BUZZKETBALL CENTRAL: #9 Virginia Tech Hokies (13-1, 2-0) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-5, 1-0) 7PM ACCNE/RSN

GAME INFORMATION
Date/Time: Jan 9th 7PM
Opponent: Georgia Tech
Site: Atlanta, Georgia (McCamish Pavilion)
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network
Talent: Jon Laaser & Mike Burnop
TV: ACCNE/RSN
Talent: Wes Durham & Cory Alexander (GT Homer and a UVA Guy)
This broadcast is likely going to be one sided
Live Stats: HokieSports.com
Game Notes: Virginia Tech
Sirius: 135 XM: 193 Internet: 955

Don't get ahead of yourself

Buzzketball started really slow against the Eagles but worked into second half form quickly to put away Boston College their last time out. Now its on to the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech, and the Hokies need to make sure they bring their focus to the game at hand rather than look ahead to a ranked matchup with UVA.

The Yellow Jackets are 9-5 on the season including a 1-0 start to ACC play with a win over Wake Forest. There wins are over Lamar, ECU, UT Rio Grande, Prairie View A&M, Florida A&M, Arkansas, Kennesaw State, South Carolina Upstate and Wake Forest. Their losses are to #5 Tennessee, Northwestern, Saint Johns, Gardner Webb, and Georgia so far.


Georgia Tech is "Coached" by Josh Pastner who has managed to survive as rocky a tenure so far of just about any coach in basketball not named Rick Pitino. Pastner is in his third season with the Yellow Jackets, where he has led them to a 43-40 record with one trip to the NIT. His only previous head coaching stop was 7 seasons at Memphis, where he led them to a 167-73 record with five trips to the post season. That early success has not transferred to Georgia Tech with him. Early accusations, coaches forced to resign and other items have made it extremely hard for Pastner to recruit at Georgia Tech.

Defensively, Coach Pastner loves to use a pressure defense that forces opponents to use up shot clock to even advance to the half court. Once in the half court, the Yellow Jackets have used a variety of defenses, especially zone defense to confuse opponents so far this season. They will vary from a 1-3-1, to a 1-2-2 and also a more traditional 2-3 zone. Defensive pressure though is what they really focus on. They are top 30 in scoring defense, 3 Point % allowed, 2 Point % allowed, shooting percentage allowed and field goals allowed. This is a team that relies on its defense to make its offense go. Creating turnovers and limiting possessions is what keeps this team in games.

Offensively, Georgia Tech runs a constant motion offense but with more traditional size on the court than many of the 4 out, 1 in offenses the Hokies have seen recently. One thing Pastner does not like to hear is that his team is running, he insists his teams sprint, especially off the ball. They are not a prominent offensive team but playing slightly above average offense and exceptional defense is a good recipe for winning at this level. They do not rely on the perimeter shot, taking only 18 shots per contest from outside. They lean more towards transition scoring, and drives to the basket to create shots.

Yellow Jackets Backcourt


Jose Alvarado (#10) 6', 174 Lbs Sophomore Guard returns after a redshirt season due to injury to lead the Jackets in scoring and is averaging 13.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.3 APG and 1.9 SPG. He is shooting 25% from behind the arc and 42% overall. Alvarado is playing a team high 32 MPG.


Brandon Alston, (#4), 6'5, 195 Lbs is a graduate transfer from Lehigh University and is originally from Herndon, VA. He is giving the Jackets about 23 MPG while averaging 10.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, and 1.5 APG but has durability issues that limit his time on the floor for the Jackets. He has suffered a torn ACL in one event and a damaged MCL in another that have limited two seasons. He does shoot the ball well, shooting 42% from the perimeter, 54% inside, and 81% from the line, so the Jackets really wish they could keep him on the floor more.


Michael Devoe, (#0) 6'4, 188 Lbs Freshman Guard is the highest rated recruit that Pastner has brought in at #49 in last year's class. He comes in averaging 9.1 PPG, 3 RPG, and 2.4 APG. He is shooting 33% from outside and 50% from inside the perimeter. He is hitting 77% of his free throws as well.


