HOKIES HOOPS CENTRAL: GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (11-8, 7-6) #16 VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES (14-4, 8-3) 7PM RSN

HOKIES HOOPS CENTRAL: GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (11-8, 7-6) #16 VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES (14-4, 8-3) 7PM RSN

GAME INFORMATION
Date/Time: Feb 22nd 2021 7 PM
Opponent: Georgia Tech
Site: Cassell Coliseum
RSN (click here for more info), with Tom Werme (play-by-play) and Mike Gminski (analyst) Virginia Tech Sports Network. Jon Laaser (play-by-play) and Mike Burnop (analyst)

Technically speaking....
The Hokies come off their Covid delay to face an up and down Georgia Tech team. The Hokies are 20-7 against Georgia Tech going into their 28th meeting. Last time out against the Hokies, Georgia Tech jumped out to a huge lead in the first half with a barrage of threes and then cruised to an easy victory. The Hokies lead the home series 9-1. The Hokies come into this matchup 14-4. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 87-60 thrashing of Miami.

Of note, Coach Young was named as part of the Naismith Coach of the Year Watch List and Wabissa Bede was named as a Senior Class Award candidate as well.

Captain Charisma


The Yellow Jackets are coached by Josh Pastner, who is in his fifth season as head coach at Georgia Tech. Pastner is 76-75 overall guiding the Yellow Jackets. Prior to Georgia Tech, Pastner had a seven-year stint at Memphis ans is 243-146 overall as a head coach.

Coach Pastner's Yellow Jackets wins and losses have come in spurts and are 11-8 with wins over Kentucky, Nebraska, Florida A&M, Delaware State, UNC, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, Pitt and Miami. Their eight losses are against Georgia State, Mercer, Florida State, UVA twice, Duke, Louisville, and Clemson. The Jackets are 3-3 against ranked opponents.

Coach Pastner took full advantage of the Transfer Portal, as four of his seven man rotation transferred in this season. Jordan Usher and Bubba Parham are the two most important additions, averaging 18.4 ppg between them. Hokies fans should be fairly familiar with Parham having seen him on the court for VMI several times. Usher and Sturdivant transferred from USC together.

Defensively, Coach Pastner loves to use a pressure defense that forces opponents to use up shot clock to even advance to the half court. Once in the half court, the Yellow Jackets have used a variety of defenses, especially zone defense to confuse opponents so far this season. They will vary from a 1-3-1, to a 1-2-2 and also a more traditional 2-3 zone. Defensive pressure though is what they really focus on. They are top 4 in the ACC in scoring defense, 3 Pointers allowed, and seven other key defensive statistics. This is a team that relies on its defense to make its offense go. Creating turnovers and limiting possessions is what keeps this team in games.

Offensively, Georgia Tech runs a constant motion offense. One thing Pastner does not like to hear is that his team is running, he insists his teams sprint, especially off the ball. They are not a prominent offensive team but playing slightly above average offense and exceptional defense is a good recipe for winning at this level.

Prior to conference play, the Yellow Jackets were only averaging 21 attempts from outside, but in ACC play, with how they have struggled to stay in games, that number has increased to 24 attempts per game. The Yellow Jackets have excelled all season and are shooting 37% from outside in conference play. They lean more towards transition scoring, and drives to the basket to create shots, where inside the perimeter as a team they are making 54% of their shots.

Yellow Jackets Backcourt

Jose Alvarado
#10 SR G 6-0 179 lbs
Brooklyn, NY Christ The King Regional High School
16.7 Pts, 3.7 Reb, 4.2 Ast


Michael Devoe
#0 JR G 6-5 197 lbs
Orlando, FL Montverde Academy 49 (2018)
14.7 Pts, 4.4 Reb, 3.1 Ast


Jordan Usher, Transferred from USC
#4 SR G 6-7 213 lbs
Canton, GA Sequoyah High School
10.7 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 2.7 Ast


Bubba Parham Transferred from VMI
#3 SR G 5-10 162 lbs
Snellville, GA Brookwood High School
7.7 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 1.8 Ast


Kyle Sturdivant Transferred from USC
#1 SO G 6-2 198 lbs
Norcross, GA Norcross HS
3.4 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 1.2 Ast

Yellow Jackets Frontcourt


Moses Wright
#5 SR F 6-9 233 lbs
Raleigh, NC Enloe High School
16.3 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 2.2 Ast


Khalid Moore , Transferred from New York
#12 JR F 6-7 200 lbs
Briarwood, NY Archbishop Molloy HS
4.2 Pts, 2.7 Reb, 0.7 Ast

What to expect from Georgia Tech?

