Preview | longwood (5-4) @ VT (5-4) | Sun., 2 PM

THE SETUP

The Virginia Tech Hokies will look to whack the longwood lancers at the Cassell on Sunday afternoon in the annual “Here’s an excuse to take a few hours off from studying for finals” classic.  This is the first time the schools have ever met in basketball.  Before you just chalk this one up as a ‘W’ for the Hokies… nah, I’m not even going to try and sell you on how this might be a game.  Tech’s going to win this one. 

Or are they?!  The Hokies have won just one game by more than nine points, and they have yet to win a home game by double digits. 

Come on, forget it, Tech is going to win this game going away.

Or are they?!  longwood stiffened up on November 18th and beat gardner-webb 85-84, a team the Hokies beat by just three points. 

Give me a break.  Forget the transitive property logic.  By that you could somehow make uva a quality sports program.  Hmm, but I bet that would take a relationships.

Alright, I’ll just come out and say it.  Virginia Tech will leave longwood limp by Sunday evening.  The Hokies will come out and play loose in their only game in an 11 day span and thrust past longwood.

THE OPPONENT

  • Location: Farmville, VA
  • Nickname: lancers  (hmm… longwood… lancers… you do the math)
  • Enrollment: 3700 undergrad, 700 grad
  • Student Ratio: 65% chicks!
  • History: Became a university in 2002
  • Conference: None for basketball, they are an independent; they just entered D1 in June 2007
  • Famous Students: Jerome Kersey (bball), Michael Tucker (baseball), Jason Mraz (awful, awful singer), and Pat McGee (singer)
  • Other Boring Facts: KD and ZTA were founded at longwood
  • The school was NOT named for Davey Woods, that’s for sure

Wins: va-wise, gardner-webb, @md-eastern shore, delaware state, and jmu (man is jmu awful at bball)

Losses: norfolk state, @wvu, @kentucky, and se missouri state

longwoodlongwood is powered by 6’5″ junior wing man, Dana Smith.  He leads the team in scoring (16.4), rebounding (7.3), and steals (1.3).  He shoots an amazing 58% from the field, despite being 2/17 on threes.  That tells you Dana plays near the rim.  Tech must keep him off the offensive glass, where he averages three offensive rebounds per game.  They almost must force him to receive the ball away from the hoop, stop his penetration, and double him when he gets the ball near the rim.

Ryan Bogan is the lancers’ next best player on offense, averaging 14.2 ppg.  The 6’1″ senior guard is a good outside shooter, hitting 37% of his threes and making over two per game.

The other starters include C Antwan Carter (only 6’6″), G Durann Neil (6’1″), and G Kevin Swecker (6’1″).  Of the guys that see significant minutes off the bench, only one is over 6’2″.  Obviously the Hokies are much longer than longwood.  Tech should be able to post up just about anyone except for Hank Thorns.  The Hokies should pound the ball inside against longwood and let Jeff Allen and Victor Davila go to work, maybe even posting up A.D. Vassallo or Dorenzo Hudson.  The key will be keeping Allen out of foul trouble, which has been a problem of late.

That said, since the lancers will run a lot of guards at you, Tech must fall back on defense and eliminate transition buckets.  Also, help defense will be critical as the smaller guys for lu potentially beat the bigger Hokies off the dribble.

Overall, longwood cannot go deep (that’s what she said).  They are just 57/204 on three-pointers this season, a woeful 28%.  They aren’t all that great inside the arc either, hitting just 40% of their shots.  However, georgia was a pathetic offensive team and Virginia Tech let them explode for 38 first half points thanks to poor help and transition defense.  The Hokies have to get back to play aggressive, tough-nosed defense and really lock down opponents.  They need to sever the longwood offense and render it limp.

Again, the key is to stopping Smith.  Part of that is slowing down Bogan and not letting him drive and score or dish to Smith.

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  • vatechhokies50

    Boy, it’s hard to get excited about this game.

  • vatechhokies50

    No one knows about Hokie Share (http://www.hokietickets.com/hokieshare). The Virginia Tech Athletic Ticket office started an electronic transfer system for basketball tickets this year (and basically informed no one about it).. season ticketholders can log into Hokietickets.com and transfer their tickets electronically to another user (just by sending the tickets to their e-mail address)… that user has to accept and then pay the four dollar transfer fee or the season ticketholder can pay the fee.

    As a season ticketholder, I’ve already transfered a pair of tickets to weekday games that I cannot go to (Mount Saint Mary’s and Longwood). But this kind of thing needs publicity… from a trusted source, like you guys at Tech Hoops. I transfered my tickets to students in Blacksburg because not all students can get tickets, as well. Perhaps you could put this in your future game previews…

    After all, we want a full Cassell, right? If we want a full house, we have to promote it.

    Keep the good work at Tech Hoops.

    Happy Holidays,

    Matthew

  • Niemo

    We’ve (TechHoops.com) have used it, too. It works out well.

  • vatechhokies50

    Here’s a draft post that Tech hoops could use to promote Hokie Share:

    “Season Ticket Holders!
    Can’t make it to every Hokie home game?
    Then share your tickets with someone who can, like students, who can’t get tickets.”

    Exclusively for Virginia Tech season ticket holders, Hokie Share (http://www.hokietickets.com/hokieshare) allows you to electronically send your ticket to another Hokie fan of your choice. Each of your season tickets carries a unique barcode. During the transfer process, the original barcode on the ticket will be cancelled, and a new one is issued electronically.

    The recipient will receive an e-mail notifying them of the transfer and will instantly receive your tickets with a new barcode that can be printed using any standard printer for print-at-home delivery. It’s that easy! Your season tickets will never have be wasted again!”

    Or something like that.

    I’m hoping you understand what I’m saying… just something that Tech Hoops could do to promote the use of Hokie Share because people (HokieBalla comes to mind) complain about an empty house. You know what I mean? A little promotion goes a long way. Okay. I’m done.

  • Niemo

    Readers: TechSideline does some promotions with Hokieshare. Feel free to check them out for more information at techsideline.com. Or go to the university’s official site at http://www.hokietickets.com/share. Meanwhile, we will look into promoting this.

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