Hokies Knock Off No. 25 Miami 66-61 Behind Record-Setting Shooting Clinic From Ty Outlaw

Ty Outlaw sets a new school-record for three-pointers made in a single game, and the Hokies are going dancing.

Ty Outlaw knocks down one of his eight three-pointers. [Mark Umansky]

It wasn't pretty, but for this team, it wasn't meant to be. No, this injury-riddled Buzz Williams team was destined to win ugly, a turnover-laden first half begrudgingly ceding to a historic shooting performance from none other than Ty Outlaw.

Ty Outlaw, the same Lee College transfer who tallied just 26 points in November before rattling off an impressively consistent December encore complete with 25. Yes, it was that Ty Outlaw, the same Ty Outlaw who failed to convert from deep in five of his first six conference games, who cemented his name in Virginia Tech lore on Monday evening, all but single-handedly carrying the Hokies to a 66-61 victory over No. 25 Miami with a school-record eight three-pointers.

"He had every reason, up until [Chris Clarke's injury], probably to be disenchanted with how we were using him. But how he handled all of that prior to the UVA game, was as mature as any kid I've ever coached," said Williams. "And I think that's why he set the school record."

And it was that Ty Outlaw, his season seemingly revived by a fellow teammate's misfortune, who erased any lingering doubt as to the merits of the the Hokies' NCAA Tournament resume just two weeks out from Selection Sunday. Make no mistake: Buzz's bunch is going dancing.

Forgive any reluctance for speaking with such certainties, but after a decades' worth of bubble-induced nausea, the maroon and orange faithful have been well-trained to approach March with trepidation. But with the ACC as strong as its ever been, Williams' team has proved stronger, a home bout with Wake Forest the only hurdle remaining before postseason play begins next week in Brooklyn.

It wasn't easy. In fact, Williams' scrappy band of sharp-shooters proved abundantly error-prone early on against the visiting Hurricanes. Sure, Outlaw carried the weight for much of the first half, but Seth Allen and Justin Robinson seemed determined to keep the Canes around, seven first-half turnovers leaving the door wide open for a Miami comeback.

And Miami, on the verge of a second-straight NCAA Tournament berth under Jim Larranaga, took advantage, jumping out to their first lead of the evening with a Bruce Brown three-pointer to start the second half. But the Hokies kept pace, an Outlaw three seemingly just a swing pass away at some of the game's most opportune moments.

But behind a team-high 18 points from standout sophomore Anthony Lawrence Jr., it was Miami who clung to a 52-51 lead late in the second half, two Davon Reed free throws bringing a fresh sense of nervousness back into Cassell Coliseum. But the nightmarish matchup that is the Hokies' backcourt answered, a 9-2 run highlighted by Outlaw's final three of the night giving Tech just enough cushion as time dwindled away. The Canes' fought back within three with 57 seconds to play, but the Hokies buckled down and got stops when it mattered most to notch their tenth conference victory.

A Few Additional Thoughts

T(re)y Outlaw, On Fire Outlaw's been on a torrid pace of late, hitting on 20 of his last 26 from distance stretching back to the Hokies' four-point loss to Louisville. Outlaw's done wonders for Tech's spacing offensively, an added weapon from deep that forces opponents to truly account for everyone on the floor. That wasn't always the case with Chris Clarke, who despite his strengths often muddled things up inside as defenses sagged farther and farther off a freakish athlete they knew to be a non-shooter. Outlaw will no doubt cool down — and scouting reports will soon be updated — but forcing a team into hounding Outlaw around the court will only open things up for Seth Allen and Justin Robinson. (Read: stick Outlaw in the corner, let Seth Allen go to work).

Speaking of Seth... Allen didn't have his finest showing on Monday evening, nor did fellow backcourt mate Justin Robinson (although both were markedly better over the game's final twenty minutes). It seemed like Allen was pressing a tad early, over-dribbling into traffic at times while making his fair share of questionable passes into the teeth of the Miami defense. The Hokies might be good enough to withstand a subpar performance from one of their two point guards — Outlaw knocking down eight threes certainly doesn't hurt — but their March will be short-lived if Allen and Robinson don't play better.

Comments

TY. OUTLAW. FAM!