PG SG SF PF C
Starters B. Parham J. Alvarado M. Devoe J. Usher M. Wright
Rotation K. Sturdivant K. Moore
Lim PT J. James D. Didenko R. Howard S. Gigiberia
Lim PT T. Maxwell J. Meka
Lim PT C. Boyd
Lim PT S. Medlock

The Yellow Jackets commit the fourth fewest fouls in the ACC at 14.7 per game.
As a team the Yellow Jackets are shooting 37% from the perimeter on 24 attempts per game in ACC play. Alvorado and Devoe are their consistent perimeter shooters.

Georgia Tech's five starters all average 7.7 ppg or higher. Alvorado leads the way at 16.7points per game followed closely by Wright inside at 16.3. Only seven players are getting 10 or more minutes a contest, so a starter dominated workload.

Georgia Tech has been consistently outrebounded in ACC play, mainly due to their size. Outside of Wright their lineup are all 6'7 or smaller. All five starters average at least three rebounds per game led by Wright with 7.5. Wright also averages 1.7 blocks per contest.

Alvorado and Devoe are the primary distributors, averaging more than 3 assists per game each.

The Hokies

The Hokies need to focus on getting Aluma or Mutts the ball down low. The Yellow Jackets smaller lineup has made it very difficult for them to protect inside. Last time out these two combined for 38 of the Hokies 80 points.

The Hokies will need to keep Georgia Tech honest by hitting their open shots on the perimeter. The Hokies were eight for twenty-three from outside, led by Cattoor and Alleyne combining to go sic of eleven in the last game.
The big storyline though is still unknown on whether Jalen Cone can play after missing most of the Miami game after injuring his ankle and whether Tyrece Radford is cleared to return from his suspension. Coach Young had this to say, "Am I concerned about it (for Tuesday)? I am, but they are big, strong, healthy people. We've got to get back on the floor. That's the bottom line. Will it be an issue? It could be."

The Hokies need to protect the basketball. Georgia Tech forces opponents into an ACC leading 15.2 turnovers per game in ACC play and convert 19 points per game in transition. In addition, they must force Georgia Tech into mistakes. The Jackets commit 11 turnovers per game and allow 15 points off those.

Georgia Tech opponents right now average 8.9 offensive rebounds per game on 28 missed shot attempts. The Hokies must be able to position themselves inside to get offensive rebounds and second chance points. Georgia Tech opponents are averaging 10.8 second chance points per game.

Georgia Tech opponents so far only make 10.3 free throws per game. The Hokies are averaging 13.5 made free throws on 18.5 attempts. The Hokies are 5-1 in conference games decided by seven points or less and free throws have been a major factor there. The Hokies were five of six in the final two minutes and overtime against Miami at the line. YOU HAVE TO HIT YOUR FREE THROWS.

As part of this the Hokies need to be relentless in forcing the Jackets starters into fouling situations. While Georgia Tech doesn't foul a lot as a team, four of the starters average 2.3 fouls per game, so fouls hold more significance as they typically only go two deep on the bench for significant minutes.

Highlight of the Miami Game

Cattoor Regulation Dagger

In Closing
The Hokies must slow Wright inside as they have done against most of opponents bigs this season. Wright also struggles defensively so Aluma could be up for another big night.

There will be at least four Hokies in double figures. The roster will likely all be called upon considering the layoff. Aluma has a big night as does Alleyne. Mutts will quietly be the big difference in this game though once the Jackets try to focus on Aluma.

Hokies slow the pace for several reasons but methodically recover from a small halftime deficit to gradually pull away in the second half. Hokies will be double digits winners at the end. 71-61.

Confidence Factor: Four Popcorns, the only reason this isn't five is due to how other teams have struggled coming off breaks like this during the pandemic season. As long as the Hokies keep it close in the first half, they should close this out with a win, putting the Hokies within a single victory of clinching a first round bye in the ACC Tournament..

Confidence Factor:

Also note the Game time change for the Wake Forest game on Saturday, as its now at 4PM rather than Noon.

And one more thing of note, showing that the team and program are connected to their surroundings, take a moment to watch this.

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Comments

The game will be on ACCN extra which is on the espn watch feed but I am sure it will be blacked out in my area. If you are like me and do not receive any of the RSN channels, be sure to check out youtube at game time. One of the listed RSN's, NESN has been live streaming the last few games on youtube. I searched for vt basketball and was able to find them.

