What a difference a month makes. On December 1, Virginia Tech whipped #15 Oklahoma State 81-71 in Cassell Coliseum, and we were all wondering whether the Hokies would crack the Top 25 when the next polls were released. Tech was shooting the lights out under new head coach James Johnson, they were playing confidently, and they had two quality back-to-back wins over the Cowboys and the Iowa Hawkeyes. All seemed well.
Tech has played eight games since that Oklahoma State game, and the Hokies haven’t played well in any of them.
West Virginia: Tech had a defensive lapse in the final seconds that gave an offensively-challenged WVU team a one-point win.
Mississippi Valley State: Tech won this game 70-49, but didn’t play particularly well.
Georgia Southern: The Hokies were upset at home by a bad team, and that’s when the wheels started to come off.
Bradley: Tech had to rally from a big deficit to defeat the Braves in overtime.
Colorado State: Tech was thoroughly crushed by the Rams.
BYU: The Hokies were blown out from start to finish by BYU.
Maryland: VT couldn’t stop a young Maryland team from scoring at will.
Boston College: The least talented and youngest team in the ACC beat the Hokies in Cassell Coliseum by 11 points.
What’s been the reason for the dropoff? I think a lot of fans are pointing to the bench and a lack of depth, but I disagree with that. I think it’s a combination of three things: Tech is getting worse defensively, JJ is cutting his teeth against some NCAA Tournament coaches, and certain players just aren’t playing up to their potential.
Hokies Going Downhill Defensively
I decided to head to TeamRankings.com and check out where the Hokies stand in a few key defensive statistics.
Defensive efficiency: #248
Opponent floor percentage: #244
That’s where I stopped. I don’t need to see anymore. I left Cassell Coliseum last night thinking that...
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