HOKIES HOOPS CENTRAL: SOUTH FLORIDA (1-1) VS VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES (2-0) 8PM ESPN2

HOKIES HOOPS CENTRAL: SOUTH FLORIDA (1-1) VS VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES (2-0) 8PM ESPN2

GAME INFORMATION
Date/Time: Nov 29 2020 8 PM
Opponent: South Florida
Site: Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut
ESPN2- Kevin Brown (play-by-play) and Jon Crispin (analyst) on the call
Virginia Tech Sports Network - Jon Laaser (play-by-play) and Mike Burnop (analyst)

The Analyst Dilemma
Seth Greenberg won't know who to cheer for here, having coached South Florida before coming to Virginia Tech.

Couch Mike Young and staff are off to a great start after their second #3 upset in as many seasons after taking down Villanova 81-73 in overtime. Now the challenge will be to get this team focused and energized to play the South Florida Bulls. Virginia Tech has a 4-4 record against South Florida. This is the first time since 1995 that these teams have faced each other. This is the third game of the season for the Bulls. They took down "powerhouse" Florida College and lost to Rhode Island so far. The Hokies took down Radford 77-62 in their opening contest.


The Bulls are coached by Brian Gregory, who is in his fourth season as head coach. The Bulls were 14-17 last year before the season was shut down. Gregory is 49-53 (.480 W%) as the South Florida head coach, and is 297-233 overall with five seasons at Georgia Tech and eight more at Dayton. The Bulls were CBI champions in 2019.
Coach Gregory lost two players to graduation including star point guard Laquincy Rideau, the AAC Defensive Player of the Year. He had one additional player opt out and a fourth transfer. He does however bring in two new freshmen and two transfers. Another top big, Alexis Yetna, is limited so far in his comeback from knee reconstructive surgery. Xavier Castaneda, another expected starter is dealing with a groin injury and likely wont play.

Defensively, Gregory has his team focused on transition defense and limiting opponents to a single shot by being extremely focused on defensive rebounding. The goal is to prevent the opponent from scoring easy lay-ups on the break. When the Bulls shoot, at least one guard but normally two, instead of rebounding, will stay back beyond the three-point arc and likely drop away to mid-court. He Bulls do however focus the bigs on obtaining offensive rebounds.

Once in the half court, the Bulls transition primarily to man to man defense. The biggest focus here for South Florida is to get the dribbler out of the top of the key, as this is the hardest area to defend when in man to man and get the ball to one side of the court. Hands up to deny passing lanes and to avoid the player being able to enter the paint and drive towards the net. They also focus on traps near the boundary lines

Offensively, Coach Gregory will try to have his team score early in transition when the defense is not set or score late by moving the ball. The phases of Coach Gregory's zone offense are: transition offense, movement actions, and set play actions. He aims to create high percentage shots in three different spots on the floor. It is a continuity movement that has few rules and depends on if the ball is high or low. His transition offense will push the ball on every possession. It has three options to beat the zone down the floor before the defense gets set. Coach Gregory will use four set plays based out of the 1-4 High Set. They are designed to get your best three point shooter an open look or a lob to the basket.

Bulls Backcourt


David Collins (#0, 6-4, 220 lbs, Senior) Bulls court leader averaging 16.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.5 rpg, and 3 spg so far. Expect Collins to set a fast pace on both ends of the court. Bede has another long night ahead of him when matching up with Collins.


Justin Brown (#13, 6-6, 208 lbs, Senior) He has averaged 10 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, and 1 spg in their first two contests.


Caleb Murphy (#23, 6-3, 185 lbs, Freshman) Murphy has earned a starting spot and is averaging 10 ppg, 3.5 apg, 4.5 rpg and 1 steal per contest. Seems to have adjusted well to the leap to college ball.


Jamir Chaplin (#24, 6'5, 196 lbs, Junior) averaging 10 ppg, 6 rpg, and 1 apg. Strong first step off the dribble and a left handed shooter so something the Hokies defense needs to be aware of.

