Buzzketball Central: #15 Clemson Tigers (20-6, 9-5) at Virginia Tech Hokies (19-8, 8-6) 7PM RSN

GAME INFORMATION
Date/Time: Feb. 21, 2018 / 7 p.m.
Opponent: Clemson
Site: Blacksburg, Virginia (Carilion Clinic Court at Cassell Coliseum)
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network
Talent: Jon Laaser & Mike Burnop
TV: Regional Sports Networks
Talent: Tom Werme & Jason Capel
Live Stats: HokieSports.com
Game Notes: Virginia Tech
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Catch the Tiger When Their Down

Buzzketball comes home to face a ranked Clemson Tigers team with both Tournament implications and overall ACC ranking on the line. Clemson is coming in off a disappointing loss to Duke, where they came back from a double digit deficit only to let it slip away in the final moments. That loss came on the heels of a terrible loss to Florida State, where the Tigers allowed the Seminoles to come back from an 18 point deficit to steal a win in Overtime. The Tigers also took a big blow injury wise in this game, losing Shelton Mitchell to a concussion that will keep him out of tonight's game. That means Clemson will be missing two of its top four scorer's this season as well as their starting point guard in Mitchell and Donte Grantham who was lost for the season early in ACC play. The Hokies win and they keep pace with the surprising NC State Wolfpack and even things out with Clemson, and will have the edge over both for fourth place in the ACC.

At home, middle of the week, with a packed student section and most of the rest of the Cassell. Vegas currently have the Hokies a slight favorite over Clemson. Clemson this season has likely saved their head coaches job but will have difficulty doing much more if the concussion persists with Mitchell. Outside of their original five starters, all averaging double digit scoring, the highest scorer behind them is averaging 4 points a game and that's with Grantham having missed the last 7 games from his injury. Clemson this season had big wins over Ohio State, Florida, South Carolina, Louisville, Miami and UNC. Since the injury to Grantham though, the Tigers have gone 4-3.

This will be the Thirty Second meeting between the Hokies and Tigers. Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 18-15. Hopefully the Hokies come out with the same energy they had against Georgia Tech and put the Tigers away early but this is a much more talented and cohesive opponent than the Yellow Jackets.


The Tigers are coached by Brad Brownell, who has been at Clemson since 2010. He has finished with winning teams in all but one year guiding the Tigers. They are a consistent middle of the ACC team throughout his tenure. He was thought to be on the hot seat this season after the Tigers finished 6-12 in conference last year but with the way the Tigers have played this season, calls for Brownell to be out have calmed down.

Defensively, the Tigers focus primarily on a smothering man to man defense. The Tigers have forced opponents into over 13 turnovers per game. Their perimeter defense is also very stout, holding opponents to 35% shooting from the perimeter.

Offensively, Clemson runs a constant motion offense which with his current group of players has been quite successful this season but now Brownell is being forced deep into his bench which will likely be challenging to have his team operate smoothly because much of the constant motion offense is about anticipating your teammates moves and providing leading passes which when you haven't spent much time together on the floor is hard to achieve at game speed.

What does that mean for the Hokies?

The Hokies size wise might have been better off facing the starters as the Tigers will bring some bigger guys off the bench now as a result of the injuries. That said, several will be inexperienced so using Blackshear down low will be critical. This needs to be a focus of getting baskets or getting to the line today especially with how foul happy these Tigers are.

The Hokies have a second opportunity in a row to essentially lock down a team tonight which will force all kinds of issues offensively for the Tigers. They will likely struggle offensively with their point guard out for this contest. The Hokies need to come out with their energetic defense and create a large gap between these two squads. I would hope that Buzz turns the pressure all the way up, especially coming out of the gate.

I would expect a high paced game, Tech needs to get out and run early and often. Change the pace of play so that the Tigers are forced to constantly reach for opponents. The three remaining starters for Clemson all average more than 2 fouls per game and several of the bench players even in limited playing time are averaging over 1.5 fouls per game. Forcing Clemson to adjust even more than the initial two injuries could really turn this game.

