Buzzketball Central: Louisville Cardinals (18-10, 8-7) at Virginia Tech Hokies (20-8, 9-6) 1PM CBS

GAME INFORMATION
Date/Time: Feb. 24, 2018 / 1 p.m.
Opponent: Louisville
Site: Blacksburg, Virginia (Carilion Clinic Court at Cassell Coliseum)
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network
Talent: Jon Laaser & Mike Burnop
TV: CBS
Talent: Brad Nessler & Jim Spanarkle
Live Stats: HokieSports.com
Game Notes: Virginia Tech
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DOUBLE BYE ON THE LINE

Buzzketball and Louisville have been on much different trajectories since their last meeting. The difference 11 games makes is that Louisville finds itself looking up the standings at the Hokies and the Hokies come in with the Double Bye for the ACC Tournament on the line every game for the remainder of the season. The Cardinal have gone 5-6 in the last 11 games while the Hokies have gone 8-3 during that stretch. Five of those six losses have come in the last seven games for the Cardinals, who still has a bit of a cloud hanging over it with the scandal in college basketball ending Rick Pitino's tenure as coach of the Cardinals.

This is a home game, sure to be a sellout of Cassell, the Hokies have all the momentum so hopefully they capitalize on that to pick up a crucial victory. The Hokies need to be ready right out the gate to execute their offense effectively. The Hokies have to be on target from the perimeter or this could be long afternoon. This will be the forty first meeting between the Hokies and Cardinals. Louisville leads the all-time series 32-8.

The Cardinals are coached by David Padgett, who has been at Louisville since 2011 as an assistant coach and was designated the Interim Head Coach when Louisville decided to fire Rick Pitino for his alleged role in pay for play with a Louisville recruit. If Padgett was at most other schools his first season would be seen as a rousing success, and considering what has gone on in their program this year it still is an incredible job to have led a program in turmoil to an 18-10 overall record and sitting 8-7 in the ACC. Unfortunately for Padgett, Louisville's fan base doesn't see themselves as most other schools and they were spoiled with Pitino consistently winning so they haven't been as supportive of where they stand this season.

This first season started well at 12-4, but the last 11 games have been difficult, as most of their losses are to higher ranked opponents but still have put the Cardinals in a position they are not used to since joining the ACC, which is looking up at almost half the conference ahead of them in the standings. The Cardinals stumbled out of the blocks early on against other top conference opponents but then got on track, their losses coming against Purdue, Seton Hall, Kentucky and Clemson. The Cardinals have wins over Florida State, Memphis, Indiana, and George Mason.

Since the last meeting with the Hokies, the Cardinal have lost to Miami in OT, Virginia, Florida State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Duke. The Cardinal victories came over Notre Dame in 2OT, Boston College, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Pitt.

Defensively, Louisville uses the Matchup Press Defense which is a high pressure, man to man defense that looks to trap teams at key points on the court. It is designed to prevent penetration stopping the ball handler that is having to deal with two defenders in difficult locations to pass or shoot. The defender that is on the ball handler is expected to be up close, hand in face to create turnovers or force drives to the corners rather than the lane.

The difficulty in running this defense is having defenders identify the points they break off their man to man coverage to assist with trapping the ball handler. The Cardinals have struggled most of the season to do this correctly leaving open shooters all over the floor against them. So far in ACC play, Louisville is allowing opponents to shoot 47% inside the perimeter and 34% outside.

Offensively, the Cardinals run a 2-1-2 zone offense. In this offense, picture an X centered on the free throw line. The primary post player will be found at the center of the X, with two guards to the perimeter and two forwards to the baseline. Having a post player that can pass cleanly and effectively is crucial to the success of this offense.

The Cardinal have two bigs that manage over 1 assist per game. That said, they have struggled to hit open shots, especially in the last five games as well as being dominated on the boards. In two of their recent losses, there was a double digit rebound disparity.

What does that mean for the Hokies?

