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The Wild Turkey Breakdown | #14 miami 73, VT 64

THE GLASS HALF FULL:

  • Quick Start: It was great to see the Hokies come out pushing the ball and not looking like they were asleep for the first 5 minutes.  After not scoring in the first 5 minutes of the previous two games, Tech tallied 10 points in the first 3:34.  And Tech had 22 points (8 for Brown, Green 7, Eddie 5) in the first 10:34.
  • Shooting: miami came into the game #1 in the ACC in FG% Defense and 3-Pt% Defense at 34% and 26% respectively.  The Hokies torched the canes for 54% shooting from the field in the first half and 45% for the game.  From behind the arc, Tech was exactly 5/10 in both halves for an eye-popping 50% (10/20) for the game.  It was Tech’s most made 3-pointers since hitting 14 against unc-g-spot in Game #4 of the season, and only the second time VT has shot better than 37.5% from 3-point range since that game (they were 7/14 – 50% against bc).
  • Robert Brown: He was 1/18 on 3-pointers in ACC play coming in and had missed 16 in a row, but nailed two quick 3-pointers to start the game!  You almost wish he hadn’t shot that 3 in the second half (which he bricked and was way off-line).  Hopefully that didn’t shake his confidence.
  • Jarell Eddie: Jarell hit all three of his 3-pointers and converted 3 FTs after getting fouled on a long ball.  He’s now 9/17 (53%) on 3-pointers since the start of OT at georgia tech.
  • Erick Green: What can you say about him?  That step back jumper is deadly.  But how about 5/8 from behind the arc?!  He continues to find ways to get it done.
  • C.J. Barksdale: Only Hokie with a positive +/- yesterday, putting up a +7.

THE GLASS HALF EMPTY:

  • 3-Pt Defense: 7 for 7.  7 ACC games, 7 opponents have shot a higher % from behind the arc then they average AND made more 3s then they average.  miami came in at 35% on 3s and 6.5 3s made per game.  On Wednesday they hit 9/24 for 37.5%.  That isn’t much higher than they average, but it was higher.  In other words, not one team has had an ‘off’ night from deep against the Hokies.  And 9 made 3s was 2.5 above their average and continues to torment the Hokies.  Lots of points coming from long range.
  • Robert Brown: Scored 8 points in his first five minutes of play last night but then didn’t score in his final 27 minutes of action.
  • Jarell Eddie: That’s great that he hit all 3 of his 3s and was 4/5 from the field… but why only 5 shots?  How, with a guard like EG, can we not get him more open looks on the perimeter?  It’s good he wasn’t forcing shots but we have to get him more looks.
  • Marshall Wood: Had a -10 plus/minus in just 6 minutes of play.  It was like they had a power play of sorts when he was on the court filling in for bigs in foul trouble.  He just couldn’t handle miami’s size.
  • Turnovers: 17.  Awful.  10 in the first half, 7 in the second.  That killed the Hokies.  After just 5 turnovers against clemson, this was a real step backwards.

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  • Chris_atl

    Glass half empty were Eddie’s turnovers. Made decisions worthy of a freshman. It was great that we played with them and I enjoyed being vested until the end. But, bad teams always find a way to lose. This game there was scoring help for Green but the turnovers doomed us. Could have built a much bigger lead in the first half had we played smart to complement the shooting. Marshall Wood needs to just defend and rebound. He can build his shooting confidence next year. It’s hard to imagine anyone having a more negative impact on a game in 6 minutes than he had. Bricked 3 free throws to boot.

    Glass half Full – Raines made a couple of nice moves underneath. He looked quick and I thought he handled himself well against their big men. When he made the pump fake down low and then crossed under the basket to the other side for the lay in I thought “where did that come from?” He might actually be a good consistent player his senior year.

    EG’s outside shooting is unconscious. He looked like Reggie Miller. He was pulling up, fading back and running through screens under the basket, curling, catching and shooting and nothing but net. No lucky bounces, just straight through. Several of his missed shots were trying to drive near the end of the game, He had to be near 70% from the outside. If he continues like this and doesn’t get ACC player of the year it will be a travesty. With all the defensive focus on him every game he is still unstoppable. Not to mention 38 minutes and he is still hitting shots at the end. And if anyone else could shoot on the team he would have at least another assist per game. How about that quick pass back to JVZ after he got the pass from JVZ cutting down the lane. JVZ got a dunk and the defender looked totally stumped. His ball handling in traffice has been stellar as well.

    He will be taken in the NBA draft and he may turn out to be the best Hokie pro ever although the competition for that honor is not that strong. He is defnitiely the whole package. I was worried about the quickness of his release but that seems to have gotten better as the season has gone on. He is a little small for an NBA SG but he has long arms. I still think he has a chance at point.

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