VT vs #9 Memphis

Did I overlook the game thread? Seems the last game on espn2 is running late. Going to be on ESPN news?

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Yep - going to have to listen Laze and Burnop until it moves to ESPN2.

Game will tip on ESPNnews

LETS GO

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

HOKIES!

HOKIES!

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

Justin Mitts is going to posterize these fools.

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

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

Memphis looks so much taller than us

Damn ESPN running way behind schedule. Since Baylor is up 20 let's switch this game to ESPNnews 😂

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All preview about memphis. Not one single word about us.

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Nice one by Alleyne!

So apparently we aren't going to get any calls today.

We are lucky we got that goal tending call. The ref that called it wasn't one that was supposed to be watching for it.

Yep

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

Hope this isn't a game where we get fouled for everything and the other team gets away with fouls...

Nolley mocking Storm Murphy's height by holding his hand low to the ground after the foul.

This is gonna be a long ass game if they stay this cocky.

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We got take care of the ball better

Guys gotta settle down.

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This is going to get ugly in a hurry.

Can't score

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Alleyne over Nolley!

Alleyne is playing his nuts off

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They watched the film of Storm bouncing the ball off the back

It cost them.....

Alleyne!

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That was sick by Alleyne

Free Hugh

landers nolley can suck my scrotum.

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Boom Shakalaka Naheeeeem Alleyne

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Did Memphis guy try to copy Storm's trick play from last game and fail?

Posterize. What a joke. May have mute the game.

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Cattoor mugged for the second time tonight.

Alleyne playing fired up. Refs missing some odd calls

Refs are awful.

On defense we are biting HARD on the pump fakes

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Aluma with a nice tie up after missing the shot on the other end.

You get a foul..you get a foul..Everybody gets a foul

I feel like they're physically superior but our guys are playing harder. See if we can keep it up

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Refs have called 11 fouls on 8 total possessions.

Good lord the fouls

Memphis is playing very physical. Glad we're getting some calls now.

Need Keve to sink those shots near the basket

Cattoor getting called for breathing on guys.

What? Memphis guy just jerked mid air and they call a foul on Cattoor?

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Storm Murphy!

Holy fucking damn Storm! WHAT A PLAY

Just got warned by the website because I attempted to upvote myself.... Party foul.

Storm Iverson!!

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

That ain't your shot nolley

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Nolley doing Nolley things. Missing 3s.

Brent sketchy as hell lmao

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"what was that!?"

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What a move by Storm there...nice!!!

I love the hip check by Storm. Wanna play physical? Take that!

That was sneaky sneaky, how he bumped towards the guy and hip checked him out of bounds.

Gonna be a street fight all night.

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The bench needs to come out and play 800% ready to fight.

Need a great showing from DNG and Ojiako for sure.

On ESPN 2 now

I like those grey pullovers the coaches are wearing

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These refs are dogshit....
As a soccer referee, the number one rule is set the tone early, not let things get out of hand and then interrupt the game flow. These guys have royally screwed the pooch on that.

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I feel like an actual fist fight will happen before the end of the game. A lot of contact everywhere

Inconsistent calls are pissing me off either call the contact or don't

Allyene drains the 3!

Aluma with his 1st 3, great time to start hitting from downtown

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Bald spot ref is hot garbage

Yea, they've made bad calls on both sides, but certainly feels like they've made a lot more bad calls on us.

And no calls.

Mike and Laas are unrelenting on their critiques of the refs (and I can't blame them, reading the comments). I swear, Laas talks a little louder whenever a ref gets close to their table 😂

The ESPN commentators are ripping them a little too. Not like Bilas, but still.

Holy shit, put pads on them!

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

These announcers need to shut up, that's a terrible jump ball call. Clear arm contact way before he "got ball."

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Arm, body, neck.

The fact that the fouls are even when one team is clearly playing much more physical defense is a problem.

Ball first my ass

This officiating it dogshit.

"Anything extracurricular."

Yeah Keve got intentionally tripped by 11. But that's none of my business.

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I agree. That was an intentional trip.

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Loving the Let's go Hokies chants from the crowd. Keep it up Hokie Nation

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Tripping on 11 and it's gonna cost you a big man.

Dude straight up tripped Aluma

He has been tripped like 3 times too.

Injury 100% on the officiating. Calling a crap game gets people hurt

These officials are killing this game right now

That's either a charge or a block...not a no call. Wtf is happening.

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Guy tossed Murphy to the ground. Play on.

If the Memphis guy was trying to shoot nothing but air, he nailed it.