The Hokies are getting an experienced opponent, one that brings to bear two seniors and two juniors in the starting five. The entire starting five average at least 25 minutes per game each so outside of Raymond Spalding, they manage their team fouls very well. You cannot count on getting to the line consistently against this defense. They allow opponents around 16 free throws per contest and only commit 17 fouls per game this season. The Hokies did manage to go 18 of 22 from the line in the last game.

Kerry Blackshear has to stay out of foul trouble and limit the impact of Deng Adel, who put Blackshear on the bench early and often in the last game which allowed him to have a stat line of 27 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and a block. He was a one man wrecking crew.

Force Louisville out to guard the perimeter is critical to allow Robinson the space he needs to create inside without allowing the Cardinals defense to collapse on him. Robinson led the team in scoring in the last matchup and will be a critical component again today.

This goes much the same in the other direction, the Hokies need to play defense like they have in recent weeks, especially around the perimeter considering the Cardinals went 13-23 from beyond the arc in the last game. Giving up 39 points outside and allowing Adel to run rampant inside is not a recipe for success.

The Hokies need to make an honest effort to limit points off turnovers and second chance points. The last time the Hokies and Cardinals clashed Louisville managed 20 points off turnovers and 15 more on second chances, so over a third of their total scoring in the 94-86 loss for the Hokies. One area the Hokies have dramatically improved upon as the season has progressed is limiting turnovers and playing significantly improved defense, so that version of the Hokies needs to show up today.

Cardinals Backcourt

Quentin Snyder, (#4) 6'2, 180 Lbs Senior Guard comes in averaging 11.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 4 APG. He is shooting 40% from outside and at the free throw line, shooting 89%. Snyder is the primary ball handler for the Cardinals. He is the one we have to be concerned about driving the ball and making a great pass to an open look. He is also the only guard in the top five scorers for the Cardinals so if he happens to get in foul trouble, the next man up is way down the depth chart.

Ryan McMahon, (#30), 6', 165 Lbs Sophomore is averaging 6.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, and 1.7 APG. He shoots 39% from outside and is likely the Cardinals biggest threat to heat up from long range as one opponent always seems to do against the Hokies. He hits 83% of his free throws. He missed time at the beginning of the season but has been fairly productive in the ACC slate.

Cardinals Frontcourt

Deng Adel, (#22), 6'7, 200 Lbs Junior Forward is the Cardinals leading scorer, averaging 15.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 2.8 APG. Adel is usually one of the baseline forwards that is shooting 53% inside, 35% from outside on four attempts per game and 82% from the free throw line. As mentioned above, Adel had a season high 27 points against the Hokies last time. He also recently missed two games with an ankle injury so something to watch for if he tweaks it at all in this game.

Raymond Spalding, (#13), 6'10, 210 Lbs Junior is averaging 11.9 PPG, 9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.5 SPG, and 1.7 BPG and while not the leading scorer he is arguably the Cardinals most important player this season. His ability to control the boards has allowed others to expand their shooting zone and spread the court making it much more difficult to defend or attack the Cardinals. He shoots 56% inside and 64% from the line. In the last game, Spalding had six points, five rebounds, one assist and FOUR blocks but was limited to 16 minutes because of foul trouble.

V.J. King, (#0), 6'6, 190 Lbs, is averaging 9.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 1 APG. He is shooting 43% inside and 32% outside on three attempts per game. He only hits 70% of his free throws. Last time out King had a big game, scoring 16 points while playing more than usual with Spalding having to sit out.

Anas Mahmoud, (#14), 7', 200 Lbs Senior is another big that has blossomed for the Cardinals this year after putting up paltry numbers his first three seasons. He is averaging 7.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 1.1 APG. He has hit 57% of his shots this season but only makes free throws 46% of the time.

What to expect from Louisville?

Usually success for the Cardinals is creating turnovers and turning them into points to spread their lead while also wearing down their opponents. The Cardinals are forcing over 14 turnovers a game averaging 16 points a contest off turnovers. This season the Cardinal have adapted to a larger, slightly slower lineup and dominate the paint.

