Virginia Tech Vacates Home Win Against Louisville

The Cardinals downed the Hokies at the Cassell, 75-68.

[Mark Umansky]

After leading by as many as 10 points in the first half and 5 in the second, Virginia Tech squandered a perfect opportunity at home. The Hokies lost to Louisville 75-68, and dropped to 20-9 (9-7) on the season.

For such a negative final result, Virginia Tech began the game with promise. Tech opened up a 28-18 lead with 6:35 left in the first frame. However, a renewed focus on defense allowed the Cardinals to go into intermission knotted at 34.

"I told them coming out of the timeout to try and get three stops in a row," said Louisville coach David Padgett. "They came out the last eight or so minutes of the first half and defended and were able to tie it up."

Tech started the second-half poorly. Quick personal fouls against Devin Wilson (19:43), and Kerry Blackshear Jr. (19:04), presented Buzz Williams with a conundrum. Both of Tech's glue guys had three personals. Louisville somewhat took advantage of the opportunity and used their size to grab offensive rebounds and throw home alley-oop dunks.

Yet, even with the 13 offensive rebounds, the foul trouble, and the lack of size, it didn't really impact Tech. The Hokies were in control. An Ahmed Hill dunk with 9:05 remaining put the Hokies up five, and Cassell was as loud as it been. The Hokie faithful could feel a win ahead. The Hokies were about to all but punch their March Madness ticket. The atmosphere was... different. It was almost celebratory.

And then it wasn't.

Louisville drained six straight three-pointers and sank the Hokies' dreams of a bid-sealing victory.

How'd that happen?

"We knew the last couple games, the reason they've been playing so well is cause they've been defending very well," explained Padgett. "They were really helping on the basketball when teams drive. We knew that if we got to the corners and got our spacing, we would get looks."

And looks they got. Wide open three after wide open three.

And Tech didn't want to acknowledge that Louisville out-gameplanned them.

"You would have to look at the play-by-play," said Williams. "How many of those six three's were after an offensive rebound? They were all late clock. I don't know if all six of them were late clock. I would say three, I would remember for sure, were late late clock. I thought that wasn't the difference. I thought we did a really good job defensively. We just didn't finish the possession with a rebound enough."

Let's break that down.

How many of those six three's were after an offensive rebound?

None.

They were all late clock. I don't know if all six of them were late clock. I would say three, I would remember for sure, were late late clock.

This is trickier because late clock is objective. But "late late clock" sounds pretty darn far into the shot clock. Two of the six-straight triples came with less than 2 seconds on the shot clock. Williams was right about the rest of the shots being put up around the same point in the possession though — about 10 seconds-or-so left on the shot clock. However, I wouldn't define "late late clock" as only 66% into the shot clock.

I thought that wasn't the difference. I thought we did a really good job defensively. We just didn't finish the possessions with a rebound enough.

Louisville shot 44.4% from three, a 8.4 percentage point bump from their season average. Quentin Snider had a career day from beyond the arc for the Cardinals (7 for 14). Dwayne Sutton, with 12 total threes all season, went 3 for 4 from deep. And of the eight offensive rebounds given up in the second half, the Hokies allowed just four points. Rebounding wasn't the issue.

That's what worries me. The Hokies have worked so hard to get their defense to a more competitive point. It's obvious that they have. But when it broke down today and it allowed Louisville to steal the game, the blame was put on the lack of size. When in reality, the Cardinals just knew what they were doing.

The Hokies have no time to dawdle on such a frustrating loss. Duke travels to Cassell on Monday night, and with March around the corner the Blue Devils are peaking.

First Half: Virginia Tech 34–Louisville 34

15:51 Hokies go into the first media timeout with a 9-8 advantage. Both teams are still feeling each other. Louisville with two early three-pointers, and Justin Robinson with seven of Tech's nine points.

14:06 Hill misses two straight three-pointers. He's 1 for 14 from deep in the month of February.

8:51 Tech checks in four new players. With the NCAA Tournament right around the corner, that type of rotation/depth is huge.

5:52 Robinson passes up a wide open layup to kick out to a guarded Tyrie Jackson. Odd choice with how good Robinson has been this season.