Today, the Hokies perimeter players must find a way to make their shots even being a bit uncomfortable. Buzz needs to get in Bibbs ear that he needs to shoot if he has a sliver of a chance, rather than just passing it around. It would also be nice if the Hokies could build enough of a lead to have Buzz focus on Hill and his perimeter shot.

Tigers Backcourt


Marcquise Reed, (#2) 6'3, 180 Lbs Junior Guard comes in averaging 15.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.4 APG and 1.9 SPG. He is shooting 36% from outside and attempts over five per game. He also shoots better than 85% from the free throw line. Reed will be used to break down the zone defense that the Hokies like to play, crossing the middle of the court to create space for drives or passes. Also expect to see him play at the point a majority of the game with Mitchell out. He is the one guy they have that could possibly will them to victory as an one man show. Hard to imagine where this team would be if Reed had not transferred in from Robert Morris a couple seasons ago.


Gabe Devoe (#10), 6'3, 200 Lbs Senior Guard is averaging 13 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.7 APG and 1.1 SPG. Devoe comes in averaging 34 MPG. Devoe is the primary shooter from the perimeter that the Hokies should be focused on as he is shooting 42% from outside on almost 6 attempts per game. He also shoots 77% from the charity stripe.

With Shelton Mitchell, (#4), 6'3, 195 Lbs Guard out for this game, who was averaging 11.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 3.8 APG, expect to see a combination of a few guards to replace his minutes on the floor if not his ball handling prowess.


Freshman Clyde Trapp (#0), 6'4, 192 lbs and Sophomore Scott Spencer, (#22), 6'6, 195 Lbs will spend a bit more than 15 minutes they have been averaging while putting up a combined 3.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, and 1 APG. More of Mitchell's minutes will likely be taken up by some other Forwards as well.

Tigers Frontcourt

Donte Grantham, (#15) 6'8, 215 Lbs Senior Forward, was one of the leading Tigers until suffering a season ending injury early in ACC play.


Elijah Thomas, (#14) 6'9, 230 Lbs Junior Forward has seen his minutes steadily increase with the changes to the lineup. He is averaging 10.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1 APG, and 2.4 BPG.


He will be down low with Michigan graduate transfer Mark Donnal, (#5), 6'9, 240 lbs Senior Forward who up to this point has averaged 13 minutes, 4 points and 1.9 rebounds.


Donnal will be joined by Freshman Forward Aamir Simms (#25), 6'7, 237 lbs, from Palmyra, VA and Junior Transfer David Skara, (#24), 6'8, 215 lbs who comes in from Valparaiso. Together they were averaging 6.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1.2 Blocks.

What to expect from Clemson?

Clemson shooting three's. They have averaged over 23 attempts per game in ACC play, hitting 39% of them. Not being challenged on the perimeter will allow Clemson to stay in the last contest to the very end. The Hokies have to challenge the perimeter in this contest to create space.

The Tigers have to expand their roster usage to fight off these injuries. Expect to see eight or nine Tigers tonight. Even without their stars, this is still a potent team so the Hokies can not afford to take them lightly.

Expect to see a full court press utilized quite often by Clemson, even if it is just perfunctory to slow the ball from reaching the half court. Every second they take off the clock is that many fewer passes the Hokies have to find an open shooter.

The Hokies

Tech needs to be focused and moving around on offense to limit the Tigers ability to get in passing lanes and create turnovers. Hopefully what the Hokies showed against the Yellow Jackets will carry over into this contest at home.
Tech needs to be able to get to the basket frequently but doing so intelligently. They did this exact thing against the Yellow Jackets last time out. Don't overcommit so much that you essentially hand your opponent the ball at the rim.

Get into the body of the Clemson bigs and they will respond by fouling. Its been their one big weakness defensively this season.

Bibbs or Hill have to deliver some outside punch in this contest as our other shooters likely wont match how well they shot in the last game. Need to get at least five trey's from these two on the game.


Highlight of the Georgia Tech Game

The Outside Magic Touch was back in fashion, with the Hokies hitting 50% of their perimeter attempts in the Georgia Tech game on 8 of 16 shooting. Oh and 21 Assists on 28 Baskets!!! Justin Robinson passed Dell Curry for Fifth all time in assists with his 408th assist as a Hokie.

