Effort and Defense Go Hand-in-Hand for Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball

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Virginia Tech’s defensive problems run deeper than Xs and Os. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Buzz Williams publicly called out his team’s effort level after Saturday’s home loss to Miami.  It was the third time this season that the Hokies have come out flat in a big home game, and it’s cost them two ACC games.  They likely wouldn’t have beaten UVA even with a good performance, but they likely would have knocked off Florida State and Miami.

Here are the projected end-of-season numbers right now…

Overall: 19-12
ACC: 8-10
RPI: No. 67
SOS: No. 50

Those numbers represent a big, fat ticket to the Not Invited Tournament (NIT). 

Had the Hokies beaten Florida State and Miami at home, as they probably would have done with the proper energy level, here’s what the projected numbers would look like…

Overall: 21-10
ACC: 10-8
RPI: No. 38
SOS: No. 50

Not only is that a definite ticket to the NCAA Tournament, but with that RPI it would mean the Hokies might have avoided the dreaded 8-9 matchup as well.

Unfortunately, the Hokies dug themselves a grave against Florida State, took a break for three games, and then started covering themselves up with dirt against Miami.  It remains to be seen if their remaining brutal ACC schedule finishes the burial, or whether they can do their best Lazarus