BUZZKETBALL CENTRAL: BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES (9-3,0-0) AT #10 VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES (13-1,1-0) 12PM ACCNE

GAME INFORMATION
Date/Time: Jan. 5 12 pm
Opponent: Boston College
Site: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network
Talent: Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop
TV: RSN/ACCNE
Talent: Evan Lepler & Brian Oliver
Live Stats: HokieSports.com
Game Notes: Virginia Tech
Sirius: 99 XM: 203 Internet: 964

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Win those you Should

Buzzketball takes on its second ACC opponent in the comfy confines of Cassell. This should be a fairly packed game against a rather overmatched conference opponent. The Eagles are one of the feel good stories of the ACC so far this season with their 9-3 out of conference performance but there is a major difference between feel good and talented enough to win in Blacksburg. While no conference opponent can be overlooked, this should not be a game that the Hokies allow to remain close. The Hokies absolutely have to win this game to keep itself in the current rankings posture as the Eagles are not good enough to strengthen the Hokies schedule much if the Hokies take a loss.

This will be the Thirty First meeting between the Hokies and Eagles. Boston College leads the all-time series 18-12. The Hokies have won the last four matchups. The Eagles at 9-3 have wins over Milwaukee, St Francis of Brooklyn, Wyoming, Loyola-Chicago, Minnesota, Colombia, Fairfield, Sacred Heart and Depaul. They have two really bad losses, one to IUPUI and the second to Hartford for the second time in three years. The only other loss is to Providence which is understandable with where this program stands.

The Eagles are coached by Jim Christian, who has been at Boston College since 2014. The Eagles are 57-86 under Christian, who is now 299-240 as a Head coach with other stops at Ohio, TCU and Kent State. This last season they reached the post season for the first time under Christian, finishing 19-13 after an appearance in the NIT.

Defensively, the Eagles rely on pressure to limit opponents, mostly in a man to man approach. He is big on help defense, especially in crashing the lane. Coach Christian relies on assertive defense with hands up in the passing lanes looking to disrupt opponent's game plan. His teams are usually top 50 in defensive efficiency. Boston College is currently holding opponents to 31% shooting from behind the arc but struggles more inside where opponents are hitting almost 45% of their shots. They do rebound fairly well which limits second chance opportunities. They are well disciplined, and do not foul often or allow much in the way of transition baskets.

Offensively, Boston College has made significant strides. They rarely turn the ball over, currently 34th in the nation. Coach Christian favors more traditional looking motion offense, utilizing multiple bigs more than a four guard set on the outside. If Tech goes to a zone, expect to see Nik Popovic at the top of the key controlling the attack against the zone.

Eagles Backcourt

It is now the Ky Bowman show now that Robinson has moved on the NBA, (#0) 6'1, 182 Lbs Junior Guard comes in averaging 20.9 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.5 APG and 1.6 SPG. He is shooting 34% from outside, and 83% at the free throw line. He is better known for his quick first step and ability to drive inside. So far on the season he is shooting better than 50% inside the arc. Another thing on Bowman, he is the kind of offensive player that one night he will disappear with only 10 point but then the occassional TYRONE kind of night like the loss to Hartford where he scored 44.

Wynston Tabbs (#5) 6'2, 193 Lbs Freshman averaging 14.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3 APG and 1.2 SPG. He is shooting 34% from behind the arc and 45% overall. Tabbs has been nothing short of phenomenal so far for the Eagles. He has stepped right in and replaced the majority of Robinson's production from years past.

Jordan Chatman, (#25) 6'5, 190 lbs Senior Guard is averaging 12.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 1.2 APG. He is almost strictly an outside shooter for the Eagles which is not a good thing so far this season for the Eagles since he is only hitting 31%. He is a terrific free throw shooter hitting from the line at an 84% clip. Chatman is on the floor so much though for his defensive abilities. His long arms and aggressive play make him an ideal player to guard athletic wings. Expect to see him match up with NAW quite often. One thing the Hokies need to be wary of though is Chatman went 9 for 11 from beyond the arc in his last game at Cassell as many fans will remember.