In Closing

Clemson will look to kick start their offense through Hokies turnovers leading to uncontested threes. The Hokies have to limit these opportunities because even with the great offensive effort against Georgia Tech, the Hokies still gave up 25 attempts from outside, fortunately only 4 of those went in. Don't let the Tigers hang around. Close out on the perimeter and open up a double digit lead by the half.

Keep the pace that they found against Georgia Tech, moving the ball and themselves and create the openings that either lead to fouls or open looks.

Clemson is going to be hungry for a win as they are teetering on the edge of being knocked out of the rankings and getting a top 6 seed for the Tournament. The Hokies can ill afford to let Clemson jump out on them early in this contest.

The Hokies win 69-61 by being stout on defense and hitting their shots. Shutting down the Tigers on the perimeter while getting their bigs in early foul trouble will create some space between these two teams. Take that step towards the tourney by notching the 9th conference win to guarantee no worse than a .500 finish in conference.

2017-18 ACC Standings

TEAM CONF GB OVR

Virginia 13-1 - 24-2
Duke 10-4 3 22-5
North Carolina 10-5 3.5 21-7
Clemson 9-5 4 20-6
NC State 9-6 4.5 19-9
Virginia Tech 8-6 5 19-8
Louisville 8-6 5 18-9
Florida State 8-7 5.5 19-8
Miami 8-7 5.5 19-8
Syracuse 7-7 6 18-9
Boston College 6-9 7.5 16-12
Notre Dame 6-9 7.5 16-12
Georgia Tech 4-10 9 11-16
Wake Forest 3-12 10.5 10-17
Pittsburgh 0-15 13.5 8-20

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Comments

Let's Go

Another Night in the ACC, Another two starters missing against the Hokies. Grantham and Mitchell both out for tonights game.

Hokies!!!!

Thanks dude. Hopefully Devoe doesn't go all Grayson Allen on us. I feel like he will be the key to this game.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

I have mobile access to a Fios subscription but the game is televised on CSN Washington. Is there a way I can stream the game?

Thanks for the link! I'll try it out.

Dang it Jollyman, that's the link to the LOLUVA game.

I saw that and feel like a SoB one sec folks I shall fix it

Keep calm, Gobble on

I chuckled at the unintentional troll job. Thanks for the good info! Stream is working.

I feel worse than being Rick rolled

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

I'm watching on ACC Network Extra via SlingTV. Somehow it's blacked out on my Roku but works on my PC. smh

What zip code is your Roku account affiliated with? It might be due to that.

Same zip as my SlingTV account - Northern VA. Just weird that it's blacked out on my "TV" but not on my computer using the same subscription service.

Having seen this Clemson team play a few times, I think we're in for a neck and neck game, regardless of injuries.

Prepare the bourbon.

Regardless of reasons I always have bourbon

Keep calm, Gobble on

You are true Hokie!

PSA: Streams on reddit.com/r/ncaabballstreams

Keep calm, Gobble on

shh!

psssttt guys and gals.... look above

Keep calm, Gobble on

SY IS DRESSED TO PLAY IS THIS A TEASE?

He's been dressed basically every game since he came back

ah, i only remember street clothes

Sold out Cassell should be rockin!

VB born, class of '14

If that Tac Glasses doesn't get you hype for the game I don't know what else will

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

KJ needs to get bigger down low or it's gonna be a long night

We've got to get some rebounds!

Lucky that travel wasn't an offensive foul on NAW before the media timeout.

Not loving our defense so far. Also, Teddy Valentine is reffing our game, lucky us

The last three games we seem to be leaving shooters every time. It's so irritating.

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

Last three games - its been that way since ACC play started.

How nice of Ted to take a respite from getting rhino fucked to come ref our game. I'm sure this won't lead to any drunken outbursts.

Lol wit?

From the BC game thread. Alcohol and anger at that dbag led to this and several other riffs on it. That continues tonight.

Ah, missed the BC game associated thread. There haven't been many whistles tonight so I don't think there is much to complain about, yet.

