Key Stretch Coming for the Hokies

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Virginia Tech picked up a big win on Sunday, knocking off Georgia Tech
102-77. It was a fun win to watch, and worth some reflection. The Hokies also
have three big games coming up in the next eight days, and if they win them all,
that will set up a huge matchup with Duke in Cassell Coliseum with ESPN College
in town.

Sometimes You’re the Windshield, Sometimes You’re the Yellow Jacket, and
Sometimes You’re Paul Hewitt

Yesterday was a great day for the Hokies in Cassell Coliseum. They got a huge
102-77 win. Any time Tech scores 100 points in Cassell is a good day, and that
game was very entertaining. It had big dunks, three-pointers, fast breaks,
blocked shots, technical fouls, an ejection … everything you could ask for in
a basketball game.

The previous Saturday, Virginia Tech had a game at Boston College in which
they scored just 56 points, shot just 35% from the field, and in general just
couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn. You’re going to have games like that from
time to time.

On Sunday, the Hokies hit just about everything they put up, especially in
the first half when they shot 68% from the field. They turned near turnovers
into alley-oops from halfcourt, Erick Green hit a falling layup from an almost
impossible angle while getting fouled, they had no-look passes and
behind-the-back passes, etc. On Sunday, Virginia Tech was the windshield.

Georgia Tech got it going offensively after awhile, but they were a mess
defensively all day. Even when they did play defense, the Hokies managed to make
tough shots. While VT was converting alley-oops from halfcourt, GT was off on
their attempts, turning the ball over numerous times while going for flashy
plays, committing a couple of fouls 90 feet from the basket, etc. On Sunday, it
was the Yellow Jackets getting splattered on the windshield.

And Paul Hewitt? Poor guy. You don’t see coaches get ejected very often. When
you do, it’s generally not 12 minutes into the game. I’m not privy to what
Hewitt said to the refs, but