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Peat and Repeat | Recap | clemson (9-7) 69, VT (9-7) 60


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If you saw Tuesday night’s game, you basically saw Saturday’s game.  For the second game in a row, you need to change the sheets, because we [pooped] the bed.  I don’t know what bar the Hokies have been at since their win over #1 duke last Saturday, but can someone please go and wake them the [eff] up???  For the first time all season, the Hokies lost two ACC games in a row.  And they couldn’t have picked a worse time…

Tuesday: Tech fell behind 27-10 in the first half to bc.

Today: VT trailed 24-9 (after a 16-3 clemson run).  FYI: VT was trying out their new Nike Cement Shoes – early on they lost every 50/50 ball.  clemson had 4 dunks in the first 10 minutes.  VT had 14 turnovers in the first half.  clemson grabbed several key offensive rebounds that turned into dunks (6 dunks to 0 on the game).

Tuesday: The Hokies made a run and trailed by just 8, 35-27 at the break.

Today: Tech went on a 12-1 run to close the game to 25-21, and trailed by just 34-30 at halftime.

Tuesday: Tech hit some 3s and were behind by just 45-39 early in the second half.

Today: VT hit a big 3 and trailed by just 39-35 with 16:29 to go in the game.

Tuesday: bc went on a 14-2 run to blow the game out at 59-41.

Today: clemson went on a 10-0 run to go up 49-35.  In fact, VT scored just 2 points from the 16:29 mark to the 7:58 mark.  That’s 8:30 minutes with 2 points.

Today: VT went on a 7-0 run to cut it to 51-44, but then the tigers used an 8-0 run to go up 59-44 and put the game away.

Honestly, does Virginia Tech deserve an NCAA bid right now?  Hmm.  Not sure we do.  We certainly don’t in the last week.

Here were the keys to the game:

  • Win the 3-pt % battle (the team that had shot from a higher % from deep had won 13 straight games):  clemson hit 4/7 to start that game and won this battle 41% to 30%.  Streak continues to 14 straight games.
  • TB + VD = win: the Hokies actually did great here.  Bell had a double-double with 10 points and a stunning 11 rebounds.  Davila had just 4, but those 14 combined points normally were an automatic win.  And Manny Atkins added 9 off the bench.  So this was a stunner.
  • Tech had 14 steals in the game, including 11 from their starters (but those turned into almost no fastbreak points because VT has no idea what to do on an odd-man rush).

So what went wrong?

  • Erick Green had 0 points at the half.
  • Instead of POW Jeff Allen we got MIA Jefff Allen – he had just 9 points and 5 rebounds for the game, and seemingly was invisible.
  • VT had 15 offensive rebounds – that sounds like a good thing but it isn’t.  The Hokies shot just 31% for the game.  clemson, meanwhile, shot 49% for the game because they made extra passes and got easy looks.  That’s that difference in this game.
  • The Hokies made just 18 shots in the game (18/59).  They only made 7 shots in the final 16:29 of the game.
  • Tech had no answer to clemson’s defensive intensity.  The Hokies spent more time 40-feet from the basket than they did in the paint.  Let me walk you through a possession…. Point guard dribbles it up.  Picks up his dribble near the jump circle.  Passes to other guard near jump circle.  Pass to Davila around the 3-point line.  Start offensive possession.
  • Here was a clemson possession: Push ball.  Feed inside.  VT double or triple team guy.  Feed to wide open dunk.  See ya, have a good night.

Flat out, the last two games, the Hokies played two teams that were hungrier than they were.  Tech has been fat, drunk, and happy since the duke win.  Considering they have a veteran, albeit small roster, that’s pathetic.

Tech had earned a first round bye in the ACC Tournament 4 of 6 years coming into this year.  All they had to do was win once this week for a 5th bye, and they couldn’t.  That’s pathetic.  These seniors want a trip to the Big Dance so much, yet they did nothing this week to earn it.

As much crap as we give Frank Beamer for never winning the big game, at least he wins ALL the games we should, and most of the 50/50 games.  Well, this Hokie basketball club could not this week.  And for the third time in five years clemson stole something that belonged to the Hokies on the final day of the regular season.  Eff you, clemson.

