, note that Virginia Tech legend Ace Custis is an assistant coach for UMES.  Make sure you give him a big hand.

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  1. Glad to see Ace coaching now that his pro career is over. Future VT assistant? UMES must have been attractive to him being close to his home Eastville, VA One of my favorite VT athletes ever!

  2. ” I worry about Mike Myers, particularly if he’s matched up against Justin Bibbs.”

    this is why i’m of the opinion that henry needs to be on the floor for tipoff. we are playing maryland eastern shore and would be in an unfavorable matchup from the start. how quickly would things get out of hand against a team with talent like Syracuse, Louisville, Duke or UNC if you start the game with a matchup issue like that?

    1. True, but height is only one issue. Henry is 30 pounds lighter than Bibbs. He is a skinny, skinny dude. Not a lot of strength.

      We’ll have a better scouting report on these guys after a couple of weeks of basketball.

      1. understood about his slight stature. i can’t help but ask the question…if not for desperation, why bring in a 4 who can’t match up with a 4?

        1. You answered your own question. Buzz was just desperate for bodies at that point. I like Henry, but I think he’ll be more of an energy specialist than an effective true power forward this year.

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