A Gym Rat’s Notebook: Regaining the Mental Edge

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With
a key game coming up on Thursday night with the Dookies of Durham, and coming
off a disappointing road loss in Charlottesville last Saturday against the
University of Virginia, the Virginia Tech basketball team is looking to
recapture their earlier glory within the conference, while still harboring
postseason hopes.

With a conference record of 5-6, the Hokies have fallen
below the .500 mark in the conference for the first time since they stood at 1-2
following their win over Clemson on January 15th. And in doing so, they also have fallen
into a tie for sixth in the conference with Georgia Tech, their lowest placement
in the conference since their second game of the season. The Hokies and Yellow
Jackets are now just one game ahead of hard-charging Virginia and North Carolina
State, who are both tied for eighth place.

While the loss to the Cavs represented a golden
opportunity gone astray, both teams should probably consider themselves lucky
that they played each other Saturday, and not some other opponent. The game was
notable for its lack of energy on both sides, and both teams could have easily
gone into halftime at sizable disadvantages, had they been playing an opponent
on top of their game.

The Cavaliers got a huge boost off their bench from 6-6
sophomore forward Gary Forbes, who had 17 of his game high 21 points in the
second half for Virginia. The Hokies simply have no one on their bench capable
of taking over the game and having the type of impact that Forbes demonstrated
against Virginia Tech.

With their third consecutive ACC win, the Cavs seem to be
moving in an opposite direction from the Hokies, who have lost four of their
past five conference games. In doing so, the Cavs have recently stolen a page
out of the Seth Greenberg playbook. They have spread the court, gone to a
smaller three-guard

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