Thursday Hoops Thoughts

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Well, so much for NC State owning the Hokies. The Wolfpack ran off six straight wins against Tech at one point since ACC expansion, but the last two games have officially ended that streak. VT has been dominant against State since the 13:33 mark of last year’s game, and the past frustrations of this series are squarely in the rear view mirror.

With 13:33 left in the game last year, Courtney Fells hit a jumper that put NC State up 63-45 in Cassell Coliseum. The Wolfpack were blowing Tech out, yet again. However, the Hokies put on a furious rally and came back and won 91-87 in overtime. The Hokies dominated down the stretch, and they continued their domination in Raleigh last night.

You remember those NC State games of the past, where the Wolfpack couldn’t miss a shot. We’re talking about turnaround, step back three-pointers by power forward Brandon Costner as the shot clock expired. Everything they threw up against Virginia Tech was going in the basket, or at least it seemed that way.

The Hokies were definitely due for a good shooting night against the Wolfpack, and they got it last night. They didn’t miss a single shot for the first 10 minutes of the game, and shot over 50% from the field for the first time this year in an ACC game.

Likewise, NC State was due to have an off night shooting the rock against Virginia Tech. That happened last night as well. The Wolfpack went 0-of-11 from three-point range. It was the first time since 1989 that NC State has not hit a three-point field goal in a game.

Shooting aside, the best thing about last night’s game was the fact that Virginia Tech made NC State quit. When Dorenzo Hudson went down the lane with 4:15 remaining and finished with an easy layup, there were two NC State players standing in the lane who could have stepped in and stopped him. Instead, the seas parted and they watched him score. The home team was just ready for the game to be over at that point.

That’s how you know when a team is dominated, physically and mentally: when they quit on their own homecourt. From a Virginia Tech perspective, it was a beautiful thing to watch.

Seth Greenberg now finds himself in a great situation. He has a very confident basketball team fresh off a 20-point road win. However, he’s still got plenty of stuff to complain about to his players. They lost the turnover margin battle last night (by one), they were outrebounded 45-38, and they allowed a staggering 27 offensive rebounds. That can’t continue to happen, and you can bet that Greenberg