Bulls Frontcourt


Michael Durr (#4, 7'0, 260 lbs, Junior) He is averaging 10.5 ppg and 5 rpg, so far in two games. Durr will be the biggest opponent the Hokies have seen in this early season matchup. It will be interesting to see if they are able to keep him from receiving easy lob passes.


Alexis Yetna (#10, 6-8, 234 lbs, Junior) Forward averaging 9.5 ppg and 5 rpg. He is coming off the bench this season after returning from a knee injury but still playing 20 mpg. Surprisingly good three point shooter that doesnt hesitate to take a step back to shoot.


Russell Tchewa (#54, 7'0, 260 lbs, Sophomore) As if dealing with 1 seven footer wasn't enough, Tchewa comes in on transfer from Texas Tech and is averaging 4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, and 1 spg in about 11 mpg.


Prince Oduro (#3, 6'8, 255 lbs, Junior) a big body transfer from Siena and Mississippi State averaging 4 ppg, 3 rpg, and 1 bpg in about 15 mpg.

What to expect from South Florida?

As a team the Bulls are averaging 81 ppg but that number is very misleading, they also have six players averaging more than 9.5 ppg, which is also very misleading. Early season stats will get after you. The Eagles put up 94 points against Florida College but fell back to earth with 68 against Rhode Island. Regardless of output they still shot 51% from the floor and excel at getting open looks down low which isn't hard when you always have a seven footer on the floor.

The other area that having big body seven footers helps you is rebounding, where the Bulls have a 10 board advantage thus far 40/30 per contest.

South Florida is shooting only 35% from outside on 6.5 made baskets per game so far. This is not a major part of their normal game plan.

The Bulls will rely heavily on David Collins to direct traffic inside to score and facilitate. The Hokies will also need to be defensively sound as the Bulls are adept at getting favorable whistles and after last night's second half, we know this can be a problem. The Bulls have reached the foul line 50 times in two games, but more so against Rhode Island.

The Bulls however struggle on the defensive end where opponents are shooting 49% and the Bulls sent Rhode Island to the free throw line 35 times yesterday. Point differential at the line though was 12 points in a 16 point loss as a great example of why hitting free throws is so important.

The Hokies

The Hokies will have a much harder time scoring in the paint. Rhode Island got 75% of their scoring against South Florida from their guards and the Hokies will likely emulate this. Expect to see big games from Alleyne, Cattoor and Radford. Bede has even been surprisingly adept from outside, so he will sneak a couple in as well.

Diarra's big contribution will be in transition scoring, getting to the rim before the South Florida bigs can lumber back. Hopefully this will be the contest where Diarra figures out how to operate in this offense after his tough 1-8 against Villanova.

The Hokies will need to focus on ball control, especially Mutts, Diarra and Aluma who combined for 10 of the Hokies 14 turnovers against Villanova. The other surprising area where the Hokies need to improve is on creating turnovers. They only forced eight turnovers against Villanova.

N'Guessan and Pemsl will get more minutes in this game mainly for defensive reasons, putting the scoring onus on the guards even higher.

Rebounding is going to be a struggle but we have seen that the Hokies are not afraid to bang down low and are much improved on coming in along the baseline to undercut position of players in the lane.

The Hokies defensively will need to be ever cognizant of the lob pass to the Bull's bigs down low. It is a major component of the offense for South Florida.

The Hokies continue to be dependent on perimeter shooting even with the sizeable change in height on the roster, shooting 56 attempts on 117 total shots. Fortunately they have been able to make 21. The perimeter shot against South Florida should be cleaner as defensively they are much less aggressive on the perimeter than Villanova.

Highlight of the Villanova Game

TEAM FAM

In Closing
The biggest factor here is whether the Hokies can avoid coming out flat after last night's big game. It doesn't need to be perfect but they don't want to give the Bulls confidence early in this contest. The bullseye is already there with the big win last night, no need to zero them in.