2:08 Robinson draws a foul on Darius Perry. Perry's been talking smack all game. Robinson ties the game at 32.

0.00 Buzzer beater by Robinson. Ruled a three, and then changed to a two after review. It was extremely clear it was a three though. Not sure what the refs saw.

Second Half: Virginia Tech 68–Louisville 75

19:04 Wilson and Blackshear Jr. both picked up their third fouls of the game. Not ideal for the Hokies.

14:16 First media timeout of the second half. Louisville is getting whatever they want on the inside while Blackshear Jr. is on the bench. Two successful ally-oops and then another failed attempt as well.

13:17 Justin Bibbs hits a three to give Tech the 47-44 advantage. Big time shot from the senior.

9:46 Blackshear Jr. checks back in. He's vital for the Hokies' victory chances.

3:57 Final media timeout of regulation. Louisville has the 62-61 edge. The Cardinals have hit four three-pointers in a row.

2:51 Five straight for Louisville from deep. Unreal.

2:22 Six straight. This is unbelievable.

1:03 Blackshear Jr. fouls out. That should just about do it.

Comments

SAD
-Donald J. Trump

-Hokie07ME

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Also SAD were those uniforms. Please, pink shoes, well, ok if you must, but all pink? No, no, a thousand times NO.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Loved the three students who had on on Black t-shirts with F, B, I in white

Those uniforms should be burned in the same pit that Beamer burned the all-orange football uniforms.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

VIRGINIA TECH VACATES HOME WIN AGAINST LOUISVILLE

I hate how much I love this site.

All right. While we're still under a caution, I want you to go back out on that track and hit the pace car.

Hit the pace car?

Hit the pace car!

What for?

Because you've hit every other goddamned thing out there, I want you to be perfect!

With all the college basketball stuff going down right now, I read this headline like

It was more a squandering than a vacation.

At a certain point, the shots that usually sink just wouldn't sink.

It was amazing how easily they made 3s, and we were stifled on our own court. Not to mention the Louisville favored officiating. I was screaming to the TV! They had to hear member!

Absolutely terrified for our tournament hopes all of a sudden. Could easily see us dropping Duke and @Miami. One more win should do it but those are two teams we barely even looked competitive against this year.

You would think an overall record comparable to most bubble teams and wins against #2 on the road, #10, and #15 would be enough. But with our history, you know it won't, especially if the committee sees a 3 game losing streak to close out the year.

To be fair, we weren't even competitive against LOLUVa the first time we played this year either.

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Yeah, I think we will be a lot more aggressive attacking Dukes zone this time.

But I also think they are the best team in the country right now.

But I also think they are the best team in the country right now.

You get what you pay for.

Yep, it looks like we're definitely back on the bubble. I think we need to win one of these last two regular season games, then take a game or two in the tournament, to secure our invitation to the NCAAs. It's a shame, cause of the last three regular season games, I saw this one as being the most winnable. Duke will be a tough one to win, even at home, and we never seem to play well against Miami, especially down there.

Anyone know why Justin was held out for critical portions of the game? He wasn't in foul trouble, so was he hurting? Very odd, and the commentators doing the game seemed oblivious to explaining why he wasn't on the court.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

"You boys in there smokin' rope?"-Johnny Unitas (circa 1973) to his San Diego Chargers teammates

During the warmups it looked like he tweeked something in his shoulder. During the game, when he was out, you could see him exercising the shoulder area and getting massages on it.

I have to disagree with you on the contested 3's Skutt. From my angle, up near the annoying Louisville "mommas", 2 out of the 6 were corner prayers, 2 were well contested late makes, and 2 where we over-rotated/helped too much and didn't get a hand in the face. A tough way to lose especially after the Med dunk, but the 6 straight made vs. 6 straight misses by us was the difference. Freaking cheatin' Louisville, I hate those guys and wanted nothing more than to see us knock them out of the tourney with our first win in forever against them.

Sutton averages 3ppg and 3rpg. He had 17/11 today.

