What a difference it makes when Virginia Tech doesn't play Syracuse's Zone or the Hoos' Pack Line and instead plays... Pitt. In front of a surprisingly good crowd considering 0 degree temperatures and no students in town, the Hokies took care of business and earned their first win of the season in the ACC on the heels of about 30 million points by Kerry Blackshear Jr.
Looking at the photos, you can immediately tell that the Hokies were able to get through the Pittsburgh defense with relative ease. I have more photos than I care to edit that show a streaking Justin Robinson in open space between a pair or trio of Pittsburgh Panthers, like these two:
Kerry Blackshear Jr. was the prime benefactor of the weaker Pitt defense, and he was all over my photos that night.
These Blackshear photos show off a couple things for me. First, he's able to fight off being grabbed and held and still be effective underneath the basket. Second, on the photo front, the lighting under the basket is a bit more dramatic than most shots inside Cassell. There's no lights behind each baseline, which produces a pretty steep dropoff in light right underneath each basket.
(I would love for Hokiesports to install longer sets of lights that go behind each basket, but if you can't make do, might as well Embrace The Darkness.)
We're going to end with some celebratory shots. Devin Wilson made a great play on defense and for a few seconds, Buzz just about lost his mind as he walked out when the timeout started.
The bench game was strong as the Hokies started pulling away. Here we see them celebrating a Blackshear three-point shot, then celebrating as he was subbed out at the end of the game. These scenes are always the kinds of things that you try to capture outside the action and the bench is a good go-to shot to make when the Hokies are winning in the second half.