six straight losses to BC, the Hokies finally got a hold of the Eagles Wednesday
night and shook them like a pit bull shakes a rag doll. The win was nice, in
more ways than one, and the Hokies are now a lock to finish in the top four of
the ACC. As the season winds down, it’s apparent that Virginia Tech has handled
the ebb and flow of the ACC schedule a lot better than they did the last time
they finished in the top four, in 2004-05.
Tech ran the Eagles off the Cassell Coliseum floor by coming in with a better
game plan than the one VT had in Chestnut Hill 18 days ago, when BC throttled
Tech 80-59. In that game, the Hokies started out in a zone and BC exploited it,
hitting 8-of-15 three-pointers in the first half and racing to a 47-26 half time
lead. The zone also allowed BC to exploit one of Tech’s biggest weaknesses,
This time out, the Hokies played things differently. They committed
themselves to man to man defense, doubling Jared Dudley, the ACC’s top scorer
coming in, at every opportunity. VT also doubled Boston College point guard
Tyrese Rice off ball screens in the half court offense, shutting down Rice’s
ability to shoot, pass, and drive … you know, things that are important to a
The defensive plan worked like a charm. Dudley was guarded closely by Deron
Washington or Coleman Collins at every turn, making it difficult for him to get
open looks and rebounds, and Rice was frustrated into an unproductive night in
the half court offense.
After the game, the Hokies pointed to comments made by Dudley in Wednesday’s
Washington Post, when he called Tech’s defense into question:
“They’re not the best defensive team we face,” Dudley said.
“You’ll get your looks and an opportunity to score.”
Wednesday night … not so much, Jared. More on that later.
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