It is going to be a pleasure writing another recap of a Hokie loss to n.c. state. About as fun as chasing a Three Wiseman with a Gorilla Fart. This loss (of the 3) stings the most as it eliminated a shot that might not come around too much in my lifetime, the ACC basketball championship. Just look at our cross-state rivals, who haven’t been to the semis in over 10 years and only have one title in 54 years. I am sure the team is extremely disappointed in the outcome, as they were looking forward to the opportunity to play n.c. state again. From the Charlotte Observer this morning, “We took a look at the bracket and saw it would either be Virginia or State,” Dowdell said. “State beat us twice, so we definitely wanted another chance to play them.”
I know that the tempo of this game was in state’s favor, the refs were not the greatest, and we did not shoot extremely well from the field, but in my humble opinion, we flat out blew this game. I recall watching the last 5 minutes of the iowa game, back in November, in disbelief over our horrid free throw shooting (17 of 33) that let the hawkeyes back in the game. Of course, the first thought is “they can’t do this come tournament time”. Well, they did it at tournament time. Sorry, but 8 of 19 is inexcusable. I hate agreeing with Dickie V (Niemo – here is a tip, get DirecTV to avoid the country .. you can still watch the ESPN broadcast), but he could have shot better than the Hokies tonight from the line. n.c. state shot 24 of 28, and that was that. End of story.
I think most fans expected that we would either lose in the first round (against georgia tech) or make it all the way to the finals, but not lose in the semis against nc state for the third friggin time! Why do I feel like Napoleon Dynamite right now? Haven’t I learned that this team is completely unpredictable?
When you look at the box score, it is even more painful. The Hokies held Costner to 10 points and McCauley to 8. They both scored a combined 29 points in each of the two regular season games. Atsur was injured for 3/4 of the game. We out rebounded them on the offensive glass 11-0. Total rebounds was 32 to 25 in Tech’s favor. state shot 52.5% from the field. That’s less than both regular season games. Vassallo had 12 and Washington had 11. Dowdell, although cold until the end of the game, had 15, and Gordon probably had the best game of the night for the Hokies. We even friggin led at the first TV timeout. When that has happened, Tech is 6-0 [Wick always manages to get this stat wrong]. AARGH!
Besides the free throw shooting, you can also point the finger at the low post. Coleman Collins had another disappointing game. It hurts to type this, but I can’t overlook it. Several dropped balls inside, a key missed free throw at the front end of 1 and 1, and only 4 points. Compound that with the fact that Diakite and Witcher really didn’t provide a signifcant presence in relief, and Tech had to rely on their front court the whole night for offense.
This one stings like that Three Wiseman, and then makes you want to puke like that Gorilla Fart, but Tech has no one to blame but themselves …
[Long pause as I have just had a revelation]
Wait a minute … there is someone else you can blame for this loss … Niemo! Tech is 1-3 since he arm-curled the team! This is all his fault!