TV Ted likes to save it for the last few minutes of the game. A couple bad foul calls in the first half won't get him any pub

Just tuned in. What in the world is going on that we only have 9 points through 8 minutes?!

Devin Wilson (fire emoji)

🔥🔥🔥

VB born, class of '14

PJ with the scrappy 50/50 rebound then the 3! LeDay-esqe!

VB born, class of '14

Welp, the ball hates us.

We are getting no calls on offensive drives. Then again, there have been no whistles either way.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

JRob is not human

Last week on Tech Talk Live, KJ joked that Devin Wilson loves the end of the shot clock because he thinks he has a green light and he won't get in trouble if he shoots it

^

Came back to upvote this

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Our offensive flow has been really inconsistent tonight.

Anybody else think Clemson's 3 pointer to get to 17 was really a two?

Yes, they're reviewing it at the timeout.

It doesn't look like they did.

Go figure...TV Teddy refs and the game is inconsistent

Gotta finish the half strong, need a run

VB born, class of '14

What an awful performance so far. Hopefully we figure something out

playing hard on both ends but shots aren't dropping for us right now

wut

I'm fine with Blackshear 3 balls IF AND ONLY IF Clarke is in the paint to at least attempt a rebound.

yeah that should almost be a set play to have someone crashing the boards when blackshear takes a 3

Defense has been good so far.

To be honest, that call was horseshit. I feel bad for clemson there.

howso? he caught the ball with time left on the shot clock = no violation. then he dribbled on the endline = turnover

I don't feel bad for them but we definitely caught a break. He was not out of bounds

his feet were inbounds but he bounced the ball on the endline. The line is out.

Oh is that the rule? I didn't see the ball hit the baseline. Thanks though

Awful call

Recruit Prosim

Yikes

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Guys he dribbled it on the line with 1 second left on the shot clock... they got it right in the end

VB born, class of '14

Not sure how we've got the lead right now but i'll take it. Robinson is balling out this year & is saving us in this game, would be nice if anyone else decided to show up & help him on offense

Did I just see a good boy in the halftime show?

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

Oh no, are we reddit now?

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

KJ with the power move down low to get the and 1!

Blackshear literally just did the same move their guy got a foul for. Driving the shoulder should be easy to call consistently.

I think that was actually a good play.

I like it, I think it's fine, let em play. But KJ was even more physical than their dude, and the call (and the announcers reaction) was way different. We've been bitching all season about inconsistency. I'm willing to admit calls are shitty even when they benefit us.

Home court?

Just tuning in at the end of the first half but FG shooting seems horrible so far.

Plus all of their players seem way taller than ours

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

KJ with the Denial!

Fantastic pass from Robinson to hill he has vision like no other!

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

This is being played as a must win by both teams. Hoping we pull it out, but I like the fact that we are competing and ready for that home court run.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Where's CC?

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

He usually doesn't come in until the under 16 media timeout in each half.

Lucas noble can now afford a tkp membership. Welcome!

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The Spirit of Lucas Noble

If that guys reaction isn't a gif by tomorrow I'll be sad

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

That was a hell of a shot by Reed...

How the hell do they keep making deep 3s with less than 2 seconds left?

Keep calm, Gobble on

If we can get to the line and convert this half it will win the game for us. Critical to keep driving

Commmonnnnnnn

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10-0 run. Cassell sounds like it is rockin on TV!

I turned on the game at the very beginning of that 10-0 run. In that stretch, our defense and defensive rebounding was the best that I've seen all season.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

Keep this pace and we've got a chance

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Jesus Christ Devin, have yourself a game.

Bede with the nice dime!

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

Wilson shouldn't even think about putting up a 3 unless it's a baller buzzer beater

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I see you Dev!!

Keep calm, Gobble on

His shots look weirdly better from NBA range compared to the normal three point line

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Not bad for a football player

Wilson played football - I didn't know.

The more I see Devin Wilson shoot, the more I don't think that his shot is broken. It actually looks pretty good. Not sure why that has translated to an abysmal three point percentage, but he's made big three point shots in 2 of the last 3 games.

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Virginia Tech fanatic.

EVERYONE GETS BACON

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Bibbs!!!!!!!