Alleyne, Radford and Cattoor all in double digits shooting the three. Aluma will struggle but he is still the centerpiece of this offense, so will get to double digits, likely courtesy of the free throw line.

Hokies still be a bit sluggish early but will get out to a double digit lead by the half and not look back. Late in the game, expect to see Pemsl, N'Guessan, and maybe even a Williamson siting. This Hokies squad has too much backbone to repeat the #3 Let down this season. Hokies win 82-63.

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Hell of a write up. This feels weird, but, I gotta say it, I'm so excited for a basketball game.

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Hell of a write up. This feels weird, but, I gotta say it, I'm so excited for a basketball game.

Let's Go FTFY

HOKIES

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I think the game is on ESPN2 not ESPNU. Thanks for the detailed write ups on these games.

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

Two out of three were ESPN2, missed that third one, Thanks

We had a couple games hangover (although dayton was just really good) after the MSU game last year so hopefully we can avoid that tonight. Go Hokies! Exciting to watch this team.
Also, dang, this is a very detailed and well done write up

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Haha yea Obi Toppin caused our hangover. He's a hell of a player.

Yeah he's gonna be a fun player too keep up with hes NBA career

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LET'S GO

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

HOKIES!

1 MORE TIME. LET'S GOOOOOO!

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HOKIES!

HOKIES! (couldn't leave you hanging)

edit: trying to be a good person, and now I drink

I'll drink with yaπŸ˜‚

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I did the repeat on the cuban sandwiches FTW again. My work here is done.

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

You're a trooper. I respect you booker man

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Must have been total torture doing the Cuban two days in a row.

Total. But not as total as you doing two game write-ups.

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

I'm going to sacrifice, too. Opened a bottle of single malt scotch last night. Will have it two days in a row for the team.

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

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof for me. So I should switch soon or I won't remember any of the game.

I'm gonna go with a Rauchbier

Outside it's night time, but inside it's LeDay

I'll have a pour of Traverse City Whiskey Co. Barrell Proof store pick.

Did CMY just pat the official on the butt there?

Looked like it.

YeahπŸ˜‚

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He's done that to refs before. The butt slap is his signature move. He backhanded Mike Jones really hard on Wednesday, it was hilarious.

Outside it's night time, but inside it's LeDay

Aluma post hook is deliciousπŸ˜‹

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That pass to the corner for the 3 is a good play for us tonight.

great ball movement last two possessions.

Go Hokies

These kids play smooooooth

The drive and kick is open all day everyday

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

Wow that was like a wide receiver coming over the middle getting crushed by a safety with no helmet

Lol we just have Murphy the Ben Simmons treatment on defense. Just daring him to shoot from deep

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

Great work on the offensive glass.

Pemsl showing some grit in there

This is Castaneda's first game back but he was a 13 ppg/5.5 apg last year

Another game where they are letting the ball handler driving forearm his way in with no call

Same ref crew?

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Not sure but most likely with the bubble restrictions

Wow pretty late terrible call

Waited for the ball to be in a tech players handπŸ˜‚

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Cant recall seeing this many lane violations in forever

I think we're all kinda tired of the violations at Lane from the past few years.

Pemsl is balling out tonight. Keep it up big fella and we have some really good bigs (something we haven't probably said ever).

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

We need to keep the lead in double digits to close out the half.

Another charge drawn - Pemsl having a great half.

Pemsl throwing a ally opp to Jon LaaserπŸ˜‚

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Such a heads up play by Radford there

VB born, class of '14

They finally called the push off.

way to close the half!!!

Go Hokies

ALLLLLL-UMA!!!!

Nice half. I'm happy about it😁

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Hammer Down, keep the pedal to the medal.
Let's Go.......... Hokies..........

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From Lt. Rob's discussion above: "Hokies still be a bit sluggish early but will get out to a double digit lead by the half and not look back. " You are a prophet so far. Hope the last part of your prediction holds up as well as the first part.