Rebounding is also a huge key to how Louisville separates itself from its opponents. They have had success this season when they outrebound an opponent by double digit margins. The rebounds allow them quick put back points or to kick the ball out to Snyder to begin again at the top of the key. All of that said, the Cardinals have struggled recently in several losses to rebound well. Not sure if it has been size or positioning that has been the problem.

The Cardinals went 13 for 23 against the Hokies last time out from beyond the perimeter so I fully expect them to at least have this in their initial game plan coming into Cassell. How well the Hokies defend will determine if it stays a major factor.

The Hokies

Tech needs to be ready to go fast in this game. The defense and offense of Louisville play into the hands of what Tech likes to do best so they should be able to turn this game if they are consistently making their shots, especially from outside.

Keep control of the basketball and score. The Hokies committed 19 turnovers last time out, turning into 20 points for Louisville while losing by 8. Those lost possessions do not even factor what they didn't score because of them. 19 turnoves likely represented a 35-40 point swing if the Hokies even scored on half of those possessions.

Stay out of foul trouble. As mentioned above Blackshear was in trouble early and often and ended up with four overall but he was joined by Bibbs and Robinson as well having issues with fouls. The Hokies can ill afford to have all three of those players on the bench, especially with how quiet Hill has been in the second half of the ACC schedule.

Highlight of the Clemson Game

Team Defense, any time you hold a team like Clemson to 58 points then you have a formula for success almost any time you take the floor.


In Closing

The Hokies need to take care of the ball and be effective on the offensive end.

The Cardinals will look to take the ball inside and use their size to their advantage. The Hokies need to limit the rebounding differential as best possible to limit second chances for the Cardinals.

Hokies win 68-57 because all the pieces kind of come together while avoiding the let down game that the Hokies have somewhat been know for recently. The only way I see the Cardinals leaving Cassell with a win is if the Hokies do not avoid foul trouble.

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Comments

Let's Go!!!! (thanks xssk)

Let's go bird hunting!!

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Let's go bird hunting!!

Hokies!!

Don't worry, I got you fam.

In all seriousness that gif is awesome.

Are we really wearing pink.. I don't know how I feel about this

if you had listened to the Buzz interview pregame you would be proud in pink for Penny. Buzz was holding back tears talking about how Miss Penny was the first Hokie he met and how instrumental she was in helping him get started here and how she is now fighting cancer and this game is for her

They look pretty good, at least to me

I never thought I would see the day where Devin Wilson was the featured player on the Men's BBall promo tweet. Good for him. Dude has put in work.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

Can we not let Adel look like an NBA all star today. Great, thanks! Go Hokies!

Thanks as always for the in depth write up

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Games on cbs, which is historically bad for streaming. How are the cord cutters planning on watching?

CBS All Access - I know people hate paying for it.

It's a local station, don't get how they have a paid subscription service.

They do and it streams through your local affiliate.

If you get an OTA (over the air antenna) you can watch cbs, fox, nbc, and abc for free, depending on the signal in your area. They usually aren't more than 10-20 bucks.

I've had mine for three years with no issues, was only $10.

VB born, class of '14

Listening to a lot of A Perfect Circle to get pumped for this game

What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway

Dang being on cbs is... different.

VB born, class of '14

It's just BIGGER.

And bigger is better.

Better than the ACC Network

Go Hokies!

Really disliking our shorty shorts.

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Short shorts look better on women.

If you are gonna wear pink you might as well pair it with hot pants. Am I right?!?! Eh, right? Anyone....

Where's the beef?

It may be sexist, but I prefer short pink shorts on women.

Yeah, me too. But if you are wearing unis that shade of pink, you might as well go all out with the ridiculousness of it. Shoulda gone all Flint Tropics on them and paired it with some black eyeliner.

Where's the beef?

Weird hearing Nessler and Blackledge call a basketball game

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Gotta say, and I'm shocked by this:

I am so very here for these uni's.

(PS: they couldn't have found a smaller pair for NAW? Dude is rockin' legit nut huggers.)