Thank you, I will have to try it. I saw the dreaded RSN and winced.

Those past YouTube live streams were not a stream by NESN - they were pirated streams of the NESN broadcast. If it gets too many viewers ,YouTube will shut it down (has happened to that type of stream before).

LET'S GO.....

HOKIES!!!!

Glad to have this back

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2 wins to lock up a tourney bid, 3 to lock a double bye for the ACC tourney. GT is a good bubble team, should show us how much momentum we have and how hot this team is can be going down the stretch. LETS GO

Seeing twitter rumors that Radford might be back.

Can't wait til there's another game on a channel that I can watch! I think Louisville might be the only one left for me

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

Check out the comment above about YouTube.

Hope you're right about Radford.

Thanks, didn't notice that but will definitely look for it after work!

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

Why in the hell have the basketball gods doomed me to not be able to watch a game this year? My provider does not have ACCN, and anytime this RSN crap comes up it's blacked out on every manner of service I try to access. Why is Auburn and Florida, a game between two unranked teams, one of which will not be in the tournament, available for me to watch and our game isn't? Also Georgia and LSU? I can probably get Prairie View A&M and Arkansas Pine Bluff on one of the 8?? channels too. I think I could catch more of our games televised in the late 90's than I can right now. WTF? I bitch about this everytime we play, but this sucks. Sorry guys.

GO HOKIES!!

Edit - I'll try youtube as mentioned above.

Damn it ๐Ÿ˜ข

VB born, class of '14

Indefinitely sounds bad, but if they initially thought he'd be a go, maybe he won't be out too long? I hope

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

They just say indefinitely because we don't know when our next game might be

Post something else, I just can't leg that information as much as it is relevant.

Out indefinitely sucks.

Ok Radford is a go tonight

For verification.

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Excellent! And, I just received my CMY popcorn & bucket from the Hokie Club today!

Is Pemsl available tonight?

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

Looks like it

Tech baseball beat Radford by 20. Radford is coming back tonight. Coincidence? I think not

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Can I get a fuck Swofford?

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Radford on the floor. ACCNX finally started 1 min into the game.

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

Rusty start was expected. Our D playing good tho

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They using the same shitty network they use before the ACC network and I still can't watch cause Youtube Tv is to sophisticated to decode raycom.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

I found it on one of the reddit streams. We are getting picked left and right.

Early turnovers killin us. Gota clean that up

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

Gonna need cattoor at point to just get the offense started. Trying to do too much

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Five turnovers and up by four.....weird

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They are going to have to start calling fouls on the reaches if we have a chance tonight

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9 turnovers... sheesh

Is coronavirus over yet?

And still leading... let's hope we have a second half adjustment that CMY is waiting on since we are still up

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Do we not have a back door lob play? We have them height wise should be available most of the night.

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Cattoor needs to stop making sloppy passes.

He needs to be out of the game

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Radford got hacked, but he made the basket anyway.

too many bad passes and dropped passes.

11 turnovers we are going for a record

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Gotta clean up the TO's. Plus Mutts with 3 fouls now. Need N'guessan and Pemsl to step up.

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

N'Guessan has 2 now

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these refs have no clue what a held ball is

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they also dont know what a carry is. Alvorado carries every time he touches it.

Hasn't he been at GT long enough for his kids to enroll?

So many walks. Both of those last two GT possessions shoulda been turnovers

Aluma and Alleyne had one I saw as well. I'm curious what the refs do in the second half. They are calling it somewhat tight, but something has to give

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Quit turning the ball over and pound it down to the big men, this ain't rocket science

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That was just brutal to watch. The fact that this game is tied with 12 turnovers is also hilarious.

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

Let's clean it up. We have this. Sloppy first half coming off a couple of weeks off. Let's see what adjustments we make.

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We've got almost as many offensive rebounds as they have total rebounds, Aluma having outrebounded all of GT.

Let's hope the 5:11 ATO margin gets a little more favorable.

The fact that all 9 of our players are within 2 buckets of each other is worrying.

I'm very surprised we've only taken 4 threes. Are they just that good a perimeter D or are we just looking at more inside shots?

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They are doing a 1-3-1 zone and aren't calling reaches outside. We need those calls to open it up.

1-3-1 takes the shooters off the line. We need to find a way to get it down low.

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That was embarrassing

This entire performance is embarrassing.

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

Georgia Tech seems to have made adjustments, Hokies not so much. Need Pemsl in on Wright for a few minutes

Well, its clear we've been off for two weeks. Completely forgot how to basketball

Is coronavirus over yet?