Hokies are no longer a bubble team. It's a great feeling to see the Hokies back in the NCAA tournament.

We ballin FAM!!

Let's Go

HOKIES

This is perfect.

I laughed way too hard at this

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I can see why we're not a traditional soccer power.

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

Ahh, Royal Palm Turkeys. Beautiful, but more importantly, delicious birds.

Cannibal!!!

We put the K in Kwality

Those last couple minutes were super stressful. Glad our boys knocked down those FTs because I don't think we scored from the field the whole time and we didn't get a defensive stop until Robinson picked off that last inbounds.

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Kardiac Kids!!!

foresthokie
US Navy Vet

Just like football, da U gets ranked then looses to Tech!

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Ty was amazing. Seth looked looked really tired to me but in the end he stepped up. #5 has to learn to play a little different when he gets a couple of quick fouls. But in the end we WON and I think we are ready to put on dancing shoes!

In his defense, the third foul call was tacky to say the least. Then, if I'm not mistaken, Buzz sat him down until the under 4 timeout

"My favorite cocktail is bourbon on ice. It makes the ice taste better." - Jimmy Russell

I thought all of his fouls were BS, but that is why he needs to not try to pick up charges because these refs last night were very inconsistant.

drawing charges the only form of rim/paint protection we have for 75% of the game... if no one draws charges miami is flying in for dunks and we probably lose this game

Agreed, let me restate that, after you have 3 fouls, lay off taking charges, he is too valuble as the general on the court.

I don't know about that. Two of those charges I think were critical to the win.

"Don't go to, go through"

Great win! Nice to see the team still find a way to win without shooting over 65%.

Leday unfortunately lost his ACC long streak of 10+ games. He had a bad night at the charity strip and shooting from the floor.

Robinson may not have played all that well consistently, but he got the shit kicked out of him in that game and just kept coming back for more. I was impressed.

Robinson's transition defense was superb in the first half.

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

BAM! FAM!

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

We're 6th in the country in team 3 point shooting $ and a smidge away from being #2.

Let's Go...

3 point shooting $

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Money is a good word to describe our shooting over the past few games, especially for Outlaw.

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

Additionally, we don't think about it too often because he's not a traditional spot-up guy outside, but Seth Allen leads the ACC (and is probably very high in the country) in 3pt pct at 48% which is absolutely absurd.

(and is probably very high in the country)

You are correct

Outlaw is at #18 (48.4%) and Seth is at #29 nationally (47.4%)

The team is tied for #6 nationally at 40.9%

The team is tied for #6 $6 nationally

FTFY

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

Ah, the stat I heard about him leading the ACC must have either been a) going into last night's game or b) Outlaw hasn't shot enough threes to qualify to be on the list.

That could be it. I'm not sure what the minimum would be though.

Manbun is tops in the ACC at 50.6% on 87 attempts

Seth has 97 attempts and Ty has 93

All stats according to ESPN

FAKE NEWS. Seth Allen is the greatest 3 point shooter in the history of man! /s

It literally hurts my soul that Manbun is leading in any category.

Which is especially crazy considering Outlaw was under 40% just five or six games ago. He's shot 72.4% in the past five games alone.

I had a sneaky feeling Outlaw would step up like this. There was a reason he came to VT as highly regarded as he was, but he was able to essentially hide behind Clarke for the majority of the season. With him out, Ty is in complete sink or swim state, and he's taking laps in the pool.

Because of how our guys have had to step up due to injuries both this year and last, our team is going to be ridiculously deep with talent over the next few years.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Yeah that's basically what Buzz said with Clarke being out, how Ty could have easily been frustrated with his role and now he's taking full advantage of his playing time

Me too man! Outlaw was going to hit the scene at any minute I felt like. Since Clarke is out we are an unbelievable 4-1 and our 3pt shooting has soooo improved. Bibbs & Outlaw especially turned on the light. It seems like they feel complete comfort in their roles. And Hill too.

I'm not saying we're better without Clarke at all, but we definitely have played a different game and had the players to execute that game plan. Go Buzz.

Holy shit...it's actually happening...

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

Legs for Ron Paul always.

This was the first basketball game I'd been to in years and the first one period for APFOW Sr. Damn good one to come back to and have as a first.

