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Iowa entered this game ranked 17th nationally in points allowed per game. That ranking is going to decrease a bit after tonight’s games are finished. The Hokies were magnificent at times tonight. Had it not been for a 15-2 run by the Hawkeyes after the under 16 timeout in the 2nd half, this game could have been even uglier. The Hokies dealt with Iowa’s size advantage and just flat outscored them.
Erick Green once again led all scorers with 24 points while adding five rebounds and five assist as well. Robert Brown stepped up and made a few huge shots down the stretch. He finished with 18 points and two assists. The most surprising stat of the night has to be Joey Van Zegeren’s output. Joey Z finished with 10 points and three rebounds.
Virginia Tech will need to work on their defense going forward. What I once thought was an anomaly is turning into a trend. Tech is just not a great team on the defensive end. However, I saw that knowing Green is good for a steal and a breakaway dunk at least once a game.
The Hokies tried to double whenever the ball was passed into the post and early on, they were burned for a few wide-open dunks. After an adjustment, that open pass to the opposite post disappeared. But, the lack of defensive awareness from this team at times is a concern. Eventually, that will cost us a game or two, especially in conference.
Still, the Hokies are 6-0 and they just throttled a decent Iowa team. I don’t see the Hawkeyes being a tournament team come March but it would shock me if they fall out of the top 100 in the RPI at any point this season. Their size advantage is going to help them, especially outside of the Big Ten.
Next up for the Hokies are the Cowboys of Oklahoma State this Saturday inside Cassell Coliseum. If you have a ticket to that game, there’s no reason not to go. The Cowboys are 15th in the country in the AP Poll this week. This will be one of the toughest games Tech will play before ACC play commences in January. A win on Saturday could mean something special for this group. Or at the very least, it will give Tech a top 50 RPI win very early on in the season.
So, if you have a ticket, be sure to schedule a trip to Blacksburg on Saturday. It’s going to be a fun game to watch.
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