So many whistles.... thankfully they've mostly gone our way.

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Yeah we've caught a few breaks. That was one of those infuriating late calls if you're a Clemson fan

Edit: not a shooting foul. Suck it Clemson fan

Double bacon?

VB born, class of '14

Bruh... Horne.... Bruh...

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

He's so close on so many plays.

Keep calm, Gobble on

PJ Horne...C'mon man.

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

Yeah, I think we should end the narrative that Teddy Valentine hates Virginia Tech.

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Virginia Tech fanatic.

But... But I thought there was a conspiracy...

🙃

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I don't think that was ever a narrative. The narrative is that TV Teddy hates it when basketball games is about those peasant players actually doing basketball.

There have been some people on here saying that he dislikes us. The latter part of your comment isn't a narrative, though. It's 100% true.

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Virginia Tech fanatic.

It is so much easier to watch his antics when they are in your favor. Still think the ACC would be better without him. Might change my mind if hands us a tournament game tho.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

He doesn't hate anybody. He's just incompetent.

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

no...Ron Cherry! /s

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Also, he can still take a rhino dick straight to the eye socket.

That's 6 misses in a row for Clemson at the line

Wow... They shoot 75% on the year

I think they're trying to kill us with 🥓

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Streak caps at 7

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

How much bacon do they get?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I have enjoyed the defensive effort and the shot-making from guys outside of the usual suspects.

When Justin Robinson departs it is going to be very interested to see how the character of the team changes. I think they will be much better defensively, as it isn't an accident that so many point guards have big nights from outside against Robinson's poor close out defense. At the same time, he is the one guy who consistently can create his own shot and find others open at tough angles. I really like Bede, but I don't quite see the same ability to work others open just yet. Next season, VT will need to win more defensive oriented poor shooting games with this returning group.

That said, man, I love PJ Horne's game. He gets after it.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Holy shit, French is a two sport athlete.

I think with extra year behind 5 that Bede will be able to run this offense at the highest of levels. He has the vision, handles, and quickness. Plus Bede is a better defender IMO. I'm predicting not too much of a drop of at PG once Robinson leaves after next year

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Next season, VT will need to win more defensive oriented poor shooting games with this returning group.

Disagree. We lose Bibbs, but get back Outlaw and add Nolley. I expect NAW to be back. This will be Buzz's best offensive team he's ever had at VT next season, especially as JRob has exploded into a legit scoring threat this conference season.

Always choose joy.

Damn, could we use Ty Outlaw this season...

Hands down the dumbest pass Ive ever seen

Keep calm, Gobble on

Nah

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Actually the two handed pass by the UNC QB this past year is worse

Keep calm, Gobble on

That's not even an exaggeration. I was shocked.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

Cmon now. It's not over yet.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

NA NA NA NA NA NA DONT STOP TILL WE LEGENDS!!!

Awful there by CC

Ok what the fuck guys... Heads out of asses time

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

For crying out loud

Keep calm, Gobble on

This team does not know how to close out a game.

Have to make free throws.

2 unbelievably mindless plays let's Clemson immediately get back into a game that was iced

Feels like we've had some mental meltdowns late in games this year. Hopefully our buffer was plenty tonight.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

So I left the room when Clemson made the free throw but game looked out of reach. I got to garage to get some boxes moved come back in and now we are here. What happened?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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2 incredibly dumb turnovers, plus back-to-back 3's by Clemson

Literally threw the ball away twice

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

You left the room - I think that's what happened. Glad you're back now so we can end this thing.

I don't know that I've ever seen a team that is worse at closing out games than this one.

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

TV Teddy right on time.

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Paper airplanes have made their way to cassell

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Damn.

If Teddy had seen that paper airplane, it probably would've changed the outcome of the game.

Way to go, idiot.

Kudos to the cheerleader who dealt with it quickly.

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#extendbronco

TV guys says Blackshear does not miss and miss...

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Slow exhale

On to the next one

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

That was a grown ass man rebound by Chris Clarke.

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You could be an announcer :-)

I do kind of wish there was a rated R sports channel with commentary laced with profanity. Imagine VT having an 8:00 game and needing to kill time till Tech played, so you get giggly drunk at noon and watch MACtion on this rated R sports channel.

