Buzzketball Central: St Louis Billikens (23-12) at #16 Virginia Tech Hokies (24-8) 9:57PM 22MAR TruTV

GAME INFORMATION
Date/Time: March 22 2019 / 9:57 p.m.
Opponent: Saint Louis
Site: San Jose, CA (SAP Center)
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network
Talent: Jon Laaser & Mike Burnop
TV/Internet: TruTV/ESPN app
BROADCAST: truTV
Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Jim Jackson & Ros Gold-Onwude
RADIO: Westwood One
Chris Carrino & Mike Montgomery
Talent: Jon Sciambi & Sean Farnham
Live Stats: HokieSports.com
Game Notes: Virginia Tech
SXM 207 (Streaming 974)

Round 1: East Regional in California

Buzzketball must come out ready for a full forty minutes. The Billicans play a high intensity Pressure defense which helped them win the Atlantic 10 conference tournament. There are very assigned roles and a methodology to everything they do. This is a very disciplined opponent that overcame a 15 point deficit in the championship game to upset St Bonaventure.

The Billikens reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. They advanced to the second round in their three prior appearances in the tournament. The Hokies are 7-1 all time with the series, with seven meetings between 1978 and 1981 and a Hokies loss in 2017 at Madison Square Garden.
The Billikens are coached by Travis Ford, who took over the program in 2016. Prior to St Louis, Ford was at Oklahoma State for eight seasons. He is 397-306 as a head coach, with a tough learning curve in his first season at St Louis, going 52-49.

Defensively, the Billikens employ what Travis Ford refers to as Transition Defense with a focus on shutting down screens and passing lanes in the interior. The critical aspect of this defense is a different assignment strategy than most defenses. Ford assigns his players three roles, the first is Stoppers which is his best full court on-ball defender, he then also has Protectors which is a slower player who is least likely to get an offensive rebound, and finally he has Sprinters, which are three players who always crash the boards, then hustle back to stop specific shots. The players role varies based on how the offense chooses to bring the ball up the court. Most of this action is designed to slow the offenses approach, taking time away from running the offense in the half court. Once in the half court, defenders will look to force their opponent away from the basket and towards a baseline or sideline to create trap opportunities. This helps the Billikens cut down on easy transition baskets and drives into the paint. Be prepared for some physical no whistle play tonight. This is the NCAA tournament and they usually let the guys play. That works to the Billikens advantage.

Offensively, Ford's system is aggressive use of a 2-1-2 set. Picture an X on the floor, with the center at the free throw line. It requires a big man that has good floor vision and excellent passing touch, while also being a threat to turn and take the ball to the basket. The Billikens are able to run a multitude of set plays from this look. Ideally they look to create an overload on defense to identify an open shooter.

Bulldogs Backcourt

Senior Javon Bess, #3, 6'6, 220 lbs, a Michigan State transfer is leading the Billikens in scoring at 15.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.8 APG and 1.4 SPG. He is shooting 40% so far this season, a far drop off from the nearly 60% he shot last season. He is hitting 33% from outside and 79% from the line. He uses his big body to get to the rim and will try to get Blackshear in early foul trouble. Bess plays 37 MPG.

Senior Tramaine Isabell, #2, 6'1, 180 lbs is a graduate transfer from Drexel. He splits point guard responsibility with Jordan Goodwin. He is averaging 13.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.7 APG and 1.1 SPG. His shooting definitely leaves something to desire though, currently shooting 41% from the field and 71% from the line but he has been averaging 33 MPG.

Sophomore Jordan Goodwin, #0, 6'3, 210 lbs is the point guard for the Billikens. He is putting up 10.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.9 SPG, and .5 BPG so far. A bit of do everything, especially defensively which is critical in Travis Ford's defensive scheme. He shoots 41% from the field, 27% from outside, and 51% from the line. He averages 34 MPG.

Freshman Fred Hatch Jr, #20, 6'3, 210 lbs rounds out the main rotation of guards while putting up 4.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1 steal per game. He shoots 36% from the field, 28% from outside, and 61% from the line. In about 20 minutes per contest.

