The Good News for everyone going to the game Saturday: The Hokies are going to win because I guaranteed Tech would win a game this week!
The Bad News… That’s because the Hokies got absolutely tarred and feathered by a boston college team that is 0-5 in ACC play and 4-14 overall in games against teams other than Virginia Tech (but swept the Hokies in their two meetings). The eagles won 76-52 on Wednesday night, giving Tech their 2nd straight Reverse Bear Fight loss and 4th of the season. VT is now 1-11 all time at bc since joining the Big East in 2000.
This game came down to one stat: 3-point shooting. In the preview it was mentioned that in Virginia Tech’s last 10 games they had won both games where they made more 3s than their opponent, and were 0-8 when making the same or less. So here’s the only stat you need to know about this game: The eagles made 14 three-pointers to just 4 for Tech. That says it all. And consider this — bc started 11/17 (65%) from deep but shot 3/20 (15%) the rest of the game and still increased their lead. The Hokies were 0/7 from deep in the 2nd half and finished just 4/14 for the game (29%). bc was 14/36 (39%) despite missing their final 10 three-point attempts.
boston college absolutely blistered the nets in the first half. After Tech took a 7-5 lead in the first 3 minutes, boston college went on an 11-0 run to take a 16-7 lead. The eagles stretched that out further to a 23-12 advantage just short of the halfway point of the first half. At that point, bc was 7/9 from the field, 5/7 on 3-pointers, and 4/4 from the line.
The eagles didn’t cool off much the rest of the half. Check out these first half numbers:
- FGs: 13/19 (68%)
- 3s: 7/12 (58%)
- 2s: 6/7 (86%)
- FTs: 13/16 (81%)
- bc came in averaging just 65 ppg in ACC play but had 43 at the break
The only reason VT was down *just* 13 at the half was their offensive rebounding. Tech had 8 offensive boards and 12 Second Chance Points compared to just 1 offensive rebound and 2 Second Chance Points for the eagles.
Jarell Eddie snapped out of his shooting slump with 18 first half points on 7/10 shooting. The rest of the team was just 6/20 (30%) in the first half.
But Jarell could muster just 4 2nd half points, finishing with a game-high 22 on 8/13 shooting. He also led Tech with 9 rebounds for the game. No other Hokie hit double digits for the game and, other than Eddie, everyone else was just 10/40 (25%) for the game.
The Hokies have now trailed by 15, 16, 17, and 13 (way to buck the trend slightly) at halftime of their last 4 games, and trailed by as many as 15 in the first stanza of this contest.
Unlike in the past three games, there was absolutely no run by the Hokies in the 2nd half to make it interesting. If you thought the eagles’ arms would be tired after the break, you were dead wrong, at least at the beginning. bc started the 2nd half on a 14-3 run to go ahead 60-36 before Tech had even made a single field goal. This included a 4/5 start from long range for the eagles.
The eagles had eclipsed their average points per game in ACC play (65) with 10 minutes to go in the game. It got so bad that boston college was up 30 (76-46) with 6:39 to go. Did the eagles let up? Nope. boston college increased their lead during each of the first 8 (of 10) media timeouts of the game (including halftime). Finally Tech won the under-8 to under-4 stretch by outscoring bc by a single point (to cut the lead to 25) and again by 1 point to finish the game.
The Hokies shot just 5/23 (5 made field goals for an entire half?!) in the 2nd half (22%) against, I’ll say it again, the worst defense in the ACC and scored just 19 points after the break despite the fact the outcome was all but decided.
A few other notes:
- Every Hokie except for Jarell Eddie (8/13) and Christian Beyer (3/5) shot under 50% from the field.
- Tech was 12/21 from the foul line (57%). They have shot better than 60% from the line in just 1 ACC game.
- bc had 24 points off turnovers to just 1 for VT.
- The Hokies shot 34% for the game against the worst defense in the ACC, that was allowing opponents to shoot 47% in ACC games coming in.
- bc had 4 guys in double figures (Rahon 20, Anderson 18, Hanlan 11 (he had 4 fouls, including a technical, in the first 3 minutes of the 2nd half), and Heckmann 14) to just 1 for Tech (Eddie – 22).
Crazy stat of the night: Since VT beat bc on January 23rd, 2010, the eagles have gone 26-41 in ACC regular season games. During that stretch they are 7-1 (88%) vs the Hokies and therefore 19-40 (32%) vs everyone else.
Inside Niemo’s Head:
- Dare I say it is safe to state we are rock bottom? Would losing to a team by 24 points that was 5-14 and 1-5 coming in, with the one win against you qualify for that (and this being a week after losing to a team that hadn’t won an ACC road game in over 2 years).
- Is boston college our Kryptonite or what? We are 1-7 at bc since they joined the ACC in basketball, and just 2-3 at bc in football (and believe me, that’s awful for Tech — we’ve been amazing in ACC road games in football over the years). The Hokies have now lost 7 of 8 to bc in hoops.
- JJ is really making is easy for the AD. He is apparently attending the hoops game on Saturday. JJ better hope we get more than this or he is really playing the AD’s hand for him. I mean, in all honesty, if we had a stable AD who wasn’t coming in on March 1st, would JJ have any chance of surviving?
- I am never, ever picking us to beat bc again. Ever.
- Thank goodness I’m done with the anti-biotics I was on last week because tonight was made for Michelob!… and Wild Turkey!… and anything else you can drink. Cheers, y’all.