Buzzketball Central: Washington Huskies (7-3) vs Virginia Tech Hokies (8-1) 7pm DEC 15 ESPNU

Date/Time: December 15th 7PM
Opponent: Washington Huskies
Site: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network
Talent: Jon Laaser & Mike Burnop
Live Stats:
Game Notes: Virginia Tech
SXM 193 (Streaming 955)

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Buzzketball is on the road in a neutral setting against the Washington Huskies. This will be the fourth meeting of the two programs going back as far as January of 1923, when Tech suffered a 28-20 loss to the Huskies. The Hokies dominated the 2017 version of Meet the Huskies on a Neutral Floor, winning 103-79 in a game that was much worse than the final score as the Hokies allowed Washington to get back within sneezing distance late in the game. Don't expect this years contest to be quite the offensive show, as the Huskies are a much more balanced group this season.

The Huskies are coached by Mike Hopkins, who is in his second season at the helm for Washington, after spending two decades as a Jim Boeheim assistant. Hopkins was even named head coach in waiting at Syracuse when Boeheim was supposed to retire, and walked away when it was clear that Boeheim was going to renege on his commitment to retire. He is 28-16 as the head coach of the Huskies and is 32-21 as a head coach, having coached Syracuse for nine games during Boeheim's suspension.

The Huskies come in 7-3, with wins over Western Kentucky, San Diego, Santa Clara, Texas A&M, Eastern Washington, UC-Santa Barbara, and Seattle. The losses are to #11 Auburn by 22, Minnesota by 2, and #1 Gonzaga by 2, giving up a jumper with a half second to play. They return their top seven scorers from last season.

Defensively, Coach Hopkins as a Boeheim disciple, utilizes the Syracuse 2-3 Zone, which focuses on taking away an opponents shot while not giving up easy driving lanes. There is also a huge focus on preventing the high post pass and disrupting return passes from the high post to the top of the key, leading to turnovers. The most critical position in this defense is actually the center, who has to be able to know when to sag low in the lane to prevent penetration on the baseline as well as when to press up to prevent interior passing.

Offensively, you might call Coach Hopkins's philosophy First the Three but talent prevails, as he wants his team to get up perimeter shots, but with the players he currently has, they are much more proficient in the short jumper or back to the basket lane scoring. This team is also very efficient in driving to the basket to score or get to the line. They are reaching the free throw line 23.5 attempts per game right now, hitting 72% as a team. They have a deadly mid-range to inside tandem in Nowell and Dickerson, combining for 35 points per game so far, or about 45% of the offense for the Huskies.

Huskies Backcourt

Sophomore Guard Jaylen Nowell (#5), 6'4, 200 lbs, is in his second season starting for the Huskies. He is averaging 18.8 PPG, while also pulling down 4.6 RPG and dishing out 3.4 APG. He is shooting 57% from the field and is greatly improved outside, shooting 44% so far and is making 72% of his free throws.

Senior Guard David Crisp, (#1), 6', 185 Lbs is averaging 9.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 2.9 APG as the starting point guard. He has grabbed 1 SPG as well. He is hitting a dreadful 37% from the field while hitting 28% of his three pointers. He is also hitting 68% of his free throws.

Matisse Thybulle (#4), 6'5, 190 Lbs Senior Guard is averaging 7.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, and 2 APG so far. He also has 2.6 SPG and is typically responsible for covering the top of the key disrupting passes to the interior. He is shooting 60% inside and 26% outside. He is also shooting 85% from the free throw line.

Huskies Frontcourt

Noah Dickerson, (#15) 6'8, 225 lbs Senior Forward is averaging 16.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG and 0.6 APG while shooting 55% from inside, with no attempt at an outside shot and 75% from the line. He also adds 1.2 SPG and 0.7 BPG on the defensive end.

Dominic Green, (#22), 6'6, 185 Lbs Senior Forward is averaging 7.5 PPG and 3.4 RPG. Defensively he adds just over a half a block per game. He is shooting 40% from inside, 40% from outside and 78% from the free throw line.

Nahziah Carter, (#11), 6'6, 205 Lbs Sophomore Forward is averaging 6.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 0.5 APG. He is shooting 50% inside and 24% outside while hitting 73% of his free throws. Carter plays about 18 minutes per game.