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Yes to this give a profane call then have a kids friendly one with David Attenborough

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Thank goodness

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

FAM We all we got. We all we Need. Cue the music.

...That's what Maryland does.

I don't give a damn what the fans think cause, quite frankly, I know what the fans want better than they do.

We all we got. We all we Need.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

via GIPHY

edit: Not a birds fan but that phrase gets me going plus you throw in Kelce's speech, plus dreams and nightmares and I'll run through a brick wall.

...That's what Maryland does.

I don't give a damn what the fans think cause, quite frankly, I know what the fans want better than they do.

Hold up wait a minute, y'all thought we were finished? #PopeyeOnThatSpinach

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

So I'm trying to figure out what made beating UNC earlier this year more court-storming-worthy than beating Clemson tonight

Here's 3 reasons:
#1 UNC was ranked in the top 10 and #3 RPI. Clemson is good but not that good.
#2 This our 4th win in a row against Clemson. We had lost 7 in a row against UNC.
#3 the UNC win was on Big Monday = the big stage = more hype

I think it's mostly just UNC is called "UNC" and Clemson is called "Clemson". One carries more weight by default.

And finally, we did not look like a good team before UNC. Most people expected a bad loss. It was a much bigger upset win, both on paper and in the feels. I think we are starting to believe this team can beat a good team. Before UNC there was no reason to believe that. We needed UNC more. In hindsight, it may have been the biggest win of the season. Lose that and go to 2-5, with little confidence, and we could have done what the other bottom teams have done. Not sure tonight was really an upset.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I'm going with "because we have been here before".

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#extendbronco

Hell yes Fuck Clemson

Keep calm, Gobble on

Whew. Good win vs a ranked opponent

VB born, class of '14

That should do it for the tournament bid. Playing for seeding now.

Always choose joy.

I think we probably need one more.

Even if we lose the last three (which will be to all top 50 RPIs most likely) we'd be .500 in the toughest conference in America having played Duke, UVA, Louisiville and Miami twice. We'd boast two top 10 (maybe top 5) RPI wins. Committee loves that shit.

Always choose joy.

Watch Lunardi move us to First Four Out

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Beat me by seconds, but I was being sarcastic.

#qualitylosses

Reach for Excellence!

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Proud Hokie since 2004.

Lol, yeah we probably needed to lose this one to get some better losses on the resume, tbh

Lunardi will have us in the first four out after this win.

FAM! Big win, 3 wins against top 25 teams, and a win over #2 UVA. 20 wins, and the magic 9 wins for the ACC. I think this all but guarantees we're in the tourney!

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

I think we need one more but that being said...

why settle? We're currently one of the four teams getting a double-bye. Keep pushing, guarantee that double-bye, guarantee a slot by winning it all!

Regardless of whether they were full strength or not, a good win vs. a ranked opponent.

Unfortunately since this will not improve our OOC SoS Lunardi will be dropping us to his last 4 in.../s

This is a... Uhhhhh.... Rowdy crowd in Pitt in the late game

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

After the way we started the conference schedule I'm absolutely elated to be at 9 wins with 3 games to go it would be nice to get one on Louisville or duke to be the cherry on top

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

If we can get Med going, we have 6 legit scorers, one person having a bad game put the other one in, knowing he has the ability to get hot and make a few threes in a minute or two

This is who Med is. We've seen it for three seasons now. He can show that he is the most talented player on the roster, but he also has stretches of games where he goes missing.

Always choose joy.

Yes, ACC play brings out the 'ehhh' in him.

I feel like if he gets that one game that it can fire him up. It seems like many of the plays run aren't towards Hill when he's on the floor. If they wanted to try and get him going run at least a few plays towards his direction.

I feel like Buzz is quantified best by his ability to develop players. Especially the diamond in a rough type OKG's. Seeing Horne hit that 3 yesterday, had me like "was that Horne in the corner for a 3?, WTF." Love Buzz to death.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

I think to see the court under Buzz you have to be able to hit the three.

I hope Dream is working on this jump shot during the redshirt year. Would be an insane mismatch...