Chris Herren Jr, (#4) 6'3, 174 Lbs, is the third Freshman contributing important minutes to the Eagles so far this season. He is averaging 5.7 PPG, 1.4 RPG, and 1 APG. Herren is the only Eagle shooting better than 40% from outside so far this season, something the Hokies should be prepared for.

Eagles Frontcourt

Nik Popovic, (#21) 6'11, 243 Lbs Junior Forward from Bosnia. He is averaging 13.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 1 APG. He comes in shooting 62% from the inside the perimeter and 63% of his free throws. He still experiences foul trouble at almost 2.6 per game. If he can stay out of foul trouble, expect the Eagles to utilize his size quite often against the Hokies.

Jairus Hamilton, (#1), 6'8, 234 Lbs Freshmen Forward is averaging 6 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 1 APG. He is the second of three freshman contributing important minutes to the Eagles this season. He is playing about 20 MPG so far.

Steffon Mitchell, (#41), 6'8, 222 Lbs, Sophomore Center is averaging 5.8 PPG, 9.1 RPG and 2.1 APG across 31 MPG playing time. He shoots about 53% from the inside and only 59% at the free throw line.

What to expect from Boston College?

The Eagles rely on a rotation of eight to ten players with a renewed focus this year of getting to the basket, as they only hit about 5 three pointers per game. This is a much different offense than most the Hokies have seen this season. One area they must be careful of is to avoid reach in fouls as the Eagle guards drive into the paint. The Eagles force opponents into 20+ fouls per contest so far this season albeit against mostly inferior defensive skillsets. This also contributes to the almost 25 free throw attempts per contest the Eagles are currently averaging.

Boston College has five players that average more than 2 fouls per game and against much less athletic, aggressive offensive players than the Hokies bring to the floor. If that happens today, they will be forced to rely more on their bench players which would be a huge boost for the Hokies. Scoring goes down, talent goes down, and pressure goes up.

The Eagles will look to expose weaknesses in the lane. Don't be surprised to see quite a few alley oops or high lobs over the top to a big under the basket for an easy score after initial dribble drive penetration by a guard. This will usually be with Popovic in the game, so getting him in foul trouble could simplify things on both ends of the court.

The Hokies

Tech needs to drive inside to get fouled. Controlled drives right at Nik Popovic. They need to disrupt the BC offense that relies so heavily on having at least two bigs on the court at any point and time. Early foul trouble could give the Hokies a window to work up a significant early lead.

The Hokies defensively need to prevent interior passing and also disrupt dribble penetration from the Boston College guards. They need to be aware of quite a few back door follow up drives by BC shooters. This is one of the games where Horne and his knack for shutting down the baseline could be very important as the Eagles use the baseline drive quite often.

Ahmed Hill and Ty Outlaw need to have a good day at the office tonight. Shooting from the arc needs to probably be around 45% for the Hokies to stretch a decent lead to a blowout. This could be one of the few ACC games where the bench gets involved.

Defensively, expect to see Bede matched up on Bowman, NAW on Chatman, Robinson on Tabbs, Outlaw or Hill on Mitchell/Hamilton, and Horne/Blackshear on Popovic.

In Closing

Boston College is going to look to pound the paint either by pass or by drive. The Hokies have to find a way to keep the ball out of the interior. Expect to see a lot of 1-3-1 zone with Horne blocking his big counterparts from the front. This will be one of the only ACC teams the Hokies face with such a focus on scoring inside the perimeter. That said, the Hokies always have to be wary of letting someone get hot from outside the perimeter.

The offense has to be operating at a fluid clip. The Hokies should have mismatches at almost every position in terms of speed/talent on the offensive end so using that to their advantage and getting the Boston College bigs in foul trouble could play a key role in a Hokies win. They must also be cognizant of the open shooter outside as they penetrate the BC defense.

Hokies overcome some early sloppy play and win 85-71.

Around The ACC
NC State beat Miami 87-82 on Thursday night.

Coming up
#15 North Carolina at Pittsburgh ACCNE 12PM
Syracuse at Notre Dame ACCNE 12PM
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech ACCNE 2PM
#9 Florida State at #4 UVA ESPN2 3PM – This should be a real test for the Wahoos.
Clemson at #1 Duke ESPN 8PM
Sunday
Miami at Louisville ESPNU 6PM

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Comments

LET THE ASSWHOOPIN COMMENCE! LET'S GO!

