Tech Buries Iowa 95-79, Improves to 6-0

by JustinC on November 27, 2012 · 8 comments

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Erick Green virginia tech 11 300x168 Tech Buries Iowa 95 79, Improves to 6 0Iowa 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.Picture 12 Tech Buries Iowa 95 79, Improves to 6 0

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.

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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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Chachi November 28, 2012 at 12:57 am

Very, very nice! Seth who?

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VTHOKIES November 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

I think this year VT Basketball is going to be a great year. On a off the topic question to anyone who can answer this. What happened with Kwamane Bowens and are we even still pursuing him? I thought he commited to WV, but nothing has him as commited to them online which has been weird for some time now.

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Justin November 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Now that Louisville has been added to the ACC. We get a chance to show what Harrell missed out on each year!!

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Les November 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Not much to be glaned so far as the schedule has been weak thus far. The first 7 or 8 opponents aren’t going to pressure the ball or the perimeter much.

The ball certainly moves better without Dorian Finney-Smith and Dorenzo Hudson clogging the perimeter. The offense almost aways started with DFS handling the ball, and Hudson had limited mobility and ball-handling skills.

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justinc November 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

Agreed but this season isn’t about a national title or an ACC title, it’s about building the foundation of a program. I mean even with a weak start to our schedule, did you really expect this group to be 6-0? With Oklahoma State and WVU up next, getting to 7-0 or even 8-0 would be fantastic, especailly with such limited depth.

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Les November 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

I don’t think one would’ve expected a repeat of the extent of injuries that decimated the roster last year. Green, Hudson, Davila, Raines, Rankin, and Thompson all missed time last year. I expected the team to bounce back IF there was someone to man the center position full-time. I’m glad to see a more normal rotation in the C-PF positions. We can’t have the big guys hold up the entire season if they’re playing 35-40 minutes each game.

Oklahoma State would be a great win which I’m expecting.

Winning at West Virginia would be a great road win although the Mountaineers are terrible this season.

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Les November 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

Correction: Oklahoma State would be a great win which I’m not expecting.

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Chachi November 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

If VT wins one of the next 2, then wins the 2 following against MVSU and GSU, then goes up against Bradley with a 9-1 record (a game they deifinitely can win, though may not be favored) I will be overjoyed. Who would have predicted them being at 9-1 after the first 10 games? Anyone? Even 8-2 I would consider overachieving based on the youth and size of their bench. Props to JJ, I really like the way he coaches, in the attitude he instills and the way he relates to the fans and the players. At this point, I am willing to say “thank you” to Weaver for knowing a good man when he sees one.

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