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

NAW's been wearing short(er) shorts all season. Maybe the pink makes them look even shorter.

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

Methinks the white leotard doesn't help

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

He wears his shorts like that every game, it looks like he just rolls them up at the waist. Probably just prefers the shorter style

Playing well. Need to keep going hard to the basket. Those shorts doh...

Would like to see Wilson go right up to the basket there.

Is it football season yet?

0-3 from the line...

Is it football season yet?

Is it just me or is the main camera very dark? When they showed the Louisville natty section it was perfect. Got back to basketball and it sucks.

Me and my mom spent 5 minutes adjusting our tv because it looked so off.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Just getting this out of the way now:

Free throws.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Moving screens

I know most of these guys are trying for a slip screen, but you can't make contact on a screen and pretend it's a slip screen...while actually screening the defender. That's a moving screen. I know this is repetitive, but it drives me crazy.

Hate the unis, love the shorts. I grew up in the baggy era and hateddd them. In a sport where you're constantly on the run and jumping and whathaveyou, why would you want to be wearing cutoff hammer pants?
Also the wife isn't here yet, so I can cheer as I please (she doesn't force me to pull for UL in the Tech matchups, just as I don't expect her to enjoy Nascar...I just like to be a good boy).

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

Boy, if Hill could find his shot this team would be lethal.

Is it football season yet?

Guess he just needed to see that layup fall before getting started from 3.

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

That 3 basically was a layup. So was his first attempt. Finally saw one fall though. Now he just needs one more and hopefully he can get hot.

What is hill wearing on his feet?

Shoes? Is it shoes?

Where's the beef?

Half court defense and rebounding have gone about as well as I could have hoped so far

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

Wow, loving the aggressive play so far today. Everybody has been attacking the rim & besides a few open 3's we have played some solid D so far. Keep it up boys!

Buzz is doing some serious screamin on the sidelines when we are on D

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Louisville loading up on the fouls...

Chris Clarke's whole look is just a tour de force.

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

Haha, I like to see them having some fun and not taking themselves too seriously (I guarantee you'd never see LOLUVA in these unis) but if you go out there looking like that, you'd better win!

Where's the beef?

Chris Clarke rockin the princess Leia hair, guaranteed win!

Edit: sorry I jinxed it 😧

VB born, class of '14

Clarke was fouled.

Commentators couldn't see that, I guess.

Nice trap by KJ and 5

yuck... headed to the line again.

Is it football season yet?

I believe the saying is: "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friends' noses."

And here kids we have a perfect example of a dad joke. One i have told many times myself.

Just seemed to go perfectly with the photo.

Amazing shot!

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

My favorite thing about this game so far is that we haven't played our best and we are still in the lead. This is a much different team from the start of the season. The effort is there 100% or we have developed the depth to take you out. Everyone is playing hard.

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

And we are going 8-10 deep (players) every game.

Is it football season yet?

Didn't realize Blackshear was a business major. Probably a good thing he redshirted last year so he could knock out accounting and QM.

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

Damn you jean Lacoste

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

We aren't closing out on the 3 at all right now

Is it football season yet?

Sadly, that's our forte.

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

Guess our gameplan on D doesn't involve guarding their best 3 point shooter on corner 3s?

Need to stop this UL run and go on one ourselves to close out the half. Jrob needs to understand when he is over-matched on the dribble drive and kick it out.

If we hit half our contested layups, this game would be out of reach.

Shit, if we hit half our contested layups all season, we'd be ranked in the top 20.

I know we shoot the ball well statistically. But we👏🏼 miss👏🏼 so👏🏼 many👏🏼 shots👏🏼 in👏🏼 the paint 👏🏼

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Loserville has been blocking a lot of shots... something they do very well. If we can hit free throws we will be fine.

Is it football season yet?

Not talking about blocked shots tho. Talking about shots in the paint that make it to the rim. Contested, uncontested, +1 possibilities, etc. Blocks aside, we have trouble finishing at the tin

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Just tuned in - my initial reaction:

Fuck

Wow. I look down for a minute, and suddenly Louisville in the lead. What?

