The Men play UVA tonight at 7PM at Cassell Coliseum. The game is on ESPN2. The Hokies are looking for revenge after getting their clocks cleaned at UVA on Jan 10. The 65-39 beating was one of the worst in Hokies history. Let's just say nothing worked. We shot poorly, rebounded poorly, defended poorly and just generally played bad basketball. I think we can do better tonight; but a win will be hard to achieve.
Virginia plays 7 players regularly in their high energy defense. In the last game the Hokies did a lot of standing around. Hopefully tonight, they will move the ball around more and cause the defense to have to work harder.
UVA is 19-7, 11-5 ACC. Their five ACC losses are to Syracuse(OT) and NC State at home and to Louisville, FSU and BC on the road. Their other 2 losses are to South Carolina at home and at Purdue.
UVA takes the air out of the ball. They score 59 points per game and allow 55 points per game. They force a lot of bad shots because teams know the defense is so good. In the first game we took a lot of marginal shots early in the shot clock because of concern about the defense; and the Hokies are not good at getting a good shot late in the shot clock. We did not really challenge their defense by moving the ball and making sharp cuts. To have any chance tonight, we have to be very active on offense. We need to move their defense around to wear them down. UVA reacts very quickly; so we need to get them far enough out of position to give us time to shoot with confidence. That also has the additional benefit of wearing them down; so they might be a little slower later in the game, if we can stay close.
UVA's offense is very efficient. They shoot well late in the shot clock. The Hokies cannot relax; they need to play denense for the entire shot clock. This would be a great game for Nolley to find his shot again; and for Ojiako to play well.
This would be a great win for the Hokies resume if we can pull it off. Might get us back into the NIT. The rest of the schedule does not really have a soft spot. Louisville at Louisville is an almost certain loss. Clemson at home may be a chance for one more win. Notre Dame on the road is possible but not likely. Hokies need to find some magic.