VT actually played better once the depth went away in 2021.
After the second Notre Dame game on Jan. 21, the team was 2-6 in ACC play. In those first eight games the team averaged 53.4 minutes from the bench and generally used nine players.
After Jan. 21, VT got an average of 31 minutes from the bench the rest of the way – using seven players six times, and eight players six times. (And for some of those games appeared to have only seven available).
After those first eight conference games, VT won six of their next seven, including six wins in a row and one loss in overtime to highly ranked N.C. State. During that productive stretch, Tech averaged 31.8 bench minutes. Even in a nice win against Syracuse when VT played seven and had two players foul out, Tech got just 26 minutes from the bench.
At times earlier in the season I thought we were almost playing too many minutes with too many people. In the first eight ACC games the bench minutes were: 47, 50, 65, 64, 59, 58, 37,47.
In the loss on Dec. 31 vs FSU, Tech used 11 players for a season-high 65 bench minutes. It’s a balancing act to keep players happy with playing time. Sometimes too much depth can take away from the core. In the case of 2021, VT found a way to play better once the ranks got thinned.
Still, I'm excited about the quality of transfers and roster additions for fall 2021.