VT really needs this game.

Here we go

What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway

5 is so goddamn clutch.

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

Robinson!

Nice!

That's a three, isn't it?

Thank God for 5

VB born, class of '14

What a shot by JRob!

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

🖐🏻

It's ok guys... I lost my signal when we were up 7 but it literally came back when JRob launched that last shot... We good now

"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 you owe us 9?

Should've been a 3 his foot wasn't touching when he jumped off his other foot. Also, how the hell did we just stop playing defense for the last 5 minutes that was brutal to watch we could've run away with this one

I'm guessing they deemed he was still established in the arc. If he had jumped back with both feet, an easy 3, but it was only 1

"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, remember when we were wondering if we had an "Alpha" on this team?

J'Rob has something to say

Is it football season yet?

What is buzz gonna change in the 2nd half to win this game

What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway

Hopefully Blackshear doesn't get in foul trouble. As soon as he had to go out we got demolished on the boards & our defense was worse. This team can't play a long team like Louisville without him, he has to be smarter

EDIT: Annnndd he picks up his 3rd foul a minute into the half. Great

Blackshear sitting for the last 8 minutes hurt us but we are tied at the half and he only has two fouls so I'll take it.
LET'S GO!!

I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

Spaulding got nothing and likes it.

Commentators having a love fest with Louisville.

With Louisville leading, their world is restored.

This is really pissing pissing me off right now

What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway

Nice finish by Horne there, but you gotta believe Buzz wants him to find the wide open 3 pt. shooter.

Is it football season yet?

This will be a dog fight the rest of the way

VB born, class of '14

PJ Horne killing us on D right now.

Is it football season yet?

We've got no answer for the Spaulding lob right now.

They are playing like a kid trying NBA2k for the first time against someone who plays all the time. Jacking up dumb 3s, bad shots in the paint, lazy defense allowing big dunk Ally oops...

And yet we are somehow keeping it close

"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

All those missed FT's sure would be nice to have right now

Plenty of time. 5 and KJ resting up for a big finish.

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Agreed. But we've left plenty of points out there where we could have a bigger lead & make this easier on ourselves. Fun game so far though

Absolutely. This should be a 10 point game. But I just like where we are based on how we've played

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Liked Hill's body language right there.

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

HillDunks.gif!

VB born, class of '14

I really love how Buzz is stealing minutes during these games with some of the young guys. Every game, they seem to be gelling with whoever is on the court just a little more.

Is it football season yet?

Our first sub group has been coming in around the 12 minute mark in the first half and playing like their hair is on fire.

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

And the best part is we took and held the lead with Jrob on the bench. Hopefully he's got a enough gas in the tank the rest of the way.

"This game has been so fun but man has it been stressful" - Story of my life as a VT football/basketball fan

What is it with teams putting on 3 point clinics against us

We aren't playing D outside. The most we will do is get in a defensive position with our hands up. But we never get in their face/space enough to affect the shot.

Is it football season yet?

They have no fucking offense outside of taking that 3 shot. And we're giving it to them with ease.

"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 know, the lobs to Spaulding were destroying us earlier in the half. I think we have been taking them away lately but that's opened up the 3s.

We double down on every post entry and on pretty much every screen on the perimeter. Leaves wide open shooters everywhere on the floor. No clue why we continue to do it against teams that are lighting us up.

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

Guard the motherfucking 3

Fucking shit they're killing us there and we're not fucking adjusting

"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 fucking agree

What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway

Fuckin right you do

"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

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fucking shit

What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway

Can someone who understands basketball more than me please explain why we refuse to guard the outside shooters, who by my count have bottomed their last 50 treys

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

HOW MANY FUCKING THREES CAN THEY HIT

KInd of not even mad anymore. Shoot until you miss.

They just hit another. Can't help but laugh, kind of.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Clarke, WTF! That guy can not be you off the dribble, get in his face!!! Freaking 3 pointers man I tell ya, you have post support if he beats you.

