Last night’s Hokies-Tigers matchup was a typical gut-wrencher. I always find
myself thinking about stats during a basketball game, and how difficult it is to
predict the outcome of a hoops game, because you never know who is going to play
better than they usually do, or worse than they usually do. Here’s a look at the
key stats from last night’s game.
Free throw breakdown:
VT shot 17-of-29 (58.6%) from the free throw line, while Clemson shot
Coming in, the Hokies as a team were 71.2% free throw shooters, while Clemson
was 68.6%. Clemson had an average night from the line, but the Hokies were
abysmal … sort of.
The problem for VT early on was who was going to the line. A lot of the early
Clemson fouls sent Jeff Allen (61.4%), Lewis Witcher (41.7%), and Victor Davila
(60.0%) to the line. That trio clanked their way to a combined 2-of-10 (20%)
from the line, including an oh-fer from Davila (0-of-4).
13:03 to go, Davila missed a free throw, and the Hokies were 7-of-16 from the
line, which included a 2-of-2 from Malcolm Delaney and no FTs from A.D.
Vassallo. From that point on, Tech stroked 10-of-13 (76.9%), including 9-of-11
from A.D. Vassallo and Malcolm Delaney.
It’s not what the team as a whole shoots, it’s who you’ve got on the line when.
The Hokies had their worst shooters on the line early, and their best late.
Finally, the Hokies blistered an opponent from three-point range. Tech took
advantage of Clemson’s press for some open three-pointers, and the Hokies
stroked it. Tech hit 11-of-19 (57.9%) from beyond the arc, far above their
normal 33.9% percentage. Clemson hit 7-of-20 (35%) from deep, a tick below their
season percentage of 38.1%.
Much like free throws, this was a question of who was doing the shooting …
sort of. Delaney and Vassallo combined for 8-of-16 from deep, a commendable 50%.
But wait, that means the rest of the team was 3-for-3. Dorenzo Hudson (28.0%
coming in) hit two, and Hank Thorns (18.8%) hit one.
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