Curtis Haywood II, (#13) 6'5, 198 Lbs, Sophomore Guard is averaging 7.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2 APG and 1.1 SPG, shoots about 35% from outside and 64% inside and 79% from the free throw line.

Yellow Jackets Frontcourt


James Banks III, (#1), 6'10, 243 Lbs Junior Forward Transfer from Texas is averaging nearly a double-double with 9.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, and 2.5 BPG. He was approved for immediate playing by the NCAA rather than having to sit out a season. Banks is going to be difficult to deal with down low all game. Banks does not bother to shoot from outside but his interior scoring is at 61% while shooting 65% from the line.

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Moses Wright (#5), 6'9, 210 Lbs, Sophomore Forward is averaging 6.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 1 APG is shooting 42% from the field and a dreadful 46% from the free throw line.


Abdoulaye Gueye, (#34) 6'9, 208 Lbs Senior Forward, is averaging over 25 MPG and comes in putting up 4.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1 APG, 0.6 SPG and 1.1 BPG. He is shooting 51% from the field, and only 65% from the line.

Evan Cole(#3), 6'9, 211 Lbs. Sophomore Forward, has only managed to play in parts of seven games so far this season due to an ankle injury. This has given rise to Freshman Forward Khalid Moore (#12) 6'6, 200 Lbs getting some significant playing time this season. They have combined for 11.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 1.9 APG so far this season but in the last four contests Cole has managed to at stay on the floor for about 16 minutes per contest.


One unknown as of right now is whether Sophomore Forward Jordan Usher is eligible to play in this game. He somehow found a way to transfer mid-season out of USC and be deemed eligible to play immediately in the spring semester, and therein lies the rub, I am not sure if this game is considered Spring semester. Usher was averaging 8.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG and 1 APG for the Trojans over 12 game before shutting down last semester. I am leaning towards we do not see Usher in this contest.

What to expect from Georgia Tech?

The Yellow Jackets are a very disciplined team, which shows in the few fouls, few turnovers and limited shooting opportunities for opponents. Expect high energy with frenetic defensive intensity.

The Yellow Jackets rely on a rotation essentially of eight, with their starting five plus two bigs and one guard off the bench. Expect them to feed the ball down low to Banks and allow him to work with his back to the basket. Banks on Blackshear will be the matchup to watch most of the evening if Blackshear can stay on the floor.

Expect to see Georgia Tech switch defenses several times. I expect to see a 1-3-1 zone to start with unless the Hokies begin hitting perimeter shots. If the Hokies are hitting their shots than the Yellow Jackets will likely switch to a man to man defense or a high 2-3 perimeter zone.

Offensively, expect to see the Jackets move with or without the ball, especially around the perimeter. Pastner is a big fan of pick and rolls, and a high assist to basket ratio. This is still a work in progress with this team so the Hokies need to take advantage of this inexperience to force mistakes and change the possession game.

The Hokies

The Hokies need to determine early what going inside is going to be like. The Jackets come in 18th in the country in blocked shots per game at 5.5. If the Hokies are not able to get the Jackets bigs off the blocks than they will need to focus on finding offense through their mid floor or perimeter shooting. This is another heavy dose of zone defense, which fortunately the Hokies have managed to break fairly easy so far this season.

Nickiel Alexander Walker will spend a majority of his time on the high post, forcing the Jackets zone to account for Blackshear on the blocks. This should collapse the zone inwards, allowing good open looks outside. If they are going to over pursue scoring down low than they need to ensure they get fouls called rather than throw away possessions. This is especially critical for Robinson, who needs to be smarter with the ball and cut down on the turnovers.

Due to the effectiveness of the Georgia Tech defense, the Hokies need to be prepared to match that intensity on their defensive end. A bad four minute stretch could make getting a win on the road very difficult.

