Hokies Get Blownout By VCU 82-52

by Tyler A on December 21, 2013 · 7 comments

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The Hokies fell to VCU tonight 82-52. I wish there was something positive to come away with from this game, but unfortunately there isn’t. The Hokies youth was exposed in this game. VCU is a team that loves to pressure the ball full court and push the pace of the game. Tech’s guards looked liked they had absolutely no idea what to do against the full court press. I expected the freshman to turnover the ball, but not at the rate that they did, because the Hokies had two weeks to prepare for this game.

In the first half VCU went on a 31-0 run, that just put the game away early on. Virginia Tech was really never able to even remotely recover from that start. Tech had fifteen turnovers in the first half alone. VCU leads the nation in steals averaging right over twelve a game. The Rams forced thirteen steals in the first half, that helped cause all of Tech's turnovers. So knowing that coming into the game, I don’t understand how we didn’t have a better press break in place to counter act the Rams aggressiveness.

The second half was pretty much more of the same. Tech turned over the ball twelve more times, and that gave them a total of 27 for the game. Oh and by the VCU set a school record for the most steals in the game with 22. The only thing that was positive in the second half was the Hokies were able to score more points and at times show some improvement in breaking the press. Other than those rare occurrences it was not a pretty game to watch at all.

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I’m glad the Hokies played this game, despite the blowout. The freshmen were exposed tonight, but this is a game that they can learn a lot from. I think our guys, down the road, will benefit from this game. Yes, it was a tough pill to swallow tonight, but it is a good experience. VCU has been a consistent tournament team the past several years and now we can use this as a measuring stick, so we can continue to make strides to getting where we would like to in a few years.  These are just part of the growing pains when you have so many freshman (especially when they are the main ball handlers) playing heavy minutes. Several injuries tonight didn’t help. Adam Smith re-aggravated a calf injury, CJ Barksdale suffered a sprained ankle, and Cadarian Raines didn’t even play. But these minutes and game experience will benefit down the road. This game will help them become better basketball players in the future. So just learn from this game and move on.

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JustinC December 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Watched 4 minutes of this game and decided to go wrap presents instead. Our basketball program has a long way to go to get on the level of VCU. Shaka Smart has built a program there like Beamer has built here in football.

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Tyler A December 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Exactly, it was an awful game and we do have a long way to go. But I do like our young guys, we just have to develop them.

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JustinC December 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

I really like Devin Wilson and Ben Emelogu. They’re both guys who probably wouldn’t play but about 10 minutes a game at a power program but the key there is both would probably play for those elite teams. They’ll both be immensely better as upperclassmen than they are now. The downside is they’re freshmen and it’s hard to count on those guys to win games for you, especially with how good the ACC is now with the additions of Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Pittsburgh.

The jury is still out on the rest of the class. I haven’t seen enough of Trevor Thompson to really make a judgement. He seems like a solid defensive prospect that will need to work on his offensive game over the off-season. Maurice Kirby is an unknown as well. I really think we’re missing Donte Clark as well. He was the best overall prospect in this class and him not enrolling hurt us this season big-time.

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GBD December 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Shaka Smart is a HELL of a coach……. VA Tech has very little talent next season needs to be Johnson’s last if no improvement is made he hasn’t shown yet he can coach. This team looked like tonight that they don’t even practice no improvement from last season to this from Johnson and VT.

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JustinC December 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

As much as I hate to say it, I think you have to give JJ 4 years before you cut the cord with the hand he was dealt. Had we actually fired Seth at the end of the season, we may have been able to get 1 or 2 better recruits in this past class, which would have certainly helped this season. The kids we have coming in next year are of ACC quality and I think Jalen Hudson is going to turn into a lottery pick down the road. He may be the best prospect we’ve gotten since DFS committed to us. We all knew this wasn’t going to be an immediate turnaround and let’s not forget that VCU is a great team that could very well end up in the Final Four in late March. We’re just not on that level yet.

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Les December 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm

We have to hope that Wilson or Mueller are adequate at point guard. There are no new point guards coming in next year.

Wilson has to pull off an Eric Green offseason to improve his shooting.

Mueller didn’t seem to be an atheltic full-court type of point guard. Otherwise, we’re looking at point guard by committee with Wilson, Mueller, and Smith.

The roster will have essentially turned over after this year. I think he has two or three years to get the program toward the middle of the ACC standings.

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hokieg December 22, 2013 at 12:26 am

Weaver got a bargin basement BB coach. I hope he was watching tonight because it showed.

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