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

Unless I don't understand the ACC tie breaking rules we could wind up with a 5 seed into ACC tourney if: We end up in a 3 way tie with Duke and Uva. VT is 2-1 UVA is 1-2 Duke is 1-1.

Duke goes 1-2 in last 2 games against FSU and UNC.
Virginia Tech beats Wake
UVA beats Pitt
Miami loses to FSU

I'll just end with, I Think There's a Chance!

As I tried to figure this damn thing out a thread on subject was posted. Go HOKIES see you at Barclay Center!

Stop it with the Negative Waves!

5 seed is definitely possible, and the most likely scenario if you assume favorites to win as absolute.

Need FSU to beat Miami; FSU should be favored at home. Need Duke to lose one game; UNC should be favored over Duke at home. (FSU can also beat Duke tonight, but are 6.5 pt underdogs). Also need L'ville and ND to win one game. The tiebreakers get all mucked up if either L'ville or ND stumbles down the stretch.

Of course VT needs to beat Wake and should be favored to do so at home.

Not sure how we get to 5 if UVA beats Pitt. ACC tiebreaker format makes my head hurt..a lot

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

If we tie with both Duke and UVA (but nobody else), we take the tiebreaker based on a 2-1 record overall within the group (1-0 against Duke, 1-1 against UVA). Duke beat UVA, and is therefore 1-1 within the group. UVA is 1-2.

Ty Outlaw on Monday 8-10 from 3, Steph Curry on Monday 0-11. Did Ty pull a fat bastard and steal his mojo?

That's disturbing........

Just like Outlaw's 3-point percentage is to our opponents.

I only caught the second half of the game. Can we address a couple very late whistles on shooting fouls that were very much after the shot was definitely not going to fall? There was one on Leday that I remember very well as it wasn't even close to an actual foul.

No, we're just going to complain about those callsfrom the Miami game in the postgame thread of the Wake game, to mirror how late those calls were

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Virginia Tech didn't get the memo that the TV announcers and referees got that Miami was supposed to win.

Even the TV guys were flabbergasted about the calls last night. At least once the announcers said and repeated "man, sure would be nice to get a replay of that call" after those late whistles while talking about how awful the calls were.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

The same announcer about 3 minutes of game time before hand said "Wow [insert Miami players name] got away with one there and ends up with an assist" on a massive push off to open a passing lane to the hoop.

And he said the same thing about a Miami player getting away with a travel and scoring.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

Nearly forgot about that one. That announcer should be a ref.

This piece needs more bad puns.

"Outlaw shoots down the Canes!"

"Outlaw comes out guns blazing!"

Outlaw had a career night, but this was probably my favorite highlight from the game.

You can pretty much hear LeDay yell as he's throwing the ball down and then the scowl all the way down the floor. I might have watched it on repeat at least 10 times and noticed a different bench reaction each time.

that's gif worthy. Can someone gif that for us?

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No call on the flop.

Arguably the best call/moment from the entire game.

I thoroughly enjoyed that one.

There were many great moments of that game. One of my other favs was Buzz getting hype and slapping J Rob on the hand on one of the many fast break charges he took last night. I know Buzz loves all his guys but I feel like he's got an extra soft spot for the one he calls 5.

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." -Jay Bilas

I heard him say in one of the post game interviews that "5" was the first person he ever visited after getting the VT gig. Maybe he has a soft spot as Justin was really the first person to buy into his vision at VT.

Ahmed would be first I think (since he followed him from Marquette of course), but yeah, he loves some 5 deeply. Total OKG.

You know it's bad when the announcers don't even need a replay to call it a flop

I really don't like Miami's basketball team. Jekiri has always pissed me off. Newton was egging on the fans from the bench last year in Cassell (he was probably suspended for the game). Brown has a punk vibe. Reed is annoyingly talented, why didn't that guy go pro last year? And how is Lawrence only averaging 7.2 ppg with his skillset? He goes off every time we play them.

I really don't like Miami more than I dislike anyone other than UVA (and UVA may only be in first place because I loathe Guy so much). Even Duke and UNC, I find Miami to be more unlikable.

Miami is unlikable in every sport.

Lawrence doesnt do more because of the other people mentioned above him. They dont get him the ball enough.