Dipped his shoulder and thumped Pedulla. Yep, no call. Seems fair.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

::calls for a clear out::

::air ball::

Every player on Memphis team would be fouled out if these were ACC officials.

This officiating leaves a lot to be desired. I honestly think a Memphis player could stick a prison shank between a hokie's ribs, and get the no call.

I love Murphy, but sometimes he just tries to do too much with the dribble.

Is coronavirus over yet?

Is it just me or does Storm Murphy's ball handling leave a ton to be desired? He constantly looks like he's on the verge of turning the ball over

Didn't see the beginning but WTF, definitely seeing what others are seeing with the refs. Memphis player practically tackled pedulla there

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Before you complain about this particular set of refs, just remember that basketball refs are the worst in American sports. These guys could be the best in business and still be trash.

Yes,that's the Hokie Bird riding a camel. Why'd you ask?

These refs are not the best in their business, at least not tonight. Swallowing the whistle early in the game has led to way too much physicality and an injury.

Agreed they suck, but I'm saying even the best in the business at basketball are terrible.

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Going to be interesting if we can hang with them when Duran and Bates come back in the second half.

We had a couple of lazy pass turnovers. Need to cut that out in the second half.
Shooting 37%. Need to make a few more in the paint.
Looks like it's going to be a street fight!

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Refs lost control of the game early. It's not great defense letting them getting away with four fouls per possession and only calling the foul every other possession. Junks the game up.

That being said VT has a decent shooting half we win. Let's Go Hokies!

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I rarely call out commentary because I've done quite a bit of it and I know how difficult it is, but it feels like they've been all over the Hardaway circlejerk this first half with literally no research into our team. VT is one of the slowest paced offenses on purpose, yet they bitched at Storm for not taking the first open shot with 25 seconds left on the play clock when CMY is deliberately trying to slow down the pace that Memphis is known for?

We've got a halftime score we were looking for - just gotta clean it up going into the second half and get the offense going. Memphis has a GREAT defense, and they haven't disappointed, but hopefully we're starting to get a feel for it.

I'll take it several steps further and say that not only are you correct, but these commentators don't even sound like Memphis alum, they literally sound like they currently go to school there.

Look for the refs to come out and call a few petty touch fouls on us to set the tone and get control of the game, followed by calling one foul on a mugging by UM to show they are calling both ways.

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Memphis is lucky to be up.

Our defense has held them to the defense's standards, but they are perfect on their FT.

Our offense is shooting 13% worse than average. We should have scored 6+ more points right now, based on our previous averages.

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Yep...missed a bunch of point blanks...the average should swing backin the 2nd half.

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We are a second half team. Let's get this!

Bad end of the 1st and start of the 2nd for Storm

Aluma with the and 1!

Lol that foul on Catoor wtf is this

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Refs are trash, and commentators are just as bad.

Oof - lots of missed opportunities.

So you call that horseshit on Cattoor but still allow VT to get mugged? At least act like you're trying to call a fair game.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

The camera angle was so poor that I couldn't tell what Cattoor did.

3 fouls on Cattoor, and barely any contact on any of them.

Make that 4 without contact.

The complaining in this thread is ridiculous. Yes that one from the first half was total bs but there has been contact - enough for fouls with how tight these refs are calling this game. He slapped the Memphis guy in the face on one of the fouls

I wonder how much that Memphis coaching costs?

Great now we're going to get a Larry Brown Cam for the rest of the game

LARRY BROWN CAM

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Nice to see the ref planning dinner with Larry Brown after the game

Nice to see the ref acknowledging that Brown is buying.

Hokies are forcing Memphis to play our game which is nice to see.
Commentary is ridiculously one-sided and it's painful to hear.

These refs hate Cattoor

Cattoor just breathed on him. Foul.

This is bogus!

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

They're up by 5, but the way the announcers are talking they're up by 50.

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Amazing the hand job for memphis.......

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Crazy this is a close game with the 8-5

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This just prepares us for Duke and UNC.

Larry Brown can suck my scrotum.

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I'm surprised we can hear the bias coming out of these commentators mouths with how much Memphis pecker they're choking on

We're still in it but frustrating from a few guys

Murphy has been a weak spot

Maddox gonna have to step up for Cattoor with that foul trouble. Not a great game from Hunter anyway

Mutts can't dribble well. Good thing he still plays the 4 and not the 3 like many wanted

Imma gonna have to watch the rest of this game on mute ladies and gentlemen.

Is coronavirus over yet?

