- Back-to-Back: Tuesday marked the first time the Hokies have ever lost consecutive home games to the hoos in the history of the Cassell. VT is now 14-4 against uva at the Cassell. The last time VT lost consecutive home games to uva was ’54 and ’55 (granted, the two teams only played at neutral sites from ’75 to ’01, but still).
- What Did Us In — Lack of Aggression: uva had 5 team fouls in the 2nd half with 16:35 to go. That meant Tech was just 2 fouls from the bonus. Over the next 12 minutes, uva committed just 1 foul. What’s that tell you? The Hokies were settling for jumpshots on the perimeter late in the shot clock, instead of attacking the tin and drawing fouls. What did VT do at the end of the game to get back in it? Attack the lane off the dribble, resulting in 11 free throws in the final 4:35. Had Tech been doing that all 2nd half, it probably would have resulted in a better outcome (what could be worse than 0 points in over 9 minutes and just 1 FG in 13 minutes?). Plus, it might have fouled out Evans and Zeglinski, who both had 3 fouls early in the 2nd half, earlier (and they scored 11 of the 14 points on the uva 14-0 run).
- What Did Us In — Part 2 — FTs: A week ago VT was #1 in the ACC in league play in FT%. Now they are #3, and well behind wake and miami. We all know about the fsu game, where VT hit just 3/10 down the stretch (including missing 2 front ends of one-and-ones). But again this cost the Hokies on Tuesday — VT was just 4/7 in the final 2:02. Forget the Evans “was it before or after the shot clock” play. Had Tech made their free throws down the stretch, they win that game, or at least would have been in a better position.
- What Did Us In — Part 3 — Defense: Tech is now dead last in the league in FG% Defense in ACC play. 3 of the last 4 opponents have shot over 55% against the Hokies. Tech just isn’t getting stops, unless they force turnovers. uva shot just 33% in the first meeting, but nearly doubled that on Tuesday.
- Fast Break Points: Tech did not have a single fast break point last night (though I’d argue Green’s 2nd 3-pointer was, but the statistician didn’t credit VT with it). In 8 home games in 2012, the Hokies have 40 total fast break points. 5 per game. That doesn’t cut it, especially when you stink in the half court. Granted, the Hokies don’t give up many either, but they’ve allowed well over 40 and this is an athletic bunch that should be pushing the ball (see my note above about aggression).
- Chasing 70: Tech has now gone 15 straight games without reaching 70 points in regulation. They’ve held to 60 or less in 8 of those games. Even uva has reached 70 twice. And georgia tech, who has been held under 40 points twice in ACC play, has eclipsed 70 in regulation 3 times.
- The Cassell: The Hokies are in danger of just their 2nd losing home ACC season. VT stands at 3-4 at home with just nc state to go the following Sunday night. VT finished 2-6 at home back in 2005-06. The Hokies had finished 6-2 or better 5 of the previous 7 seasons (they were 4-4 in 2008-09).
- Spread: Tech actually covered the spread (well, Sheridan’s Line from USA Today). He had uva -2.5. Amazingly, Tech has not covered a spread in 2012 when they have been favored (0 for 8). Tech has covered 3 times when they were the underdog (3 of 6).