Hokies Off to a 2-0 Start

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We’re only two games into the 2012-13 basketball season, but it’s never too early to start talking about what we’ve seen so far. The Hokies are 2-0, and it’s clear that they have some strengths, but they’ll also have weaknesses that they must overcome.

After two games, I think everyone is pretty happy. The Hokies have two easy wins, beating East Tennessee State 80-62, and then knocking off Rhode Island 69-50. Tech has only trailed once – at the beginning of the ETSU game.

James Johnson has a team with good chemistry.

After watching 80 minutes of basketball from press row, here are my thoughts.

Team Chemistry is a Strength

People pay lip service to chemistry, but the fact is that it’s a major part of success in athletics. If players don’t coexist with each other and their coaches, they aren’t going to succeed as a team unless they are immensely talented.

Take the Kentucky basketball team with John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. That team was the most talented team in the country, but they had no chemistry, and it showed on the court. Last year’s Kentucky team, while very talented obviously, also had much better chemistry than that John Wall team. That’s why they won the National Championship.

This Virginia Tech team does have good chemistry with each other. They get along, and they are unselfish on the court. There’s a different vibe on the bench than what we’ve seen over the last couple of years.

Remember, James Johnson was the top recruiter for Erick Green , Robert Brown, C.J. Barksdale , Cadarian Raines and Marshall Wood . Unlike most new coaches, he was already familiar with his personnel. He helped recruit them. They are his type of guys. That can only help with chemistry.

Also, I really like what the Hokies are doing after games in Cassell. They form