In Game Commentary | v. #4 so. illinois

I’ll be updating the site during every TV timeout during today’s game between Tech and the salukis.

Second Half
2:52 so ill 58 VT 44 | Well, they just switched to nevada-memphis. Looks like this in game commentary could be over. Go Hokies!

3:28 so ill 56 VT 43 | Ok, now that last saluki possession was a killer. You got to credit the salukis though. Hell of a defensive team and when they hit their threes, it is very tough to compete.

6:18 so ill 50 VT 38 | That last saluki possession was a killer.

7:50 so ill 47 VT 34 | Collins fouls out. He really got hosed on a couple calls today, which is a shame because he would have been a difference maker. I think this game would be less than 5 points if he were not in foul trouble.

8:02 so ill 47 VT 34 | Can we pull another one out of our a**? 6 of 13 from the line tonight, only 2 threes, but the real stinger is the bank-in free throw and bank-in three pointer by Tatum this half. Reminds me of the second nc state game.

11:29 so ill 41 VT 30 | Ugh … where is our 3 ball? If we lose, what does this say about the ACC this year? Only carolina would be going to the Sweet 16.

15:49 so ill 33 VT 23 | We are in trouble. Collins’ 4th foul killed us. Dowdell, Gordon, and Deron is all we have on the offensive side. Time to throw the laptop into the TV.

Here we go! Go Hokies!

Halftime – so ill 28 VT 20
Well, we are down by 8 again at the half. The salukis closed with a 13-2 run led by the MVC player of the year.

Stats
FG Pct. – so ill 40% (10/25), VT 39% (9/23)
3 pt. FG Pct. – so ill 45% (5/11), VT 25% (2/8)
FT Pct. – so ill 42% (3/7), VT 0% (0/3)
Rebounds – VT 16, so ill 14
Off. Rebounds – so ill 4, VT 2
Turnovers – so ill 4, VT 6
Steals – VT 3, so ill 2
Leading Scorers – so ill Tatum 11, VT Gordon 9
Leading Rebounders – so ill Falker 4, VT Gordon 6
Foul Trouble – so ill Green 2, VT Collins 2

We’ve got to have A.D. make some shots in the second half, or provide more opportunities for Deron, Dowdell, or Coleman. If A.D. can’t get on track, then look for a lineup of Munson, Dowdell, Gordon, Washington, and Collins (with Diakite instead of Witcher off the bench). I don’t think Sailes will see much time in the second half since we are in dire need of some offense. We can pull this one out.

First Half
00:40.3 so ill 28 VT 20 | Does this score look familiar? (halftime score of illinois game was 21-29)

2:57 so ill 22 VT 18 | Keep driving the ball to the hole fellas

3:52 so ill 22 VT 18 | I realize that Gordon needed a blow before the TV timeout, but taking him out after his three really hurt us on that last stretch on both sides of the court.

7:59 VT 15 so ill 13 | Nice flop job there by the salukis … I’m surprised A.D. didn’t take that open look from the corner, hope he isn’t rattled. Playing great defense right now, keep it up Hokies.

11:51 so ill 10 VT 8 | Vassallo misses his third three (and two were good looks). Not good. Charity Stripe check … Hokies 0/1, so ill 3/4. The salukis are really doing a good job double teaming Dowdell on the perimeter.

15:47 so ill 3 VT 2 | Three second lane violation. First time I have seen that call in months. Looks like the experts were right on this one … it is going to be ugly.

Here we go! Go Hokies!

Pre-Game Thoughts
Tip is at 3:08.

Matt Shaw, the third leading scorer for the salukis, might not play today after spraining his ankle Friday night against holy cross. Shaw, 6-7, led the salukis with 17 points in the first meeting against the Hokies.

Well, the hoos are done. Rocky Top prevails.

I find myself developing a hatred for ohio state university over the past few years. Probably because I can’t stand the big ten. I was p’od that xavier choked it up yesterday.

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  • icecoldstreetballaRob

    Shaw is out. In sweats & will not play today.

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