The student section was packed like a downtown bar on Fat Tuesday and the Hokies brought the energy as they cruised to a 79-62 rout of boston college. The Hokies have been inconsistent all season, up and down, beating the likes of unc on the road and then losing to the likes of nc state and fsu. However, one thing thatâ€™s been consistent is after every downer, like the nc state game or the game at bc, thereâ€™s an upper like the thrashing of the wahoos and last nights win against the eagles. Every time I think I have this team figured out something surprising happens.
The general consensus around campus is that no one would be surprised with a first round NCAA Tourney loss, and no one would be that shocked by a Final Four appearance either. Last nights game was a little like the season as a whole.
The Hokies came out a little slow in the beginning of the first half, but then rallied and took as big a lead as 13 points. The eagles fought back to within four at the half. Then in the second half the Hokies played their best basketball of the season. Everyone contributed but Zabian Dowdell, Deron Washington and A.D. Vassallo led the way. A few more points from Washington and Vassallo and the Hokies wouldâ€™ve had three players over 20 points.
The Hokies werenâ€™t only shooting lights out they played great D too. Tech held potential ACC P.O.Y. jared dudley to 15 points, but most of those came late in the second half after the game had been decided. The student section even got in on defense.
The eaglesâ€™ sharpshooter, sean marshall, got into a scrap early with Washington and we wouldnâ€™t let him forget our disapproval for his bad attitude. Marshall was booed every time he touched the ball for the rest of the night, even during warm-ups before the second half. Hokie Nation was obviously in his head, as he put up a few ill-advised shots and looked frustrated for much of the night.
Last nightâ€™s win makes us a sure lock for the NCAA Tournament, if we werenâ€™t already. And we probably have a first round bye in the ACC Tournament sealed. Another thing thatâ€™s a lock for at least one Hokie, Deron Washington, every night it seems, is a slot in ESPN SportsCenterâ€™s Top Ten plays. If you can find a way to bet on that I strongly advise it. ESPN loves dunks and Deron can deliver and usually does; itâ€™s great publicity for Tech and Deron, I sure hope it continues.
Saturday afternoonâ€™s game against Miami looks like a game we should win easily, but itâ€™s the ACC so hopefully at this point in the season the Hokies wonâ€™t be overlooking any teams. That goes for the fans too. Attendance last night was less than impressive. I understand it was a weeknight and all that, but if you canâ€™t go to the games give the tickets to someone who can. We are a potential Final Four team and our fans need to start acting like it. The fans, especially alumni/season ticket holders need to come out strong for Miami â€“ itâ€™s a big game if we lose. If the Hokies lack intensity a loss could be in the cards, one way for the team to keep the intensity is to feed off the fans and they canâ€™t do that if no one is in your seats. Lets Go Hokies!