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Game Film | Hokies 79, eagles 71 | 1.17.09


Recap | Niemo’s Notes | Box Score

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Niemo’s Notes: bc and More


Random thoughts on bc and more:

  • Jeff Allen’s 30 points against bc mark the highest total ever scored by a Hokie in a home ACC game.  The previous high was 29 set by A.D. Vassallo in the uva game the week before.  The 30 points are tied for the second-most scored by a Hokie in ACC play home or away.  Zabian Dowdell had 33 at unc two years ago, and 30 at miami the same season.
  • Allen finally displayed his deadly drop-step yesterday.  A lot of his points came when he’d get the ball in the low post (usually to the left side of the hoop) with his back to the basket.  Jeff would then drop-step towards the baseline with his right leg, seal the defender with his right shoulder/arm, and then shoot a reverse layup up-and-under the basket.  bc had no answer for this all day.  Against other teams with bigger men guarding him, he has been forced too far to the baseline, causing him to drift out of bounds or too far under the hoop.  Or he hasn’t even been able to make the move as heavier opponents push him out and don’t let him make the move.  We shall see if this was just because of bc’s defenders or if Jeff can consistently do this.
  • Jeff hit his first three of the game and that seemed to give him a lot of confidence.  The Hokies kept feeding him the ball every possession early on.  Finally!  When you get Allen involved early in the game, he’s a totally different player.  Yesterday showed the results.
  • Tech used a 15-2 run in the middle of the first half to turn a 21-13 deficit into a 28-23 lead.  During the run, four different players drained threes – Delaney, Vassallo, Hudson, and Thorns.  It was awesome.
  • Malcolm Delaney continues to aggressively go to the hoop and that is a good thing.  He wasn’t afraid to get out and run or drive at the hoop and go hard to the tin.  10 of his 12 free throws were from playing aggressively, not from getting fouled at the end of the game.  That is certainly a good thing for Tech.  Good things happen when Malcolm drives.  It didn’t always work out, but it is better than when he sits out on the perimeter.  He is a good slasher.
  • Delaney has scored in double digits in 22 straight games and is the only Hokie to do so in every game this year.
  • Tech was losing bc’s Trapani on the perimeter yesterday on the pick-and-pop play.  The Hokies haven’t faced a lot of bigs that can shoot.  He’d set a high screen for Rice, then drift to an open spot.  The man guarding Trapani would flash to Rice to help, leaving Trapani wide open.  He killed VT in the first half with this, including two three-pointers in the final minute.  But in the second half VT did a better job defending this, limiting Trapani to just five points in the final 19 minutes of the game.  The Hokies need to do a better job of stopping the guard after a high screen while also defending the picker, if he can shoot.  VT will face some bigs that can shoot coming up so this will be key again.
  • Virginia Tech was 1 for 4 on the front end of one-and-ones yesterday.  That is pathetic.  That means six points were wasted on those three missed on front ends.  Vassallo missed one and I believe Allen missed the other two.  He could have had even more points if Jeff had hit those free throws!  He was 7 for 12 from the charity stripe, and threw two more attempts in the trash by missing those front ends.
  • Tech, who had trouble inbounding the ball under the basket on the offensive end against uva, did a much better job yesterday.  Their screen and flash to the hoop play led to a couple of easy buckets.
  • The Hokies clinched at least a .500 record at home this season.  They are 7-1 at the Cassell with six to go.  That means that Tech still has only had one losing season ever at home in the history of the Cassell (back to ’62).  If you read this site regularly, you don’t even need me to tell you who the coach was for that losing season.  Ah, I can’t resist – ricky stokes!!!
  • Tech has won 14 of their last 18 ACC games at home.  Amazing!
  • Congrats to Seth on his 100th win at Virginia Tech.  You really can’t say enough about what he has done for this program.  The wins are never pretty, and rarely easy, but they keep on coming – 100 times in fact.
  • Six of VT’s last 10 ACC regular season wins have come against bc or uva over the last two seasons.  Those two teams were picked 11th and 12th in the ACC preseason poll this year, and finished near the bottom last year.  What’s that tell you?  The Hokies are great at beating the teams they should, but until they start beating the teams they shouldn’t, no NCAA Tournament for you!  Wednesday night VT plays a team they shouldn’t beat.  On the road.  The last remaining undefeated team, who may be #1 in the polls, and likely will be.  The [blank blank] wake forest demon deacons.  [blank] those jerks.  Let’s do it!

