Game Recap | unc (5-3, 15-6) 72, Hokies (2-6, 11-10) 60

Make it three in a row for the Hokies! Three “moral” victories. After that, make it four straight losses for Coach James Johnson and his squad.

For just the second time this season, Erick Green did not score at least 20 points in a game, going more than 16 minutes without a point in the second half as the Hokies blew a 12-point first-half lead and went on to lose 72-60 in overtime in Chapel Hill.

Green finished with 16 points. For the first time since the Hokies beat then No. 15 ranked oklahoma state, and for the first time in ACC play this season, four Hokies scored in double figures. In addition to Green’s 16 points, Jarell Eddie had 15, Cadarian Raines had 12 (his second straight game with double figure scoring), and Robert Brown added 10.

Even though unc is not ranked and is having a “down” season, playing in the dean dome is never easy. The Hokies came out en fuego this afternoon. They exploded out of the gate for a quick 12-0 lead and were playing well and in sync.

Not surprisingly, however, the tar heels didn’t stay cold for long and eventually whittled away at Tech’s lead. The Hokies managed to keep the heels at bay for the first 30 minutes. unc didn’t earn its first lead of the game until midway through the second half, just about the time the Hokies hit their usual dry spell.

While James Michael McAdoo led unc in scoring with 22 points, it was freshman Marcus Paige that had the big day and was quickly inducted into the Opponent Hall of Fame. Paige, who averages 6.8 points per game, scored a career-high 19 against the Hokies. He also hit a career-best four three-pointers.

The Hokies had their chances, but a combination of ice-cold shooting, poor rebounding, and some questionable no-calls in the final minutes sent the game into OT.

Green and the Hokies actually had a shot to win the game on the final possession, but he forced up a bad shot and air-balled it. unc got the rebound with 1.6 seconds left, but couldn’t convert at the other end.

OT was all unc as the heels outscored the Hokies 17-5.

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12 Responses to “Game Recap | unc (5-3, 15-6) 72, Hokies (2-6, 11-10) 60”

  1. 69Hokie says:

    19 offensive rebounds!!! 19!!! Rebounding is pure desire and hustle. Brown may have scored ten points today, but he continues to make silly mistakes. The ‘no calls’ are going to happen. We just need to keep playing our game. It looks like to me that exhaustion is setting in. I have had enough ‘moral victories’.

    • Niemo says:

      I understand why JJ played zone (because of foul trouble in the post) but he needed to scrap it with 5 or so minutes to go and play man. It was pretty obvious we couldn’t rebound out of the zone – their weakside players weren’t getting checked and were able to get offensive rebounds and putbacks with ease. At some point you have to say, the heck with it, forget foul trouble, let’s just hope it works out, and go with man to improve rebounding. I think it was a mistake by JJ to stick with the 2-3 zone.

  2. Chris says:

    This team is getting tougher and tougher to watch, IMO. I’ve been holding back my criticism of the team as of late, and will continue to try to do so, but this is getting brutal. What the hell are we doing offensively? We have completely reverted back to Greenberg Offense (with a little more running). Our halfcourt sets consist of passing the ball around the perimeter and letting the shot clock run down, then we force a bad shot or commit a turnover. Everybody on this team just stands around and hopes Green can make something happen. It’s nearly identical to the offense we ran with Delaney. I hate it. I mean absolutely can’t stand it. Just once I’d like to see some halfcourt sets ran efficiently and effectively. This is maddening.

    Raines had a solid game today, as did Eddie. Green struggled a bit, but I think it was due to him trying to do too much. Brown continues to struggle mightily and Barksdale was nothing more than a big body. I’ve really been hoping to see those two make significant strides but I’m not seeing it. At least Brown is aggressive. Barksdale is a ghost when he’s on the floor.

    Remember when we were 7-0 and coming off a victory over 15th ranked OK St? Yeah, me neither. Sigh.

  3. Les says:

    I was starting to wonder when the backlash was going to happen on the excessive fouls a la Delaney. Some of the egregious attempts to sell fouls, such as kicking out the legs and thrusting forward into the defendel, were no longer drawing calls.
    Brown looks like he’s dribbling much too high which gets him in trouble when he goes into the lane or is dogged by a defender.

    • NoDak says:

      Green isn’t nearly as bad as Delaney was. Not to hate on Malcolm, but he spent his entire junior year at the charity stripe (led the ACC in FT attempts) and when his game didn’t progress during his senior year, it caught up to him. It was seriously hard to root for him, because EVERY possession he was looking for a call.

      On the other hand, Green is actually drawing a lot of contact (he penetrates far more often and more aggressively than Delaney did), hence he’s getting to the line a lot. And while he shakes his head here and there for no-calls, it hasn’t been nearly the Oscar performances of Delaney ca. 2011.

      • Les says:

        Erick Green was #2 in the NCAA in FT attempts with 3 fewer games played. He had a higher FTA/gm than the leader.

        MD and EG both did a lot of the same tactics. Green does a fade-away jumper with the leg kick outs also. Malcolm used to just dribble into the high-screen doubleteams and flop.

        • Blue Collar Hokie says:

          you’re right about erick’s attempting to draw fouls, but there was a lot of non-calls yesterday. it seemed to me that there was a lot of non-called contact on both ends of the court so i didnt feel the refs were being unfair, they were lettin em get after each other a little bit.

  4. VTTX says:

    This might sound a little odd but I’m afraid JJ is over-coaching them (which I think Greenberg also did regularly). If this team is going be competitive night in and night out it needs to go wide open and push the ball, lot’s of possessions and some cheap hoops. If they can run wide open and not give up too many turnovers they can minimize their lack of size and skill on the boards.

    • Les says:

      I think Johnson has mentioned that he changes up his defenses because his guards are weak on preventing dribble penetration and 3-point shot attempts. Switching to a 2-3 zone addresses the first problem but leaves them prone to the second.

      • VTTX says:

        They held UNC to 55pts in regulation, I don’t think defense is their biggest problem. The problem is they aren’t equipped to play a half court offense. They need to be flying end to end and slashing. The current offense Option 1 – let’s see what Green can do Option 2 – heave up a 3pointer with the clock expiring.

  5. Blue Collar Hokie says:

    game tied, 28 seconds on the clock, hold for the last shot. obviously you want the ball in erick’s hands but run a play! they had a timeout and a ton of time to set up, but eg just dribbles for 26 seconds and takes a contested fall away jumper? groan. . .


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