The Alabama State loss was the worst loss of Buzz’s career as a head coach. They didn’t play hard. Alabama State was more disciplined and earned the right to win. A lot of what VT practiced didn’t come to life during the game.
Tech had more turnovers than Alabama State, their defense was poor, and they didn’t make enough free throws. The staff has to determine what the Hokies were worst at against Alabama State and work on that first.
Buzz thought the crowd was good, and obviously Tech didn’t do anything to bring those people back. Jacksonville State is better than Alabama State, so the Hokies have a lot of work to do.
It’s not necessarily the fact that Tech lost to Alabama State, but it’s how they lost. They don’t want to lose the way they lost on Saturday night. Buzz spends a lot of time telling the players what it takes to win and what it takes to lose. They did what it took to lose on Saturday.
Buzz Williams was very disappointed in Seth Allen’s effort and discipline on Saturday. Zach LeDay played very well, but it wasn’t enough. One of those guys was hungry to do right, and the other was not. However, Seth Allen wasn’t the only guilty party.
The players haven’t had much of a choice but to bounce back after the loss. Practice has been tough since then. We’ll find out if it helps on Wednesday night. He thinks the guys will respond.
Buzz didn’t think playing hard, playing tough and playing selfish would be issues for this team, but they were in the first game. In the end, it’s his fault. If you get beat, you get beat. Tech got beat in every possible way that he wants his program to be about, and that’s what’s disheartening about it.
Buzz wants Jalen Hudson and Justin Bibbs to defend better and rebound better. Neither guy did that well on Saturday. If you score 82 points at home, you should win. The Hokies have to find the guys who can defend and rebound the best. Zach LeDay played well on both ends of the floor.
Tech has to play better, tougher and with more discipline against Jacksonville State. The Hokies have to prevent them from getting second chance points.
Tech played with Kerry Blackshear and Zach LeDay against Alabama State because they give the Hokies the best chance to rebound. The problem is that they didn’t get help from the guards and wings. Those guys just stood around and watched Blackshear and LeDay.
The Hokies have a busy schedule heading into Thanksgiving. They play four games Thanksgiving week. They better get it figured out fast.
Beamer is very proud of his coaches and players for hanging in there despite getting down 14-0 to Georgia Tech. The Hokies have a good organization, and it showed on Thursday night.
Tech fans showed up strong on Thursday night. That’s the way the fans have always been at Virginia Tech. They did a great job in Atlanta.
You worry when you get turnovers and you don’t take advantage, but the Hokies were finally able to take advantage of that last fumble. It was a great team win.
Joey Slye is too good a kicker to miss an extra point. He’ll bounce back this weekend.
Travon McMillian hasn’t complained about all his touches, so they are going to keep giving him the ball. He has a knack for running, and he’s got great vision. He’s really gifted.
Tech’s defense is getting better, as you would expect. The Hokies are kicking the ball well. They are a better right now than they were a few weeks ago. They’ll find out how good they are this weekend. UNC is as close to Ohio State in talent as you can get, and they are playing at a very high level.
Beamer is very fortunate to be where he is. His two kids went to Tech, and he knows how lucky he is. Not many guys in his profession spend 29 years at their job.
Beamer is proud of the facilities Tech has built. That goes back to the support from the fans. Not a single state dollar was spent on those facilities. It was financed by the fans.
Tech will have to play great to beat North Carolina. They are the closest thing VT has seen to Ohio State. They have done a great job recruiting and coaching down there. They do everything well.
Tech recruited Marquise Williams. He’s a big guy who is playing great at quarterback for UNC. The running backs are good, and their wide receivers are big, tall guys. They spread the field and they spread the ball around. They are good up front.
The Hokies have to play well in all three phases. Ryan Switzer is a very dangerous punt returner. UNC double teams the head hunters at times, so everyone else has to play well and tackle well. When you have good talent and are well-coached, you put pressure on the opposition everywhere. That’s what UNC does.
Tech made some plays against UNC last year and got a break in the kicking game. You have to play steady and consistent to beat the Tar Heels, and the Hokies were able to do it last year.
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