For the second straight game, the Hokies fell behind early and were never truly in the game, this time losing by 26 points to byu, 97-71.
The following line will tell you all you need to know: walk-on Christian Beyer, a sophomore from New Bern, N.C., played 23 minutes, scored a career-high 9 points, and had a team-high 11 rebounds, also a career-best.
Senior guard Erick Green failed to score at least 20 points for the first time this season, meaning he as not able to set a new Virginia Tech record of 13 consecutive games with at least 20 points. The nation’s leading scorer coming into the game, finished with 12.
Jerell Eddie (pretty sure I’ve been spelling his name with two Rs Ls since he got here, sorry ’bout that Jerell) led the Hokies with 17 points. Robert Brown had 13 points.
Cadarian Raines continues to struggle. Mightily. For the third time in the last five games, he scored zero points. During that five game stretch, he’s scored a total of 18 points and committed 17 personal fouls. Not a good ratio.
The cougars got out to a quick 6-0 start behind two three pointers by Tyler Haws, who had a career day against Tech, scoring 42 points. In the first half, alone, Haws had 29 points. The Hokies, as a team, had 31.
As I watched the first half, I recalled what Niemo wrote in his game preview. Let us go back in time, shall we?
One good thing is byu is not a great 3-point shooting team (I know, I know, I said that against wvu and bradley and they torched us from deep). But, can that really keep happening?
To answer Niemo’s question, yes. As a team, the cougs shot 50 percent from behind the arc in the first half (7 of 14). Haws alone was 6-for-7. byu cooled off in the second half, going 0-for-5, but they led by as many as 30, so there was no need to shoot.
Also, Niemo is hereby banned from mentioning opponents abysmal three-point shooting in game previews.
This was the worst game the Hokies have played in quite some time. A lot of that was the opponent, a team that’s been to six straight NCAA tournament.
But this Hokies’ team that has lost three of its last four games is not the same team that beat oklahoma state and iowa. They are exactly the team we thought they’d be at the beginning of the season – a team with only seven scholarship players, little depth, an unproven coach, and only one dependable player, Erick Green.
How did they beat the cowpokes and hawkeyes? Probably because they didn’t know they weren’t supposed to be any good and both opponents took the undermanned Hokies lightly.
Now, with nearly half a season under their belts, opponents know that VT is not that good and today we saw a good team effectively take Green out of the game and when he’s out of the game, no one else was able to step up.
It’s still too early to pass judgement on JJ, but this team looks like and is playing like his predecessor’s teams; stagnant on offense and lackadaisical on defense.