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Niemo’s Notes | Throw this one in the Crapper

OK, that stunk.  You know what, though?  We were due for that one.  That was our wake at nc state.  Every team in the ACC has one this year.  That’s the first time all season we haven’t even been competitive in an ACC game… other than maybe the miami game (at least we made a run in that game).

  • 11:56 – that is the latest Jeff Allen has made it in the first half before picking up his second foul in the last four games.  Without him on the floor this is a different team.
  • Bad Loss – this is the first team VT has lost to all season with a RPI over 100 (they were 105).
  • As much crap as we gave Hudson earlier in the season, we now have to start giving Delaney – he is 74/205 in ACC games (36%).  On threes he is 19/80 (24%).  That’s not cutting it.
  • The Hokies still took terrible shots in transition tonight.  I’m sorry, but if you have a 3-on-2, PASS THE BALL.  An 18-foot pull up jumper is not a good shot.
  • Tech couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat tonight.  You have those games.  Problem is bc shot 51%.  They shot over 50% in both games against VT, which is amazing because Tech had held 4 of the last 5 opponents under 33%!
  • Trapani killed the Hokies.  He had 6 points total in the first meeting and had 14 tonight before the second media timeout.
  • The Hokies lost every 50/50 ball tonight.  And I mean every.
  • VT was just 2/ 15 on threes including 0/6 in the first half.
  • The VT full court press really rattled the eagles but again, they could only use it after timeouts or made free throws due to how much the Hokie starters play.
  • Tech was awful on the defensive glass again tonight.  bc got 13 of their 30 misses tonight (43%).  nc state grabbed just under 50%, duke grabbed exactly 50%, and bc was right there, too (43%).  Tech’s defensive rebounding has fallen off the map.  This is a real concern.  If you can’t secure misses, you can’t secure stops.  bc won in 2nd chance points 16-6.  By contrast, VT got just 23% of their misses (and they had a lot more misses).
  • Rakim Sanders, who had 17 offensive rebounds all season coming into tonight, had 4 tonight.
  • VT won the turnover battle 18-10 but it doesn’t matter when they shoot 51% AND get most of the offensive rebounds.
  • bc had 19 assists to just 5 for VT.  That speaks to how bad VT is at sharing the ball, especially on the break.  Again, pull-up jumpers are not a good shot.

I didn’t mean to be overly negative but there is honestly nothing positive you could say about tonight.  Tech laid an egg.  But a win Saturday erases all of this.  Point is, 10-6 gets VT in the tournament, especially considering that would mean a win over maryland or georgia tech.  So let’s take a deep breath and get ready for the terps.

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  • John

    Is there a single player in the ACC that Davila can guard? I think back to all the games we’ve played and it seems that he can never get it going. He’s a turnover machine that has to have lost a lot of confidence. We’re all hoping this is just a one-game, weird turnaround back home for one day then back on the road terrible game that the team can put behind them. This makes defending Cassell that much more crucial. We’ve got to create a great atmosphere.

    At least Delaney wasn’t shooting 3′s in transition all night long. I don’t think he’s made one this season.

    • Niemo

      But VT was wasting transition opportunities on pull up jumpers, at least 3 times by my count. I don’t get that.

  • chicagomaroon

    Niemo, seriously, stop copying exactly what I said! Haha. Just kidding, but seriously, get outta my head! Maybe that we’re saying the same things means that we are exactly right about this team and what they’re doing poorly (as if there was any other explanation). But no joke, great minds think alike. Here’s what I said on gobblercountry.

    http://www.gobblercountry.com/2010/2/24/1325517/thats-the-virginia-tech-basketball

  • John

    Yes, for some reason there isn’t good spacing or something is off where on a 3 on 2 they shoot 15 footers or wind up missing layups that are more difficult than they should be. There are too many times where Delaney or Hudson shoots it; reminds me of AD doing that last season a bit, but he would also take it in strong for the slam as well.

  • Les

    They need Allen on the floor. Zone defense is about the only way to protect him. If he plays away from the basket, he picks up fouls gambling for steals or setting screens anyways.

    Allen really needs to do his part to keep himself in the games. It’s really frustrating to see someone keep repeating the same mistakes.