I would expect a high octane pace to start this game, especially with the early success that Boston College had against the Hokies by using a high energy defensive posture. The Jackets will use cuts and picks and rolls to get dribble drive penetrato. One thing though to keep in mind is that even the Jackets big are long lean players that move up and down the court with ease.

Tech should aim to keep this game as high paced as possible because it is when this offense is at its most effective. They need to take advantage of transition basketball but not out of control. The bad, rushed passes after defensive stops have to be limited to allow the Hokies to build a solid lead in this contest. If the offense is moving then the Hokies can avoid the sluggish play like we saw early against Boston College and others.

Tech needs to be ready to utilize the baseline and the dribble drive pass to keep the ball in an open Hokies hands. Don't succumb to allowing the Jackets to clog the lane and then block shots over the top. Robinson and NAW need to drive and draw contact without allowing the Jacket bigs to get their hands on the ball.

Hill and Outlaw likely decide this game from the perimeter regardless of what else goes on around them. A relatively normal four or five perimeter makes between them will give the Hokies a major edge.

In Closing

Georgia Tech will look to funnel offense through the Hokies mistakes. The Hokies have to find a way to play a clean forty minute game. Don't give the Jackets the momentum to stay in this game. Take them apart systematically by playing hard-nosed defense and then not making mistakes on the offensive end to get them going.

The most critical thing for Tech in this game is energy from the start. Tech has to be in this game mentally right from the start. It's a road game, I am not sure what the student environment will be like, but they have to find a way to keep this game even or build a lead early.

This is a game that talent wise the Hokies should be able to run away with it. That's if they come to play 40 full minutes of basketball the way they are capable of. If they don't, than this game could change entirely.

Georgia Tech in the last couple years would have won the lane on both ends. That can still happen and Tech wins the day by getting clean perimeter looks, knocking down mid-range shots, and realizing when driving in isn't going to be effective. That said, this is a much different Hokies team that finally seems to have a focus on rebounding the ball on both ends. Through two games in ACC play, the Hokies are averaging 32 rebounds per game compared to 29 for their opponents. Stay out of the trap the Jackets regularly set down low and everyone should do well.

It's an away game in a mid-week snoozer slot but its still ACC college basketball. They have the talent to beat this team but it will take a total team effort considering the experience they are going up against on the floor. Robinson and others need to find their way to the rim or the line. The Hokies win 71-62 by coming to play defense and converting that into transition and perimeter baskets.

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Comments

Let's Go!

HOKIES!!!!

Do you think Blackshear or Nickeil will be the focal point in scoring in the paint?

A combination of both. I think when GT is in a 1-3-1 or 2-3 zone, NAW will be the one responsible for breaking the zone at the free throw line and either going to the basket or distributing to Blackshear or an open shooter. Should be a big assist night for NAW either way.

Thanks for the post! I'm in Minneapolis for work this week, so I'm off to find a bar that cares enough about college basketball enough to put on the game. I hope we run GT off of their own floor!

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Game is on NESN - On DirecTV Channel 628.

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

Blacked out for me there too, it's on 642-1

Yep, just got home from work and found it on 653 as well. Go Hokies!

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

Obligatory "I'm not at home but I would get NBCSportsPlus (CSN) on my FiOS if I was; can I watch on my phone?" post.

Any ideas? The NBC My Team app or whatever only had major market pro teams. Would the regular NBC sports app do the trick? Or a website?

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Anyone have an idea if the game will be blacked out from WatchESPN in the Triangle area?

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

The answer is yes...

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

ugh, blacked out in Richmond, thanks ESPN app

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

See if a local channel is streaming it?

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

It's on FSN Carolinas for all those who have it.

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

Spoke too soon..

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

Great for Ahmed to see his shot fall early.

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

Anyone in Richmond with Directv finding the game not blacked out on any of the 10 channels it is on?

Beat GT

Just found it - 642-1 for those searching frantically like I have been.

Beat GT

What the heck, the game is blacked out in Christiansburg but it isn't on cable.

