Categorized | 2013-14 Season, Game Recaps, Games

uva 65 (6-1, 15-5), Hokies 45 (1-6, 8-11)

Boxscore — On behalf of all of us here at TechHoops.com, we welcome Virginia Tech’s new athletics director Whit Babcock to Blacksburg. We’re sure he was watching the game today and the only thing we can offer is a heart felt “good luck with that.”

Once again, the Hokies failed to cover the spread (18 points) and once again, they lost to uva. Today, the Hokies fell on the road in reverse bear fight fashion, losing 45-65. The last time the Hokies lost to uva by more than 20 points was 1990, 61-86.

True freshman Devin Wilson was the only Tech player to score in double figures, but they were all in garbage time in the second half.

There’s nothing really to recap. Virginia Tech didn’t have any semblance of a game plan. They didn’t defend. They couldn’t penetrate. They couldn’t shoot. They couldn’t do anything against Tony Bennett’s stingy defense.

The Hokies scored 17 points in the first half and had their usual 10-minute streak without a field goal. From the 14:33 mark to the 4:20, Virginia Tech didn’t hit a single basket. Their only point during that stretch was a single free throw.

The Hokies trailed by 17 at the half, getting double 34-17. Tech has now trailed at the break by 15, 16, and 17 points in their last three games. If that doesn’t tell a story, then I don’t know what does.

After starting 3/3 from the field, Tech went 3/19 the rest of the first half. At the break VT was 27% from the field, 27% on 3s, and 25% from the line (2/8). At least they are consistent! And here are the Hokies’ abysmal stats for the game: field goals 14/42 (33.3%), 3-pointers 3/18 (16.7%), and free throws 14/25 (56%). What else do you need to know?

What’s left to say? No one played well and if there was a game plan, it was abandoned at the opening tip. One good thing was Ben Emelogu returned to action after missing the last two games with an ankle injury and played most of the game.

Here’s a quote from Niemo that pretty much sums up this game and this season:

“If this is the first Virginia Tech basketball game Whit Babcock has watched, he probably just threw up in his mouth a little bit and wonders what he’s gotten himself into.”

Next up, boston college in Chestnut Hill, where we haven’t won in eight years. Road trip?

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  • hooleyhoopty

    Good news is our new AD has previously been at a fair number of schools with bball traditions, i.e. Missou, WVU, Cinci.

    • Les

      The newspapers are starting to beat the drum. The hiring of a new AD immediately brings some calls for changes.

  • Ryan

    Pathetic! Eddie man I like you but where the hell did you go… dude gets real high early in the season then just drops off a cliff… I’m sure he’s more frustrated than those who watch… hopefully he can find that mojo before the season ends… Damn!

  • Les

    It looks like a demoralized team.
    You can spot a big difference in the intensity between the two teams just by how they handle the screens on both ends of the floor. The big men for VT set up soft and ill-timed screens that do little to free up our shooters. The screens for UVA are all poorly defended and there’s little communication and help between the perimeter defender and our own big men.
    All the “easy” close-in shots by the big men are contested by two or three. I didn’t see much help on the interior for VT’s defense. Most of the help is on the perimeter chasing the ball and leads to open 3-pointers.

    • Drew

      Noticed that too this season. There isn’t a single player on the team that sets a proper screen. I don’t think its an effort thing. I think its more that they aren’t being taught properly.

      The other thing I’d add is it looks like whatever “plays” we have are only one option. And once that gets taken away, our guys are totally lost and spend the next 10 to 15 seconds just aimlessly moving the ball around the perimeter. UVA is a great defensive team so obviously they can take away that first option but like the write up said, it’s like we didn’t have a gameplan.

  • 69Hokie

    I’m of the opinion that a GOOD coach can take the players we have and win some games. The new guys should help. I was hoping JJ would do better than this. But this is AWFUL!! Make the change(s) the day after the season ends.

  • Rich Roberts

    Got to see the Hokies live for this game. They are worse in person than on TV. At the game you can see more of the floor. You see all the things the players fail to recognize. You see the lack of movement away from the ball. You see poor rotation on defense. It’s tough to watch. I’ve seen better execution at the high school and AAU level.

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2014-2015 Schedule/Results

November

11/14 - Hokies 71, md. eastern shore 46
11/19 - vs. liberty | 7pm, ESPN3
11/22 - vs. appalachian state | 1pm, ESPN3
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Cancun Classic
11/25 - vs. n. iowa | 7pm, CBSSN
11/26 - championship/consolation game | TBA, CBSSN
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11/30 - morgan state | 3pm, ESPN3

December

12/03 - @ penn state | 7:15pm, ESPNU
12/07 - vs. radford | 3pm, ESPN3
12/14 - vs. alabama a&m | 3pm, ESPN3
12/20 - vs. the citadel | 1pm, ESPN3
12/22 - vs. vmi | 7pm, ESPN3
12/27 - vs. presbyterian | 7pm, ESPN3
12/30 - @ west virginia | 2pm, ESPNU

January

01/03 - vs. syracuse | Noon, RSN
01/06 - @ fsu | 7pm, RSN
01/13 - @ louisville | 7pm, RSN
01/18 - @ unc | 6:30pm, ESPNU
01/22 - vs. notre dame | 7pm, RSN
01/25 - vs. uva | 1pm, ACCN
01/27 - vs. pittsburgh | 7pm, ESPNU
01/31 - @ wake forest | 2pm, RSN

February

02/03 - @ syracuse | 9pm, ESPNU
02/07 - vs. fsu | 3pm, ACCN
02/09 - vs. georgia tech | 9pm, ESPNU
02/14 - @ clemson | Noon, RSN
02/18 - @ miami | 7pm, RSN
02/21 - @ nc state | 6pm, ESPN2
02/25 - vs. duke | 9pm, ESPN2
02/28 - @ uva | 4pm, ACCN

March

03/02 - vs. boston college | 9pm, ESPNU
03/07 - vs. miami | Noon, RSN
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ACC Tournament
03/10 - 1st rd.
03/11 - 2nd rd.
03/12 - quarterfinals
03/13 - semifinals
03/14 - championship

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