Virginia Tech is off to a 14-3 start, with a 1-2 record in the ACC. Fans are excited about the Hokies, who have improved by leaps and bounds since that trip to Philadelphia in late November.
Rewind back to November 28. The Hokies had just beaten a bad Delaware team 74-66 in overtime. That was their fourth win of the season, with the previous three being unimpressive outings against Brown, UNC Greensboro and Campbell. Tech couldn’t score, and the only time they faced decent competition in the month of November, they were handled easily by Temple.
At that point, the Hokies just didn’t look good. They just didn’t pass the eye test. Many of us, yours truly included, weren’t expecting much from Tech in ACC play. Nearly two months later, as I’m polishing off a healthy meal of crow, we’re right back to where we were the last three seasons: worrying about the RPI and whether or not the Hokies are going to make the NCAA tournament.
There are plenty of reasons for the turnaround, but for this observer of the program, three in particular stand out.
Delaney Continues to Put up Big Numbers
Malcolm Delaney leads the ACC in scoring, averaging 19.9 points per game. That includes zero points scored against Longwood, when Delaney left the game in the first minute with an ankle injury. It also includes a five point performance against NC Central, a laugher of a contest in which the backups played almost the entire second half.
Delaney’s numbers in ACC play have been even more impressive. He is again tops in the ACC in scoring in conference games at 25.7 points per game. Not known as a true point guard, Delaney also leads the league in assists at 7.3 per game. That’s not all. He’s gotten it done on the defensive end, leading the ACC with 2.3 steals per contest. His 43.8% three-point percentage is fifth in the league. Despite playing on a bum ankle, Delaney plays 38.7 minutes per game in ACC play – yet again, best in the league.
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