Sigh.

it hurt having JRob at the check-in table for what seemed like an eternity around the 5-4 minute mark waiting to come in. Finally got the chance when Bede threw the ball out of bounds. I was thinking Buzz should have called a TO

1-0 every week

I know this is going to be very hindsight 20/20 but what if we had used one of our many "fouls to give" as soon as JRob was ready to come in? Would this have worked? I'm not much of a round ball strategist.

that would have been a possibility also.

1-0 every week

Welp glad I totally missed that game.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

Off topic: but how bad is Pitt?

Uva held them to 7 points in the first half. SEVEN POINTS. That's downright...sad.

I'd say it's quite on-topic! I happened to just skim a Washington Post article containing the following words:

In line with the gloomy weather outside, Pittsburgh's season of discontent continued to spiral downward following a school-record 17th consecutive loss as well as a 21st straight ACC regular season loss.

Adding to the disheartening circumstances...

Having the words' Pittsburgh' and 'sprial downward' in the same sentence brings me a small bit of pleasure.

Another thing I read in that article:

the Cavaliers (26-2, 15-1)

heheh I know where that '1' came from.

While Louisville hit six straight 3s, we had Robinson and Clarke on the bench, and when both of those guys are out we just don't have anyone for the offense to run through.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

It wasn't just those 3s though (some of which were better defended than you're giving credit for). Our offensive execution in that final 5 to 6 minutes of the game was terrible. Bede, who has played well of late, was awful this game. Nothing happened when he was in which helped spur that Louisville run. When J-Rob did get back in, it didn't get much better. I don't know if he was pressing but the team never got back in sync. We rushed into some bad shots, forced some bad passes into tight windows, failed to recognize Blackshear on easy mismatches multiple times, and flatout missed some layups of wide open 3s. If we keep up our end of the deal on offense, we win that game even with Louisville's run.

So I'm assuming Lunardi will move us up after this loss, right? /s

Fuck. Dammit. Last win against the Cards back in '91. Fuck-dammit!

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

I so hate University 6.

However, gotta give them props. They literally haven't been home since losing bad last week at Duke, were backed up into a corner, had to face a hot, hostile Cassell Coliseum, and went out there and took a win they needed much more than the Hokies did.

Leonard. Duh.

Proud of the FBI chants from our student section. Disappointed there wasn't a Teabag Paulus chant

Rip his freaking head off!

I was hoping for a "Match the Pose" on the jumbotron with Paulus as the contestant.
That may be over the line??

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#extendbronco

hoping for a "Match the Pose" on the jumbo-tron with Paulus as the contestant.

Eff that! They just need to put up a giant banner of this photo, hanging from the ceiling for ALL of our opponents to see.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

or, at the very least, put a two story high version of it in the lobby of the basketball practice facility...oh wait.

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Put that inside the arena.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

It actually sadly made me think about the fact that most current students probably don't even remember this moment

Rip his freaking head off!

. Quentin Snider had a career day from beyond the arc

Is it just me, or does someone on the other team always seem to have a career day from beyond the arc when they play us?

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I was more impressed by Sutton going 3-4. You can tell that dude should not be shooting 3's or free throws in public. 0 rotation and no arc on those shots and he was somehow rattling everything in. One of them hit the backboard and rim at the same time and managed to hop straight up and in. We knew Snider can hit them based on the last game we played against them.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

I've played and watched a lot of basketball in my life, probably as much as anyone that doesn't coach (and more than some that do). I have never seen a ball take a bounce like that and go in, ever.

Rip his freaking head off!

Exactly! I told my buddy, 99-100 times that gets wedged between the rim and board.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

I look at it glass half full: there are a handful of games this season we could have easily lost yet won. Ole miss, BC, Notre Dame, Uva to name a few. Sometimes the chips just don't fall in your favor, take Saturday for example. But overall, I think we've been lucky to win these types of games more often then not this season.

so...we'll be drinking a glass half full of beer while watching the NIT?

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no

That call getting overturned is the perfect example of The favoritism Duke gets. NO WAY they overturn that for anyone else, and yes that was the correct call but it was BULLSHIT that they overturned it just for Coach Ks whiny ass

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