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Dan Rickenbach Breakdown | VT 66, wake 65

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Just to mix things up, I tracked how many times we fed the post today.  Note that these numbers only include passes into the post to our bigs (i.e. I didn’t count touches via offensive rebounds or passes to our bigs on the perimeter — this truly represents their touches inside of 10 feet).  Also, I only counted one feed per possession — i.e. if Raines got the ball down low then fed it to Barksdale, it only counted for Raines.

  • Possessions: 64
  • Raines: 12
  • Barksdale: 1
  • van Zegeren: 5
  • Beyer: 1

That’s 19 feeds to the low post in 64 possessions by my count (30%).  It’s no surprise based on the numbers above that Raines had 8 FG attempts and 3 assists, while CJB had just 3/2 (most of his work was on the perimeter or after other guys touched it down low).

Just wanted to share… given Cadarian’s low post moves, I like this ratio.


Had we lost, I’d have added Travis McKie to our Opponents Hall of Fame.  He had 20 points and 15 rebounds today, including a double-double in the first half.

Coming into today, he was 12/41 on 3-pointers (29%).  Today he was 4/6 today.  That’s the way it has been over the last 10 games.  But the Hokies still found a way to win.


  • First half: wake — 15 offensive rebounds and 5 made 3s (averaged 9 offensive rebounds and 5.3 made 3s PER GAME coming in)
  • Second half: wake — 2 offensive rebounds and 2 made 3s — that’s how you make a comeback — getting stops.
  • First half: EG — 1/8 FGs — 4 points.
  • Second half: EG — 7/10 FGs — 18 points


  • The Hokies came in the #1 FT% team in the ACC at 73%… they won going 8/16 from the line for 50%


  • wake vs clemson: 44 total points and 0 fast break points
  • wake vs VT: 65 total points and 18 fast break points


Going into today’s game, Tech had not led in the 2nd half (not counting overtime) of their previous ACC 3 games and had only been tied for 24 seconds (the final 0:24 vs georgia tech).  Well, they took the lead 2 minutes into the 2nd half today.  That 1-point lead lasted 35 seconds, but obviously they off and on in the final 6:30.

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One Response to “Dan Rickenbach Breakdown | VT 66, wake 65”

  1. goodraisin says:

    Love to see our guys learning how to compete for 40 minutes. The last 2 games have shown a toughness in the second half that wasn’t there in their blowout losses (obviously). Hoping we can get Marshall Wood back for the game against UVA… he adds rebounding and defensive toughness. I watch JVZ and I just see explosive potential. If he can keep adding muscle and working on his post moves, he can be a real terror by the time he’s a redshirt junior. Robert Brown can’t keep shooting horribly forever… at some point he will come around and the Hokies will have their three perimeter threats working.


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