Well that was a fun end to this four game stretch. The Hokies made it through this tough portion of their schedule going 3 and 1 against Miami,
UVA, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Duke
Aluma led all Hokies during this set of games with 69 (nice) points, barely edging out Cone's 67. Rounding out the Hokies' top scorers are Mutts (48), Radford (40), Cattoor (30), and Alleyne (29). Of note, the Hokies are ridiculously consistent in scoring. In the first set of four they scored 301 as a team, 302 during the second set of four, and 300 during this set.
This three horse on a treadmill race was won by Aluma's 30 boards over the four game set, topping Radford and Mutts who had 29 each. No other Hokie was in double figures for the four game window. With only 121 boards this series, this was the lowest rebounding output by the Hokies.
Mutts and Bede led the Hokies with 8 assists. N'Guessan actually led all Hokies with a 2:1 ATO margin. No Hokies had worse than an even ATO margin. Among the starters, Radford led the team with an ATO margin of 1.5:1. As a team, the Hokies were getting a 1.15:1 ATO margin.
We've settled into a solid 7 man rotation with Aluma leading the team with 135 minutes over the 4 game window, followed by Mutts (123), Alleyne (101), Radford (96), Bede (94), Cone (88), and Cattoor (82).
The Hokies have a chance to catapult themselves back into the top of the ACC with, what appears to be a weaker schedule over the next four games. First comes Wake Forest, currently 0-3 in conference with losses to Duke, UVA, and Georgia Tech. Their only offensive explosion came at the beginning of the year against Dalton State. They haven't broken 70 points against any major conference opponent. We have them by height, so expect attacking the post early and often.
Next up will be Boston College, who sits at 3-9 with wins against Rhode Island, Maine, and Miami. They did play Duke and NC State close. Again, we should have a size advantage.
Syracuse represents the only team with a winning record, although they are 1-2 in conference with losses to Pitt and UNC, but a big win over Boston College. They have scorers and size, so this will be a tougher out for the Hokies.
Finally, the Hokies wrap up this set against currently bottom-feeding Notre Dame. The Hokies beat the Irish by 14 in Cassell, so I would think the Hokies have the ability to win here.
Syracuse is the only tossup to me, and because it's in New York, I'm going to say we lose the game, to go 3-1 in this tetralogy, bringing their overall record to 13-3 and 7-2 in conference.