Senior Dion Wiley, #4, 6'4, 210 Lbs graduate transfer from Maryland, is averaging 4.7 PPG and 1 RPG. He suffered several serious injuries while at Maryland that he is still working his way back from. He is shooting 32% from the field, 30% from outside, and 61% from the line. He is playing about 15 MPG.

Bulldogs Frontcourt

Sophomore Forward Hasahn French, #22, 6'7, 235 lbs is the Billikens big man down low. He is putting up 9.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.5 SPG and 1.5 BPG. He is shooting 48% from the field and a cringe-worthy 35% from the line. He is not the typical big for a Ford offense, so expect to see Bess operate at the free throw line quite a bit.

Senior D.J. Foreman, #1, 6'8, 240 Lbs transfer from Rutgers, is averaging 5.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1 APG. He is shooting 49% from the floor and 54% from the line.

What to expect from St Louis?

The Billikens play defense the whole length of the floor while not necessarily a press but more a stalling technique with attempts to turn the ball over, while employing double team traps, and other pressure plays to try to force turnovers. They allow the 22nd fewest points per game this season.

This team embraces strong defense with a steady offense. Not quite the slowdown of a UVA squad but the pace of the game could be frustrating. The depth of this team though is in question so should the Billikens get in foul trouble it could change the entire face of the game. They currently rely on four starters for over 30 MPG.

This will be the worst free throw shooting team the Hokies face this season currently ranked 352nd of 353 teams. This team has two players that shoot better than 70% from the line. They manage to get to the line about 23 times per game which is fairly high for college basketball this season, but then proceed to only make about 13.5 of them. This could be a major factor in what is bound to be a close game.

The free throw shooting is not the end of the Billikens trouble, as they are 299th from the floor and 329th from outside this season so far shooting the ball. If it wasn't for their ability to turn people over to get transition baskets, this team would struggle to win at all. One other area they thrive is offensive rebounding, which gives them quite a few second chances to score. They average almost 14 offensive rebounds per game.

The Hokies

The biggest question on everyones mind is going to be how much and what version of Justin Robinson will we see on the floor in San Jose. If he is 100% and the stamina is there, then this contest could be over quickly. If he is limited than the focus returns to the rest of the roster which should still be capable of winning this game.

In the rebounding game, the Hokies need to be ready to score transition baskets on defensive rebounds, as St Louis focuses hard on getting offensive rebounds with their three Sprinters looking to extend possessions. If the Hokies can get out ahead of the Sprinters than they will find a much easier time scoring rather than allowing St Louis to get into their half-court game.

This is a game where Virginia Tech needs to make sure the team plays with energy regardless of the pace of play. The Hokies have struggled when the pace of play bogs down, letting their performance suffer, especially in the half court offense.

Clean crisp passes, limiting turnovers, and hitting open shots are the keys to success for this team. The Billikens break opponents by turning them over and limiting easy buckets. Get in behind them or beat them down the court and things get much easier against this opponent.

The Hokies will have to be more careful with the basketball especially in transition passes to prevent setting St Louis up for easy baskets. This is a defense that will look to stop the dribble so ensuring that teammates are moving without the ball will also be important to finding open opportunities on offense.

This game could prove challenging for the Tech big's because they will play a major role defensively, ultimately controlling how St Louis approaches the basket. If they can prevent the dribble drive by the Billikens bigs, then St Louis will be forced to jump shots much more, which will reduce their scoring. The other critical aspect of this is that Kerry Blackshear must avoid early foul trouble.

The Hokies and Billikens are fairly similar size wise although the Billikens have a deeper bench in terms of guys 6'8 or 6'9. Crisp passes and getting open looks will be critical for both sides but Tech needs to find a way to beat the Billikens down the court and score in transition.

In Closing

Very similar rosters, although the Hokies have better size in the starting five. The groupings on the floor though should look the same with a ton of guards and one "big man" down low. The key to this game will be controlling the defensive rebounding and not playing into turnovers.

The Hokies will need to stay out of foul trouble early on. This could be challenging with how the Billikens guards like to get to the basket. Fouls could determine this game on both sides of the court as the Billikens struggle at the line but also struggle with fouls. Six of the eight rotation players for the Billikens average 2.3 fouls per contest or more.

