Buzzketball Central: Washington Huskies (2-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1) 5PM 17NOV ESPN2

Date/Time: November 17, 2017 / 5 p.m.
Opponent: Washington
Site: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network
Talent: Jon Laaser & Mike Burnop
TV/Internet: ESPN2/ESPN app
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Game Notes: Virginia Tech

The Loser's Bracket

Buzzketball laid a dud last night. A bad loss at the hands of St Louis, on a night where the Hokies couldn't get anything going. Poor execution of shots, poor free throw shooting, and poor defense, especially down low led to an early season loss. Now the Hokies have to find a way to come in energized and ready to play against Washington or face a second loss in a row.

The Huskies come back in to Madison Square Garden with a 2-1 record, having suffered their first loss last night at the hands of Providence. They beat Belmont and Eastern Washington in their warm ups for this tournament. While Washington looked way more competitive last night against Providence, neither of their two wins had much authority to them. The Hokies are 1-1 all time with the series, having won the last matchup 88-77 in 1974 and lost 28-20 in 1923.

The Huskies are coached by first year head coach Mike Hopkins. Prior to Washington, Hopkins was at Syracuse for twenty seasons. He is 4-5 as a head coach, with a tough road ahead this season after several key players transferred or rescinded their commitments to Washington in the off season. One key note about Hopkins is that he is well known for using advanced analytics to educate and improve his players.

Defensively, the Huskies employ different variations on the 2-3 Zone with a focus on forcing the offense to move the ball side to side and deter entry passes to the interior. He expects his players to be active, with hands up in the face of offensive players to create missed shot opportunities. One of the top statistics that matters to Hopkins is Field Goal Defense Percentage.

Offensively, Hopkins offense is somewhat an inside outside tandem so far but is very guard centric if he employs what was used at Syracuse. He does however focus his players on the value of rebounds and creating extra chances. Syracuse was routinely a top rebounding program while he was there due to his specific work with their bigs.

What does that mean for the Hokies?

The Hokies will have to find the soft spots in the zone based on what Washington shows. Being able to make interior entry passes cleanly will be critical to the success of this team in this contest.

The Hokies will need to watch for tendencies from the Huskies offensively, because Hopkins instills analytic use of shot success on his players so they are more likely to return to the same spots on the court based on past success.

The Hokies and Huskies are fairly similar size wise especially looking at who receives the majority of the minutes from Hopkins so far. The Hokies need to find a way to get out in transition rather than work the half-court offense because their speed is their biggest advantage in this game.

This is another team that relies heavily upon its starters so if the Hokies can get the Huskies in foul trouble they greatly increase their chances of coming out with a win. Right now, four Washington starters are averaging over 27 minutes a game.

Huskies Backcourt

This will be the second team in a row that rarely shoot from the perimeter. They limited their perimeter shooting until late in the game against Providence, as they were in catch up mode for the first time which saw a sharp increase in number of attempts but not much change in shooting percentage.

Freshman Jaylen Nowell, #5, 6'4, 200 lbs is the young leader of this team who is averaging 18.7 PPG, 4 RPG, 2 APG and 2.7 SPG. He is shooting 57% from the field and 79% from the stripe so far and is one of their few reliable perimeter shooters.

Junior David Crisp, #1, 6', 195 lbs, is scoring 13 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.7 APG and 1 SPG. He is shooting 29% so far overall but shoots 39% from outside.

Junior Matisse Thybulle, #4, 6'5, 195 lbs is another guard that doesn't shoot that well from the field but is putting up 12.7 PPG, 2 RPG, 2 APG, and 3.7 SPG. He is a bit sloppy with the ball though and cancels out his steals with 3.7 turnovers per contest.

Huskies Frontcourt

Junior Forward Noah Dickerson, #15, 6'8, 245 lbs is sole big with major contribution so far. He is averaging 27 minutes per game so far, while putting up 18.3 PPG, and 10.7 RPG. He is shooting 60% from the field and 70% from the line. His issue is much like the Tech bigs, in foul trouble. So far he is averaging 4.3 personal fouls per contest.

What to expect from Washington?

