Beating the Pack Line

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Ahmed Hill and the Hokies torched the Pack Line defense in the second half. (Ivan Morozov)

Two big wins for the Hokies this week. It should come without saying that when you’re on the bubble, each win is big. However, when the two wins are against a top-15 opponent and on the road in the ACC, that is a large step forward towards cementing your spot in the tournament. It isn’t all sunshine and roses though, as the program lost Chris Clarke (arguably, but not arguably, Tech’s best player) for the season to an ACL tear. Today, I will take a look at what the injury means to the Hokies going forward as well as what went on offensively in contrast from the first half of the UVA game to the second half.

Before I move to Chris Clarke, let’s cover some good news. Virginia Tech shot 58.3% in the second half, a welcome change from the 34.8% they shot in the first half. What happened in the second half that allowed them to climb 24 points in percentage? Well, after watching the film it looks like 2 things:

  • Zach LeDay was more efficient in his post moves.
  • The rest of the Hokies made open shots.

It may seem like a slap in the face to make it that simple, but take a look at some of these pictures from the first half.

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