For the first couple of minutes, there was a glimmer of hope for the underdogs. Virginia Tech jumped out to a 6-0 lead over heavily favored vcu behind a pair of threes from Marshall Wood and Jarell Eddie. But then the wheels came off so fast, it would have impressed a NASCAR pit crew.
The rams went on a 37-2 run. That’s not a typo. The Hokies went scoreless for 10 minutes, 14 seconds in the fist half, and scored just two points during vcu’s run, which lasted nearly 12 minutes, and included 31 straight points by the rams.
This game was never really in doubt for the rams, who pressured the Hokies the entire game. James Johnson’s young guys could not handle the press at all and committed 27 turnovers. TWENTY. SEVEN. TURNOVERS. That’s the only stat you need to know about this game.
But, since you’re here, we’ll throw a few more your way. Eddie, a senior, and freshman co-captain Ben Emelogu each scored 12. Wood was your next leading scorer for Tech with 6 points. After that, the pickins are slim.
What’s that? You want more abysmal stats? Sure! Tech shot 35 percent from the field, connecting on just 17 of 48 shots. And, as you might expect, the free throw shooting was so bad that Victor Davila cringed when he saw the box score. Tech made 9 of 18 free throws.
Look, we saw this coming. vcu is a veteran team with a recent history of success. They were playing in their home town, which essentially meant a home game, and the Hokies, relatively speaking, are just too young and inexperienced to hang with a team the leads the nation in steals (they had 22 tonight).
A lot of it was dumb mistakes by Tech players; poorly timed passed, ill-advised shots, jacking up threes, and the list goes on. You’d like to think these issues will work themselves out as the Young Jakes get some playing time, but these issues aren’t new to the program. It doesn’t seem to matter how veteran or young a Tech team is, they just can’t seem to outgrow it. Maybe this group is different, but only time will tell.
Other notes: C.J. Barksdale left the game in the first half with an ankle injury and did not return. Cadarian Raines did not play.
That’s it for now, Hokies.