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Anyway, enough PBS of me, here are my thoughts:
- Major props to Doe Doe. After missing 25 straight shots and taking a lot of grief, he came out and attacked the rim right off the bat, converting a tough layup. Then he had confidence in his 3-point shot in the 2nd half. He looked like the guy we thought we were getting with 12 points and 8 rebounds today, with just one turnover.
- I guaranteed a win and am glad we found a way to get it. We didn’t cover the spread, falling to 1-8 against the line in 2012, but I’ll take it. (VT -3 or -4 depending on your source)
- Shocking stat: This was the first game in 2012 that Tech scored first. In the previous 8 games, the opponent had jumped out to a lead. Crazy.
- The Hokies are now 7-1 in short turnaround ACC games. That’s where you have to play less than 48 hours after your previous game ends. The Hokies played Thursday night and then had to return to action at 4 PM today. For whatever reason, VT is money in the bank in this situation (well, straight up, at least).
- clemson got 22 offensive rebounds. VT collected 20 defensive rebounds. That’s awful. And this was a small club. Through 8 games, Tech’s opponents are grabbing 39% of their misses. That has to improve if the Hokies want to improve on their 2-6 first half. Tech is by far the worst in the ACC in this stat. VT grabs 60.7% of their opponents’ misses, next worse is duke at 64.8% (VT is #11 in Offensive Rebounding %).
- 23 of Tech’s last 24 ACC games have been decided by the team that shot a higher 3-point %. Tech hit 6/20 (30%), while clemson shot just 2/17 from behind the arc. Only the unc game this year broke that rule.
- Erick Green barely kept his double digit point streak alive. He had 9 at the half but didn’t tally again until his free throw with 40 seconds left. He’s now hit 10+ in 24 straight games, the top active streak in the ACC.
- clemson had 8 dunks in this game (6 by K.J. McDaniels). Tech has just 7 dunks in their previous 5 games.
- With the win, the Hokies moved to 9-5 at home on the season. With 4 home games left, they clinched at least a .500 home record. In 51 years in the Cassell, VT has had just one losing season (under ricky stokes, of course, in 2000-01) and one .500 season (in 1988-89). One more home win will clinch the 49th winning season in the Cassell in 51 campaigns.
- I love Jarell Eddie’s fire. He has the most energy before games in warm-ups. He has the most excitement during introductions, and he has the most life at the start of a game. You can tell he loves to play. We need more of that.
- The Tech offense looked great in the first half. The Hokies pushed the ball, focused on penetrating to either get layups, or kick-outs for open 3s. VT really didn’t do a good job of feeding the post in the first half, but it didn’t matter. Tech got good shots and the big men (Raines) were hitting the glass hard to get 2nd chance points. We even took chances with our passing, throwing that alley oop to DFS to get him involved. All that went out the window in the second half, when the Hokies were basically taking a knee down the stretch. I’d like to see us be aggressive for 40 minutes, just like Zo was on that drive right before the under-4 timeout that got him to the foul line (for 2 of our 3 points in the final 5:55).