Wright is playing thug ball and the refs are letting him. Shoving his way to the basket.

He just elbowed aluma in the chest following a spin move where he traveled. No call on either.

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

I guess you can assault people without consequences when you have the ball if you play for Georgia Tech

Come on Hokies!

We are absolutely lost on the offensive side of the ball

Is coronavirus over yet?

My expectations for the season were reset after 17 days off, so not too upset or shocked here

7:00 into 2H were being out scored 17-5

We put the K in Kwality

Actually called the offensive foul on the lowering the shoulder. I would've lost that bet.

We put the K in Kwality

wow they called the very obvious offensive foul.......thank you

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Cattor hacked on the arm by two players...no foul

refs are calling the game like they have money on it. Wright getting away with murder and Alvarado working the refs continually.

Heads just not moving at the speed of game on both ends.

You would think we'd have fresh legs, but our feet seem to be slow. We're falling/lunging at them instead of playing face-to-face.

We put the K in Kwality

I didn't have high expectations after coming off pause and playing a tough GT team. Even less so after I saw them come out in zone. I don't think this game tells us much about this team. Just try to get them back in rhythm.

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

Except it confirms that we suck at penetrating against the zone.

Yeah, every team should play zone against this team.

Is coronavirus over yet?

It's like everyone is scared to pull the trigger from three tonight, confidence seems off

Wright has had his way with Keve.

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

It helps that he's been able to post up on the circle... the dribble/drive success by the GT guards means Aluma has to leave him to help, giving him a chance to get great post position. Then the GT guards basically hand it off to him in the lane

You can't win a basketball game when the other team is shooting nearly 100% from the floor.

Is coronavirus over yet?

Can't beat a team shooting 10000%

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Did you see Bede's reaction to that call on Catoor.....that spoke volumes. He saw no foul up close and personal. Wow these refs must be aggravating for our players.

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Been listening on the radio and gotta say sounds like the offense has been poor against the zone as expected and the defense was very poor and leggy as well. Fuck being ranked 16th it's bad luck and this team needs to solely focus on getting their legs back under them

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Fuckin A .....they cant miss from outside now...and every inside bucket is a +1.

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

I don't get the double on Alvarado up top... ends up with an open 3 or dunk for GT every time

Man...according to these announcers were pretty terrible. Clearly GT is the better team, should be a top-10 ranked team. Surprised we even showed up. I mean, from the tip they've been talking us down

We put the K in Kwality

If we didn't have a 17 day pause we beat this team

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Not according to these announcers. They could beat the 85 Bears.

We put the K in Kwality

If we had even fair calls by the refs we win. They reach in constantly for no call, we get called on it. Wright has literally elbowed or charged on almost every shot by him and no calls. He has gotten worse as the game goes on as he knows they aren't calling it.

Yo, Coach! Face shields don't work. Especially when it's in your hand. Put a mask on and tuck in your shirt (your tee shirt is showing).

We put the K in Kwality

Here's to hoping we were able to knock the rust off.

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

Wright elbows Nguessan in the head. No call.

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

No, the call was on us. We might have hurt Wright's elbow.

16 turnovers.......fugly

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Brutal loss. A nice motivator hopefully to get back into it and have good practices to get back where we need to be to beat good teams

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I kinda laughed when I saw the final score, not gonna lie.

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We played like shit but the refs made us lose by more. If fouls were called correctly it's a back and forth game and you won't convince me we lose by more than 3

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So I'll start my question by saying that I don't know too much about basketball. I've learned to appreciate some of the nuances of the game through this community over the past 4-5 years.

Why do we struggle so much against zone defenses? Or better yet, is this something other teams also struggle against? I understand today we were also quite rusty and our passing was not great, predictable and that led to lots of turnovers and bad looks.

Three major factors, poor passing leading to most of 19 turnovers (almost twice the season average), the inability to break the zone by pass or dribble, and lack of effective shooting to overcome the turnovers. Not terrible percentage wise but when you let GT shoot 60%+ (55% from three) in second half even mediocre isn't going to be successful, especially with how slow the pace of the game was.

Hokies took 10 fewer shots than their average. They got to the free throw line 4 fewer times. They failed to significantly capitalize on second chances, scoring 10 points on 12 offensive rebounds. They also didn't create as many turnovers as normal.

The zone defense is troublesome, especially when you do not have a guard that can create points at the rim or a team that can break the zone at the free throw line. The Hokies did neither of these.

Add to all of this, GT was killing it on the offensive boards last night.

Is coronavirus over yet?