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Hokies!

Where is this game on tv in Roanoke? ESPN app is blacked out but the CW has Pitt/UNC and CBS has bull riding so why is it blacked out?

NBC Sports Washington if you have it

Now, Cole, when you shift the gear and that little needle on the tach goes into the red and reads 9000 RPMs, that's bad!

Scouts in the building from at least one NBA team (Nets) taking a look at NAW

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Just NAW? What about JRob??

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

If Jordan Chatman makes 25 threes against us again, I will throw my remote through the window.

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

Dude is 25 years old. At least this will finally be his last visit.

Chatman was 0-6 from 3-pt. Save the remote and save the window!!!

Go Hokies

That was not a charge

exit light

Looked like Bowman was still moving his feet immediately before contact to me. Would have been nice to tag him with 2 fouls that early.

So it's blacked out on ESPN in Arlington and the Raycom Channel is showing Pitt versus UNC. Any other way to watch the game?

I have it on NBCSW in springfield

Where's the beef?

Game is on Fox Sports in NC...

That wasn't a charge, either....

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Do you know the Directv channel by chance? I can't find it.

What a weak flop

Wow usually I get mad at Blackshear for an early foul but he didnt do anything there to deserve that one

Let me just get in an early FUCK ACC officials

JRob forcing things again.

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

He allows himself to play way too fast at times. When he slows it down just a bit and plays within his abilities he's deadly, but when he rushes it he starts forcing things and our offense stalls.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Only surprising part to me is that BC seems to want to go fast. Thats not typical for them.

Good Lord we are out of control offensively

This team needs to calm tf down

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Pet peeve: conference games starting before students come back from break.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

We can't make a shot right now

Hill not feeling it yet. Hope he heats up!

Go Hokies

Tbh.. this is the Hill we all expect during ACC play unfortunately. Hopefully he proves me wrong but he's been doing this for years

You realize he led the team in scoring last game right

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

You realize that was 1 game & he's greatly reduced his output every year the past 4 years once ACC play starts. Like I said, hopefully he reverses the trend this year

Yeah I realize that narrative has been documented here plenty of times. The fact that he's been cold for 10 minutes of today's game doesn't mean he's the same as he's been in years past.

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

And the fact that he had 1 good game a few days ago doesn't mean the opposite is true either. I'm not cheering for the kid to do poorly, I'm just saying based on his history performances like this should be expected. Anyway, let's go hokies

"greatly reduced his output"

As a freshman he averaged 11.8 points per 40 minutes. 10.7 in conference. I wouldn't call that "great."
As a redshirt sophomore he averaged 15.3 points per 40 minutes. 13.5 in conference. Not sure I'd call the difference great, although he did struggle shooting the 3 down the stretch..

ONLY last year was his production "greatly" reduced and that is simply because of the shift to the intense "cover 2" defense, which hurt Hill because it led to Wilson taking his playing time. Keep in mind ACC competition is better than our early season cupcakes. Hill should score a little less vs. ACC teams than say against Maryland Eastern Shore.

I love 5, but if he could learn to be in just a bit more control in transition things would turn out much better more often.

Is it basketball season yet?

ESPN has game blocked locally in upstate ny but not available locally. ESPN says to call provider. Provider says to call espn. Gee thanks.

Interesting to see Chris Herren Jr on this team, amazed to see him starting. I would have expected him to go somewhere else, anywhere else even... considering his Dad is a renown heroin addict and BC/Celtics flameout up here in the Northeast.

Herren Sr cleaned his life up and does motivational speaking to local schools and recovery programs to stay off drugs and don't throw your opportunities away like he did. There is a really great 30 for 30 on his story.

Where is the inside offense so far. Everything is being forced from long. If we could get some mid-range offense going we'd be able to run away with this thing, and should help loosen up the 3 defense

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It was there until Blackshear went out. BC is playing some really good D so far.

Is it basketball season yet?

