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Game Recap | cougars maul the Hokies | byu (10-4) 97, VT (9-4) 71

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.

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  • kiawahhokie

    Pretty sure its Jarell. Either way, we suck.

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

      You’re right. It’s one R, two Ls. Maybe I’ll get it right by his senior year.

  • RK in Roanoke

    I know Haws was hitting early, but really, most of those threes were completely uncontested. The hoops D is as bad as the football team’s O. Guy avgs 20 / game, maybe try and get a hand in his face.

  • Les

    I thought the kid Forte killed the Cowboys. He was supposed to be their 3-point shooter specialist. At 5-foot-11, he couldn’t guard anybody at the same time he was missing all those shots.

  • King

    At one point do you bench Raines & Barksdale for JvZ & Beyer? If for no other reason than to send a message that their effort is lacking. Is there a sense of entitlement because of size or seniority? I can’t figure it out. Also, what happened to saying the other team better bring their track shoes? Where has that philosophy gone? I can tell you a good place to look is the defensive glass. How are we ever going to get out in transition with the kind of production we’re getting out of Raines & Barksdale? Waste of scholarships.

    • RyanC

      Barksdale minutes seem to have already gone to Beyer. While defensive glass is an issue, the first step has to be finding a way to stop the post while still getting out to shooters. This isn’t a dribble defense issue. Its a bad rotation/execution from the post issue. Why we continue to double team after big gives up the dribble everytime. Also, I would like to see some variation in double teams. If they know its coming and where, its easy to gameplan on

      Too bad Davilla graduated, he was pretty good at guarding the post.

    • Niemo

      King – per your track shoes comment – our tempo actually wasn’t much if any faster early in the year. We were just a lot more efficient.

      • King

        Niemo, I get what you’re saying. My main concern is with fast break points and opportunities. Seems like we are not getting nearly as many in the last 6 or 7 games as we did the first 6 or 7.

        • Niemo

          King – I think that’s because we’ve adjusted our defense to send more to the boards. That reduces your opportunities unless you force it. But you are right, FB points are way down. I don’t have any stats on opps but I’m sure they are down, too.
          So. Do we adjust away from sending 4-5 to the defensive glass and hope our bigs can get rebounds? Or stick with sending everyone to the glass? Not sure, but I think we need to do whatever helps our D, and that would be pounding the glass. The problem is no one is missing.

          • King

            Looks like JJ and I are on the same page since he was quoted after the game as saying Barksdale was benched for lack of effort. I applaud this move. JJ taking a page out of Norman Dale’s play book.

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