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Recap | VT (12-5, 2-1) 79, bc (13-6, 1-3) 71


Box Score

The Hokies got a monster game from center Jeff Allen who scored a career-high 30 points as Tech beat the boston college eagles, 79-71, for the fourth straight time. Allen added three blocks, three steals, and finished one rebound shy of a double-double.

Tech successfully defended bc’s 10th year senior Tyrese Rice in the first half, holding him to just 8 points, but Joe Trapani stepped up with 16 first-half points to keep pace with the Hokies. However, Tech out-rebounded the eagles 17-11, got 13 points from Allen, and got a dozen from A.D. Vassallo to take a 41-37 halftime lead.

The Hokies fed off an energized crowd stocked with students back from the winter break and hungry for an ACC victory, which is exactly what they got. As if the fans weren’t already juiced for an ACC game against a team that has become a bitter rival, Rice had to up the ante with a hard flagrant foul against Jeff Allen in the first half. From that point forward, every time Rice touched the ball, the fans booed.

Allen really came on strong in the second half where he scored 17 of his 30 points and imposed his will inside the paint, though it’s clear that Allen’s lighter frame doesn’t allow him to out-muscle opposing big men. However, what he lacks in girth he gained in quickness.

The big three once again led the Hokies, scoring 65 of the team’s 79 points. Vassallo finished with 16 points and Malcolm Delaney added 19, though 11 of those were free throws. The next highest point total came from Dorenzo Hudson, who had five points. Hudson, however, blew back-to-back dunks in the second half and then missed a pair of free throws. The second missed dunk sent head coach Seth Greenberg into a sideline rage — I mean literally screaming at the top of his lungs and spit flying everywhere. Meanwhile, a couple of assistant coaches were smirking and trying to hide their amusement — not so much at Hudson’s misses, but more about what fate awaits Hudson at the next practice. Two words: dog house.

Minus Delaney’s 11/12 from the charity stripe, the rest of the team shot 9/19. As a team, they shot 60 percent — that’s WITH Delaney’s stats.

Despite getting most of their points from the big three, the Hokies got a balanced team effort. Nine players logged double-digit minutes. Cheick Diakite played only nine minutes. During his time on the bench, he and Greenberg had a chat, but it didn’t look like Cheick was too interested in what coach had to say.

This win was Greenberg’s 100th as the head coach at Virginia Tech.

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Preview | bc (13-5, 1-2) @ VT (11-5, 1-1) | Sat., 4 PM | ESPNU


Spread: VT favored by 5

THE SETUP

On Saturday, the Hokies close out their three-game home stand against the boston college eagles.  Tech has won the first two games of their longest home stand of the season, a 78-75 win over arch-rival uva, and a 62-48 woodshed beating of in-state foe richmond.  VT has won six of their last seven games heading into the contest.

I called last week’s game against uva a must win if VT wanted to keep their Big Dance slippers handy.  While this isn’t a “must win”, per say, it is a “strongly should win” game.  bc was picked 11th in the preseason ACC media standings.  In all honesty, they are pretty close in terms of talent to the Hokies based on performances this year.  But this game is in the Cassell.  If VT is going to win nine ACC games (which they likely need to in order to have a shot at the NCAA Tournament), you have to beat a team like this on your home floor.

THE SERIES

The Hokies will look to continue their recent success against the eagles.  Virginia Tech has won the last three meetings between the teams.  That reversed a previous trend of failure against bc.  In Tech’s first 10 games against bc as a member of the Big East and ACC, the Hokies won just once. 

The eagles’ talent has fallen off a bit over the last few years, and Tech has been able to exploit them.  VT has superior athletes to bc.  boston college historically wants to grind things out and play a Big East style of ball.  But the Hokies have been able to use their athleticism to beat the eagles.  Last year at bc, the Hokies led most of the game before a late rally sent the game to overtime.  Hank Thorns scored nine points in OT to lead VT to a 81-73 victory.  Jeff Allen was suspended for this game.  In his place, J.T. Thompson continued his coming out party with 14 points and 12 rebounds.  J.T.’s hustle helped Tech get numerous second chance points.  (Game Film)

In the meeting at Cassell, VT played fantastic defense and used a 19-3 run in the second half to roll to a 67-48 beat down of the eagles.  Tech dominated the glass again, out-rebounding bc 46-31.  Jeff Allen had 13 points and 10 rebounds in his debut against the eagles.

