Despite Green, Hokies Can’t Overcome Lack of Defense and Effort

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Green Named ACC Player of the Year

Erick Green drives against Wake.

We’ll have a bigger article at some point on Erick Green and his list of accomplishments this season.  For now, let’s keep it basic.  A day after being named First Team All-ACC, Green was voted ACC Player of the Year by the media on Tuesday.  He received 38 of the 76 votes.  Miami’s Shane Larkin had 23 votes, and Mason Plumlee had 12.  Virginia’s Joe Harris had two votes, while FSU’s Michael Snaer had one.

Green is now just the second player from a team with a losing record in conference to be voted ACC Player of the Year, along with Maryland’s Len Bias in 1986.  He is the third Virginia Tech player to win Conference Player of the Year honors, joining Dell Curry (1986) and Bimbo Coles (1988), who both won the award in the Metro Conference.  Green also leads the nation in scoring at 25.4 points per game.

Once the season is completely over, we’ll have a larger article that covers Green’s season in more detail.  He was the lone bright spot in a very dark season of Virginia Tech basketball.  Today we’ll take a look at a couple of other issues within the program: defense and effort.  Not even Green could overcome those deficiencies this season.  We’ve still got an ACC Tournament to play, but no matter what happens in Greensboro, these points will still be valid.

Defensive Efficiency, or Should I Say Defensive Inefficiency?

We all know Virginia Tech’s defense is bad, and it’s been bad for most of the year.  It’s more