Hameir Wright, (#13) 6'9, 215 Lbs Sophomore Forward is averaging 3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, and 1 APG. Wright is getting about 20 minutes per game playing time. He is shooting a dreadful 22% from the floor and even worse 18% from outside. He does however contribute 1.8 BPG on the defensive end.

Sam Timmins, (#33), 6'10, 275 Lbs New Zealander Junior Forward so far is only getting 10 minutes per contest which is a much diminished role for the Forward compared to his two previous seasons. I have not been able to find a reference to an injury but he comes in averaging 1.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 0.6 BPG so far this season in limited time.

What to expect from Washington?

Washington are averaging 7.3 steals per game so far this season and turning opponents over 14 times per game so something to be aware of as the Hokies bring the ball up the court. It's an aggressive 2-3 Zone that works hard to disrupt the passing lanes, especially to the interior.

This team will look to penetrate to the rim or find the open jump shot. Currently, the Huskies have scored 368 points on the inside and only 195 points from the perimeter this season. They also have 170 points from the free throw line, the majority of which has come from dribble penetration. This will be something to keep an eye on as no other Tech opponent this season has been nearly as aggressive getting the ball inside as the Huskies will in this contest.

The Huskies this season have an abundance of bigs, but it's a two edged sword, the size goes up and the talent level goes down. The bigger the Hokies can force the Huskies to be on the floor the better, especially if they can get one of the three critical guards in foul trouble, as the depth behind them is not utilized much. Along this line, the Huskies have four players averaging over 26 minutes per game so far, lead by Nowell at 34 and Crisp at 33. Dickerson's time varies just the way Blackshear's does, so fouls down low are critical for both teams in this game.

The Huskies come in fouling opponents 18.7 times per contest, which is fairly average for college basketball. Opponents have however reached the free throw line 20 times per game which is much different than the 15 times the Hokies are currently getting to the line.

The Hokies

This game sets up well for NAW to have a big game penetrating to the basket and Hill and Outlaw getting a lot of looks outside. The Hokies will get the Huskies moving left to right, creating those holes in the zone to have open looks from the corner.

The Hokies will need to find a way to keep their offense moving against the road block of the 2-3 zone. If they get bogged down, it benefits the Huskies, but if they can find their stride it obviously works in Tech's favor. One area that could be a critical turning point in this contest is baskets in transition. If you get ahead of their zone and complete your offense before they get set, you destroy their entire defensive philosophy. Create turnovers and get out front. Washington is committing 13.3 turnovers per contest.

Game ten and still no new news on Nolley. At this point, I almost expect a Redshirt season, which is too bad because having Nolley around for the end run this season could be a critical turning point in this program. Next year there will still be plenty of talent but much of the depth and scoring will be gone so the Hokies will be relying on multiple new pieces to come together rather than work seamlessly like they show at times this season.

Neither team is likely to be in foul trouble much of the game. Turns out the Hokies have allowed the fewest made free throws in the NCAA and the second fewest attempts. 65 made of 97 attempted. Washington opponents are 138 of 202. The Hokies however have committed the 33rd fewest fouls, the discrepancy of course being how many offensive fouls the Hokies have picked up this season.

In Closing

Washington is a bit of a conundrum. They are a very experienced lineup with four seniors in the starting five, but these are the same five players that the Hokies beat by 24 last season when they were arguably less talented. That said, the Huskies have had a full season of working in the 2-3 zone now as well as opposed to only 5 games last year before facing this offense. This is a Huskies team that also just took Gonzaga to the buzzer.

This game will come down to execution and ability to play through the light crowd that will likely be on hand at this neutral site game. The Hokies don't face a cross country trip to be here for it but the St Louis game last year at Madison Square Garden is still fresh on everyones mind.

The X-Factor in this game is the Hokies defense. If they come out and play like they have most of the last three games then this could be a decisive victory. If they come out flat and lackadaisical than Washington could build an early lead and then milk it in the 2-3 zone, hoping to force the Hokies to use the entire shot clock.

Hokies win if they reach 80 points. Final score 87-75, with a late push by Blackshear with Dickerson on the bench for the Huskies.
Santa Buzz

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I hope so you are right on that score. I am worried about this one.

Let's Go!!