Blacked out where I am, but it's not on cable. What do I do?

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

This bites donkey balls. How can a top ten team not get shown on air where they are from?

For everyone with the game blacked out, this is a friendly reminder that illegal streams are out there and are much better quality than the actual WatchESPN app

Currently sitting in my room in Blacksburg and that's what I'm relying on.

Such as...

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

Any friendly links?? For us technology challenged

Check Reddit for college basketball streams and click one of the links.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

God's Work

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

The offense is getting mostly good shots so far. KBJ with some good footwork on the defensive end when he got switched onto a GT guard. Solid D without fouling.

5 picking up GT's offensive fouls... love it

Go Hokies

5 has drawn 3 offensive fouls on the jackets before 6 minutes have gone

Buzz's bunch must know something, they're collapsing in everytime GT puts the ball in the paint. It's working.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

The D is suffocating right now.

VT not shooting well, 25%. GT worst 14.3%

Go Hokies

Most of the shots are "good" shots though. They'll start falling.

this is true

Go Hokies

Holy shit this defense is sexy.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

These are the moments when we need Horne to perform the most. Also, Walker hasn't gotten many touches thus far.

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

Man we start slow

I wouldn't consider this a slow start. We are up 11-4, our D is on. The shots will fall.

We have 15 points with 8 minutes till half! But good defense and def taking good shots they just aren't dropping

Blackshear needs to play smart here

Thanks for the reddit tip.

VT in the bonus with 8 minutes to go in the half. Need to draw some fouls.

Go Hokies

Shooting 18% from 3 and 27% overall. That's a slow start.

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

If our open threes would've fallen in the first 6 minutes, this would be a completely different game.

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

what is the big white spot (square?) on the ball. it's driving me crazy!

Go Hokies

The GT logo I think. Or maybe duct tape.

yeah... I think it's the GT logo

Go Hokies

Outlaw seems afraid to shoot today for some reason. He's passed on a couple solid looks.

Wes Durham isn't really hiding the fact he lives in Atlanta tonight, is he

"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've noticed when our guys pump fake from three and the guy goes airborne we keep avoiding contact, why not lean in and take that?

good question

Go Hokies

They whistled that foul before contact

"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 had the bonus with 11 mins left in the half

With a minute left we still aren't in the double bonus and that's on not driving the paint

"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

Did you know Alvarado is the best player in the history of college basketball?

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

he makes a pretty good dip too. oh wait, that's avocado

Go Hokies

What a shot by Blackshear

VB born, class of '14

I am not sure that is classified by Buzz as a "Good" shot, though

One team is shooting 50%, the other is shooting 27%. Guess which one is winning?

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

They're up to 32% now.

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

It's crazy that we're good enough to take a team's best shot for 10 minutes while looking shaky on offense like that and still come out with a 5 point lead.

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

Let's shoot like we can this half and run away with this game.

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

Hill with an ACC bucket

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Blackshear just picked up the most blackshear foul I have ever seen.

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

Blackshear what are you doing

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And three fouls it is.

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

Blackshear control yourself

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

KBJ with two really cheap fouls early in the 2nd...

Is it basketball season yet?

HILL with 13 so far

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

Wow... Lots of Hokies in the building?

Is it basketball season yet?

Either there are a lot or they happened to be right by the cameras because it was loud.

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

Love the let's go hokies chant on the broadcast.

I think we lead the country in fouling on a three pointer.

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

Bede bailed him out.

ESPN app let me watch the entire first half, took a bathroom break, now I'm blacked out. 😜

Edit: refreshed my cell signal and no longer blacked. I must be on the line.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

That was pretty

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Someone gif that possession.... ridiculous

Ok so we are going to give the GT player the foul for allowing himself to get out of control... Ok

"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

Gotta love Gt 1 shoving PJ to the ground with no call there.

Forgot what sport he's playing, went for knees on instinct

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Too much passing too much hesitation

Where is the follow on technical for slamming the basketball?