Wilkins, Horne, and Bede on the floor at the same time is not a lineup I am a fan of.

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

Is it possible for someone (@ TKP, one of the paper beat writers, I'm all ears who would have the access) to ask VT Athletics (Whit, whoever else) why our media deal is so damn trash? Not talking about $ disbursements to the schools, but actual ACCESS to programming? I live in VA, I pay for cable with all the ESPN stations. So whatever decision maker options this game to RSN, my local Raycom (Norfolk) doesn't show it, opting for Carolina-Pitt, and thus its blacked out on ESPN's app.

How in the flying hell does it makes sense that Hokies in Texas can watch this game easily on the ESPN App, but Hokies in VA, unless we pay $$$ more for some obscure trash regional sports network (MASN, NBC Washington, WTF ever it is) can't?

Will ACC Network fix this, or make it even trasher?

Major factor is that its not our media deal. Its the ACCs media deal with ESPN. Anytime it gets farmed out is ESPN getting more money to let an RSN play it so ACC Network being part of ESPN is not likely to help much

Sorry, I don't follow.

So you're saying ESPN optioned this game to RSN, my local (broadcast Raycom affiliate) RSN didn't pick it up, and so ESPN blocks the game from their app based on my IP/zip code...because they optioned to someone who theoretically covers the game in my area?

Point remains? How can Hokies in VA not see this game, but Hokies in TX, PA, CA, etc. CAN with the same level of cable/satellite subscription? How is this "good" for individual schools, their fans or the conference?

I'm thinking VPN is the best answer here...

If the game is available in your area, it will be blacked out. Even if that means a channel could have run it but decided not to.

It happened to us in Raleigh during the BC football game this year. Should have been broadcast, but the local channel aired horse racing instead, and the alternative channel they did air it on was limited to only a couple cable providers.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

So is it even possible that with enough fan outcry to the individual schools, the conference will stop this kind of stupid crap? Maybe not even outcry, I'd just really like for someone to answer some questions. One old fart gets bent out of shape re: "Stick It In", writes a letter and it stops. This is one young/middle-aged? fart that is sick and tired of paying for cable and not getting literally the only content that I'm paying that bill for.

I thought the whole point of the ACC Network was so consolidate the 2nd tier rights for stuff that wasn't on ESPN/ABC/broadcast? If not.... what was point of the grant of rights? We locked ourselves into a trash deal... just for a marginal increase in media money?

The whole point here is that I'm a consumer of a product, I live in VA (you know, the state where the school and the majority of its alumni/fans are...) and with a normal cable subscription (and all the ESPN goodies that go with it) I SHOULD be able to get all VT conference games, either on TV or through the ESPN App, given the ACC's deal with ESPN. If that's not the case, I'm off base and VT/ACC think thats not enough and I'm not worthy for such viewership privileges... I'd like for them to have the guts to publicly tell all their customers that.

If you really want to get mad, I'm in the Pittsburgh area and getting the HOKIES instead of Pitt on TV. Ok with me; but I bet some Pitt fans are not happy.

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

We should unite with our Yinzer..... comrades? and march upon Greensboro.

I'm not sure if the ACC Network will make it better or not. I haven't really been keeping up with it but based on what I've seen with TV in general, my gut says you're gonna have to pay extra for ACC Network even if you're in the ACC region. Like instead of being on all the base packages for whatever your provider is, its going to be on the most expensive tier. So you'll either have to pay for the top tier or pay separate for that specific channel in a smaller but still additional costs sports package. Or they'll do what those companies love; put it on the base tier for a year to get you use to it, and then move it to a higher tier later on.

I was (stupidly) optimistic that since they were so late to the cable network game, with all the startup costs involved and with trends swinging wildly to chord cutting, the ACC would take a more on-demand streaming model. Sell the big games or whats contracted etc. to ESPN/ABC and literally stick everything else on the "ACC Network" streaming for $X per month. Seems like revenue September - March would be pretty strong, but I guess thats the allure of cable. Even if no one watches over the summer, you're still getting those subscription fees.

