Tech Loses Sixth Straight to Cavs 65-45.

by Tyler A on January 26, 2014 · 8 comments

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The Hokies lost their sixth straight game to the Cavaliers 65-45. Tech falls to 8-11 overall and 1-6 in the conference. It was another familiar sight with Tech struggling to find any offense and cash in from the charity line. I knew Tech was not going to beat UVA, but I was hoping for them to at least keep it close, but that definitely didn’t happen.

This game was over at halftime due to Tech’s scoring drought. The Hokies went without a basket for an eight minute stretch and after that went over ten more minutes without any field goals. The only points during that ten minute stretch came from Devin Wilson, when he hit on one of his two fouls shots. Ben Emelogu was finally able to end the drought by hitting a three. Tech only managed to score 17 points (to UVA’s 34) in the first half. The Wahoos closed the half out on a 21-6 run that put this game out of reach way before it was even close to being over. UVA is a defense minded team so this shouldn’t have came by surprise, but it would have been nice to see the Hokies find their rhythm from behind the ark and make a game of this one. The Hoos were picked to finish fourth in the ACC, while the Hokies were predicted to finish dead last. So this game played out as expected.

The second half wasn’t any better. The Hokies were able to cut the lead to 12, but that was as close as they could get. The Cavaliers answered the run and increased their lead back up to 23. Even when UVA cleared the bench, the Hokies couldn’t do anything other than trade baskets. It was another poor performance from our young team.

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Jarell Eddie’s cold streak continues, as he went 2-10 for only seven points. Adam Smith missed the game once again because of a calf injury. Wilson led the Hokies with twelve points and was the only Hokie in double digits. The Hokies went 14-42 (33%) from the field (3-18 from down town) and went 14-25 (56%) from the free throw line. Needless to say, not only did UVA’s defense do a great job, but our poor shooting sure did help them out. There isn’t much more to say about this one other than to put it behind you and move on. Just like Justin mentioned in his article we have to continue, even as frustrating as it is, to have patience with this team. James Johnson was left with a program that was on the verge of falling apart and it is going to take him some time to rebuild it. So even as hard as it is right now, we all have to keep being patient and try to stay positive.

The Hokies will play at Boston College next. The Eagles already beat the Tech in Cassell Coliseum 62-59. Boston College is currently 5-14 overall and 1-5 in the ACC. Hopefully the Hokies can end the losing streak, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up. It is going to be a long season, so buckle up and prepare for it. At least we got some good news this week regarding the new offensive line coach (Stacy Searels) and new athletic director (Whit Babcock). From everything I have read on those two, I think Tech did a great job with the hires. I feel we went out there and got the best that were available. Now hopefully our recruiting weekend goes well and we can lock up on some of our final targets and make sure everyone else stays put.

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tron January 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm

If JJ is fired i vote bruce pearl for coach.

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Tyler A January 26, 2014 at 7:33 pm

I think JJ shouldn’t be fired just yet. He hasn’t had time to get his guys here and on top of that once he gets them here they will still need a little time to develop, because we all know Tech is not going to get a bunch of one and done top tier talent guys in basketball. So we have got to give JJ time to get his guys in and allow them to develop. I like some of the young guys we have now (Wilson, Emelogu, Wood), but we have got to continue to put some pieces around them, while getting those guys playing up to their full potential. We haven’t seen Kirby or Mueller yet so I’m not sure what they bring to the table. Thompson seems to be all over the place at times. The main thing JJ needs to do going forward is get us some presence down low. The offensive woes and turnover problems, I believe, will get better as the young guys get more experience. Wilson will become a better three point and free throw shooter over the off season which will really help this team. I like the young guys, but we just have to continue to develop them and add more bodies. It is going to take some time to rebuild this program and I don’t think it would matter who was coaching unless you are a Coach K or Roy Williams.

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Gbd January 28, 2014 at 1:06 am

I agree JJ needs to go it’s all about victories and money and this program under this guy is a JOKE.

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Tyler A January 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I just don’t think any coach, with the exception of a Coach K or someone of that caliber, would have had any success with this team and the state that the program is currently in. I’m not saying JJ is going to be the coach to win us a national title, but at least give him a fair shot. You cannot do the things the way you want to do them until you get your guys their and because Tech isn’t a Kentucky they aren’t going to get the guys who have the talent right off the bat to dominate and help them make a run. So we have to give JJ a fair amount of time to get his guys on campus and develop them. Again I don’t think he is going to get us a title, but I also believe in giving a guy a fair shot. And with the way our team was when Greenberg was fired, it would have taken the second coming to turn that around over night.

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Les January 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm

He was the lead assistant and recruiter under the previous coach. He was hired to maintain continuity. It’s not entirely accurate to claim that he inherited the current situation. He had a hand in what it was at the time of the transition from Greenberg. I don’t blame Johnson entirely, but things have gone off the rails the last several years in recruiting well in areas that should be key to the program’s success. They haven’t brought in any key players from the DC Metropolitan area since Nigel Munson left the team or from the Richmond or Tidewater areaa with the exception of DFS who appears to have been a package deal with the ex-assistant Richardson.

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Tyler A January 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Nor is it entirely accurate to say he had a lot of control in what he inherited. Just because he was the lead assistant and recruiter doesn’t mean he had full control of the direction the program was going in. It all starts with the head coach and then trickles down. Johnson was doing it Greenberg’s way (recruiting guys that Greenberg wanted for his system). Also it isn’t Johnson’s fault for all the transfers and the unfortunate injuries. On top of that you had assistants leaving left and right because of Greenberg. I’m not saying JJ is the guy that is best to take the program to the next level, but I also do believe he deserves fair judgement. And until we give him time to get his guys (develop them for a couple years) and put in his system with his guys then it is an unfair judgement. And again, since we cannot get those highly touted guys (because Tech is not known for having a good basketball program), we are getting decent guys with potential, but hose guys need time to develop. Face it, right now Tech cannot afford to go out and pay a great coach to come in and turn this program around quickly. We have to stay patient and give JJ a fair chance to at least make this position look appealing to a higher caliber coach after several more seasons, once he gets some much needed depth, when his guys have developed and got the experience they need.

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Ryan January 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

I can no longer support JJ as the future coach of our team. Last night was pitiful! Every time I watch it seems they get worse not better. This team lacks fire, and plays with no sense of urgency. They are a terrible defensive team and an even worse offensive team. I do not know where this program should go, but I have lost faith in JJ. Love this team and he is a great guy, but he is not head coach!

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Les January 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

The funniest quote was from Malcolm Brogdon after UVA’s win:

“We were getting so many open shots that there were some we had to turn down,” he said, explaining that it was too early in the offensive set and the Cavaliers thought it was more important “to get more of a rhythm going.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/25/3892993/brogdon-leads-virginia-past-virginia.html#storylink=cpy

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