  • All Time: bc 9-5
  • At the Cassell: 3-3
  • In the ACC: 3-3
  • Streak: VT 3 in a row
  • In the Big East: bc 6-1

LINEUPS

Position

VT

Height

bc

Height

Point Guard

23 – Delaney

6′3″

4 – Rice

6′1″

Wing/SG

40 – Vassallo

6′6″

15 – Sanders

6′5″

Wing/SF

33 – Thompson

6′6″

11 – Raji

6′6″

Power Forward

0 – Allen

6′7″

12 - Trapani

6′8″

Center

14 – Davila

6′8″

52 – Southern

6′10″

Bench

34 – Diakite

6′9″

0 – Jackson

6′3″

 

10 – Thorns

5′9″

21 – Roche

6′7″

 

1 – Bell

6′6″

5 – Paris

6′1″

 

21 – Witcher

6′9″

55 – Dunn

6′8″

 

5 – Hudson

6′5″

30 – Elmore

6′5″

THE OPPONENT

In just a week, the eagles have gone from the penthouse to the outhouse.  After upsetting #1 unc in Chapel Hill in front of a national audience over a week ago, the eagles have dropped three straight games at home, and lost their short-lived ranking.  This streak includes an embarrassing loss to cross-town “rival” harvard, marking harvard’s first ever win over a ranked team.  Then, bc lost to miami and got waxed by wake (83-63) in Beantown. 

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Al Skinner mix things up in this game with his lineup to send a message.  He has to be disappointed with his team’s effort against wake.  wake could have easily had a let down after an emotional with over unc on Sunday night, but instead they scalped the eagles, jumping out to a 20-point halftime lead.

It is not that surprising that the eagles have been up and down of late, especially now that they are in ACC play.  They are a very young team.  They have just one senior (Rice) and one junior (Roche).  The eagles play two freshman and six sophomores, including one player, Joe Trapani, who is in his first season with bc after transferring from vermont.

The eagles are led by their lone senior, Tyrese Rice.  Rice is from L.C. Bird HS in Richmond, VA.  He earned first-team All-ACC honors last season and is well on his way again this year (he was All-ACC 2nd-team his sophomore year).  Tyrese is averaging 17.5 ppg and 6.0 apg, but also 3.8 turnovers.  The offense runs through him, plain and simple.  His career reminds me a lot of Zabian Dowdell’s, and not just because both are left-handed.  He started as a long range bomber (and he has NBA range), but has developed into a player that can split any double team and get to the hoop.  Tyrese gets to the line a lot and nails free throws at an 84% clip.  He shoots 38% from downtown, though his three-point shooting has become less frequent (better shot selection).  Rice is similar to Malcolm Delaney in that he is more of a shooting guard playing the point. 

Shutting Rice down is not the key to victory — he is going to get his points.  The key is to limit what he creates for others.  In bc’s five losses, he has been held to 4 or fewer assists in each game.  In their 13 wins, he has had at least 6 assists in 11 of those games.  Tech does need to keep him from going nuts, which he did in two of their bigger wins against st. john’s and unc.  Last year he nearly beat unc by himself, scoring 46.  He had maybe the greatest half of basketball I’ve ever seen in that game.

The big surprise for bc this year has been the play of Joe Trapani.  The 6’8″ transfer from vermont has averaged 13.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg.  He was a good player as a freshman for vermont, but has really stepped up his game in the ACC.  However, he is lanky and can be out-muscled on the glass.  Joe has a good inside-outside game.  He hits about 1.5 threes per game, but also can score in the low post and gets to the line a fair amount.  VT will have to guard him from anywhere on the floor.

Corey Raji and Rakim Sanders start on the wing for bc.  Both average around 11.5 ppg.  But Raji is in a major slump.  He has scored 6 points or less in four of the last five games, after hitting double digits in six straight.  He has seen his minutes greatly reduced the last two games in favor of freshman Reggie Jackson.

Sanders is a streaky shooter.  If he’s on, he’s deadly.  If he’s off, he can become invisible on offense.  If he makes his first three-pointer, look out.

Josh Southern is the classic bc goon they like to have inside.  Big body.  Not a great scorer, but decent on the boards.  He isn’t a great shot blocker, either.

Jackson, bc’s top recruit from this past class, has seen his minutes increase since his career high 17 point effort at unc.  The 6’3″ guard chipped in 14 against miami, but pooped the bed against wake going 1/6 from the floor.  He is also foul prone, reaching in too much instead of moving his feet.

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