Excellent analysis, thank you. I also am worried about this game, but I'm still stung by the Penn St. game.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I think Hill is the key to this game. If he contributes to the offense, we should win easily. If he plays the way he has recently on offense, this game could be close.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

Hill is an enigma. Definitely need him to contribute offensively for us to be our best, but don't know when he'll pull the no-show thing. I don't criticize his effort, just wonder where he goes on those days. Consistency from him will be key to our ACC season, but it sure wouldn't hurt to get Nolley and Clarke on the court, if it is to be.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Speaking of Penn State

For those that already read the post, just added a nugget at the end.

Sell. That. As. A. Shirt.

My goodness, that's Bill F Murray quality right there

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

At this point, I almost expect a Redshirt season, which is too bad because having Nolley around for the end run this season could be a critical turning point in this program

Does this mean you think he will be around for 4 years? I don't see much point in redshirting someone who you think will leave early.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Agreed, given the experience that we will be losing after this year I feel that any playing time Nolley can get this year is worth it. If he's a talented as advertised he likely isn't a four year starter to begin with.

Depends on how good he really is. If he is one and done, we get an extra 1/2 year by playing him this year assuming he is not impressive enough to get drafted after 1/2 season. If he is more like NAW, playing him 1/2 of this year ensures he will be gone after next year when we might have gotten 2 full years of playing time with the redshirt. Tough call.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

Game ten and still no new news on Nolley. At this point, I almost expect a Redshirt season, which is too bad because having Nolley around for the end run this season could be a critical turning point in this program. Next year there will still be plenty of talent but much of the depth and scoring will be gone so the Hokies will be relying on multiple new pieces to come together rather than work seamlessly like they show at times this season.

This is some NCAA employees from Duke/UNC BS right here. They knew this would happen and have dredged up some crap and dragged it along intentionally. We need to bury UNC and Duke this year.

I know this is inflammatory, but this story line just stinks to high heaven.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Rob is taking the under on Kerry Blackshear fouls I see!

holy crap I just found their coach's doppelganger (at least the picture Rob used)

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The ESPN BPI prediction magical matrix thingy gives VT an 83% chance of winning. That seems quite high to me personally given how Washington has looked this year so far. I'm more wary of this game than that. I mean we should be favored but 83%?


Per ESPN's Projections we have an 84% chance of winning our first round game of the NCAA Tournament, a 62% chance of making the Sweet 16, a 40% chance of making the Elite 8, a 23% chance of playing in the Final Four, a 12% chance of making the championship game, and a 6% chance of winning the National Championship. All odds are 5th best, nationally.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, we have a 22% chance of winning the ACC Regular Season title, which is a 4-team race with UVa, Duke, VT, and UNC, all projected to finish within a game of each other both overall and in conference.

Might be the most respect I've seen a VT team get in either football or basketball, since the 2000 football season.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

BPI is an awful stat. Kenpom and barttorvik (aka free Kenpom) are much better stats to use. Luckily, they are also high on us where we are 10 and 11

Purdue isnt doing us any favors, losing the past 4 out of 5

15 Minute warning and it is not looking like the game will be on ESPNU at 7, as the Division 2 National championship game is going on. The game has 3 minutes remaining in the 3rd

Its starting on espn news

Has the game been moved to another channel/watch espn?

It's on ESPNNews

Broadcast just started

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson


Who hit the three, was trying to pull it up on watchespn

Chick Patty w/ Cheese

NAW 3-point play

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

Looks like Robinson and Blackshear both have those grad cap emblems on their jerseys so they must have just graduated. With Hill and Outlaw, we now start 4 grad students.

They are torching us on the glass so far. Gonna have to start cleaning up the glass or momentum could turn.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Is anybody able to find the stream online anywhere?

Nolley not on the bench

we have got to start catching the lane entry pass cleanly

I can't take these alpha king commercials seriously. It's like an SNL parody of overly macho machoness

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Oh what a beautiful finger roll by JRob

And awesome passing on the possession before

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Loud Lets Go Hokies chant going on right now!

looks like Wilkens knows how to pass inside the zone

Go Hokies

PJ is ballin

I'm telling you, his game has rounded into form the last few games. He looks like a completely different player, as if the game slowed down for him. Which, could be huge for us this season if true.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Feeling really good, was expecting us to come out flat after a week off!

Chick Patty w/ Cheese

Checks box score...

Biggest Mich Ultra I've ever seen

Looks like an old school Bud Foster defense out there for the Hok.... hold on ..... this is basketball?

Haha, I'd love to see Bud's defense get 12 takeaways early in the second half.

