MBB vs Boston College

The Hokies play Boston College at Boston College today at 2PM. The game is on ESPNU. BC is 9-10, 3-5. Their ACC wins are at Notre Dame, Wake Forest at home and Virginia at home. They lost at Duke, at Syracuse, at Wake Forest, at Pittsburgh and at home to Georgia Tech.

In a shocking surprise, BC will be taller than the Hokies but not by as much as some teams. The do have 6'11" Popovic, who has only played in 2 ACC games but averaged 16 pts/game. He is also averaging 3.5 PF/game. Maybe we can get him in early foul trouble. Without Popovic, they are only slightly taller than the Hokies. However, I don't see anyone Cone can guard; it may be hard to keep him on the floor if his man is scoring easily.

BC is not a good 3 pt team, shooting only 28% in ACC play; but they do shoot 40% overall. They have allowed 46% overall and 37% from 3. Tech should be able to get our shots from beyond the arc. If we can shoot our average from 3, this may be an easy game. They have 8 assists and 9 turnovers per game. They are only scoring 62 points per game and allowing 73. They have been outrebounded by 8 per game. On paper, this looks like a game the Hokies should win; but BC has been tough at home, beating UVA and WF.

Go Hokies!

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My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

HOKIES!!!!!!

A game on an actual TV channel!!!

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Not sure the U should count as a real channel. Before getting rid of cable we had to pay for an upgrade package to get it, with only E1 and E2 available without it. You'd think with our record and story we'd merit a little more coverage. I'd guess we'd need to get ranked in the teens, and play someone else who is, to get on a real channel.

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Before getting rid of cable we had to pay for an upgrade package to get it, with only E1 and E2 available without it.

Which provider was that? We got it in the base package when we had NorthState for FTTH. I seem to recall the cable provider we had before that was not as good with the base package.

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They set what channels the games will be on before the season in basketball. There's no six day holds or anything like that.

I remember last year when our ranked match up against uva was on Raycom (RIP) some of the resident Grumpy Gus's here on the boards talked a bunch of shit. They weren't about to be swayed by the fact that everything is set up the summer before the season starts.

"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

Comcast took the U from me

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

I'm going to miss the ACCNET ads though.

And the 3 dollar payout the schools will each get from those ads.

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Let's go!!!! Mike Young is coach of big his nuts off!

All of your nuts are belong to Mike Young

"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

Mike Young is a nutty guy....haha....our nutty guy, and should be a front-runner as at least ACC coach of the year if this team finishes over .500 in the ACC, and most certainly if we get in the Tourney. If we get in the Tourney, he should have strong consideration as National Coach of the Year.....again, right? That's a no brainer to me.

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

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I think Cone is going to be on the floor plenty, regardless.

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I hope so. We need his offense. And he is quick enough to stay with his man. I'm just not sure he is tall enough to affect a shooter that is 6-7 inches taller than he is.

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

He can affect the shooter all right, but only 5 times before he sits. He is active and quick, though, and hasn't fouled out yet. Hopefully the trade off will work out for us.

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Cone is almost always at a height disadvantage, but his advantage is his quickness, and playing defense is all about effort and energy, which Cone has a lot of. So as long as his defensive techniques are sound, stays in front of his man, and is willing to hold his ground and take charging calls (see Justin Robinson), he will be ok. We'll need his offense. He wasn't a 4-star recruit for nothing!

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Yep. He deserves to be starting and we definitely need his defense as well as his offense. He's a fave here at the fish house. My point was only that his size makes it extremely difficult to actually affect shots by the bigger guys, but I love that he's tough enough to try.

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Will be in the stadium for my first Hokie basketball game since undergrad! LGH!

Just a quick aside. Both Cone and Bede seemed really focused pregame but took the time to take pictures with the kids sitting on the sideline, thought that was really cool of them.

See this as a definite possibility to fall flat on our faces and blow an easy ACC W

"These people are losing their minds" - Mike Patrick

There's a real possibility we lose, but I don't think there's such a thing as an easy ACC road W. UNC is the bottom of the league right now, and we needed 2OTs to win at home.

Also look at what Carolina is doing to Miami today - they mad

I want to see Boots have a big game. Love that guy. But, to be fair, I love all Hokies.

interesting to say the least
Update

I'm confused do the Boston college fans know how to cheer?

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

They have to actually be in the arena to hear them.

Must be vow of silence.

19-10: zero change of volume offense to defense.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Shaky start so far through the first media time out. 2TOs and several missed shots.

🍦🍦🍦!!!

"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

Now they are clicking 4 3 pointers have fallen and they been more active on D.

Nice when shots are falling

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

Some lazy passes

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

Nolley finally comes in and immediately has two turnovers.. Yikes

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

Commentator calling Bede "Abede" driving me nuts

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

We suck they are worse

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Cone must have had too much of CMY's popcorn

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

All of them, no one hanging on to the ball

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

Finally Bede actually caught a ball and scored

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Did this man just call us the "Hokes"????