I don't usually comment on announcers, but I do agree they seem to be talking about this game as if it isn't close, and then every so often quickly point out that it is very close lol. It's really odd to listen to.

But we're just weathering the storm....

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Hunter on the bench with 4 fouls is a travesty with how they've allowed Memphis to play.

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Probably the least deserving player on the court to be sitting four fouls

Did you know Memphis plays two Freshmen that should be Juniors in High School?

Who are "slowly but surely" leaving their mark on this game.

Well Dandridge helps averages them out since he looks to be about 40

Aluma really needs to make shots from two feet away

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Keve has had a couple easy buckets go in and out

The ref high fiving 100 year old Larry Brown then we get tackled, shanked and gouged and no fouls.
Interesting

SCHokie

Maddox needs to take over

Drink every time they mention Bates is 17 and you'll be hungover all Thanksgiving day long

I'm too drunk to taste this turkey.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

I can't watch this bullshit anymore. These refs are absolute dogshit and are legit the worst refs I've ever seen in any game. Fuckin eh.

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Loooool

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Wow, Aluma got jobbed on two straight calls. This is so awful.

Close call my ass. He trucked Aluma. Good grief.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

This is maybe one of the worst officiated games I've ever witnessed, holy shit

For Memphis's "All star coaching staff," they are the
most undisciplined, disorganized looking basketball team

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They play a little too recklessly on offense, but they are more athletic and talented than us, hence the scoreline. Hardaway is definitely a top recruiter more than a top x and o guy

They legitimately would not be winning if they were called for all the bullshit they are committing with their "aggressive defense"

Always worth playing aggressive defense. They won't call everything

Hey did you guys know Bates is 17?

You know I had forgotten in the last 30 seconds. Thanks for reminding me. 🙃

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I only knew he should be a Junior in high school and I'm being asked to imagine how good he'll be come February.

Did you know the majority of players improve as the season goes on?

Alright, need a couple stops and a few buckets.

Let's Go!

Would be big if we can get some of these refs to get into foul trouble

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We are battling but looks like we are getting tired. Hope we can continue to push through to the finish. If we can get a few big shots to fall, the game is there for the taking

Giving our guys props for maintaining their composure. Bad calls, getting roughed up, some bad luck, and yet they are not getting caught up in that.

And their losers, benefit of so many bad calls get teed up for betating the ref.

We are starting to look a little worn out. Going to have to dig deep these last 7+ minutes.

Let's go!

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Hokies!

I love that the lead hasn't been more than 8 the whole half and they go "oh wow we got a game now"

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Boom screen and 3

Wow - Mutts buried that guy!

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Allyene! And Mutts with the screen!

Great few possessions. Fantastic pick and great shot from our mvp today Alleyne to take the lead. Huge sequence

If we could just hit a free throw

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Apparently being 17 didn't help Bates getting dropped by Mutts

Haha I thought that was such an odd time to state his age there

Missed opportunities. Chernobyl level reffing. 1 point lead. This team has grit

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Not allowed to use the G word anymore.

I'm proud of the Hokies composure, because Memphis has little of that. Makes a difference in a tight game

Wonder if Bates will ever lose that nickname?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

To be fair, for all the bullshit being spewed by these announcers, if Bates learns to play under control it's easy to see why he'll be one of the best players in college basketball

Absolutely. But Memphis will only get him for one year - not sure if he will be his best before he leaves.

True, but then again most one and dones aren't

That 17 y/o kid just got put on his ASS by a man.

Butts for Mutts.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Our free throw shooting has been piss poor tonight. Probably will be the difference in the game

No one jumping for the rebound these guys are so tired

Storm is gassssed

I noticed that too. I almost jumped through my screen to grab that board.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Having no bench will kill us this year

Love that screen by Mutts. Just trucked that Memphis player and then the 3.

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"They took control of this game" uhhhh are we watching the same game??

Aluma dude wtf was that

Ojaiko or Nguessan would have been more physical than that

No legs. Dude is gassed from getting mugged all night.

We put the K in Kwality

If we lose this game at this point it's our fault. We are missing too many lay ups and easy shots, and not hitting wide open 3's.

And... Free Throws.

Is coronavirus over yet?

And free throws

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Ran out of gas from the physicality and lack of depth

... and wow a huge Miss in transition from Alleyne

We ran out of gas. We've expended a lot of energy on D to hold Memphis to just over 60 points.

When you have to play against 8 it takes a toll. You rush shots, you second guess what you are doing. Some of that play can be laid at the feet of the awful calls and how that impacts the game.