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

Welp

Is it football season yet?

That was a fuckin walk

So traveling isn't a thing anymore I guess.

No by all means allow.him the shot even when you have good positioning

"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 can't fucking make this shit off fuck this

Loserville's best two games from outside all season have been against VT.

Is it football season yet?

Another 3 off poor defense....

"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

Perimeter defense and rebounding....if we were even marginally better at those things that would be great.

They are a bad match up for us rebounding.

So is every other team we've played this season.

Is it football season yet?

Throwing the ball away down 7 with 2 mins left

This game is over. And in all likelihood, any realistic chance of an NCAA bid

"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

Not gonna downvote, but we didn't need this win for a bid.

Sure... If we can win @Miami or against Duke

Yeah, totally doable.

🙄

"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

We are firmly in the field already.
Edit: who is down voting lol 7 seed by CBS and 7 or 8 by most other major brackets. That's firmly in the field.

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

Optimism? Imma have to downvote that fam. /s

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

No room for that on the internet lol

Edit: Seriously people lol

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

Didn't downvote but I don't think we are mane

The same Miami team that's losing at home to Boston College right now? You're right we might as well stay home and forfeit.

Edit: Miami scraped out a 79-78 home win over BC. But yeah, beating Miami would be a "monumental upset"

Are you drunk?

Hope we enjoy the NIT. Home losses to Miami and Louisville are gonna kill us.

You have to defend the arc sometimes

Not that I agree with your first sentence... But add St. Louis and the road game against Loserville.

Is it football season yet?

Saint Louis isn't even that bad this year

"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

We are firmly in the field my man.

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

Don't know how KJ finished that one

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

The second Edwards said "he has not missed today from the line"....

These home losses are brutal.

Is it football season yet?

Look on the bright side, embarrassed at home on national TV wearing pink

Embarrassed? Come on man you are reaching hard.

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

Do you only post to collect your downvote s after losses 😂

Can't buy a bucket right now.

Is it football season yet?

Bibbs has just gone cold at the wrong time today.

Whole team is cold from deep. Not gonna win too many games when our opponent shoots 14% better from three

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

It would help if we defended the 3 a little better.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

Nice choke here had a couple chances to put it away and failed to stay level now we need a win in our last two

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

Tech is gonna be the death of me one day

What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway

I would love for someone to ask Buzz in his post-game why he thinks its a good strategy to trade 2's for 2's at the end of a game.

Is it football season yet?

Does anyone else feel like L'Ville will just always shoot a ridiculously high 3pt % against the Hokies no matter what? Just feels like 5 Steph Currys on the floor for these guys every time...

We Are The Virginia Tech Hokies...And We Play Football!

*Adibi's Army
**Chicken Hill Social Club

Their two best games of the season from 3 pt range have been against us.

Is it football season yet?

It was the uniforms

I told the wife we were going to lose as soon as I saw the pink unis.

Don't mess with mojo. It's bad juju.

Bibbs hurt and Hill cold AF, great, can't wait for that NIT birth after this loss.

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

Bibbs isn't hurt. Cramps.

Is it football season yet?

You can watch the NIT if you want. Personally I don't give a shit about VCU's postseason dreams

I'm as frustrated and disappointed as everyone else but I just don't understand why we bitch and moan so much when we lose one damn game

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Is it football season yet?

How am I bitching and moaning? Give me one example.

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#irony

Is it football season yet?

Why don't you make a direct reference to my question and go ahead and try to answer it.

Where was I bitching and moaning?

Easy killer... I'll delete the post for you.

Is it football season yet?

Lmao almost how people punch someone who punches them. Kinda weird huh?

It wouldn't be that bad if it wasn't a game we should've been good enough to win but cold shooting hurt us in a bad way today it sucks seeing a great team in some games then this type of performance at home in front of a big crowd it's more infuriating since we could've gone a nice step to possibly a double bye in the acc tourney

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

Every loss is the end of the world and every win is the greatest day in history. Life of a fan on the internet lol I have participated in that also and I don't think there's anything wrong with it. Just think it's funny.