Great defensive intensity on that possession

I really hope NAW sticks around for next year, but I doubt it.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Hamilton traveled big time there before the foul

There's the Eurostep and then there's the Eurotrip

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In NAW we trust

VB born, class of '14

ACC refs are garbage

Sigh

Blackshear is going full Blackshear today. That was an atrocious foul to take

And now our inside game is done for the half

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Damnit Kerry...

That's an awful foul to commit. Now we have to tip toe around the inside for awhile.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Not a foul, but still a terrible position to be in for Blackshear.

Is it basketball season yet?

It was definitely a foul.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

The dude was falling down before KJ even got there, if only KJ didn't pursue the shot it would've just been a terrible shot attempt but he led right into it.

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

I mean he jumped through the shooter while making contact with the arm during the shot. It's a foul every time, especially when you're out of position. Just not a smart decision on his part.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

I really wish they showed more commercials on the watchespn app.

By "more" I mean a wider variety.

Lol awful technical foul on JRob after Bowman throws the ball at him

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Boy, Five must have said something pretty egregious to get slapped with a T like that.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Are you fucking kidding me with that technical foul?

I wonder if one of our offensive lineman can come in and pancake Bowman at some point during the game?

Is it basketball season yet?

He reminds me of London Perrantes. And that's not a compliment.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Horne with a point blank layup miss....

Not feeling good about this game today

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

I would have been ok with double ts but that was ridiculous.

Have to punch hamilton in mouth literally

Kid sure knows how to travel and have it go uncalled.

Halftime can't get here quick enough. This is hideous.

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

If we don't wake up we are going to be down 10 at the half.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

I know you're being realistic but bro we haven't been down by more than five all game and we're about to be tied at half

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

The run BC was on... They had time for 2 more possessions and were up 5...

We needed that basket when we got it.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

We had two more possessions too lol

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

Hence the need to wake the fuck up.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

FUCK ACC OFFICIALS

What the fuck was that....

We had an opportunity to have a 2 for 1 to end the half and not only did we stall long enough to piss it away we forced an awful shot.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Legitimate question: where is PJ Horne not a liability

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

This is his worst half by far this year. He's been very good in the games leading up to today, and has taken a big step forward this year. I'm surprised to see him playing this poorly. Hope it picks up in the second half.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Well that was a terrible first half. Blackshear & Robinson looking like freshmen out there instead of veteran leaders & the referees may as well have been wearing BC jerseys as well. BC played awful & they're up 2 on the road against a top 10 team. That shouldn't happen. We need to wake up & come out aggressive in the 2nd half.

We are ICE COLD and only down 2 at the half against an ACC team that is playing great D. We got this fam!

Is it basketball season yet?

This. I am more confident in our ability to heat up than I am with a team like BC being able to keep up their defensive pressure.

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

How the hell was that not a charge

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

No fucking way that's a block

This is starting to remind me of the Penn St screwjob

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

NAW putting the team on his back.

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

NAW is FIRED UP

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

And getting the crowd back into it with his energy on both sides of the ball

When NAW gets going this team gets rolling. Might need him to carry the load the rest of the way today, and I think he's capable of it.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Why can't we have non-conference Hill? Is that too much to ask?

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

you had non-conference Hill against ND. By his own admission he is streaky!

Go Hokies

Med did not have a good shooting day to say the least. But he played the most minutes, 38. I think his presence hanging around in the corner made BC respect his ability to hit the 3. Therefore he kept a defender busy all day. That in turn opened up the middle some which allowed us to drive and get fouled and to get more rebounds.

Go Hokies

Hill needs to lose the head band

Go Hokies

🤦‍♂️ Oh Hill....

We have to keep pressing on offense. They're fouling every time we drive, which happened early in the first, but we went away from it.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

And JRob was fouled twice on that drive.

We are too fast for that defense. They're hacking every time we drive it to the basket, keep it up!

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Yeah not sure how that wasn't an and-1. JRob very rarely gets those calls for some reason though. Love the emotion out of the guys on this run

I think JRob's lack of control affects the whistle at times during ACC play.

Is it basketball season yet?

Other times leaves me thinking "how the fuck did he do that"

(add if applicable) /s

This team is honestly too fast for any defense (see the last three wins against UVA). What kills us is when refs screw up the flow of the game or when big teams maul us on the offensive boards to prevent fast breaks.