Keve has left about 10 points in the paint tonight

He's also left a lot of DNA on their elbows.

We put the K in Kwality

If he would just power up and dunk instead of trying to finesse pussy layups, he'd have 8-10 more points......frustrating

Could use a pussy touchdown right about now.

We're just gassed and you can see it in each shot. Got some good looks but the guys all have jello arms at the moment

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Can complain about the refs, blah blah blah. We haven't played well tonight, at all. Quite frankly, the team looks bad.

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Hard disagree... This is a very talented and extremely physical defensive team. i think we've played really well all things considered.

Of course we left some points out there, but you can't win them all.

Is coronavirus over yet?

Cattor passing up a 3 to get one for Aluma isn't ideal.

Our 3 point shooting and FT's lost this one. Good experience though, I hope they grow from this one.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Missing shots near the rim too often and a few too many FTs will cost us the game it seems like

And as I type this Alleyne misses another one at the basket

Wow...either we're gassed or just can't finish tonight

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Those things tend to go together

We have a good team but we're incredibly soft in the paint on both ends of the floor

These commentators, oh my God

Did you know his greatest problem is he's only 17 years old?

We put the K in Kwality

I wouldn't mind having that problem.

Announcer just said Bates is 17? Wish this would've been public knowledge by now.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Team is gassed, this is the first game this season where they had to put in effort the full 40. Alleyne missed layup was prime evidence (Williams running in front of him was not the reason he missed, despite commentary saying that was the most amazing defensive play ever)

Exactly what I saw, even in the first half. Memphis made us work hard and definitely could have used a backup point guard. Crazy that we were still in it and kept things close. More of a testament of how inefficient Memphis was.

I mean seriously, at what point does a producer tell him in his ear to shut the fuck up about the kids' age?

That's the only research they did in prep for this game. And the Larry Brown bit.

Can't beat the depth of Memphis with this shooting performance and sloppy turnovers. Regardless, encouraging to see a tight game versus NBA talent. Plenty of time to fix this.

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

Can't win games when your starting point guard goes 1-6 before garbage time with 6 turnovers. Murphy was dreadful today. Plus your star center goes 5-17... Best perimeter player goes 4-13, although he at least shot free throws well

Very tough stretch of games coming up. Xavier on Friday, away against Maryland next. Then acc game vs Wake. Tough game vs St. Bonaventure in a couple weeks. Big time to either build the resume or see our tourney hopes fade

This will probably be the longest team we will face this year. I think the length affected Murphy quite a bit and hopefully he will adjust. Aluma needs to be be more physical and finish.

I fear that Aluma's inconsistent physicality and toughness down low will cost him a shot with the NBA

Murphy has struggled vs good teams in the past too (presumably ones with long athletic guards). With the total lack of depth on this team and the small flaws in the offensive lineup, we will struggle vs top 25 type teams. Hopefully we can win a few to avoid being on the wrong side of the bubble

Wait? Bates is only 17? That's amazing.

We put the K in Kwality

This play-by-play guy sounds like he has a room booked for a hopefully post-game slam session with the Memphis coaching staff. Oh my gosh!!! 🤮

This will be a good game to learn from. We left a lot of opportunities out there. Beat Xavier!!

WTF was the "new rule" put in place 2 years ago he was talking about at the end. It was a clear foul with time left on the clock. Even if the game was decided, why would the "old" rule have just ended the game without taking the free throw shots?

Hard fought loss against a pretty good team, but that's a winnable game with some better play. Pretty sloppy with some turnovers but Memphis is long. Got nothing from the bench tonight. Left a lot of points on the rim tonight as well, especially Aluma. He played fairly well overall but man, there were several shots he had up close that rolled off the rim because he went up soft. Go up looking to punish someone. You either dunk it or draw the foul.

He needs to get some pointers from Zach LeDay

Heluva defensive performance.

They will not be held under 70 again

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I was getting really frustrated seeing mutts held from behind on every rebound opportunity

Danny is always open

Fuck Memphis, I hope we see these guys in March. Fouled all game long, wasn't surprised to see Larry Brown there, classic Carolina bullshit.

Unfortunately missed shots and inability to box out cost us, somehow it was still close. We won't lose to them in a rematch

No way, i don't hope we see them. They are such a bad match-up for us

Bad take here. They played how the game was called.

Nah reasonable take. Aluma makes a couple of the close ones and we hit a couple of those open ones and we win. While I agree that Memphis continued to play defense the way the refs allowed we battled on defense too and our offensive as a team was far more advanced than theirs in my opinion.

