Hokies Ready To Play Better Competition

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Buzz Williams
Buzz Williams and the Hokies are ready to challenge themselves against the ACC (Ivan Morozov)

It’s been nearly a month since Virginia Tech has played a complete basketball game.  You have to go all the way back to Thanksgiving Day, November 24, when the Hokies hammered New Mexico 92-72 in Anaheim.  They’ve played seven games since then, and although they are 6-1 in those games, they’ve yet to play a complete 40 minutes of basketball in that stretch.

Why?  There could be a couple of reasons.

1: This team isn’t quite where it needs to be yet.
2: This team is bored.  They are ready for ACC play, and they are just killing time until it gets here.

I’m not sure there’s a right answer.  In fact, I think it’s probably both.  I think you have to take each game individually for what it is.

Texas A&M: A matchup nightmare for the Hokies.
Nebraska: The last day of a long week in Anaheim.
Michigan: The last day of a 10-day road trip, plus Michigan is good.
UMES, Citadel, and Charleston Southern: “Buy” games against nobodies in front of 2500-3000 people.

Against Maryland Eastern-Shore, the Hokies led by as many as 27 points, but that lead was cut to nine points in the second half.  Tech probably played their worst half of the season in that game  The Hokies trailed The Citadel at halftime before outscoring them 73-27 in the second half.  Against Charleston Southern, they had more turnovers