Niemo asked me (Cope) to write the recap for this game since it was his son’s birthday. I said sure, why not? I lucked out and didn’t have any clinical rotations this week. But then, I saw the game and realized it was the worst game I’d seen all season and that is wasn’t really worthy of a recap.
Seriously, do you really want to read about how badly we got outrebounded by the worst rebounding team in the conference? Or about how we suddenly couldn’t hit the ocean if we were 1,000 miles out to sea without a boat? How about stats? What would the purpose be at this point?
So, what are we to make of back-to-back embarrassing performances? Well, it could be that the team is just gassed after so many close games and they simply don’t have anything left in the tank. It could be that most of these guys were playing high school ball last season and have been through the ACC ringer and are done. Maybe the Hokies played some teams tough and close and the rest of the schedule took notice and is now exploiting weaknesses previous teams either didn’t see or ignored. Who the hell knows.
So, instead of the usual post-game stats and “they’ll learn from this” mumbo jumbo, I thought it would be way funnier to show you the Tweets between Niemo and myself. Enjoy.
Best. Recap. Ever.
Spread: miami by 11.
From a logistical standpoint, this game sets up about as well as you could have hoped. The hurricanes were scheduled to play in Boston on Sunday, but due to 17″ of snow, had the game moved to Monday afternoon. The game went 2 overtimes before the canes finally beat lowly bc, then had to hop on the 3-hour flight back to Miami, and get ready to play the Hokies (who have been off since Saturday) on Wednesday night.
Plus, the Hokies beat the canes twice in the regular season last year, including their ACC road opener back in December of 2013 (that was also Tech’s last road win — here we are 15 losses later).
All that said, this is still a 2-10 Hokie team. A team that got drubbed on Saturday by a clemson team that turned around and lost by 11 at 2-11 georgia tech (clemson scored just 52 points in that game… they had 52 vs VT with 17:26 still to go in the game).
However, the Hokies can’t play any worse, or see a team play any better than clemson did… can they? We can only hope. Tech should at least get a nice day or two out of this (it’s 83 in Coral Gables on Tuesday, and 71 on Wednesday).
The canes are led in scoring by Sheldon McClellan. The 6’5″ junior wing averages 14.6 PPG and 5 RPG. He’s a decent 3-point shooter at 37% and has 36 makes.
Angel Rodriguez (5’11” redshirt junior point guard) averages 12.7 PPG and 4.4 APG (the latter leads the team). If the name sounds familiar, he played 19 minutes, scoring just 1 point, for kansas state back when they came to Blacksburg in December of 2011 (ksu won that game 69-61… but that’s the night we found out VT made the Sugar Bowl so it wasn’t all bad).
Tonye Jekiri is a live wire inside. The 7-footer (though just 235 lbs) averages 8.2 PPG but 10.2 RPG (he leads the ACC in rebounding). He also averages 1.6 blocks (4th best in the ACC), half his team’s totals. He’s very athletic for a guy of his height.
Davon Reed is an absolutely dead eye shooter (6’6″ soph guard). He’s 24/45 from deep (53%).
Manu Lecomte is another good 3-point shooter, coming off the bench (40/90 — 44%).
As you probably gathered from the above players, miami depends on the 3-point shot a lot. 37% of their points in ACC play have come from behind the arc (Tech gets 40% of their points from 3-point range). miami is #8 in the league in 3-point % at 34.6% (VT is 3rd at 37.6%), and the canes make 8.3 per game, 2nd only to VT at 8.5.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that whomever shoots the 3-pointer better will likely win… though the difference could be miami is #1 in the ACC in free throw % at 73.7%, while Tech is 11th at 66.3%. So if the Hokies are behind late, it could be game over.
Defensively, miami is pretty average except they are 4th in the ACC with 5.8 steals pre game. Tech must protect the ball and not give up live-ball turnovers that can lead to easy buckets.
Another good thing for the Hokies is miami is 14th in Offensive Rebounding % at 25.4% (only ahead of VT). So the Hokies should not get dominated on the glass… but we’ll see about that. Of course, fsu and clemson shouldn’t have been raining 3s on VT either and we saw what happened.
- All-time: miami 14-12
- In ACC play: Hokies 11-8
- Last year: VT won both regular season meetings, but lost in the ACC Tourney
- At miami in ACC play: Hokies 4-3
These teams are really very similar, but with miami being the more experienced team. Given miami’s nightmare travels over the weekend and long flight, plus the fact they won (so you don’t learn your lessen as well as after a loss to a bad team), I think the Hokies will stay in this game and have a very real shot of wining at the end. But they must be able to knock down 3s and get a better shooting performance from Justin Bibbs than they have of late.