Hill is in rhythm, Alexander Walker still manages to go for 20 points and Blackshear will be the turning factor against the Billikens Bigs. Justin Robinson is likely limited compared to his normal 35 minute per game output but contributes several key assists on perimeter shots that help to build the Hokies lead.

Hokies win 71-61.

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Comments

Let's GOOO!!!!

HOKIESSS

TV/Internet: TruTV/ESPN app

I have an ESPN subscription, but I'm not going to be able to get this one because it's on TruTV. Right?

From what I understand, all first-round games are streamed for free on NCAA March Madness Live. Not sure about later rounds.

I hope I can stay awake for this entire game (bullshit east coast team start time).
If you are in Jacksonville area we are meeting at a Hokie owned brewery called Veterans United off Phillips near Southside and Avenues mall area.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

What's the sub Reddit that has all the links to watch the game?

r/ncaaBBallStreams

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It's weird being at a basketball game that:
(a) isn't in Cassell Coliseum
(b) doesn't involve the Hokies

Also, I'm torn between who I want to win between State and Liberty... On the one hand, it's Liberty. On the other hand, Liberty would be the easiest second-round opponent.

Are you there? How's the Hokie turnout so far?

Edit: meant to be responding to macraw, pregame jitters will get after ya

"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

Walking around the area while the Oregon-Wisconsin game was going on, saw more VT stuff than anything else, but seems most Hokies are waiting until later to come into the arena.

Pep band just got set up though, just one half to go!

That's awesome! Be loud brother!!

"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

Definitely will!

I am more anxious for this game than any other tournament I can remember. I'm not sure if it's because I feel like this is the first time we are unquestionably the better team, or the fact that I have had to watch the entire first round waiting to see the Hokies!

[crosses fingers] Please don't lose, please don't choke, please don't screw up, PLEASE don't fuck up (unless you're fucking up the other team, that is)! [Opens eyes again. Exhales]. Ok. IT'S GO TIME! LET'S DO SOME FUCKING DAMAGE! TIME TO GET SOME?

Waho's suck
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Anybody in Columbia with a box so we can come watch VT during the VCU game?

Watching the game from the hospital on our 5th wedding anniversary with my wife laying on a VT pillow after having our second kid. LET'S GO!

That automatically means we're SUPPOSED to win!

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W

A baby Hokie, JRob is back and looking good, and our first tournament win and more than a decade.

Let's go HOKIES

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Let's break this underdog curse in San Jose!

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Yes please I didn't like hearing that stat lol

"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

WHATEVER IT TAKES

J-Rob looks great in warmups. No hint of a limp, moving around great, sinking a bunch of shots.

Though they just put the starting lineups on the board and 5 isn't on it

I'll just assume it's the Zach Leday Seth Allen approach!

Yes,that's the Hokie Bird riding a camel. Why'd you ask?

Son if a bitch. If they want me to remember this game in the morning they better get a move on.

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!

Yeah, and I have to be at work at 6:30am. No soeep is ok with the sweet taste of VicTory!!
LET'S GO!!!!

I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

Late games make me drunk at tip-off

What the hell is a Billiken?

Sounds like something I shouldn't look up on urban dictionary

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Just looked it up on Wikipedia and it's a lot less interesting than I thought it would be.

The Billiken is a charm doll created by an American art teacher and illustrator, Florence Pretz of Kansas City, Missouri, who is said to have seen the mysterious figure in a dream

In America [the billiken] became the athletic mascot of Saint Louis University, because the figure was said to resemble coach John R. Bender.

The St. Louis coach talking about their schedule to the team was kind of sad. Including Oregon State in that list?

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

And he didn't say you beat those teams...just that you played them.

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yeah I think he was trying to keep them in it mentally.. just trying to say "you can play with these guys" but it didn't translate well on TV

I'm so nervous...hope the boys take care of business tonight

CMONNN MEDDD

"That was on the mark but he missed it"

I see awful announcers aren't limited to football.

The nerves are real

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

Ahmed has come out fired up. Anxious to see how Robinson does when he gets out there but we're playing with great intensity so far

I want Med to jump over the backboard. Feel like it's a penalty...but would be cool.

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How long before 5 enters the game?

I'd let him sit a little longer. We're in a flow right now. No need to break Mo.

