It happens too much to be coincidence or luck. The Hokies consistently win
close games in the final minutes. We saw it again on Tuesday night, except this
time it was against the best team Tech has played all year, and it was on
national television. It doesn’t get much better than that. These Hokies are
tough, and they are poised to go to the NCAA tournament for the first time since
This might not be the best Virginia Tech basketball team ever, but it is the
toughest. And it’s not even close. This team digs deep and finds ways to win at
the end, which is the top trait a collection of athletes can possess.
Second half performances have been very good during their current five game
winning streak. In particular, halfcourt execution of the offense has been much,
much better. The Hokies shot over 50% in the second half last night, while
shooting just 33.3% in the first half. That trend didn’t start last night.
They shot 35.3% in the first half against UNC, and then 42.4% in the second.
Against Clemson, they improved from 15.4% to 47.8%. Against UVA, it was 32.1% in
the first, and 42.3% in the second.
What does that tell us? It tells me that Seth Greenberg is excellent at
in-game adjustments, and he’s recruited a group of players who respond well to
his type of coaching. The results are 21 wins and Tech’s current second place
standing in the ACC.
Things didn’t look good for most of last night’s game. Wake Forest is a tall,
talented basketball team with an NBA lottery pick in Al-Farouq Aminu and a blur
for point guard in Ish Smith. They handled the Hokies for much of last night’s
game. Even when Tech started making shots in the second half, they couldn’t get
stops against Wake’s impressive offense. Eventually the Hokies broke through the
barrier, but it wasn’t easy.
Sitting in the stands, and seeing the Hokies trailing by double digits
halfway through the second half, I realized that I had never been more confident
in a Tech team that was trailing by 11 points so late than I was last night.
That’s a product of all of the close wins that we’ve seen the Hokies earn this
I knew the Hokies would make a run. I didn’t know if they’d win...
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