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

3 fouls on 90s Justin Timberlake's frosted tips

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

The only time Outlaw should touch the ball is if he's wide open for a shot.

Is it basketball season yet?

got your wish!

Go Hokies

JRob is out here running laps! Get that man some oxygen!

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

4 on Popovich

We keep feeding the paint they won't have any starters left

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Outlaw is not having that great of a game either. But that last assist was sweet!

Go Hokies

I like us getting the ball into the paint when our 3pt shot isn't there today. Showing that the team can beat you in multiple ways, very nice.

5 with the 🍇 layups today #Jelly

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Keep turning the screws, take advantage of the foul trouble

VB born, class of '14

Well we've kept them fouling all game if there's one positive about this....

I'm way late on this but popovich had a fucking 8 step walk down the lane early in the game I about broke my TV over.

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Absolutely stuffed by the rim.

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

The rim with a beautiful block

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Must keep feeding the paint. I know the 3 is tantalizing but they're in such foul trouble.... take care of that, first

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

agree with this. the coaches need to impress upon the team what kind of foul trouble BC is in. time to attack and get to the line.

Go Hokies

Man BC looks exhausted

*/looks at score

we must be killing them with the 3 ball

*/sees 3pt%

no, not that

*/sees rebounds margin and foul numbers

that'll do it

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

Pressure offense and smarter passes with a tired BC team. Keep it going.

(add if applicable) /s

This man just called us Virginia

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

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Wilkens right in Bowman's face... beautiful

Go Hokies

WILKINS. That kid has a beautiful stroke from 3

I'm not a fan of Bede generally but he does play some great on/off ball D

(add if applicable) /s

He's extremely improved from last year on both sides

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

Yeah his ball movement is noticably better just think he hesitates to advance the ball a lot.

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He's a guy that protects the ball and makes calculated decisions, and has a nice 3 pt stroke to boot. He won't be as explosive as JJ (I don't think), but he'll run the offense just fine.

Is it basketball season yet?

Bede with some great defense on Bowman!

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

Someone move that loud kid away from the radio guys. Shesh

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

WILKINS is one of the reasons I feel we'll be ok when JRob moves on to the NBA.

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

I agree Wilkins is going to be good for us, but Bede is going to step into JRob's role as the floor general next season. I'm thinking Wilkins takes most of Hill's minutes.

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

Lol that possession was a choose your own adventure on which player wanted the open layup. They all had the chance

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That pass needs to be in the giftory!

The whole possession

VT hoops is so pretty right now. If it was that creature in bird box I would take off my blindfold to look at it.

Everyone needs to see!

And we are sleepwalking out of the timeout

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Ah, I see we are trying to pull a choke job here.

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

VT Basketball still learning how to win.

Is it basketball season yet?

It's about time they got someone to foul out... Probably won't be the last

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That's number 2!

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It's been a long time since I've seen fired up sweating through his suit Buzz Williams. It's being bottled up and I can't wait for it to be released.

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NAW with the final nail

77-66 win. Good win, didn't beat the spread, but 16.5 in the ACC is going to be tough against anyone

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Good start to my Saturday

keys to victory...
more assist than turnovers 13-11
more rebounds 39-25
FT greater than 70%, 21-25, 84%
scored more points than the other team

Go Hokies

Pace, aggression and being all around more active definitely was the key to getting those rebounds, 50/50 balls, drawing fouls, etc. Our 3 ball wasn't falling today but those guys just kept their energy up to the point where it didn't matter. They made every thing else count to the point where BC couldn't keep up. That's a sign of a good team when you've got more than one way to win

Poor 3 point shooting but we survived. Hopefully we can get a win in Atlanta and be 3-0 going to Charlottesville

And hopefully UVA keeps winning. Ideally they'll be #1 on January 15.

After that dunk NAW (#4) got me throwing up the 4 like:

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"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Very encouraging to get an 11 point win and score 77 on one of our poorer shooting performances. We obviously don't have to rely on the 3 ball in order to beat a decent opponent. Defense showed up again.

