Sunday, January 21st at 7:30 PM – FoxSportsNet and XM 191
Records: VT 13-5 (3-1 ACC), md 15-4 (1-3 ACC)
Best Win: VT 94-88 over #1 unc, md 72-66 @ Illinois
VT – Dowdell (17.3), Gordon (12.1), Washington (11.2), Vassallo (11.1)
md – Strawberry (15.3), Jones (13.8), Ibekwe (11.7), Gist (11.6)
VT – Collins/Washington (4.8), Gordon (4.2)
md – Ibekwe (7.8), Gist (7.4), Strawberry (4.4)
VT – Jamon Gordon (4.4), Dowdell (3.5)
md – Vasquez/Hayes (4.0)
VT – 74.4 Pts, 48% FG, 64% FT, 39% 3Pt
md – 81.6 Pts, 48% FG, 71% FT, 40% 3Pt
fsu 82, VT 73;
VT fell behind by as many as 18 points before rallying to within 1 point at 52-51, using a 28-11 run. After that point, fsu pulled away led by Al Thorntonâ€™s 27 points, all of which were in the 2nd half. He scored 27 of their 43 2nd half points to lead all scorers. Zabian Dowdell had 23 to lead the Hokies. Deron Washington and Coleman Collins also topped double digits with 18 and 15 respectively. VT shot 57% for the game (70% in the 2nd half). But VT was outrebounded 27-19 and fsu made 31 free throws, compared to just 17 for the Hokies.
uva 103, md 91
uva came out smoking hot and stretched their lead to 50-32 with 2 minutes
left in the 1st half. The terps then managed to score 11 straight points
without uva even crossing half court to cut the lead to 50-43 at the half.
md would get within 3 in the 2nd half, but uva pulled away around the midway
point and cruised to the win.
The good news is VT shot over 70% in the 2nd half on Wednesday night. The
bad news is they had dug themselves a â€˜Marshall-likeâ€™ deficit in the the 1st
half. The good news is VT has put up 47, 47, and 51 in 3 of their last 4
halves. The bad news is, after not allowing more than 71 points in a game
through 16 games, they have given up 82+ in their last 2. The good news is
maryland is coming off a game where they were thoroughly beaten by uva. The
bad news is VT is coming off a loss at Florida State.
Sunday, VT will have to put a full game effort if they want to beat
maryland. This team seems to struggle to put 2 decent halves together in
their losses. That was crucial in the losses to gwu, fsu, and marshall. VT
will have to beat the terps press. VT struggled with uncâ€™s late in the
game, but uva was able to shred mdâ€™s press. The key to uvaâ€™s success was
their guards could find someone open when they beat the press for an easy
shot, or got fouled and went to the line. Often times VT just tries to
break the press and set up their half court offense, instead of attacking.
md loves to feed the ball inside. They do not shoot a lot of 3â€™s. However,
look out for Jonesâ€™s 3 point shot from the elbow extended on the left side;
he doesnâ€™t miss from there. D.J. Strawberry and Mike Jones average 29
points per game, similar to what Dowdell and Gordon average for VT. The
terps are more physical inside than VT, so blocking out and securing the
boards will be key for the Hokies.
Both teams have identical starting lineups – 3 seniors, 1 junior, and 1
freshman. So experience is pretty even here. md goes about 4 deep on its
bench, where as VT plays 5-6.
VT Keys to Win:
– Feed off the crowd energy (see unc)
– Attack mdâ€™s press, donâ€™t just beat it
– Keep Ibekwe, Gist, and Osby off the offensive boards (md has 2 guys
averaging more than 7 boards a game)
– Get to the line – md is not terribly talented on their bench. Foul
trouble will hurt them.
– Play 2 halves (see gwu, marshall, and fsu losses)