See you Thursday in Greensboro.

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Preview | VT (9-6, 19-9) @ clemson (8-7, 19-10) | Saturday at Noon | ESPN2


Spread: clemson by 3.

The stakes are clear and high for the Hokies on Saturday in the Battle for Fourth Place!

  • Win – See you Friday in Greensboro for the ACC Quarters and hello, NCAA Tournament!
  • Lose – Hello, Thursday in G-boro and good bye, finger nails – it’s going to be another nerve-racking Selection Sunday.

With a win the Hokies lock up at least the fourth seed in the ACC Tournament and earn their fifth First Round bye in seven years in the league (pretty darn impressive).  The Hokies could even move up to the #3 seed with a win if florida state loses at nc state this weekend (not holding my breath on that one, but the wolfpack could step up in Sidney Lowe’s last home game coaching for state).

Lose and the Hokies are all but assured the #6 seed and a date with #11 georgia tech on Thursday evening.  A game that won’t do much for their tourney resume (though the Committee does seem to value any win, even crappy ones — just look at gt last year).

Here’s how it all shakes out (fsu @ nc state, wake @ bc):

  • #3 seed: VT win, fsu loss
  • #4 seed: VT win, fsu win
  • #5 seed: VT loss, bc loss
  • #6 seed: VT loss, bc win

We knew going into the duke game the Hokies probably had to win two more regular season games and they could feel pretty confident on Selection Sunday.  Well, the fact they beat duke really solidified that.  A win at clemson Saturday would have to lock up a bid for the Hokies.  Tech missed an opportunity to seal their fate at home Tuesday, but they still control their own destiny.  Just have to regroup and take care of business.

This will be the third time in five years the Hokies finish the season with clemson (and all three times it has been the only meeting of the season… weird).  The first two times have not worked out so well for Tech.

  • 2007-08: VT lost a heartbreaker 70-69 at clemson.  The loss cost VT the #3 seed (which clemson took), and pushed VT to the #4, forcing them to play THE #1 tar heels in the semi-finals.
  • 2006-07: VT lost on a late shot to an average clemson team, 75-74, in Blacksburg.  The win cost the Hokies a share of the ACC regular season title and the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament.  Instead, they had to play their arch-nemesis, nc state, in the semi-finals and lost.

So it is payback time!

The Hokies have been Jekyll and Hyde on the road this year.  Hopefully we see the maryland/nc state/wake VT team, and not the at gt/bc/uva club.

SERIES:

The two teams have played nine times since Tech joined the ACC.  The first eight meetings were decided by just 19 points combined!  The largest margin of difference had been 5 points, with six of the eight meetings decided by 3 points or less.

Last year the Hokies took care of business after the second massive snowstorm of the season, beating clemson 70-59 (Recap) |  Highlights

  • All Time: VT 12-10
  • In ACC Play: clemson 5-4
  • At Littlejohn in ACC Play: 2-2
  • Streak: VT 2 in a row

So the Hokies have had success at clemson.  They won their last meeting there two years ago, knocking off a ranked clemson squad.

STARTERS:

Position Virginia Tech clemson
Guard 11 Green 6-4 2 Stitt 6-2
Guard 23 Delaney 6-3 11 Young 5-9
Wing/Guard 1 Bell 6-7 5 Smith 6-5
Forward/Center 0 Allen 6-7 45 Grant 6-8
Forward/Center 14 Davila 6-8 31 Booker 6-8

Don’t worry, that’s Devin Booker, not you-know-who.  Devin is just a shadow of his brother.  He’ll battle inside and scores 8 per game and grabs 5 boards, but his bro (now with the Wizards) was a beast – churning out double-doubles like they were nothing.

If you haven’t seen the tigers this year, you won’t recognize them from a year ago in terms of style of play.  Gone are the days of OPP (Oliver Purnell) and his press-you-from-the-time-you-get-off-the-bus style.  Their two talented guards, Stitt and Young, will pick you up full court, but they are just walking you up the court to make sure you don’t feel alone.  No more wild full court trap.  But they do still hang their hat on defense.  They are one of the top defensive teams in the country and will make you work for everything.  They get about 7 steals per game, but are average at rebounding and turnover margin.  They are just a bit offensively challenged.  And how weird is it to see them #1 in the ACC in FT% in conference games?  OPP really is gone.