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

2 down 16 to go

Swish! Swash!

Boston College got Boston Pancaked. Chalk up another one.

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Based on the evidence, I think I can take credit for that win. Saturday morning errands/work ran late so I missed the first half. The team didn't play well. But I tuned in at halftime, the team felt my presence and kicked it into another gear to get a comfortable win against BC. Won't be so lucky against the better ACC teams though. I gotta show more commitment and dedication to the team and show up on time for the whole game.

Oh, please don't. If you can take credit for the win, you owe it to the Hokies to replicate your winning mojo. Do it for the team and keep otherwise directed for the first half at least until we lose. We'll all appreciate your selflessness.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I love it that this team is so good, they can get away with not having their best game and still finish with a comfortable ACC win

We are now officially #1 in the ACC standings! Sure that's just after 2 games but it's a better start than the alternative.

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We were #1 after our first game until NC State beat Miami, which meant they had played one more OOC game than us and were 14-1 to our 13-1.

Kansas, FSU and now Nevada will all have loses today. We could be 8th or even 7th come next week.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

The Kansas loss was the biggest shocker to me. To lose by 17 to Iowa State is like if we were to lose by 30 to Wake Forest right now.

Gonna disagree here.

Nevada was 7th in KenPom, New Mexico was 191st.

Kansas was 6th, Iowa State was 16th.

Nevada lost by 27, Kansas lost by 17. Biggest shock has to be Nevada's loss.

Henry

Seems logical, guess I do succumb to some East Coast bias, and a bit of Kansas bias. Havent really taken Nevada seriously so far and Kansas I have a long history with going back to fourth grade when my dad took me to a home game at Allen Fieldhouse, where I got picked up by a couple fans and passed back and fourth in the crowd in the air for a minute or so after a huge play there against Texas. Never experienced anything else like it as a sports fan until Tech football games. Sticks with you.

Iowa State was actually favored by 2.5 and ESPN's BPI had them as like a 59% favorite I believe, the margin is surprising but them winning isn't

VT '17

Kansas just doesn't look like Kansas to me this year. Seem to lack scoring power.

And their loss becomes a bit more transparent today. Apparently their second leading scorer, their massive Center Azubuike tore a ligament in his hand on Friday in practice so missed Saturdays game amd will miss the rest of the season.

KU usually has issues against Iowa State in Ames. Losing Azubuike right before the game didn't help. As a life-long KU fan, I wasn't remotely shocked that they lost. A bit disappointed in how they seemed to give up in the end. Iowa State is good, but guessing KU wins a tight one or at least keeps it much closer if Azubuike was available. With him now out for the season, and Silvio DeSousa still not cleared by the NCAA, KU will have to play small-ball the rest of the year. May take them a few games to adjust to playing with four guards again, and they'll need someone to step up as a leader on that team.

I dont think Desousa is ever going to be cleared to play and will likely enter the draft after the season.

Didn't realize another tidbit in this loss that really puts a bad taste in my mouth, Virginia transfer Marial Shayok is a major factor for Iowa State and what they are accomplishing. Guess I didn't realize he was still in college basketball at this point. He went from scoring 8.9 PPG for the Wahoos to 20.9 points currently for the Cyclones. Amazing what a change of scenery does for some. Getting 10 more minutes of floor time per contest but his scoring, rebounding and assists have all doubled or more. 2.4 RPG to 5.8 RPG and 1 assist to 2.1 assists.

Hokies could be as high as 7th in the polls next week

That would be stunning and incredibly awesome. We truly are in the good old days of VT basketball

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How bout we go ahead and knock UVA out in the first round. Something they are good at doing, cough cough UMBC

Let's beat GT first, but yeah once we do that... it will be a big one at JPJ. We could be a top 5 team if we get the next 2 wins, that is really unthinkable.

We have had enough home games in a row, it is going to be weird watching the Hokies on TV this week.

Had us at 15 last week moved us up to 9. Im seeing a lot of 8's, we just might tie program history.
Any single digit number is fine with me

"Nah," Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said when asked if he made any halftime adjustments. "We do the same thing offensively every game. It just looks better when we made it."

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