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

There are a number of folks in the SEZ that yell that every home game. It's a thing, for whatever reason.

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This is a very sloppy game. Don't know if the ball and the ice under the floor have anything to do with it but we are not taking care of the ball.

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Nolley gets his defender to leave their feet on almost every pump fake. Why not utilize that for a 3 point play at the foul line?

Is it basketball season yet?

I was wondering the same, he did it vs unc

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

The entire offense just stops when Nolley gets the ball. He only looks to play iso and usually holds the ball until he scores or turns it over.

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

He reminds me of a poor mans Carmelo Anthony

We've lost at least 6-9 points on TO's. At least.

Clean up the sloppiness and we should be fine in the second half

"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

I know there have been people who say Nolley wants to go pro after this year, but that would be a mistake. He's way too raw and commits so many mental errors every game that he could really benefit from another development year or 2 in college.

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If he leaves this year he will go undrafted, end up in the G league, and then be playing in Europe in two years.

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

Team is playing like complete shit today. The mental lapses that Nolley constantly has are unreal

Team is playing like complete shit freshmen today

Another slow start in the second half. We are letting this be a dog fight when we should have run them out of the gym.

Yes yes. And by doing so we are setting up a classic, "bite in the ass".

Bede just froze 4 guys.

Wabissa is a whale of a player. His threat to dish there gave him a wide open lane to the basket.

We need to bear down and stop BC like the Tac Visor stops UV rays and the Gotham Steel pans reject sticking cheese.

Now that's funny

This is playing out like the UNC game this week, with us playing the part of Carolina

Need to get our heads out of our ass or we are going to let it slip away

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Guy tripped on the lane and they called a foul on Bede. Smh...

Tyrece Radford is Chris Clarke v2.0 in the way that he can get up for multiple rebound attempts so quickly.

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

BC running VT off the 3 point line has been the key. VT holding the lead because BC keeps bricking free throws.

Once again zebras expecting contact and calling a foul on nothing

Seriously with these whistles. SMH

Is it basketball season yet?

Smithfield probably happy they dont sponsor away games.

Nolley is a walking turnover on offense and a living breathing foul on defense

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Wow!! There were like 4 fouls on that possession, no whistle

Is it basketball season yet?

Gotta peel through this BC defense like ezEggs peels through egg shells

There are some weird commercials on during this game

This loss would cripple our NCAA chances

Need to find a way to win

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BC has really disrupted this offense. We are going to have to hit some contested shots down the stretch.

I have heard alot about how fun this offense is to watch, but it is absolutely infuriating for me. We seem to have very few motions or sets that we run through. Very stagnating with tons of iso is why we cant get open shots

Nolley is a black hole on offense. We almost have to play keep away from him because he will Jack up a bad shot more times than not

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Yeah, clearly the whole world is stupid for considering him for ACC rookie of the year.

He's been playing some bad basketball over the last few games.

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Only because zero other players on the team can create something for themselves. No one else can semi-reliably score in isolation, so when we don't get a good shot from our offense, they just give the ball to Nolley. He'd be way more efficient if we had another scoring option.

Ouch

Welp.

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This loss takes us off the bubble. It will be an uphill battle to get into the tourney now. We're probably gonna need a big upset against FSU, Duke, or Louisville to have a chance.

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

The ACC is so bad that we probably won't be able to offset this loss the rest of the way

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That's why I said that we're gonna need a win against one of the top 3 teams.

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

If Clemson and Syracuse finish string, those road wins will get better. Both of those could move into solid Quadrant one wins. That will help a lot.

Nolley is really talented and really sloppy

Is it basketball season yet?

Game over. Welcome to the historical approach to Hokies athletics blowing opportunities. Losing a game to a bad BC team by completely shitting the bed in the 2nd half.

Bad second half but also slumped when we held them scoreless in the dust but couldn't extend the lead.

A young team played like it.

This just pathetic.

WHY. WHY WHY WHY.

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Bede's offense......

Is it basketball season yet?

Bede is so unclutch, on the floor or at the stripe

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Terrible road loss. Game could have been a lot worse considering BC missed 14 or 15 at the line. I'm not sure what Bede needs to do at this point to get better finishing around the rim but dude struggles mightily. We played like a young team today. Poor shot selection late and sloppy play the entire game.

I'm not sure what Bede needs to do at this point to get better finishing around the rim but dude struggles mightily.

This so much. So many times he gets close to the rim only to get extremely timid. Occasionally it works with a kick out to an open shooter, but more often than not it brings the offense to a grinding halt.

Is it basketball season yet?

I don't understand why Jalen Cone was off the court for most of the 2nd half. Two offensively challenged teams... but he would have given us a spark. And why did we went away from our ball movement and tried to play iso, which is not our game...

