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Niemo’s Notes | On clemson and Asking a Favor

I never do this but I’d like to ask a favor. I’d like to ask each and every one of you regular (or semi-regular) readers of TechHoops.com to email 3-5 people a link to our web site. Please focus on people that don’t know about, or don’t regularly read our site. Email them a link about our signee for next year that just scored 51 points, or email someone that missed the game and say here are the highlights of the game. Or just email a link to our site.

We make no money off this site. Literally none. And yet after leaving the game yesterday at 6:15, driving back to DC and getting home at 10:30, I put together the highlights while enjoying my Victory Scotch and Bud Light Platinum until 1:15 AM, knowing I had to get up at 7:45 AM for a baseball clinic. I don’t want a parade, I’m just saying that’s what we do to give you the most Hokie basketball information, and I’ll call us square if you do this for us, hoping this leads to sponsors for the future. Thanks for your support and help!

Anyway, enough PBS of me, here are my thoughts:

  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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 %).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. clemson had 8 dunks in this game (6 by K.J. McDaniels). Tech has just 7 dunks in their previous 5 games.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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).

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Niemo is a member of the VT Class of '98. While not a professional journalist by any stretch, Niemo analyzes and breaks down every minute of Hokie hoop action. He also researches topics of interest such as Hokie recruits, program revenue, statistical data on the team, previews VT opponents, and discusses his favorite bourbons/Scotches. In addition to his passion for Hokie hoops, Niemo has attended 126 straight VT football home games (every game since '94), eclipsing the 100 mark in September of '09 and recently attended his 20th consecutive VT/uva game. During the final home basketball game of his senior year, he was brought onto the court and was awarded 2 passes to the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament in Philly during a timeout for being a "Super Fan" during his time at VT. The Hokie Bird made the award on behalf of Athletic Director Jim Weaver. Niemo was known to be in the front row of every home game with his familiar red afro hairdo.

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  • chuck

    You got 10 out of me…but i am conflicted….usually i just like to regurgitate stats from here in my Hokie email threads with friends…i sound smart and stuff.

  • chuck

    When can I expect my TechHoops tote bag?

    • Niemo

      Ha, I’ll make you a homemade one just like my homemade uva t-shirt. You want a pink uva hat?

  • FruitpieTheMagician

    Niemo.

    Ill ten-fold it and send to 50 hokie pigskin

    • Niemo

      Nice! Thanks Fruitpie!

  • Ryan C

    We actually had a couple of good looks in the low post but Davila was having an off day and they were doubling the low post from time to time.

    • Niemo

      Ryan – good point, you are right, they were doubling down and we were getting good looks as a result. That slipped my mind.

  • Chris

    Niemo- have you considered making a Facebook page for the site? I’m not sure how many alums here have FB, but you know every college student has one. Just an idea.

    • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

      We have one, but not as many fans seem to engage us there as they do here. But, here you go: facebook.com/techhoops

  • Chrishokie

    FYI – TSL didn’t post their article on the game until 7:00 pm tonight. I would feel free to get a good night’s sleep next time and put the article out the next day. We’ll wait. It’s worth it.

    • Niemo

      Highlights can’t wait! Every minute later they come out the less useful they are. I’m slightly kidding, but I do like to have them out by the next morning so that people getting up the next morning that missed it can watch it. But you are right, the recaps aren’t as time sensitive.

  • HokieGuru

    I regularly RT your site content on Twitter and have almost 1500 followers – you can trust me that people are aware of your site, brosefs.

  • HokieGuru

    And these aren’t just regular followers – I seem to get new Hokies every week – and other folks from the ACC.

    • Niemo

      Guru – I know you always lead the flock to us! Thanks!

  • HipHop_Hokie

    I know that I’ve asked this before, but any more thought given to allowing live comment posts to appear on the site without moderator approval? You’d probably get more real-time conversations going on in here which would likely mean more overall traffic…

    • Niemo

      I’ll defer to Cope. He’s the one that could answer that. Cope?

  • Chris

    Ahh, didn’t know you guys had a FB page. Seems that the best way to reach out to people nowadays is through FB and Twitter.

  • Hokie Surveyor

    Love the site and have been recommending it to everyone I can. Glad to see another scotch drinker in the crowd.

    • Niemo

      Surveyor – Glenlivet is my go-to (I tried to visit their distillery in Scotland last April but it wasn’t open yet). I’ve gotten into Laphroaig lately, the peaty Islay Scotches really take it up a notch.

  • Chrishokie

    Slight change of subject. I am thinking we have to go 4-4 and maybe win an ACC tourney game to make the NIT. I think we will only be favored in two games at home against BC and GT. Don’t know where the other two will come from. Maybe UVA at home although it’s hard to imagine beating them twice with the kind of team they have this year. But, then we need another one. Could happen but doesn’t look good.

    • Niemo

      It was hard to imagine them beating us twice last year, with the 2nd game at uva, but they did. The pressure is squarely on them now to not get swept.

  • Jon

    Niemo,
    I have been an avid techhoops.com reader since the 06-07 season. My lil brother and i love this website and love hokie hoops! Thanks for always keeping us up to date on everything tech basketball!

    • Niemo

      Jon – thank you and you’re very welcome!

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