Jerai Grant has improved night and day for them.  I’m not sure if OPP was really good at developing big men (I might think this based on how Booker developed), or if it is the regime under Brad Brownell.  Either way, the guy can play.  The senior has almost doubled his scoring from 7.2 to 12.2 this year and snags 6.7 rebounds and blocks 2.3 shots per game.  He has good skills in the low post.  Davila will have to really battle him.  Grant, who used to just be an athlete, may be too athletic for Davila to handle.  But we’ll see.  VT will need to double down on him at times if they are in man.

Stitt and Young are solid players – combining for 25 ppg, 7 rpg, and 6 apg.  Both are solid 3-point shooters around 37-38%.  Stitt can also attack the rim and score on penetration.  Young is almost exclusively a 3-point shooter and needs space since he’s just 5’9″.  Tanner Smith has shown more ability to attack the tin this year but he’s also mostly a spot up shooter.

Milton Jennings off the bench was a 5-star recruit, but has been a bit of a bust through two years.  He shoots just 27% from deep but scores about 8 per game subbing for Smith.

Bryan Narcisse is their JT Thompson.  He brings high energy off the bench.  I think of him as a black Kurt Rambis (he has goggles and throw his body around like a rag doll).

STATS (ACC Rank):

Virginia Tech clemson
RPI 63 65
PPG 70.9 (4) 66.4 (9)
Pts Against 65.9 (5) 62.8 (3)
FG % 45% (1) 42% (9)
3-Pt % 36% (4) 34% (8)
FT % 73% (4) 75% (1)
Leading
Scorer Delaney 18.8 Stitt 14.1
Rebounder Allen 10.2 Grant 6.7
Assists Delaney 4.2 Stitt 3.3
Steals Green 1.7 Stitt 1.4
Blocks Davila 1.1 Grant 2.3

Note: Team stats are from ACC games only, player stats include all games

HO-KEYS TO WINNING:

  1. Shoot for a higher 3-point %: If you didn’t see my article the other day, in VT’s last 13 games, the team that has shot for a higher percentage from deep has won.  Every time.  The good news is VT shoots 36% in conference play, third in the league, while clemson shoots 34% (8th best).
  2. TB + VD = Win: Again, if you didn’t see my article the other day, check out this… In VT’s last six wins, Terrell Bell and Victor Davila have combined for an average of 20 ppg.  In their three losses, that drops to 8 per game.  They had just 6 combined Tuesday.  VT has to get production from these guys… or hope Eddie gets hot like he did at wake or Atkins like he did at unc.  Point is they need a supporting cast for Green, Allen, and Delaney.
  3. POW Big Donut: We need to see the Jeff Allen that was player of the week three times from early January through the end of February.  But against bc the other night he grabbed just 3 rebounds (and 14 points).  It was just the 2nd time in 10 games he hasn’t had a double-double.  He’s averaged 10.5 points and 9 rebounds in 4 previous meetings.  Hopefully he doesn’t mind this bus ride to clemson too much (Gameday reference that might have been bulletin board material for clemson).
  4. tiger Killer: Malcolm Delaney has OWNED the tigers.  He’s averaged 24 ppg in four meetings, easily his high against an ACC opponent.  And we’ll never forget the 37 he put on clemson in 2009 – including a 60-footer at the half to give him 25 points at the break (VT choked that game away in the second half).  He needs to have a big game after a poor game against duke, and an average game against clemson.  His outside shot has been off of late, but maybe seeing orange will crank it up.
  5. Rechannel last Saturday: The Hokies were PUMPED last Saturday.  They were flatter than my 9th grade girlfriend on Tuesday.  They have to regain that energy they had and realize this is a NCAA Tournament play-in game, as well as a game that gets them an extra day off before the ACC Tournament.
  6. Keep Trending: Since losing at unc, the Hokies have responded to every ACC loss with two straight wins.  Well, they lost Tuesday, so I guess there’s only one thing left to do…!

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