Eight games into the season, the Virginia Tech basketball team isn’t exactly
where they thought they would be. After starting the season ranked #23 in the
country, the Hokies are 4-4, they’ve lost three in a row, and they’ve failed to
score 60 points in five of their eight games. They have no top 50 wins, and they
have two home losses. This isn’t the start we envisioned.
This past week was a big week for the basketball program. They had three
nationally televised games in the span of seven days, including high profile
ESPN matchups against UNLV and Purdue. They closed the week with a home Sunday
night ACC game with in-state rival UVA. The week represented a major opportunity
to beat one or two quality opponents, and get off to a good start in conference
Instead, the week was a disaster. The Hokies lost all three games, and to be
perfectly blunt, they looked bad doing it. After eight games, we’ve all got
plenty of thoughts on the team, and today I’ll offer mine.
Virginia Tech has never been a particularly strong offensive team under Seth
Greenberg. However, this year they are downright bad. That became evident last
night against UVA, a team that came into the game allowing opponents to shoot
48% from the field and 46% from three-point range. The Hoos had allowed 81
points to Stanford, 106 to Washington and 79 to Minnesota. Statistically they
were very bad heading into Sunday night’s game.
Then they ran into Virginia Tech’s offense, and all of a sudden they looked
like a defensive juggernaut. UVA had at least two freshmen on the court for all
of last night’s game, and they effectively locked up Tech’s experienced lineup.
I don’t pretend to be a basketball X’s and O’s guy, but one major thing that
bothered me last night was what happened when the Hokies got the ball in the
post to Jeff Allen or Victor Davila. UVA double teamed immediately, and the
other four Tech players simply stood around and watched while making little
effort to flash to the open spot in the defense. When there is a double team
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