This

CMY's post game radio interview he said he was very disappointed with the lack of ball movement so that definitely wasn't the game plan.

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This team has regressed badly over the last few games.

They are stagnant offensively. Off the ball there is far too much standing around and even worse there are so many mindless lazy passes that are intercepted or swatted out around the perimeter. We've stopped trying to attack the rim and are only relying on the 3 to score.

They seriously need to fix this or we are going to see this team freefall down the standings. Even when bad, this league is too good and too talented to get beat by teams playing as stagnant as we are.

But maybe this here is the reality on what this team really is this year, and they've fallen back to earth after the hot start.

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All I can really do is look back to before the season, and remember how poorly we were projected to be in conference.

We're playing with house money at this point and Mike Young is proving to be a great hire. We got a lot to fix, but go Hokies!

this is a solid take.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Ugly, ugly, ugly all around. Just a sloppy game and it was painful to watch. Hopefully they learn from this game because it'll be a uphill battle to get in the tourney.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

I feel we are "one more player" away from being a much more dangerous team. This season it is Blackshear. Having this caliber big on the floor would have been the difference maker in today's game and allow us to put the weaker ACC teams away and provide the possible top tier ACC upset. Last season, we heard, "imagine if Nolley was eligible". We could have really used Blackshear today. This loss really sucks right about now.

Blackshear would definitely have helped or really just any other player capable of getting their own offense when the team offense isn't working ( for example, someone like Seth Allen). The team is good when the outside shots are falling, but when they aren't, we can lose to anyone. We've got some good plays and sets, but a lot of them are used to set up perimeter shots but when those shots aren't falling for whatever reason (cold shooting, good defending), we don't have much else to go on. Our offense has a tough time generating any other kind of looks cutting to the basket, getting something in the paint or even drawing fouls. And none of our players are well rounded enough to consistently break down someone iso and get points on their own. Nolley has the raw talent, but he's still very much perimeter oriented. Cone shows some promise, but is still a year (likely two) away from having that kind ability. Today was the type of game where you really could have used a guy like Blackshear to put the team on his back and just grind through it. Offense isn't working, just give to your best guy and let him go to work.

That was a disappointing loss but those happen on the road in conference. I'm more concerned that BC cracked the code on defending the Hokies by staying home on the perimeter and making Tech win the one on one battles in the post.

Crappy weekend with wrestling loss too

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Live and die by the 3. But today, the boys played very uninspired ball in all facets of the game. I wouldn't even watch the game film because it would be a waste of time. Breathe in breathe out and move on.

Seems like that double OT game on Wednesday night wore them out. It's not easy to do that, then travel to Boston to play in a sleepy environment 3 days later, especially for a bunch of young guys that seem to feed off crowd energy. Everyone seemed sloppy and a step behind. It happens, just regroup and get ready for Miami.

The offense in this game was flat out embarrassing. I still thought we would win down the stretch when BC was trying so hard to give it away (3 for 10 or something like that on those late free throws?). But we kept turning it over or taking dumb shots.

Needs to be a long film session for the guys next week

Garbage effort. Absolutely horrible loss, we should have beat them by 20.

TSL is reporting that at least Nolley and Radford were late to the team bus this morning, which is why they didn't start. Sounds like they were mentally absent from this one today.

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True for Nolley, Radford played his balls off per usual.

In the second half, we went over 3:00 without scoring. 5 possessions, zero points. Too many similar lulls in the game.

Additionally, we only took 21 3-pointers, only taking 4 on the last 8:00 of the game. Seemed like we were too content driving and playing hero ball (11 assists seems really low).

We put the K in Kwality

Yeah, when BC tightened their D, our team inexplicably started playing street ball.

The good news is that Nc State saw our loss and matched it with an equally bad loss to GT. So still in 5th, and a step away from 4th.

Why do we never fast break with this team? We aren't big but we are fast because of that. Seems like we never rush down court after a turnover where as when we had Brent we were always taking the easy transition buckets.

Also side note: anyone notice Chris Clarke being used as a PG at Texas tech? Insane!

One of the sloppiest games i've seen them play. Looked like they just weren't that into it and perhaps just thought that they would come away with the W.

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That game didnt have the right vibe from the get go. Plus, that venue is like a morgue.

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Yep, even when we were shutting them down in the first half we weren't really pulling ahead. Instead we kept making weird turnovers and missing shots. It seemed like the ball was really slippery. I also don't know why Cattoor didn't get more time. I thought he was a + player during the part in the first half when we extended the lead.
Oh well, its a team of mostly freshmen and crazy stuff will happen.

Apparently this loss to BC is worse than I thought.

My UVA friend at work said that statistically, UVA's loss to BC this year was worse than their loss to #16 UMBC in the 2018 tournament.

Our basketball team is doomed. /s

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