    Green hardly played tonight.

    Delaney and Davilla both look slowed by injuries still. I can’t really criticize them.

    This team is very vulnerable to a team like Maryland that’s deep in the backcourt and loves to press and trap.

  • King

    Is is too early to declare Davila a bust? Granted, he throws down some thunderous dunks…when he’s all alone under the basket. But get him in traffic and he gets tossed aside like yesterday’s news. He’s so soft, his new nickname should be Snuggle the Fabric Softener Bear. We should start playing Raines a lot more and bring Witcher in the game if we have to. Davila should have to earn his minutes because right now he is a huge liability in the frontcourt and has no discernible toughness.

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    Agreed, I think that right now we would be getting more out of Raines than we would out of Davila. He’s lost his shooting touch and that was about the only reason to keep him on the court. I am not sure if Davila positioned himself for an offensive rebound even one time tonight, and that’s not acceptable when you’re playing other softees like Josh Southern or Dunn.

    Allen actually fouled out last night while playing in the zone defense while sticking his arm over Trapani to try to get a steal, so I’m not sure that he is safe in any defensive scheme. The same attitude that earns him a ton of steals will also always earn him a ton of fouls.

    Delaney is having the same kind of nosedive that he had last year… not a good sign. Maybe we need to start trying to set up Terrell Bell for some open threes… he’s the only one hitting them lately.

  • VTTraveler

    I felt that we would lose this one. BC felt they got jobbed at Cassell and had extra motivation. This was a bad/good loss. We needed the extra motivation to finish the season strong. We play better with our backs against the wall. They will respond on saturday, coach has their attention now. I know they watch sportscenter. Bubble Team with very little respect. They will earn it. By the way BC is a bad matchup too big and physical inside.

  • NYC Hokie

    I place 100% of the blame for this loss on Greenburg and the coaching staff. They have done a really nice job of preparing the team for almost every game this season…except last night. The team looked lost, and for that, I blame the coaches.

    Its only one game though, and i’m sure Greenburg will have the team ready for Saturday.

    I agree with King, Davila is Charmin soft.

  • Mike_1985_Hokie

    I am very concerned about this team’s ability to play consistently night in and night out. And that is ominous issue for the ACC and NCAA tourneys (if they make NCAA – that is still not decided if they skid bad). They can’t seem to stay consistent. Delaney needs to solve his shooting problems and FAST! These teams are slacking off him on outside when they sense he can’t hit and then less opportunities for others. I am wondering about Allen’s B-ball IQ. How many games does he have to make these away from basket fouls before he figures out that the refs are gonna call him for it (are they still out for him?) and then he’s gonna sit. Ditto what you all are saying about Davilla – he needs to man-up! When these guys are on they are a GREAT TEAM, but too often we see the other side somewhere. Like Neimo said, maybe this one was unavoidable. But that game was a pure stinkaroo!!!

  • AnotherTechW

    VT hasnt had many games where we hit double digit assists. I agree 100% we struggle sharing the basketball.

    Davilla is no bust but he doesnt have alot of confidence. He seems fragile.

    Beat the Terps!

  • vttraveler

    21-6 overall 8-5 ACC?

    So far so good, let’s not bury them yet.

  • Danram

    We still don’t pass the ball to Davila in the low post worth a [bleep]. I must’ve counted at least five times last night when Victor had solid position down low on the block with only a single defender behind him. A quick bounce pass from Bell, Delaney or Hudson would have given him the ball in good position to do something with it, but no pass was ever forthcoming. I found myself yelling “NOW! NOW! GIVE HIM THE DAMN BALL!” on more than one occasion. I’m convinced that a big part of Victor’s recent offensive struggles is that he sees the ball in the low post so seldom he panics and presses on the few occasions when he actually does get it.

  • Les

    They need a big man who can set high screens and make the 15-18 foot jumper. (That man would have been Gilchrist in his junior year.) The good mid major teams seem to always have one of them. There’s no reason for opponents to respect the screens. I see so many sets disrupted by their big men jumping out on the screens because there’s no fear that the guy setting the screen is a threat to score. Allen is the closest thing they have, and he’s a liability to foul out setting screens.

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