Hokies Struggling to Move Forward

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Virginia Tech is off to a bad start in the ACC portion of their basketball schedule. Two weeks ago, we were saying the Hokies had a solid chance to start 3-0, or 2-1 at worst. Instead, they are 0-3. Looking at their schedule, it doesn’t appear that things are going to get better anytime soon.

The Hokies are 11-6 overall, and 0-3 in the ACC. Their next five games look like this: vs. UNC, at UVA, vs. BYU, at Maryland, vs. Duke. With the way the Hokies have played the last couple of weeks, even the most optimistic Tech fan can’t see more than 1-2 wins in that stretch, and 0-5 is a legit possibility.

A lot of this article is going to focus on Seth Greenberg, and to some of you, it might sound negative. I don’t think he’s doing a good job this year, and I really think that based on the last 15 years of his career, he’s probably taken the program as far as he’s going to take it. At the same time, his personnel has become very limited as the season has gone on, so it’s important to try and be fair to each side.

Limited Personnel

Erick Green has missed time twice this year with a knee injury, the latest being the loss at Boston College on Saturday. Dorenzo Hudson hasn’t been healthy all year. Marquis Rankin didn’t go through preseason practice because of knee surgery. J.T. Thompson is out for the season. Allan Chaney’s career could be over. Joey van Zegeren is redshirting.

That’s six players, and there are 13 scholarship players on the basketball team. Nearly 50% of the Tech roster is either hurt or redshirting. That’s like 40 scholarship football players being out. It’s a big deal.

The Hokies have too many players who are limited in what they can do. As good a shooter as Jarell Eddie has been, that’s all he can do offensively. He can’t put the ball on the floor and beat somebody off the dribble. To stop Jarell Eddie, all you have to do is stop the catch-and-shoot. Same for Dorenzo Hudson, who has lost all of his explosiveness with his partially torn meniscus.

To make matters worse, when Erick Green went down with an injury, the Hokies had two options at point guard. Option one was true freshman Marquis Rankin, who missed all of the preseason with a knee injury. Option two is Dorenzo Hudson, who is not a point guard, and who is playing hurt. Neither one of those is a good option. The Hokies are limited even with Erick Green in the lineup, and when he’s out they