Wow that foul on Bede was weak sauce

We are doing this to a team that just took Gonzaga to the wire

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

... AT Gonzaga

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

This is how a 13 ranked team should be playing

There's the smart KJ play we've come to know and loathe over his career

Can we go back to ESPN News?

Robinson has become the 4th player in Hokie history with 1200+ points and 500 assists in their career

...and Old Dominion takes down Syracuse so lets hope our state goes 2-0 against the Syracuse 2-3 zone

This game is getting away from us fast

we need to take some smarter shots on offense

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

and Blackshear with 4 where he had position amd was facing the ball.

Every one of them was dumb, too

I mean he earned it. Completely f'd it up on the rebound

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

yeah thats why I am glad I dont have a wall near my head appreciates it

Blackshear is in deep foul trouble with 12 mins to go

Washington is still coming back. We really need to shift momentum soon.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

What goes through Blackshear's head on a play-to-play basis?

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

NBA talent with rec league discipline

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Christ almighty Hill with absolutely terrible form in the paint while wide ass open.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

21 point lead down to 7

and we have no answers

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

More NAW is the answer

VB born, class of '14

He'll have to be. This is where he can really up his draft resume.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

How was that a jump ball?

have to have NAW take it right at Dickerson here

So we good at roundball but when we play at PSU like a half mile from my house we sh!t the bed. We undefeated otherwise and tracking to keep that. The hell.

Penn State is the only game where the officials showed a clear one way bias. Nittany Lions came in averaging 22 fouls per game and only got whistled for 13 against us. Thats just one example. Then there were all the no monitor reviews when Buzz asked on multiple occassions

Good thing I didn't go. Disappointed.


VB born, class of '14

NAW is life

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Past few possessions: Made a three, drew a foul and drained both FTs, rebound, assist, and another three. NAW dont lie

VB born, class of '14

He was waiting to use that gambling reference all night

that whole sequence was ridiculous. Timmins had Blackshears head between his elbows to get that rebound but it wasnt over the back

Why call that tineout and then not press the inbounds?

Not sure if this has been mentioned yet but I just spotted a "quit cussing" shirt behind the scorer's table.

Using /s is for cowards.

I saw two

Outside it's night time, but inside it's LeDay

These announcers are..... bad

they weren't reviewing Blackshear, they were reviewing UDub

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

More of a general question, but has the quality of broadcasters gone down or is it because everything is televised and the crappy ones have to be on the air?

Yes,that's the Hokie Bird riding a camel. Why'd you ask?

Combination of the two above along with the way the contracts are structured making it difficult for Virginia Tech to be involved in who calls the games even at home. Figure the ACC has 330-350 out of conference games that their teams are involved in, in about a seven week timeline. 49 days to cover 350 games would mean about an average of 7 broadcast crews per day just to call ACC games. Then consider that the majority of college basketball games are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday because of other sports schedules and the number rises to 21 days to cover about 280 of those games. Then you need 13 or so broadcast crews for the ACC. Now consider thats for only 16 or so teams and there are over 350 in college basketball these days. Thats an estimate of 2100 games for Division I during non conference games. That doesnt even calculate in the fact that alot of teams play additional games against D II and D III schools as well. Even if you evenly distributed those games over the 49 days, you would need an average of 43 broadcast crews per night. Realistically that number would be more like 50 crews with D II and D III and as we talked about schedule wise, games are not equally distributed so on any Saturday you might actually need 150 broadcast crews. Lots of Jason Wittens are bound to be in that pile.

Bye bye dickerson

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Left right, sit down!!! You suck
Great chant Hokies at the game

There are our fans.....gotta love it

KBJ fouls out with 62 seconds remaining

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

His teammate tried not to laugh when we yelled sit down, and the broadcast caught it perfectly.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

When I said we had no answer for them....

oops. Forgot about NAW

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Would have liked to see a monitor review of Blackshears fifth. He definitely disnt initiate the hook

Solid Let's go Hokies chant to finish it!

VB born, class of '14

Hell yeah! I can tell my wife and her Huskies to fuckin suck it!

Sometimes, it is worth sleeping on the couch.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

Lemme know how that goes

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38 rebounds, 12 on the offensive side

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

Hokies > Huskies

I haven't checked in in a while here but are we still trying to convince ourselves that NAW isn't good enough to leave early?

No we are trying to convince ourselves that Nolley or CC will play this year.


So, postgame FAM LIT thread???

Waho's suck
Uva swallows