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Look good thus far. Lets look for 5 to come in after the break.

Strong start for Ahmed. Still some sloppiness. So far, a fairly called game. Why does it sound like most folks in the audience want us to lose??

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Cuz we're the favorite.

Same reason everyone was rooting for Liberty earlier

Hill bringing his A game tonight! Gotta love his energy

Does NAW get credit for a steal if it hits him in the butt?

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JROB checkin in

Outlaw just drove to the hoop - who knew?

Double foul?

Wow. Refs finding new ways to be dumbasses

I like your version better than mine.

It was a close call. I could see why it would go either way.

Well yeah, I definitely agree. Either way. But both ways? Never seen that.

I have watched a ton of basketball in my life and I have never seen that

"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 2 refs call different fouls and won't back down, and the tie-breaking vote didn't see the play.

But how could JRob commit a foul...and not commit the same foul at the same time? Think the call should've been no foul on either.

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But it went both ways......

I have watched a fuckton of college basketball over the course of my life. I don't think I've ever seen a double foul assessed because two officials had different calls.

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

Lol exactly

"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

First play after missing 12 games due to an injury and he's trying to draw a charge...man I'm going to miss 5

To be fair, charge wanted or not, that guy was coming.

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

HES BACK

JROB I MISSED U BB

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

It must be the west coast deal because it seems like Hill is missing like 6 inches off his vertical out there.

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

Yeah he almost missed the fast break dunk. I think he just mistimed the dunk and the op pass wasn't quite on the money for the dunk.

I think Hill almost got fooled (like everyone else did) by the look-off pass, I was amazed he adjusted as quickly as he did and finished the layup

Too much In-N-Out

It was the two Double Doubles from In-N-Out. Those will get after ya!

The no look oop!

yeah, JRob of two months ago would have had that on the money for a monster dunk. That's fine though, shake the rust off this game (and against liberty) and then get dialed in for the real challenges.

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UNC struggling with Iona...what the hell??

Karma

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Now up 15...struggle over

Mid term grades just came out.

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Watching on the tru tv app on roku. You guys must be five minutes ahead of me. Just coming out of break.

I am watching on Sling through Roku.

Have you tried the March Madness app instead of trutv? I'm watching that on my roku and the delay isn't too bad

Couldn't find that app earlier. Maybe next break.

Lol, switched to ncaa app and we jumped from 17 points to 26.

Keep switching!!!

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

Switch again...let's see if we jump again.

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I'm watching on Youtube TV on Roku

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

KBJ is going to be able to score all night if we feed hi the ball.

Horne didn't drop it!

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Why was that a double foul with Robinson having a foul?

This is going to be great for the ACC.

2 refs called 2 different things so they enforced them both since they could not agree on one or the other

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

This 10:30 tip sucks.

THIS IS HOKIE BASKETBALL

Jrob is BAK.

Old sigline: I've been cutting back on the drinking.

New Sigline: lol it's football season.

Wilkins just ran the slowest fast break I have ever seen.

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

It's called being smoooooth.

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Channeling his inner Dalton Keene.

Yes,that's the Hokie Bird riding a camel. Why'd you ask?

I don't want to be a pig...but could we hold them to under 10 for a half?

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So...no. I'll shut up now.

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Well we did hold a team to 10 points in a half this season lmao

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

Their coach with the early 1000 yard stare

#5 is going beast mode already

Lets run them out of the gym!

via GIPHY
Run em out

I don't know what this is, but I like it

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

I don't know why this is funny...but I can't stop laughing at it.

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Wait...which one are we?

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The black one
Someone needs to edit a Hokie bird onto the black one and a Billiken on the white one

Are you sure? The cat looked like Med on a fast break.

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True

Splash! Smooths as butta.

Please someone tell me they just got a screen capture of the look on the St Louis coach's face

Would make for a splendid Giftory moment!

Outlaw asleep on D leading to a 4 point swing. Gotta clean that up.

Bench his ass.

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What?

Was kidding.

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Wow NAW with the pro travel there

Crap! That means he's going pro.

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Man we are absolutely manhandling a team in the first round of the NCAA tournament. What a difference a few years makes. Still a ways to go & have to keep up the intensity the rest of the way, but damn we look great so far

Also good to not be on the 8/9 line finally.

