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The Ben Floyd Breakdown | VT 70, gt 65 (OT)

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Stat of the day: VT is 12-3 in ACC overtime games.

This was a tale of two games:

  1. How the Hokies got to overtime
  2. How VT played in overtime

The first one is a bit of mystery and partially luck (that we were playing an equally poor offensive team). The Hokies, on offense, looked just as they had in the previous 8 games in regulation. Check out these offensive numbers/data:

  • VT shot just 36% from the field during regulation
  • They were 2/14 (14%) on 3-pointers
  • Tech did not make a FG for over 10 minutes during the last part of the first half
  • VT did not score period for 5-1/2 minutes late in the second half
  • Eddie was 2/7 on FGs and 0/3 on 3s
  • Brown was 0/9 on FGs and 0/2 on 3s

So how the heck did Tech take tech to overtime? Simple:

  • We actually played defense
  • We own the other, lesser tech

VT showed the 2-3 zone in the first half and georgia tech immediately burned it with a 3. Keep in mind georgia tech is the worst 3-point shooting team in the ACC at 30%. So VT scrapped the zone until late in the 2nd half, but then used it exclusively down the stretch. And the zone worked very well. It allowed the Hokies to pack it in down low against Carter, who was killing VT early in the 2nd half (he didn’t score in the final 22 minutes of the game). The zone allowed the Hokies to collapse inside without losing spacing in the rest of their defense, which prevented guys from getting wide open looks or bigs passing for wide open layups because the help D never showed up (in the zone they were already there). And VT dared the jackets to shoot it from outside, which they did not do all that well until they were down big in OT. Also, the jackets’ bigs had to shoot jumpers from outside their comfort zone.

Equally important is what the Hokies didn’t do on defense all game – and that’s not doubling the post and not pressing when VT got behind. Time and time again the Hokies have been burned with both those strategies on defense, so it was good to see VT stick with something else, and have success with it. Kudos to JJ for the zone and avoiding going to things that haven’t worked.

Rebounding was also fantastic for the Hokies on the defensive end — gt grabbed just 9 offensive boards in 41 opportunities (that’s 22% — average is 33%). Great job by Barksdale (tied a career high with 10 boards), Eddie (7), Raines (6), and even Green (5 defensive rebounds) getting on the glass and limiting gt to 6 second chance points.

Then, in overtime, VT remembered they own the other tech.

  • 10-3 vs gt since joining the ACC in basketball
  • 7-2 in football

Plus, we saw the Jarell Eddie and Robert Brown of the first 7 games. Brown used penetration and then a kick-out to get Eddie a wide open, in rhythm 3-pointer… and he made it! Eddie had been just 11/50 (22%) from deep over his last 9 games. But most of those were rushed, off balance 3s. Penetration and the kick got him a nice look and that looked like the Eddie of old – nothing but net.

Then, when gt got the lead down to 2, Brown drove twice and got two nice runners for his only two made FGs of the game. He was pressing in the 2nd half trying to get the crowd to shut up about his airball, and was making things worse. But he didn’t force things and let the game come to him in OT and it paid off. He was the key guy in the extra frame and helped the Hokies salt things away. Plus, he was 6/6 from the line for the game (just a 61% FT shooter coming in.

Special shout out to EG and C.J. Barksdale, too. EG keeps getting it done with 21 in the 2nd half and regulation. We finally got him loose in transition after some missed gt shots, VT rebounds (Tech’s rebounding was fantastic), and outlet passes to Erick who burned the gt defense. He really looks like a NBA guy right now.

Barksdale, who was benched just a week ago, tied his career highs in points (11) and rebounds (10). It was the first double-double of his career.

There are obviously still glaring problems on offense, but at least Tech was fun to watch again for 5 minutes (in OT). And the defense was much better, albeit against the worst shooting team in the ACC. Still, a win is a win and it was nice to see the guys fight on the road and pull it out after falling down by 11. Great win!

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Game Highlights | VT (1-2) 70, gt (0-3) 65 (OT)

James Johnson picks up his first ACC win and the Hokies go to 1-2 in the ACC with a 70-65 win over georgia tech in overtime.  Virginia Tech is now 10-3 against the jackets since joining the ACC.  The NCAA’s leading scorer, Erick Green, had 28 points.


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Preview | VT (9-6, 0-2) @ gt (10-4, 0-2) | Saturday at 2:30 | ACC Network and ESPN3

Spread: ga tech by 9.5 (yikes!)

Tech did not get their ‘easy part of the ACC schedule’ off to a good start, losing at home to the team picked to finish last.  Saturday will mark the 2nd of 5 straight games against the other 5 teams picked to finish in the bottom half of the ACC.  And in case you didn’t know it, WE OWE THE OTHER tech.  Check this out…

  • VT is 13-4 all time against georgia tech
  • The Hokies are 9-3 in ACC games vs the jackets
  • VT is 3-2 at gt in ACC play, though those games were at the old Thrillerdome (or dump is more like it), not the brand newly renovated Hank Mccamish Pavilion (same site but complete face lift)
  • Oh, and in case you forgot, the Hokies are 7-2 in ACC play in football against the lesser tech (at least now we won’t have to hear that stupid ‘the winner of this game wins the Coastal’ stat anymore which was so dumb because we have so many more Coastal titles than them)

But I digress.

Now, I would normally say the Hokies have a favorable match-up because gt is the worst shooting team in the ACC – dead last in FG% and 3-Point%.  But we all know that hasn’t mattered for squat, especially behind the arc.  So I’m just going to keep my mouth shut (the jackets are 2nd to last in FT%, too — VT is now 1st).

The key stat to watch is turnover margin — VT was -12 against bc and that led to a 29-0 advantage in points off turnovers for bc (they had 9 steals to 0 for VT — live ball turnovers are much easier to turn into points).  gt is 3rd in the ACC with an almost +2 turnover margin, while VT is -1.4.  The Hokies must clean that up, and hope the jackets are their typical ice cold from the field.

Another interesting discrepancy between the teams is offensive vs defensive efficiency.  The jackets are 2nd in the ACC in PPG allowed and 20th in the nation in defensive efficiency (87.5 points per 100 possessions, compared to 103.9 for VT (253rd nationally)).  But gt scores just 96.8 points per 100 possessions, 215th in the land, as you’d expect from a poor shooting team that is just so-so on the offensive glass.  Can the Hokies find some ways to get easy buckets?  That will be key… but hasn’t happened much lately.  And Paul “Let’em by on defense” Hewitt isn’t there anymore.

Scoring nuggets:

  • gt has no one in the top 25 in the ACC in scoring – 6’5″ freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt is their only scorer averaging double digits (10.9)
  • Erick Green is still #1 in the nation at 24.6 ppg
  • Momo Jones in now #3 in the land in PPG at 22.7


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