Date/Time: Nov 20th, 2019 / 7 p.m.
Opponent: Delaware State
Site: Blacksburg, VA (Cassell Coliseum)
Radio: Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network
Talent: Jon Laaser & Mike Burnop
Talent: Bryant Johnson and Mack McCarthy
Live Stats: HokieSports.com
Game Notes: Virginia Tech
Sirius: Siri Streaming 972
Two teams on opposite paths
CMYBall plays its last tuneup game before heading to the Maui classic where they start out against #3 Michigan State and then returning home to face current #1 Duke on December 6th. The Hokies have shown a surprising maturity in terms of ball control, defensive sturdiness and an ability to rebound that was not necessarily expected of this young roster.
Delaware State comes in having lost all four games this season, by an average of 20 points no less. Opponents are The Hornets are coached by Eric Skeeters, who has been at Delaware State since last season where he led the Hornets to their first MEAC tournament win in over three years. Skeeters came to Delaware State after working on the staff of former Virginia Tech assistant Ryan Odom at UMBC where he helped coach the upset of #1 LOLUVA. Skeeters also spent a stint as an assistant at Virginia Tech from 2003-2004 in his past positions as well. So far Skeeters is 6-29 as a head coach but seems to have recruiting on an upward projection with two of his starters Freshmen this year.
The Hornets on the floor have an eight man rotation but rely heavily on four starters so far to carry the majority of the minutes. Four players are averaging over 30 minutes a game. The Hornets are led by Senior Guard (#24) John Crosby, who is averaging 20 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists so far this season.
The remainder of the starting five are made up of Ameer Bennett Junior Forward from Richmond, #15 who is putting up 12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and an assist. Freshmen Guards #5 John Stansbury and #3 Lance Singh III. They are contributing 12.3 and 9 points each respectively. The final starter is Junior Guard #4 Johquin Wiley, he provides 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, and less than an assist per game.
So far its been difficult to determine what offensive and defensive style Coach Skeeters is using. They seem to be constantly changing up on the defensive end, even rotating between man and zone sets possibly seeking their best method of defending an opponent. Offensively, he runs a much smaller set of players on the floor with four guards and a forward but he appears to be working towards a more standard floor set with additional bigs as he recruits in his own players. He has two 7 footers sitting on the bench along with several other players with size from his first two recruiting classes. The smaller rotation right now is just talent winning out in terms of getting all his best players on the floor for as many minutes as possible.
Hokies should win this game going away as long as they bring the same determined mindset we have seen in the first four games. This could be their one and only flirtation with 100 points this season depending on how they shoot from the perimeter. Hokies win 105-62 with six Hokies in double figures.
Bring on Sparty!!!