Fun fact: This is the latest I have been up in months

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

I am worried if i will be able too make it to the end of the game. When did i get old?

Question for the better basketball minds on here. How important is Blackshear to running our offense? Seems we thrive when we get paint touches but I'm not seeing anyone run that high post with the authority that Blackshear does.

Very. He pulls their big away from the rim, is an excellent passer from the high post and a scoring threat from anywhere on the court.

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

Careful.... Apparently you can't talk about the game during the game cuz people think you'll jinx it

VT Marketing Class of 2009
Current Roanoke-Hokie
Go Hokies!

Why did you bring that up? Now you're gonna jinx us.

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You can't triple stamp a double stamp

VT Marketing Class of 2009
Current Roanoke-Hokie
Go Hokies!

Very sloppy finish to this half.

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Great half
lets keep it rolling into the 2nd half

I'm loving this.

Buzz is so weird

But we love him for who he is.

Do I need to look up the interview when I get home?

No it was actually one of the more normal ones I have seen him do.

I like Buzz's tie.

There is no orange in aTm.

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I was just saying that to my VT neighbor. I want one of those

Please don't go Buzz.

Buzz why don't you stay??
I'm down on my knees
We don't have to live this way
Buzz why don't you stay?

"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

Anyone see Nolley on the bench? Did he travel?

"And guess what, you've wandered into our school of tuna and we now have a taste of lion." -Allen Gamble, The Other Guys
@Doooougie07

Haven't seen him either. Might be best to keep him out of limelight until some of this blows over

Recruit Prosim

Wut. Nolley has not been travelling since it was announced he was redshirting. Similarly, Tyrece Radford has not travelled all season since he is redshirting.

Buzz. Wearing the vest (which wifey LOVES), with the burnt orange and chicago maroon tie.

And the chicago maroon wedding band. #trulove

Old sigline: I've been cutting back on the drinking.

New Sigline: lol it's football season.

Buzz wearing his
Fan Base Reassurance tie

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Did we just make history by holding a team to the least points in a half during the tourney?

Think it's a VT tourney record.

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Yes. Apparently 18 is an ncaa tourney record for the half.

This is not true. It's a VT school record for the tourney.

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

I can't help but wonder if the 5 injury is going to end up being a net positive for this team. It forced Blackshear to break out of his shell a little bit, gave Bede some important high stress game experience and NAW has obviously improved his ball handling the last couple months.

Like what I saw that first half, let's get it done!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Hey I'm sure this has been explained somewhere (because surely someone has asked/bitched about it):

Why on earth is VT, Saint Louis, Liberty and Mississippi State playing East Region games in San Fucking Jose, California?

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Because NCAA.

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The NCAA hates fans

Because San Jose is East of the Pacific Ocean, duh ; )

Serious answer:

We were the last 4-seed, and they allocate the first-weekend sites based on the respective top-4 seed, handing the closest remaining location to each team in turn. The other 4s were FSU in Hartford, Kansas in Salt Lake City, and K State also in San Jose.

The announcers at HT just gave us so much love and respect, Candace Parker talking about how she has us beating Duke in her bracket...

Do we get to use the RAT POISON meme now?

I have really enjoyed Candace Parker as an analyst so far during the tourney. Very well spoken and knows basketball better than most other analysts out there.

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

Hell of a lot better than the clown show of Kenny and Charles. Neither of them ever makes sense.

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Alert!

Did you hear Haywood's dig there at the end of the HT show about # of Vol championships? Thought that was pretty good although he was clearly talking about the men's squad. I think she won a couple of NC's while she was there.

I agree. Candace has been a) the adult and b)articulate and right. Aming that panel she's clearly the grown up.

Leg for Ms. Parker. Who is clearly qualified. But for real.

Old sigline: I've been cutting back on the drinking.

New Sigline: lol it's football season.

not an ideal start to the 2nd half

How was that not a charge against bede?

It looked pretty obvious, but the refs are letting a lot of contact go uncalled so far.

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

6-0 run for St. Louis not great.

Get Jrob back in the game!

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

Death, taxes, and coming out flat in the second half with a large lead.