"I realize that he was over his back, but that was not a foul"

Ummmmmmmmmm

"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 right... There is no such thing as an "over the back foul." It's not a call in the rulebook. A push is the actual call you see in those plays and like the announcer said, he didn't push.

Given all the crap calls we've gotten over the years, I have no problem accepting a few on our side.

NAW is forcing shots now.

He's playing like a freshman who has never had a crowd taunt him before...

The students are in his head

"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

Feels like the crowd is getting to him a little

NAW is legit rattled by this GT crowd...not a good sign for the future of ACC play if you're gonna let a crowd get to you that much against this weak an opponent.

Jesus. Naw is 1-13.

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

NAW on the struggle bus!

Is it basketball season yet?

NAW had a nice assist on the Wilkins 3, though.

Big shot by Chico. Feels like it was ages since we scored before that

Our offensive numbers are insanely awful.

Buzz knows NAW doesn't have to play right? I'm not trying to go at him for one performance but damn if it isn't working, give the guy a break

Ahmed mother f*cking Hill

GIF that up

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

We're in a dogfight fam

VB born, class of '14

This will be great for the ACC and VT.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

/s

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

We need a couple of stops now.

Loudest I've heard a GT crowd in years.

oh punch that ballchinian mfer in the face

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

We are not a good team in away venues (not neutral).... 2 games 2 awful performances

"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

Only 2 games but, yeah, looks bad.

CPJ sighting. This game is cursed.

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

Ahh yes, I didn't miss road ACC refs...

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

If you're talking about the KBJ travel, it was.

I wasn't, but thanks homie

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

The worst part of this is GT isn't even playing well. We just completely suck tonight.

F-k dammit! C'mon guys!

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

They've disrupted our flow. We've gotten out of our offense when shots haven't fallen. Need to drive and dish more.

NAW allowed the crowd to get in his head and forced everything for 4 minutes.... Now he's not even getting touches

"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

Oh FFS!

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

oh okay 5

Is it me or does anyone else feel like the foul calls have gone our way tonight?

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

Part of that is the way we are playing though.

We aren't doing anything to force whistles... We need to screen and drive, causes teaches. We aren't doing that at all 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

Boy this is NAWs worst game in a very very long time

He's just awful 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

I think it may be his worst game in maroon and orange.

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

It wouldn't be Virginia Tech basketball if we weren't missing Free Throws in a big game.

Is it basketball season yet?

would love to see NAW nail a 3 as the shot clock expires

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

How the hell are you gonna stop the game and not give a technical? That's such bullshit.

My question is why was he allowed to sub during a bench warning. That doesn't seem right.

Leonard. Duh.

It was pretty much a 10 second timeout while on defense.

It was ridiculous, it gave them such an advantage in a critical situation just because their coach was being an ass on the floor.

We had the ball in one of our guard's hands in a must-foul situation and they got a free timeout and forced us to inbound to our worst FT shooter. AND got to sub. Ridiculous.

Sheesh... missed FTs

Is it basketball season yet?

cmon 5. ICE IT

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

Can't believe the Hokies had to steal one from this team. GT sucks.

Leonard. Duh.

The league office is working alive trying to find a way to throw both teams out of the conferemce after this mess.

Also running out on the floor inside of 2 minutes to force a substitution and inbounds play should be a T.

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

Dear team,

, please.

Two ugly games - two wins.

Is it basketball season yet?

We won this game with our defense. That is not a statement I've made very often with Buzz as our coach.

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

Hopefully this close road game will be a good learning experience for us.

Close road game wins I always view as a learning experience.

VT Marketing Class of 2009
Current Roanoke-Hokie
Go Hokies!

Whew lawd

VB born, class of '14

Starting to wonder if we're really deserving of the high ranking after this game

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

Realistically VT is probably a top 20 team. We are gonna lose some games this season. No big deal. Hopefully we get into the Tourney with a seed that provides some favorable matchups.

Is it basketball season yet?

That was the ugliest win I have ever seen...

