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Game Recap | cavs (9-13, 3-8) 75, Hokies (16-9, 6-5) 61


Box Score

The Hokies, sans leading rebounder Jeff Allen, fell on the road to in-state rival virginia, 61-75. Allen was suspended from the game after flipping his own version of the (Hokie) bird to Maryland fans last Saturday. As a result, the Hokies gave up some serious height in the middle and were subsequently outrebounded by the cavs, 37-38.

Although the absence of Allen handicapped the Hokies, it was their poor shooting that ultimately led to their demise. Tech shot just 36 percent from the field (22/60) and a paltry 4/19 from behind the arc (21 percent). A.D. Vassallo led the Hokies with 21 points, 8 boards and 3 blocks (tied a career high). Malcolm Delaney added 11 points, 10 from J.T. Thompson and 9 from Cheick Diakite, who had another solid performance including a team-high 9 rebounds. Thompson played 33 minutes and Diakite 28 minutes in Allen’s absence, but it wasn’t enough to fill his shoes.

The cavs were led by Sylven Landesberg with 19 points, but the Hokies managed to contain uva’s 7-foot freshman Assane Sene holding him to just 4 points and 4 rebounds, though he did have two blocks. Landesberg also led the hoos with 20 points in their Jan. 10, 78-75 loss to the Hokies in Blacksburg.

Tech hung tough early on, even without Allen and led 16-10 with 13:44 to play in the first half, but the wahoos came back to retake the lead. The Hokies kept it close and tied the game at 29 on a pair of Vassallo free throws with 3:45 to play. Then Tech went ice cold from the field and the hoos reeled off a 10-0 run to take a 29-39 halftime lead, which they would never give up. At one point in the second half, the cavs led by 19 points when they surged ahead 60-41.

The Hokies managed to whittle the lead down to eight with 2:33 to play in the game when Terrell Bell drained his only bucket, a trey, to cut the lead to 67-59. But that’s as close as Tech would get as the hoos snapped their three-game losing streak to the Hokies. Last weekend, the terps snapped their three-game losing streak to Tech as well.

Next up for the Hokies is a home game against fsu (20-6, 7-4), which spanked miami tonight, 80-67. The last time the Hokies and noles faced off, the Hokies won 89-80 in Blacksburg on Jan. 29, 2008.

The Hokies had an opportunity to put themselves in a good position for an NCAA Tournament bid, but with back-to-back losses to two of the worst teams in the ACC and playing their last five games against the top half of the conference, it will be an uphill battle for Seth Greenberg and company.

Tech stands at 6-5 in conference play. They need at least a 9-7 conference record to get even a sniff at a tourney bid. That means they need to win three of their final five games, beginning with fsu this weekend. Tech has Clemson on the road, which will be an extremely tough game to pull out, but not impossible. The Hokies return to the Cassell to host unc and then duke. The tar heels are virtually a lock for a No. 1 seed in the tournament and there’s a good chance that they might look past the Hokies, who have shown they are more than capable of knocking off the heels.

And of course Tech will have the revenge factor against dook which laid a serious beat down on the Hokies earlier this season. Tech closes the season with a road trip to fsu where the Hokies haven’t won since 1990 (five straight losses).

The way Tech has played the last two games doesn’t really provide Hokie fans with a great deal of enthusiasm heading down the stretch, but if they can pull it together, they have a shot to finish 9-7 and make a run in the ACC tournament.

Random Note:
There was a wahoo fan holding up a sign that read, “Hey A.D.! Can you spell unrated?” First, I believe the word for which he was looking is “overrated.” Second, A.D. dropped 21 points on virginia and led all scorers, so perhaps targeting A.D. wasn’t the wisest decision. Just sayin.

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Preview | VT (16-8, 6-4) @ uva (8-13, 2-8) | Wed., 8 PM | Raycom


THE SETUP

Spread: uva by 1 (thanks to the Allen suspension)

The Hokies will be without their third leading scorer, leading rebounder, leading shot blocker, and steals leader on Wednesday night.  Jeff Allen was suspended for one game after flipping the maryland student section the Hokie Bird on his way to the bench after fouling out Saturday. 

Big deal.  This is all but a must win for the Hokies and means nothing to uva other than for pride.  If the Hokies are truly a NCAA Tournament team, they will find a way to beat the 11th place ACC team, even on the road.  While uva did upset clemson on their home court Sunday, they had lost eight straight before that.  They are, not good.  Tech would have soundly beaten the hoos at home if it hadn’t been for Mustapha Farrakhan’s* out of body experience at the end.  Still, VT won 78-75. 

The Hokies can also draw some confidence in this situation from last season.  Tech headed to bc to face one of the bottom feeders in January of 2008 without a suspended Jeff Allen and came away with a victory in overtime.  VT needs to come out and take care of business before they start their challenging five game stretch to close the regular season.

* Farrakhan scored 15 points in the final five minutes of the game in Blacksburg.  In the eight games since then, he has only scored 14 total points in 79 minutes.  He hit four three-pointers and converted all three free throws after being fouled on a three in the first meeting.  He is 2/16 from long range since.

