The Importance of Blackshear and Buzz’s New Energy for Virginia Tech Basketball

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Kerry Blackshear has been a great player for Tech this year…when he hasn’t been in foul trouble. (Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech came away with a critical 80-69 victory over No. 10 North Carolina on Monday night in Cassell Coliseum.  It was Tech’s first quality win of the season, and though they’ll need at least two or three more top-50 wins to make the NCAA Tournament, it was a step in the right direction.

Today, I’m going to focus on a couple of things.  First, the importance of Kerry Blackshear, not only in last night’s win, but throughout the season.  Second, how Buzz Williams has completely changed his coaching style in the middle of the season to suit his team’s needs.

The Importance of Blackshear

Kerry Blackshear is important to Virginia Tech for two reasons.

1) He’s the only player in the rotation over 6-foot-6.
2) He might be the best player on the team.

The second point is an arguable point, but right now I think I’d argue in favor of it.  Either way, he’s certainly the most important player on the team because of his talent level combined with his uniqueness in comparison to the other members of the squad.

Let me spend a few moments throwing out some stats at you…

Points per 40 minutes: 22.5.  Blackshear leads