Posted on 10 December 2012.
Virginia Tech center Cadarian Raines elevates to block a shot by mvsu during the Hokies’ 70-49 win at the Cassell. Photo by Rachel Franks.
Here is the updated plus/minus numbers for the year, including for the last two games — the loss at wvu and the win over mvsu.
After the wvu game we put a lot of blame on the VT post players, but if you look at the data above, you can see it was Marquis Rankin that truly hurt the Hokies. The -14 he posted makes it look like the mountaineers had a power play when he was in (he played 25 minutes). 7 of wvu’s 10 3-pointers came with Rankin in the game, and Rankin is supposed to be Tech’s best defensive guard. To be blunt, Marquis has not taken a step forward in his sophomore season. Is it because he missed time due to the two deaths in his family at the beginning of the season? Is it because that is still weighing on his mind and he has a heavy heart like Coleman Collins did the season his dad passed away? I’m not sure, I just hope it is nothing and Marquis gets it figured out. He did look better on Monday with 10 points on 3/4 on FGs and 3/3 from the line, albeit against inferior competition.
The data also shows you how important Eddie is to this team. With him playing just 20 minutes against wvu, the Hokies struggled with him out on the glass. Eddie has proven to be one of Tech’s best rebounders, and when he went out there were issues.
In terms of positives, look at the numbers van Zegeren put up in the last two games! He really seems to be blossoming, and even his butterfingery hands are improving. Beyer also had a nice effort in some meaningful minutes Monday filling in for the foul prone Raines.
Posted in 2012-13 Season
Posted on 08 December 2012.
The Hokies lost their first game of the season, 68-67 to wvu, in an absolute thriller that came down to the last possession.
Erick Green had 23 points and 10 assists, which gives him 20 or more points in the first eight games this season, one shy of the record set by Bimbo Coles.
Green, the senior, had the last shot of the game that would have won it for Tech, but the shot missed and the Hokies fall on the road.
Robert Brown had a career high 21 points.
This game was decided midway through the second half when Jarrell Eddie and Cadarian Raines went to the bench with four fouls each.
While this was a tough loss, the Hokies proved they can play on the road and are a legitimate opponent for any teams they face this season.
One other thing we know is that Erick Green, the Winchester Rifle, is for real. Dude is a legitimate baller.
We’ll break this game down a little more later, but I’m getting on the road for now and it’s hard to evaluate stats in a car. I have a delicate constitution.
Don’t hang your heads Hokies, this was as good a loss as you can have.
Posted in 2012-13 Season, Game Recaps, Home
Posted on 06 December 2012.
Spread: wvu by 7.5.
The last time these two teams met on the court both teams were still in the Big East. Now neither one is, with Tech in the ACC and the ‘neers in the Big 12. And while the Hokies haven’t enjoyed much success against wvu (29-46 all time), especially in Morgan-hole (10-25), the Hokies did sweep the ‘neers back in 2004 including a 69-67 win at wvu in Greenberg’s first year.
Erick Green has moved up to second in the nation in scoring at 24.9 ppg. He is just two behind Bimbo Coles’s Tech record streak of nine 20+ point games to start the season. Green will need a big game against wvu to help Tech stay unbeaten.
This is not the most talented wvu team we’ve seen, especially under Coach “Huggy Bear” Huggins, a wvu ‘grad’. There are no Jerry Wests or Piss-knuckles on this team. The ‘neers did go to the Big Dance last year, losing in the 2nd (1st) Round to gonzaga. Gone from that team are their two leading scorers – Kevin Jones (neither the one that was a RB for VT nor the reporter with terrible conference realignment sources) and Darry Bryant. Those two averaged almost 37 ppg and Jones averaged 11 rebounds.
This wvu team features no one averaging even half of what Erick Green scores per game — Staten at 11.0, Murray at 9.7, Browne at 9.2, and Kilicli at 11.3 (he had a huge game against marshall) provide a lot of balance. But they don’t have a star or a go-to guy.
The ‘neers are just plain awful from 3-point range. They are making just 23% from deep (VT is at 40%) and no one has more than six made 3-pointers for them after 6 games. They average 3.3 makes per game, while their opponents make more than seven.
wvu got throttled at gonzaga (losing by 34 although the game was played at 2 a.m. EST), lost to davidson, and lost to oklahoma. But if you look at their numbers, they are in the top 100 in the nation in adjusted offense (points per possession) and adjusted defense. How? Feasting on weak competition – they beat marist by 43 and vmi by 25 (Tech beat vmi by 15). They also just beat marshall by 10.
So what do the ‘neers do well? They average 17 offensive rebounds per game while giving up just 11. They grab 41% of their misses (insanely high) while their opponents get just 30%. The key is not missing – the ‘neers’ opponents do shoot for a higher percentage from the floor and 3-point range than them. The Hokies also have to limit their second chance opportunities and points (VT had a 35-13 margin in second chance points against iowa and okie state combined).
wvu also turns the ball over just 12 times per game while they force 16 per game, so protecting the ball will be key, although Tech has turned the ball over more than their opponent in three of their seven wins. Just keeping it close should be fine.
wvu must win in second chance points and turnover margin to have any chance in this game to compensate for their lack of 3-point shooting.
Posted in 2012-13 Season, Game Previews