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The bad take part is the fuck Memphis, they fouled too much.

The part about making a couple shots and boxing out is on point.

Disagree. They did they classic Louisville/West Virginia/UNC tactic of setting the tone as being contact heavy early, the refs can't call it on every play. They did it from the opening whistle didn't adjust at all, the refs eventually adjusted but Brown and the players threw a hissy fit after every call.

It's a strategy. Just because we don't match up as well with it, doesn't mean it deserves shade. And they did call stuff early which put their two best players on the bench. If we were a more physical team we would have been able to make some shots down the stretch and maybe in win the game.

I thought our guys did step up to being more physical but had to back off as they were being called for most contact.
Even the announcers whom were embarrassingly in the bag for Memphis came around by the end of the game where the slo mo replay showed Aluma on defense completely planted feet and arms at his side still got called for the defensive charge on a basket.

Announcer stated weeeeell, that was close.

That sort of stuff, more than the 3 points that represented,, serves to shut a team down when they need to be aggressive most.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

The block call you reference in the second half was a less about being physical and more of a basketball play. And it was probably a charge, so it was a bad call. But getting called for a block on a close play like that should not (and I don't think it did) take away a teams aggressiveness. It happened pretty late in the game too I think (around 8 minutes to go maybe).

It's a strategy that works when the refs swallow the whistle in order not to call a foul every play. That Alleyne tie up had a ton of contact, Mutts got killed inside a few times and Aluma was getting fouled on several of those misses.

Can you win effectively with that strategy? Yes. Can you do it with every officiating crew? No. Were they skilled enough to execute that defense without excessive contact and occasionally blatant fouling? Definitely not.

It's a legitimate style of play sure but still one many of us love to hate, and for good reason

Does this count as a Justin Fuente revenge game?

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

Either way I am blaming him for the loss.

Not sure they are the #9 team in the country, but they might be. No secret we are not top ten. We are probably top 20. We should find out in the next few games. Depth and point are not there, especially at center/power forward and point. Should still go dancing, but will need to grow more and get some luck to go far. I would have liked to see go deeper on the bench for the experience, but hard to do that when we were in it all the way. Need to build for next year, not just this year, but hopefully we get better from today.

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Didn't realize we were on the Memphis color commentary till I unmuted it in the second half. The way they talked it was like it was a blowout. Good learning experience for this group to keep getting better. I still feel very good on the potential of this team they belonged out there and with more time to keep grinding they will get better

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Totally agree, sucks to lose but I saw a lot of positives in the loss. We were a few open looks away from being right there. Aluma has come out of nowhere to be the player he is now. Obvious from watching game he is not as physically gifted as some of their guys but I feel good about him improving and more consistently powering those shots down. Murphy had some mistakes but overall he was solid getting the ball up court against pressure.

On paper and recruiting wise our team maybe shouldn't have won but from watching the game I think they will win plenty. No one is going to want to play the Hokies at the end of the season. Capable shooters, hard nosed defense and good coaching will be tough to beat.

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Lost our legs, which is why they missed the FT's and open looks, IMO. Gotta play the bench more when the other team is much more physical, even if it means mismatches for a few minutes. We had enough opportunities to win and couldn't convert.

0-7 in the last offensive plays. We take a one point lead and then decide to forget to score. Otherwise, this could be a win or at least a one point lead. Tough to see us miss so many open shots to pull the very realistic upset

Agree, there were a bunch of chances and open shots to take the lead or keep close. Sometimes they don't go down. If it happens repeatedly in games I'd be worried, but I'm encouraged that we were getting those shots.

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Another open Tre miss.

We now lose by double digits.

Edit: dumb foul and we close it within single digit loss.

Memphis is going to run a lot of teams off the court. This was a very winnable game. It's fun watching basketball, which I haven't been able to say for football in a long time.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Missed wide open shots down the stretch that could have changed the momentum

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I found it interesting with aluma playing so poorly that John and David didn't get more run. I remember seeing them in for a possession or two and losing track of the guy they were supposed to be defending but was hoping their aggressiveness would allow for the things aluma wasn't providing down low on offense.

As nice as these November wins are. The teams going to be fine in the stretch. If there's a game to drop early, a contested loss to a very good and physical Memphis team is how you should do it.

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That was a winnable game. I guess coach didn't think we're actually 10 deep.

Also the officiating was horrible on both sides but I felt we got screwed in key moments.

The really sad part is I would rather face Iowa State than Xavier.