Power Ratings and Matchup Zone

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Buzz Williams
Buzz Williams has the Hokies learning a new matchup zone. (Ivan Morozov).

We are halfway through the conference season, so I wanted to take a look at the roster and see who is playing well and what is going on defensively.

First, I would like to point out that the Hokies are 16-5 with 10 games (minimum) left to play. The final record will have the Hokies somewhere between 16 and 28 wins, with the most likely projections between 19 and 23 wins. I think 21 wins is a number to watch in terms of making the NCAA Tournament, but the fact that we are sitting at 16 wins before playing any games in February is a testament to how far the program has come. It was this time last season when the Hokies ripped off some big wins to end the season and got a bye on the first day of the ACC Tournament. A similar run will not only ensure byes in the ACC Tournament, but certainly a bid to the Big Dance.

First, let’s take a look at the roster and I’ll give my thoughts on a “Power Rankings” of sorts in how they are playing at this point in the season. It should be noted this doesn’t necessarily mean that the #2 player is better than the #6, just that currently #2 is playing at a very high level and #6 is not.

#1 – Chris Clarke

Clarke is playing at a high level on both ends of the floor. His defense away from the ball has slipped in the last four games, but that will be said about most players on the roster. There is quite a bit of belly-aching about the lack of a perimeter shot, but Clarke isn’t forcing shots that he won’t make at a high percentage. The most valuable