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

Wow, refs not calling a thing this half and they are playing very physical to say the least. Should have been 2 or 3 foul calls on them there

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

3 straight possessions by us. 3 missed calls by the refs. 3 easy baskets for St. Louis. Not ideal

We've got to adjust to the physicalness of the game.

Sloppy start guys. Clean it up.

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The defender literally grabbed Hill by the waist on that scramble....

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

Which makes it flagrant

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If they bothered to call it.

He didn't want to get yammed on again.

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

7:10pm start time for the winner of this game vs Liberty

As much as they're letting St Louis rough us up we've had some pretty ticky tack foul calls on our end.

And we're back to a 20 pt lead. Good.

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Let's go!

Hokies!

Hokies

these refs are a fucking joke the 2nd half

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

Already have 5 team fouls...StL has one! Despite our guys getting thrown all over the floor.

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Refs trying to cover

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

This is just weird. Over the back is apparently no longer illegal.

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Leave it to dumbass refs to get them back in the fucking game

How is the reffing not being discussed. Getting screwed.

I'll drink

Just feels like St Louis has more energy right now

How was that a shooting foul when no one had possession?

Because st.Louis?

Rare call there.

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What happened to that tenacious D we had in the first half?

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they started running a simple iso post-up and clearing out the help defenders. we weren't doubling until they got into the low paint and that was too late.. seems like we're adjusting a bit though

Keep it steady.

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Has there been any more insight on what Robinsons injury actually was?

Foot

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It's clear St. Louis came out of the half with a good plan. I think we're starting to adjust though.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

Seniors stepping up and getting game back under control.

Am I drunk or does one of the commentators keep calling us the Hulkies!?!?!?

Probably both

I think you're drunk!

I hear it. You may be drunk. But I hear it.

Virginian by Birth, Hokie by Choice

You may be drunk but he's definitely saying "Hulkies".

Edit: I'll drink again...

Too drunk to comment good. Go hulkies!

Hmm

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FUCK THESE REFS. WERE FUCKING GETTING HELD ON EVERYTHING

Alright guys, stop fucking around and start playing again

I thought they were supposed to be the team that misses free throws

"Not to say it wasn't a foul"

But you pretty much said it wasn't a foul.

and yet it was clearly a foul... announcers getting a little conditioned by the contact the refs have been letting go

French is killing us on the offensive boards. Thank God he picked up a 4th.

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

Pretty easy to do when you go over the back every time and don't get called for it

You'd think I'd be used to the anxiety from Hokie sports. And you'd think wrong.

Finally getting some calls after the refs let them crawl back into the game. Jesus Christ

"Crashing the boards". Means over the back and getting away with it.

We put the K in Kwality

We need to feed KBJ now.

Absolutely.

C'MON GUYS! CLOSE THIS SHIT OUT & SEND THESE HALF-LIVES HOME!

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Honestly the refs are making weird calls both ways here. That over the back was questionable at best.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

the charge was a more blocking than charging too, but I'm counting these as making up for earlier blatant fouls that were ignored

Well said.

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Yes but the 7 before it were obvious. Feels like some make up calls.

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This team has shown a better mentality when weathering these kind of runs. I'm not saying we haven't had our flaws this half, but we are staying calm during their "momentum" moments.

I think we've had 4 shots this half go halfway down & come back out.

It feels good to get all the calls, but I would be pissed if I was an STL fan.

But they got them all in the first part of the second half. We are playing more aggressive now and getting the calls.

Yeah, I think the refs have had a few swings favoring each team but that last stretch was a back breaker for StL. Justin Robinson also has the great ability to draw fouls to kill the other teams momentum. He has a knack for doing this and it makes me so happy.

I just came here to say fuck off len Elmore. You seem like a nice guy, but man I hate your commentating so much. One of the things I was glad to see leave when Maryland left the ACC. Drunken rant over.

Must've missed it -

when did Len Elmore become
just utterly unlistenable?

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Probably around 2...when he started talking.

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Always liked him. I grew up listening to him.

Which makes him old.

Which is why he sounds like a doddering old man.

Never mind. I figured it out.✋

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Get off your own lawn!!

Holy cow this got downvoted??