THE SERIES

  • All-Time: 50-78
  • At uva: 11-30 (had not won at uva since 1968 — 9 straight losses — until last year
  • In ACC Play: 5-5
  • Streaks: VT has won 3 in a row and 4 of 5
  • VT has not won 4 in a row against uva since 1967-69
LINEUPS
Virginia Tech 

Position

Player

Height

PPG

Year

Point Guard

23 – Delaney

6′3″

18.6

So

Shooting Guard

5 – Hudson

6′5″

3.7

So

Small Forward/Wing

40 – Vassallo

6′6″

18.4

Sr

Power Forward

33 – Thompson

6′6″

4.9

So

Center

34 – Diakite

6′9″

3.9

Sr

Bench

1 – Bell

6′6″

2.5

So

 

10 – Thorns

5′9″

2.7

So

 

14 – Davila

6′8″

3.9

Fr

 

21 – Witcher

6′9″

2.1

Jr

* Allen is suspended

     

virginia

Position

Player

Height

PPG

Year

Point Guard

23 – Jones

6′4″

6.0

So

Shooting Guard

4 – Baker

6′2″

7.5

Jr

Wing

15 – Landesberg

6′6″

18.0

Fr

Power Forward

32 – Scott

6′8″

10.8

So

Center

5 – Sene

7’0″

2.9

Fr

Bench

2 – Farrakhan

6’4″

4.7

So

 

12 – Tucker

6’9″

7.8

Jr

 

13 – Zeglinski

6’0″

9.7

Fr

 

24 – Diane

6′5″

4.2

Sr

 

45 – Tat

6’5″

0.7 Jr

THE OPPONENT

uva does not shoot well and does not defend well.  Recipe for disaster, right?  That’s how you end up 2-8 in conference.  The cavs are 12th in the ACC in field goal percentage on defense and offense, and 11th in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage on offense or defense.  They are 10th in scoring offense and last in scoring defense in ACC play. 

uva does shoot free throws well.  So Tech must make uva hit contested shots instead of fouling them, especially Landesberg who is great at getting to the line.

All Landesberg has done, as a true freshman no less, is average 18.0 ppg, good for seventh in the league.  Like most of uva, Sylven is not a threat from deep.  He has hit just nine three-pointers.  Most of his damage comes from the foul line.  He will attack the lane and throw himself at a low post defender to draw contact.  Even as a freshman, he has been able to get the calls. Tech needs to do as Greenberg said earlier in the year: shut down driving lanes so Sylven can’t get to the low post guys and is forced to pass the ball.  At 6’6″, Sylven can shoot over smaller defenders, but Bell and Hudson should be able to match up with his size.

Just like under singletary, the wahoos want to force the tempo to try and get easy shots to compensate for their deficiencies in the half court and on defense.  uva has been able to jump out to early leads in some of their games as teams adjust to uva’s game speed.  Tech must be ready from the get-go, something that has been a problem the last two years, and Tech must get back on defense from the start.

Inside, Mike Scott is uva’s rebounding machine.  He is second in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (3.6) and tied for ninth overall in the conference with 7.8 total rpg.  scott is third on the team in scoring at 11.3 ppg.

Calvin Baker is now starting over Zeglinski.  The former walk-on likes to penetrate.  He will settle for bad long range shots though if he is kept on the perimeter.

Off the bench, uva’s offense is led from the point by redshirt freshman Sammy Zeglinski.  sammy is very quick and loves to push the ball.  He averages almost 10 ppg, andleads the hoos in threes with 31.  His scoring has fallen way off in ACC play though.  Jamil Tucker averages around 8 ppg.  Tucker is a hot/cold shooter from deep and likes to pull the trigger.  The Hokies must find him in transition.

The biggest disappointment for uva this year has been mamadi diane.  The senior has fallen from 11.8 ppg last season, to 4.2 ppg this year, his lowest average of any season.  He missed his first 21 attempts of the season from long range!  He has not even played in uva’s last three games.

KEYS TO THE GAME:

The Dynamic Duo instead of the Big 3.  uva is not strong on defense.  Delaney and Vassallo combined for 53 points in the first meeting (Allen had just three points).  Their guards are not good at stopping penetration, and can be beaten on the break.  Tech needs to get out and run when they can and use J.T. Thompson’s athleticism to get some easy buckets.  Delaney can beat their guards off the dribble.  He needs to let the game come to him and use his ability to penetrate to later help set up open looks from long range for him and Vassallo. 

Replacing the Dunking Donut.  If Delaney and Vassallo can have another big game, Tech won’t need a lot of offense from the interior Hokies.  Davila is a talented post player on offense but has struggled on defense, letting opposing big men catch the ball too close to the hoop.  J.T. Thompson will be giving up size on the inside to Mike Scott.  Tech must find a way to limit Scott with the combination of Witcher, Thompson, and Davila.  Whomever gives VT the best effort on defense likely will see the most minutes.

Ten Eyes on Sylven.  Landesberg is very tough to guard one-on-one.  He loves to push the ball in transition and get to the rack before the other defenders have even turned around and knew what hit him.  Limit his run-outs and force him to pull the ball out.  In the half court, he is not a danger from behind the arc, so whoever is guarding him (likely Hudson or Bell since Thompson will have to be inside) can back off him.  Once he starts to drive, the other defenders have to be ready to help and cut off the lane for him.  Force him to pass.  If he does pass…

Watch out for Scott.  Mike burned the Hokies for 16 points in the first meeting and had 18 against clemson on Sunday.  He is strong around the rack.  The Hokies need to do a better job of preventing him from setting up in the low post and getting the ball on the low block.  He’s tough to stop there.  Also, Mike is a good offensive rebounder.  Tech needs to get a body on him and be ready to shift to him if Landesberg drives.

Sene in Senegal means “can’t go right”.  Assane Sene is a left-handed low post player for uva.  In the first meeting, Tech kept letting him catch the ball in the low post and go to his left handed hook shot.  This is the ONLY move he has.  Don’t let him go left, and he’s useless.

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