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1) Outside of Landers Nolley’s performance, what were your two biggest surprises from the Clemson game? Something you saw and weren’t really expecting, and something you expected but didn’t see. – No1Hokie
Chris Coleman: Good question, and I’d say my two surprises worked out in Virginia Tech’s favor.
Something I saw that I wasn’t really expecting was the Hokies’ advantage on the glass. PJ Horne played nearly the entire game at center, and he’s generously listed at 6-6. I heard the Hokies struggled rebounding the ball in a scrimmage against East Tennessee State, and Mike Young was really worried about how his team would rebound against ACC opponents.
A 44-36 advantage on the boards isn’t something that we can expect, but after one game Tech ranks No. 48 nationally in defensive rebound percentage out of the 227 teams that have played, while the Tigers rank No. 180 in offensive rebound percentage. Horne will have to continue to play bigger than he is, and Bede has to keep being a dominant rebounding point guard.
Something I expected to see, but didn’t see, was poor transition defense on Virginia Tech’s part. Mike Young recently mentioned that the Hokies’ transition defense was a work in progress, and that’s generally coach speak for “it’s really bad and it needs to get better fast.”
Virginia Tech only shot 38.6% from the field and missed a total of 18 three-pointers....
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