Buzzketball vs. Virginia Photo Gallery - On the Floor For a Court Rush

The Hokies knocked off a ranked Hoo team for the second straight year in Cassell.

[Mark Umansky]

Hello everyone, the Hokies' 80-78 double overtime win over the Cavaliers provided the first photo gallery story of the new year for me. And there's lots to get through.

Cassell was a pit of madness this past weekend when the Hoos came to town, in large part to some very crazy fans filling the seats.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Cassell is a better home court/field advantage when it's packed than Lane is.

And now for some highlights.

UVa Man Bun Bro Kyle Guy always seemed to have an.... odd expression on his face whenever I took a photo.

The HokieBird got in on the action with the High Techs during a media timeout.

Seth Allen spotted Tony Bennett sneaking in a timeout-ish playcall meeting while the refs were discussing a foul call and decided to pay a learning visit.

(Buzz waved Seth off when he saw what was happening, nice guy.)

Speaking of Buzz, he got a little pumped up in the second half when the Hokies started to tighten things up.

Frank got in on the action at halftime, making a personal sales pitch for joining the Hokie Club. He looks like a man who is definitely enjoying retirement, in my opinion.

This game featured a lot of intensity on both sides, which is very evident here, with Justin Robinson fighting off London Perrantes (and getting screened perfectly by Zach LeDay for his troubles):

My favorite two shots of the night, first, a very packed Cassell makes for a great backdrop on wide shots.

Second favorite, this one was after Bibbs hit his circus shot while drawing a foul, he got some high fives in from the nice court side seats along the sideline. Something about the way the lighting hits his name on his jersey hits all the marks for me.

Getting into overtime, we get to The Layup That Never Was, or "How I learned to love the rolling coefficient of friction". Always worth a closer look for the where's waldo factor in the fans too.

Something that fellow TKP photographer Michael Shroyer and I noticed, the lighting in Cassell that night seemed brighter than usual. Typically we have our settings fairly dialed in by this point in the year and rarely change them, but highlights were on the verge of being blown out during this game. Can't complain about extra brightness, though.

Finally, we get to the endgame. Seth Allen makes just about everyone in the building overshoot him on a little jump step, then lobs it in with the left.

Buzzer sounds, and we're off sprinting to my second photographing of a court rush in Cassell. I was working with only one camera body that night (due to some unforeseen equipment losses that occurred at work), so I had to quickly swap on my wide lens to capture the chaos.

Through everything, Buzz quietly got through the handshake line, which was well protected from the mass of students.

The cheerleaders and High Techs formed somewhat of a wall between the rest of the court and the students.

Students, for the most part, respected the barrier.

Behind the barrier was quite a crush of students jumping up and down to Enter Sandman.

Seth Allen snuck off to get his 5 minutes of ESPN face time.

Spotted in the crowd, former Virginia Tech basketball players Paul Debnam and Dorenzo Hudson managed to make their way onto the court.

Finally, as the crowd started to thin a little, it was time to document the spoils of victory.

You can see the rest of the photos from the gallery here, and every photo gallery taken for The Key Play at https://photos.thekeyplay.com.

Enjoy!

Comments

Good way to start a Thursday (especially after loluva lost last night as well).

Paul Debnam sighting! Also, I was there, easily the best time I've ever had inside of Cassell.

"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

When they showed him on the screen a few times during the game I got super excited. Miss that guy too.

The Duke court rush in 2010/2011 was my freshman year. It's hard to top the mayhem that was camping out overnight and attending college gameday before the game, but I finally graduated this fall and this game hit me all up in the feels. It has been a great year in sports to leave on to match the first years.

Cassell holds two of my top 5 or so Tech sports experiences. It really is a special place when it's packed. The way Buzz has this place trending really excites me for the future.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Cassell is a better home court/field advantage when it's packed than Lane is.

Yep

The 2010/11 Duke game was the other court rush I've photographed.

The HokieBird is one lucky bird.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Outstanding pics. Thanks for posting.

Man, I fucking miss Debnam.

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

Looks good man!

When I first saw the photo of Paul Debnam, I thought he was wearing a TKP Logo Chain around his neck, Flavor Flav style.

This should be a thing.

Man, Frank looks fantastic. I hope he's loving life, and how could he not be?

"And then the real chess match began." - Justin Fuente

Great pics!

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

...and one more for good measure:

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

That photo of Frank just proves that stress and little sleep will make you unhealthy and sick faster than anything.

People asked me how I lost so much weight last fall. My answer: I bought a house and I have a 1 year old with ear infection problems.

Glorious!

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

When I get around to it I'll try and find pics to compare. But I was rewatching the finals minutes of the home win over uva at Cassel last year and I realized there's such a massive difference between the student crowd size last year and this year. Its crazy how different it is.

Last year's UVA home game was during winter break.

Ah good catch. That would explain it

2011 Duke was my freshman year. I was in Lane for the Logan game in 2011, saw the GT miracle in 2012, saw David Wilson take the kick back in 2010, stayed through the downpour against Marshall in the 3OT 2013 game, have been to just about every big game since graduating in 2014, but that was still the greatest sports moment I've ever been to as a Hokie. Cassell is as good as any homecourt when it's packed, but we just weren't usually good enough to warrant packing it.

Rip his freaking head off!

It's not even a man bun. It's a pony tail...

Probably a brony tail

I discovered Bronies by accidentally stumbling into the middle of BronyCon...

Bronies

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).


Assuming the man on the receiving end is accepting the advances. In this case, JRob was not.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

what's funny is that over at leSabre, they call Buzz curly, but this face is straight out of the stooges.

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didn't the stooges have a 4th, less famous, brother? can we refer to TB as him? just to irk them?

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

When Buzz was at Marquette I used to say he looked like Bobby Hill all grown up

"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

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

We play UL today and LOLUVa plays UNC. If we win and they lose, we are both 8-6 in conference and we'd hold the edge in overall record. Our remaining games are easier on paper than theirs. How hilarious would it be if we had a higher seed in the ACC tourney?

Looking forward to using this one:"Excuses are like assholes. Everyone has one, but somehow Wahoos manage to have far more than anyone thought humanly possible."

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If we beat Louisville in the YUM! Center, we should be ranked higher than LOLUVa Period, Their only signature win is Louisville. We have signature wins over them, Duke, Michigan and possibly Louisville?

Ehhh...as much as I hate UVA - that's a stretch. They also beat us at their place as well, plus a sweep of Louisville (granted the 2nd time at home Louisville had like half their players playing). Plus a win @ND, while we lost to them at home.

Looking at the numbers and the ACC tournament seed tiebreaker procedures, I see a better chance for us to sneak in front of UVA in the final standings than I originally thought. Stay tuned, because if I get the time this weekend, I may run some rough simulations for the rest of the ACC schedule and tally the outcomes.