Zone defense with lead outs to guards running the sides of the floor to open space. High Energy squad that likely could have a major impact on the result of this game, especially if Tech comes out sluggish.
Guards that love to drive the lane, and with that being a Hokies weakness so far, could prove troublesome in this contest.

The Hokies

Energy, energy, energy....if the team that came out yesterday shows up, then turn this one off. If the talent latent one with speed for days shows up than its an entirely different story.

Guards need to be able to beat their man off the dribble and make clean interior passes to Blackshear and Horne. Keep the offense moving and find a high percentage shot.

Highlight of the St Louis Game

Hill on the perimeter or the return of Justin Bibbs. Both will have major impacts down the line.

In Closing

Very similar rosters that play very different games. The groupings on the floor though should look the same with a ton of guards and one "big man" down low but how they move about the floor and approach the ball are very different. Which team finds the clean looks at the basket should prevail.

The Hokies will need to stay out of foul trouble as these guards are very active down low with dribble drives and a heavy focus on offensive rebounding. The Hokies have to find a way to stay competitive in rebounds to keep the edge in this contest.

Hokies got that dose of needed reality after the first two fantasy games and now have to find a way to have the same energy more consistently. Buzz had better get them fired up or Washington walks out with a win and Tech leaves with a .500 record so far. The big lights are gone and the arena will likely be pretty empty so how they react to that goes a long way in this one. Hokies win a squeaker 73-69

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Opposing coach with the early timeout to break the pace. We're doomed already. /s

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Good to see Hill find the range so often so early in the year. He had such a rough second half of last season from 3.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Blackshear already tweaking his ankle and has a blocking foul. Not a great start coming off of last night

This didnt age well

I was speaking about Blackshear specifically. The rest of the team has been on fire. Really was expecting this type of game last night. We're making Washington look worse than Saint Louis, but I would say they're pretty even skill-wise.

Gotcha, apologies for the snippy reply.

I think St Louis is a bit better than Washington but I get the sentiment. If we had played even half as well last night as we have tonight, we would have won handily. Tonight is even better than I expected from last night, to be honest

No worries man, after re-reading my comment it definitely looks like I'm talking about the team as a whole. But yeah, you're never gonna be able to predict a team shooting this hot. I was just hoping we would come out with this type of effort last night, seemed like we were slow-walking through the game and expected Saint Louis to just flop for us and give us the win.

Ahmed Hill picking up where he left off last night. Looking very hot from outside the arc. Nobody else can buy a shot though.

Every time Hill spots up from 27 feet I cringe but damn if he isn't knocking them down.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Every time Blackshear catches the ball at top of key I cringe

One thing I was annoyed with last night was that we just let them get into their half court offense. I'm glad to see us pressing a little higher up, if not a full out press.

Also... I like it when we shoot like this. It's very fun.

12 points shy of our entire production yesterday in one half. Kind of sad but also just shows how off they were yesterday.

Good to see there is no hangover from the travesty that was last night. Ahmed Hill is playing All-ACC caliber so far this season.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

I hope we keep our foot squarely on their throat in the second half. I want Mike Hopkins' first post game quote to be "All I can say is Fuck Buzz"

Blackshear should not move with the ball outside of five feet of the rim

It's like he doesn't realize people are anywhere near him until they've already stolen the ball from him. He has good vision for passing out of the box down low, but when he has it at the top of the key he just looks lost.

We have got to cut out the unforced errors. We turn the ball over too much.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

I hate how little this team seems to value the basketball. Ill-advised passes, careless decisions, etc. Way too many turnovers right now despite what the score may reflect

Yeah we're pretty lucky they havent capitalized on the turnovers

Wow, we're just killing them. I mean total utter obliteration.

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

I just tuned in, and have seen nothing but 8 straight Washington points.

Turn it back off for our sake. This has been awful the past couple minutes

I didn't watch at all last night, so I don't think it's me.

And, Hill hits a three.

We are back to playing bad. I know it's a 20+ point game but lapses like this should be entirely unacceptable.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

And in my opinion comments like this are completely unacceptable. We were still winning by 20 points dude and won by almost 30, chill out.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Our guys look like a bunch of zombies out there right now.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Just in case someone needs it pointed out, we're playing well again

And we're seeing a lot more of Pig, Bede and Horne

Bibbs with a quiet 30 point game

Bede with the B.E.A.utiful no-look pass to get Bibbs to 30

At least we're shooting better from the free throw line tonight.