Seth Greenburg is on line 1

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Seth Greenberg loses that game

VB born, class of '14

A win is a.win on the road in the ACC

That said, we can't play like that again

"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 may have been as ugly as a Rolling Stones group photo, but I'll take an ugly win every day of the week over a loss

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

FAM!

A win is a win especially in an ACC road game but we should have won by 20+ tonight easily. My god.

Thank you Ahmed Hill. Carried us in the 2nd half.

If we shoot that poorly in Charlottesville, we might as well not show up

VT Marketing Class of 2009
Current Roanoke-Hokie
Go Hokies!

it's a win 🤷‍♂️

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Had to use the GameCast on ESPN to follow the game. NAW was 1 for 13!? Is he sick?

Click here to destroy wall.

No. But that performance made everyone watching sick

Crowd was chanting airball at him every time he touched it so he started chuckin it

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Looked super flustered after that airball. Forced shot after shot. Crowd definitely got to him a bit.

Wasn't even that bad of an airball. Wasn't he heavily covered from distance with the shot clock expiring?

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Yeah, and in real time i thought the defender got a hand on it but i guess not

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Good lord that was ugly. Truthfully, we probably deserved to lose that game. The only thing that saved us was GT found ways to be even more incompetent. But hey, Ws all count the same on the standings. It could have been worse.

Lol, salty people downvoting this.

One was my fat stubby thumb by accident. I fixed it

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

He's not wrong though. GT had all the opportunities to win. I'm fucking glad that they didn't. Go Hokies!

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Yep. That's what I was getting at. We had like a D+ plus outing (I might round up to C- because the defense was pretty solid despite all our offensive woes). But you usually lose ACC games with that kind of outing. GT just found more ways to lose. It was hilarious and a giant relief seeing them botch multiple layups, including a very easy tip, throw the ball out of bounds, and then step across the inbounds line. Getting out there with a W felt like those times when you're a kid and you know you've screwed up and are gonna get in trouble but some miracle comes along , your parents don't realize what's happened, and you get the heck out of there before anyone notices.

I think saying the D was "pretty solid" isn't giving them enough credit. The D is the reason GT couldn't get anything going. Its the reason they missed several close in layups. Also, nobody mentioned the rebounding. We out rebounded a bigger team on their floor. We had 13 offensive rebounds - 13!

Whoops somehow I did too! Sorry it's changed

Bright side: we can't shoot any worse.

Bright side: we played like 💩 and still won, on the road, in conference.

Bright side: fuck Paul Johnson

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

Coming out of my cage
And I've been doing just fine

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

He was there courtside. Wasn't wearing socks and has tiny ankles and chicken legs. Just saying.

VTMidge

Yeah no kidding they cut away to him like 20 times during the broadcast. (WHY, by the way, was he even there? I guess the rumors of him being gently nudged out were just rumors?)

You'd think a man with such delicate ankles would be adverse to cut-blocking...

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

The Football revenge tour continues!!!

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

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

That. Was. Ugly.

Thank God GT missed like 10 layups and turned the ball over on their last three possessions.

Good thing we got that out of our system against a team that we could beat. You'll have those games some nights. We had one of those against UVA last year in Blacksburg and lost by 20.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

In the past we'd have been the ones lamenting about missing point blank layups in a close loss to a highly ranked team.

We've come a long way, baby

"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

3 down 15 to go

It's crazy to me that we already have 14 wins in early January

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Best bubble team in America

/ssssafelyin

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

Well, that was,..... different. With everything that happened i cant believe we won. The defense was good, offense n 2nd half free throws,.... Not. Good. Bob!

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

Maybe we should go back to starting Bede. Maybe that messed up our flow. Either way, the defense showed up and we got a road win in the ACC while shooting 29% from the field. I'll take it. As ugly as it was, we really had a lot of wide open looks that we usually make....it wasn't like we weren't getting good looks. One of those nights I guess.

We won because of a Justin Robinson pro range bank 3 pointer...