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

Double digit halftime lead - check
Pemsl playing a bigger role - check
Boots already at 9 points - check

Just about on track, now they just need to keep it moving in the second half

ESPN showed a stat that we were shooting 50% just before the end of the half. Seemed like we weren't shooting that well, but we did miss a bunch early. This team can rebound, too, which is different.

6 - 4 assist to turnover - check
100% free throw shooting - check
over 50% FG shooting - check

Go Hokies

Going to reserve calling the free throw line considering with all the whistles we only had two attempts.

true... but 100% is 100%. lol
I agree that 70% or better for the game should be expected.

Go Hokies

USF was coming out balling at the beginning of the game. But then they started to unravel a bit while the Hokies tightened things down.

Let's hope the swagger continues to build and the Hokies cruise to a convincing win!

what I'd like to see in the second half...
go for the kill. HOKIES need to develop that killer instinct. I like 20 point plus leads. Makes me breathe easier.

Go Hokies

Nice drive by Radford.

Alleyne is struggling on the offensive end tonight.

He looks tired, hence the sloppy play.

"Pemsl coming out.....sharp like a pencil" announcer.... turrible, just turrible

So bad he said it three times.

These announcers want to have Nova's babies

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Our passing tonight reminds me of what we looked like in our Sweet Sixteen season.

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

Ball movement, movement without the ball and floor spacing are all very good tonight.

when all that is working it sure makes for some pretty basketball.

Go Hokies

There's just no standing around right now. Like last year, it'll come down to how much our legs can hold up over the season. An extra year of conditioning and more bench depth should help a lot.

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

We should have better legs down the stretch. 9 guys are getting serious minutes and that's without Cone.

Bamisile bench energy is my spirit animalπŸ‘€

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If you feel the leather in your hand let it rip.

Bamsille, if you're going to shoot from Roanoke, at least wait til the shot clock is low... Lol

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

Diarra is having a nice game, tonight. Creating his shot and finding the open man.

he ain't scared

Go Hokies

He even created it from the moon on that one three attempt.

me likes 20 point leads

Go Hokies

I like that this team has no glaring strong or weak individual players. There is no one player for an opponent to game plan around shutting down or exploiting. We could play 45 different player combos and feel okay about it. True team basketball.

That was a terrible call on Aluma, official reacting to the guy falling down but he wasnt set and Aluma didnt force him down

Getting sloppy here, need to tighten it up to close strong

The under4 timeout can't happen soon enough

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

Getting sloppy rn: let me get a coke

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Took our foot off the gas way way way too early

"I have a PLAN. You just need to have a little goddamn faith, Whit. I just need. more. MONEY." - Justin van der Linde

We seemed to have let up a little - lead down to 13

Tough to stay focused with the whistles breaking up any continuity

Players are tired on both teams so more reaching and sliding late.

Grrrr....really hate when officials get so involved. Not sure we have gone three possessions in the second half without a whistle

that's why I like 20 point leads. when the other team makes a run (they usually do) or we get sloppy (we do that sometimes too) the 20 point lead gives you some cushion to hopefully recover before the leads goes to nothing.

Go Hokies

Is Kabongo still with us?

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

Out for the year with an injury I think.

Not currently listed on the roster.

Medically retired from basketballπŸ˜”

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Announced he was having to give up basketball due to injuries. Focused on his music now while finishing up at Tech.

He retired but I believe he still has a scholarship and I've seen him interviewing players (maybe still has something to do with the program).

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Still in school. Not on the team.

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

Refs have definitely fallen in love with their whistles.

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

Someone explain to me the late whistle from the other side of the court...

Is coronavirus over yet?

This is not the way to close out but the whistles dont stop. The teams combined for 5 free throws in first half, 27 times so far in second half.

Boo-yaa!!

So after last night and tonight I've realized you get 4 steps in 2020.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

5 if you are Lebron

Dayuuum Bede, that was a nice tie up.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Cattoor was set outside the cylinder there.

Helluva weekend😁🀘

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