Friday Q&A: November 5, 2010

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We are just one week away from the start of basketball season, and our
coverage starts today with a hoops Q&A. Tech has major frontcourt depth
issues to worry about this year, and we’ll get our first look at the Hokies next

Cvillehoops13, one of our top basketball experts, takes a stab at four key
questions heading into the season.

1. What do you expect to see from Seth in terms of protecting VT’s thin

Cvillehoops13: I don’t think the issue is necessarily
“protecting” the front court as much as it is establishing a cohesive
rotation despite only opening the season with two true frontcourt players. I
know there are a lot of folks with some real concern over the Hokies’ hopes
following the news of the loss of Thompson and Chaney, but I think that the doom
and gloom is premature. Virginia Tech is almost certainly going to have to go to
some four guard lineups, and with this personnel that may be a good thing.

Four guard lineups are far from the norm in the ACC, but around the country
it isn’t uncommon at all to see teams use a hybrid position where a guard is
subbed in for that fourth guard spot. Jay Wright’s Villanova teams have done an
excellent job over the years with four guard lineups, and Gonzaga and Butler
both have risen to national prominence utilizing offenses geared toward four
perimeter players.

Basketball is a game of match-ups, and when you bring in that fourth guard
you may sacrifice some post defense, but you also force your opponent to match a
post player with a guard and not many teams have post players versatile enough
to defend a guard on the perimeter and then to run down and show off a back to
the basket game. This puts Virginia Tech in a great spot, provided that the team
stays disciplined in securing the ball. A lineup with four guards and Jeff Allen
would mean that every player on the court is capable of turning and pushing
after coming down with the ball, a very difficult situation to put an opposing
team in and one that would force major adjustments to a lot of lineups.