Someone's got a crush on meeee

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

This is correct. When I was 2 years old I said "get out of here with your nonsense Len. You piss me off." He was very polite and said he would do better, but he has not done better. That sumbitch.

Bede shortarmed a 4 footer.

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Why aren't they benching Robinson? I feel like the risk drastically outweighs the reward right now.

Losing isn't an option. He'll stay in until the game is out of question.

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Up by 14 with 4 minutes left and the team got to the tournament without him. Not saying he's not important, but I'd rather win a close one than lose him to injury for good.

If we keep a big lead with about another minute, they'll pull him for a few. Problem is Bede is absent on O (and StL is pressing) and NAW has 4 PFs.

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yeah simply having Robinson available for this game has made it winnable. Outlaw with 4 and NAW with 4 means we really needed Robinson's minutes

Outlaw only had three fouls. Robinson limping definitely worried me, but maybe it was expected that he would feel some soreness when he returned?

weird, I thought he picked up #4, but I was surprised when they announced NAW had picked up his 4th.. must have been a foul in there somewhere on NAW that I thought was called on Outlaw

as for Robinson, he tweaked his ankle or knee when he wiped out going over to help Hill up, then aggravated it later in the game, that's when he kind of walked off the court and into the corner tunnel area. hopefully just needs a little RICE

Naw, slap a frozen steak on it. 🥩

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Bede has to work on finishing over the summer.

He's terrified to shoot. Gets the ball wide open and immediately looks to pass.

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When he does, it isn't pretty.

The no call there was egregious

But expected

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St Louis starting to run out of gas...good guys by 20 when all said and done

Refs just making no sense on both sides now.

Shoving us to the ground again and again for no calls.

Getting sloppy again.

Man sometimes our offense just stalls out for so long

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

Yeah. Agreed. These droughts have the potential to bite our ass against a team like Liberty.

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Thank GOD Saint Louis sucks.

Even up 22 at the break, as poorly as we've played post-half, we'd be losing this game to a good team.

The difference in our team in the two halves is really unsettling.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

It's definitely concerning, but I don't think we have that kind of 2nd half performance if it was a close game at half. Notorious for fighting in close games, and not closing with big leads.

Notorious for fighting in close games, and not closing with big leads.

That's just VT all around. That's our MO.

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

STL had won multiple games in a row being down at half time and making a run in the 2nd half, it's not just how we played - its how they play.

Seems like kind of a silly way to play

Bede is going to really have to work on that FT shooting over the offseason...going to need him to be at 70-75% with his style of offense

Simply as our primary ball handler he needs to have a higher % for late game fouling

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

SWEET MARY! After 12 DAMN LONG YEARS...feel fucking GREAT to get that 1st game monkey off our backs! Thanks Buzz & Floor General Robinson!

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fam

fam

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

Well we will advance. Ugly 2nd half but we get it done to play Liberty. I know there are 20 seconds left but I am calling it

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

Can't believe we had to travel 2500 miles to play Liberty

2nd half was a fist fight.. cheers to St. Louis for committing to the only strategy that might have worked to get them back in the game, and boos to the refs for enabling it by letting them grab and hold constantly on D

We only shot 10 threes. That's what stood out most to me.

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

And one of those was inside a minute with the game in hand - it was sort of half-assed.

part of that was us waiting for good shots and part of it was STL anticipating the kickout and closing out very well. A couple times I noticed guys (Hill, NAW, Bede) passing up open 3's with 15+ on the clock to recycle and work the ball back in the post to Blackshear. Seemed like only Outlaw had the green light to bomb away anytime he was open, and he sat quite a bit with foul trouble.

Super duper!!

"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

Got ya FAM

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Not a great second half but never let them closer than 10. Lets take down those Flames so we can bring on the Dookies in DC!

Got the win today, need to play better on Sunday.

That was the most stressful 14 point win ever!
LET'S GO!!
#BeatLiberty

I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them!

Night all and go hokies.

Huge second half for NAW. Saved us from a close game. He put VT on his back Offensively right after half time. And he came up with the big steal that lead to points to end a scoring drought later.

Wasn't able to tune in to TV until 1:20 left, but that court/arena color scheme was depressing. Also the camera angle. Guess used to Cassell and ESPN.

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