I think playing GT played a lot into this, in the sense that we played down to our competition. I expect a much much better effort against the Hoos.

"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

Yeah...this is why I wasn't too worried about whether we were one or two spots off in the AP poll. Glad we won. UVA is going to be tough. They are looking fantastic and we have looked inconsistent. Gonna need to bring it for the next game.

keys to victory...
10 or fewer turnovers... 8
more rebounds... 30-29, 9-2 on offensive
scored more points than the other team

Go Hokies

Our starters not named Hill shot 8-38 from the field

That's. Bad.

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

Paul Johnson courtside. Players were scared for their legs/knees.

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The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Scoring 2 points in the last 3 minutes = ACC road win!

Take a W any way you can get it

"The Cup is going nowhere MIkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

5 of 27 from three, 18.5%. that's pretty bad. Do you think it's just a lack of depth perception or something like that?

Go Hokies

I wonder if those silly light up/advertisement boards on the floor did something to the eyes of our shooters. They lit up the floor, threw light up towards the players... If you aren't used to it, I can imagine it might throw off a shooter a bit.

Is it basketball season yet?

I think it was tough getting past how god awful GT's court is...it looked like someone used pureed pea baby food as inspiration for the color scheme.

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Used the same description of GTs court last night to GT alum co-worker.

Both teams were about as accurate as this baby getting their food (the ball) in their mouth (the basket)

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Better lucky than good, fam. Survived our first road test in conference play, in a trap game.

"I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible." -Justin Fuente

just did 3 games in 8 days...almost 1 week until the next game, hopefully some of the misses are just fatigue that can be over come with rest

Just saw that three (Auburn, an OSU, Houston) ranked teams have lost road conference games tonight. Just glad for the win and to not be part of that group.

We scored 11 points in the last 15 minutes of the game

Man, we scored 52 in the last 60 minutes if that game.
Just happy to have the W after that one.

and we only needed 10....

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10 points to start the second half in <4 minutes. It was 39 with 16:18 remaining and scoring pretty easily (except #5 still struggled) and looked like the blowout might be back on..

(also the same time frame blackshear got 3rd foul....)

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

I thought i heard tech was not able to get in and practice on the court before the pre game shoot around.

Either way it doesn't get much uglier on our shooting and we still managed to win. A couple years ago we wouldn't have been able too say that.

A conference win is a conference win. Go hokies.

Thought the announcers said that too. Pretty good tactic by GT.

I saw images of them on the floor before the game, but not sure if it was from the broadcast (like 5 mins before tip) or from twitter.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

I am not sure that GT could have sucked any harder than they did tonight. It might be possible, but I technically could also date Scarlett Johannson.

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

but I technically could also date Scarlett Johannson.

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Clearly our issue in this game was wearing orange jerseys! /s

At least our black uni against ND wasn't like this...thought it was some odd sport in another country.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Why did they put the pause button on their unis?

Positive: We used to never pull out games like this. Always the choke job/let down. Happy to get a win.

Worry: We play down to the level of the competition on the road (see PSU) and might drop a few head scratchers coming up.

Let's Go...

Good post. Agreed. That was the one big positive I took away - good teams find a way to win these games on their worst nights. You can't be playing at a 100 level every game, so, if it's going to happen, it happens against GT and you win. On to the next one, better prepared.

Well if we play down to the road opponents level from here on out it shouldn't be a big concern since we play at #4 Virginia, #12 UNC, Miami, #15 NC State, Clemson, Pitt, Notre Dame, and #13 FSU.

All of those teams are better than Georgia Tech except possibly Miami, who is having a bit of a head scratching season. I could see a dud against Notre Dame or Clemson though as well, which could lead to a blow out in either

We currently only have one ranked ACC team left on our home schedule, which is #1 Duke.

2 - We also host UVa on 2/18

"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

Mea culpa on the home schedule....

Yeah, geez, you were way off.

"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

Making my way to Cassell for that one. Very excited.

Let's Go...