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

I'll never understand why a 3 point shooting team like us will emphasize guarding the post and leaving the perimeter wide open.

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

Being at the game that was very deflating

Well that fucking sucked to watch. For all you "looks like we're in the NIT" people, stop being stupid. We're in the tournament, the only way we're not is if we lose our next by 30+.

But as for today, that was just straight up abysmal perimeter defense once again against Louisville. Some of them were just good shots but a majority of them were a result of fucking terrible defense. We better pick it up or we're going to be limping into the tournament & get boatraced out of the first round, because we have a very tough couple games to end the season

Cassell was so loud you couldn't hear the announcers even when you adjust the surround sound. Shame we couldn't use that environment to come out with a win today.

For whatever reason, Louisville is just a bad match up for us. It doesn't matter how well we play or who is out on the floor, it seems like every game is a battle and the Cards always find a way to be just that much better. You can point to 3 point shooting, rebounds, or any other thing that might need adjusting. They've got our number. Basketball is weird like that sometimes.

"Basketball is weird" or maybe it was the fact that they outrebounded us by 17, made twice as many 3's as us, and we shot 55% from the FT line

Bingo. We have no one to blame but ourselves. On the FTs, I swear every game I've watched this season we seem to miss a LOT of FTs. What's our team season FT %?

Virginian by Birth, Hokie by Choice

Believe it's somewhere around 70% but that seems too high to me. Bibbs supposedly shoots like 80% but the past few games he's been awful from the FT line

They also hit 3's that no one hits, and we missed 3's that we almost never miss. Not to say our perimeter defense was good, it definitely wasn't, but they hit a couple 3's that were as contested as a shot can be. Basketball is weird sometimes.

Did you see the part where I said you could point to any number of things including 3s or rebounds ? It doesn't matter what it is, the point is its always something with Louisville. Even with all of that, we could have still won the game with some better offensive execution down the stretch. The 3 point defense wasn't atrocious to anyone that watched it (if you want to see atrocious, watch some of those games from December and early January before you play Boxscore Coaching Guru). Plenty of those possession were defended well for 98% of the shot clock with guys helping and recovering all over the court but Louisville found a way to knock one in anyway. They outrebounded us, but Blackshear was in foul trouble and even with that, there were still plenty of possessions where we grinded out a stop on a Louisville OReb anyway. What hurt the most was the offense ground down to a halt in the finale 5ish minutes. We couldn't run anything with flow or movement to save our life. Some good looks flat out didn't go in. Some layups got blown. And then there was plenty of times where we made it hard on ourselves waiting a second too late to make a pass to Blackshear on a roll/mismatch or kickout for an open shot (which became contested because it was too late).

That's my point. Every Louisville game seems this way. It doesn't matter what the situation is, we can't crack them. Different years so you get different teams, different styles of play, same result. Basketball is weird sometimes.

Crazy to think we haven't beaten Louisville in basically forever. Don't know what it is but they consistently have our number.

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

0 for our last 14, dating back to the Metro Conference days

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

While this wasn't an absolute must-win, one of the next two is. Lose out and they'll be hosting home games in March.

Not sure why someone downvoted you there.

For as much hand wringing as people have had about getting snubbed, a realistic post around here is getting downvoted. That was not a good result in terms of tournament hopes

Agree, of the last three games this was definitely not the one to lose.

I don't even know if that's 100% true. We need one more win on the season, but a first round win in the ACC tourney would probably work too.

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What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway

Primus I'm here if you need to chat 👍

VB born, class of '14

I'm gonna go listen to groundhogs day for 10 straight hours to see if it will make me happy

What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway

🦃😢 this is a sad turkey

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

Well...that result sucked. Question: have we EVER defeated Louisville in hoops before?

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Not since 1991, I think

"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

back from the game. Some notes:

Pig hit his head on the rim during warm up.
That was a walk.
Our results are inverted. Look out Duke.

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I never met a project that couldn't justify a new tool.