Wayyyyyyyyyy better

Thursday night: 23-36
Friday night: 28-36

It seemed like a lot bigger improvement, didn't it?

Wow yeah. Definitely thought 78% vs 64% felt way better than just 5 extra makes. Still could have been the difference Thursday night by keeping it closer and allowing Buzz to work a better game plan at the end down a couple rather than 6-8

So. many. turnovers.

NAW's jump shot is so silky smooth.

Someone with better knowledge of basketball than me might be able to explain this but it seems like a lot of the turnover issues come from when the ball ends up in the middle of the zone and that player seems to have no clue what to do with the basketball. Why is that happening?

I still think some of them are trying to figure out everyone's tendencies. Later in the season they will no what cuts they normally make and be on the same page hopefully.

It's the main point of attack, so they're trying to make plays from that spot. Trying to make plays increases turnovers. Also, it's very easy for defenders to collapse there as well, especially if you're back is turned to them.

Always choose joy.

I feel like Buzz told Wilson to just play balls out for the rest of the game. He's taking drives to the hoop that he usually dishes out on

Normally I'd be ecstatic about 100+ points in 3/4 of our games, but I'm still not over that stinker from last night.

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Good thing the team was very clearly over it

Nice bounce back W. I hope the turnovers get cleaned up with each extra game of experience

3-pointers: 15-22 68.2%
2-pointers: 15-29 51.7%
FTs: 28-36 77.8%

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

The 2 pointers could use a little tweaking but the threes were outstanding

Recruit Prosim

Really? Pretty sure shooting over 50% is ideal. Through our first 3 games we were 10th in the nation in total FG% at 56%.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

This was the "bounce back to show your character" game.

They've got some work to do, but I'm satisfied that they have no complex whatsoever about last night's game.

In the spirit of athletic department wide unity, our Fb team needs to drop 100 on the fighting
Nardouchies tomorrow.

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In the spirit of unity, I'm happy with a win.

NAW got a smooth hesi pull up jimbo. Probably don't understand what I just said if u don't REALLY hoop

We are the Hokies. We will prevail. We will prevail. We will prevail. We are Virginia Tech.

Damn, KD even has a fake account on TKP

At least he joined TKPC with it

Sy didn't like the organization or playing for Buzz Williams. His roster wasn't that good, it was just him and Robinson

We are the Hokies. We will prevail. We will prevail. We will prevail. We are Virginia Tech.

This is fucking gold

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

And Saint Louis is now down 41-21 at half.. Can't help but think we would have given Providence a much better game. Just disappointing after seeing what we're capable of. But I guess that's what's good about college basketball, is that we now get to improve over the season and hopefully that loss doesn't kill us come tournament time.

Damn we just obliterated a power 5 team and we still got people on here talking shit about the team. We not gonna just play 40 minutes of perfect basketball y'all gotta chill sometimes

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Better game much better from Bibbs and Clarke is really starting to find his feet now I feel miles better after last nights stinker but after hearing my UVA boss CONSTANTLY and I mean every 10 minuets all day long brag about their big guy and the bun boy I need us to be good in the ACC just to get me some peace and quiet

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So yeah, looks obvious that for whatever reason, the team didn't show up at all vs St. Louis. This game we looked much more lively and like the team from the first two games. Good bounce back. Learn and move on. There's some good chances for OOC wins coming up. Take down Kentucky and that mishap in MSG will be a distant memory.

Great game in many ways, but they did outscore us in the second half, right? I still worry about defense, and would love to see Blackshear Jr. play like he did in the first two games. As cool as Hill's game was, though, I was really happy to see Bibbs ramp it up, and it was good to see One and Done regain his form. This will be an interesting season.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Well, when you are up 25 at half its not really surprising to be outscored in the second half

Celebrated the jerk away to Nrduzzi by watching on replay. Where the hell was this team vs StL? Hopefully one L was enough to get us over the soft schedule. I don't expect us to shoot this well, but I always expect us to outwork the other team. Seems like the BBall and Football lost that for last games. Hopefully the two sport wins get us back on track.

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