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UpDown: Virginia Tech

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The Upside

- That’s what 21 point leads are for.

- Against NC State we had a 55-40 halftime lead. The Wolfpack came back to take an 81-82 lead, a 26-42 run for them over 16:39. Fortunately, we put on the breaks and out-scored them 6-1 in that final 3:21. Against Notre Dame we had a 49-20 lead with 1:30 left in the first half. The Irish scored 9 unanswered points in the last 1:29 of the half. They came back to get within 86-83 with 1:07 left in the game, a 37-63 run in 20:23. Fortunately we just traded single baskets in that 1:07 and a length of the court 3 point attempt was short. Tonight we avoided a run at the end of the half and had a good start to the second half and had a 48-27 lead with 19:20 left in the game. The Hokies got within 69-62, a 21-35 run, when Coach Autry called a time-out with 7:16 left. After the time-out, Quadir Copeland found Maliq Brown for a dunk. Judah Mintz found Copeland for a lay-up and it was 73-62. The teams traded baskets until it was 80-69 after a Mintz three point play with 3:04 left. Copeland made a steal and passed to Brown for a dunk. Brown boarded a Pedulla miss and Starling made a lay-up to make it 84-69 with 54 seconds left and we could put the Maalox back in the cabinet.

- We’ve scored 87, 88 and 84 points in successive ACC games despite not having a strong perimeter game and having no inside scoring at all. (The pick and roll is not inside scoring.)

- This team beat our nemesis, Virginia, 74-41, eight days ago. Yeah, I know, there is no transitive property. Still…

- When Judah Mintz is looking to get fouled, he takes some really ugly shots that go in fi there’s a miracle. When Judah Mintz decides to score, he can get by anybody and score on really good shots. That’s what he did tonight, scoring 29 points on 10 for 17 field goals. He also was 8 for 8 from the foul line. He was in a slump at the line earlier this year but he’s 34 for 38 in the last five games. Still, free throws get you one points. Field goals get you two points. And I think he shoots free throws better when he makes field goals.

- JJ added 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, a block and a steal. Early in the game, he looked like he was running at 45rpm while everybody else was 33 1/3. (To Gen X: that was a reference to vinal records.) He actually had to slow down to get in sync with his teammates.

- Maliq had his problems defensively but was a problem offensively, hitting 6 of 7 shots for 12 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and passing for 2 assists, which hugely underestimates his passing and the offense ran through him and he kept getting the ball to teammates who were open for shots or had space to maneuver.

- Quadir Copeland, as usual, upped the energy when he entered the game. He scored 12 points, had 4 assists in addition to 2 rebounds and a steal.

- For the 5th straight game, we were in the lead when Justin Taylor first came out of the game: 23-16 vs. UNC, 9-5 vs. Georgia Tech, 21-11 over NC State , 16-9 vs. Notre Dame and 15-13 in this game. He may not be the liability people think he is. And Red has found a way to get his contributions on the scoreboard: have him work the baseline where his strength allow him to get the ball into the basket. He also made a couple of free throws, which could get him muscle memory going again. He also had 6 rebounds, harkening back to early in the season when he was rebounding like a power forward.

- Kyle Cuffe hit a three but it wasn’t his most spectacular play. That would be a steal and a steak down the sideline, (he looked like a wide receiver doing a high wire act to stay in bounds) and beating three defenders to the basket for a lay-up.

- Hey! We actually out-rebounded somebody: 31-27. We were also +3 in turnovers.

- 19-10 against the 4th best schedule in the nation, (measured by opponent’s combined winning percentage) is a pretty good record. If we can beat Louisville or Clemson, we will have our first 20 win regular season in 10 years.


19-10 (10-8) with 2+ to go…

LET’S GO ORANGE!


Net Points

This year I’m going to make things a bit easier on myself and just list the net points in each game after the Upside. Once a month I’ll do a deeper dive into the numbers rather than doing a “Net Points, etc.” post after every game. ‘Net’ points are the positives (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks) minus the negatives, (missed field goals and free throws, turnovers and fouls committed).

Judah Mintz game: 31NP in 40 minutes; season: 415NP in 974 minutes = 17.0NP/40m
JJ Starling game: 20NP in 28 minutes; season: 293NP in 1,011 minutes = 11.6NP/40m
Maliq Brown game: 19NP in 36 minutes; season: 423NP in 827 minutes = 20.5NP/40m
Justin Taylor game: 12NP in 25 minutes; season: 158NP in 662 minutes = 9.5NP/40m
Quadir Copeland game: 6NP in 23 minutes; season: 276NP in 645 minutes = 17.1NP/40m
Kyle Cuffe game: 3NP in 15 minutes; season: 37NP in 281 minutes = 5.3NP/40m
Chris Bell game: 2NP in 29 minutes; season: 217NP in 749 minutes = 11.6NP/40m
Peter Carey game: -2NP in 4 minutes; season: -2NP in 70 minutes = -1.1NP/40m

Did not play:
Mounir Hima game: 0NP in 0 minutes season: 7NP in 45 minutes = 6.2NP/40m

Hurt:
Chance Westry game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 0NP in 0 minutes = 0.0NP/40m

Out for the season:
Naheem McLeod game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 108NP in 202 minutes = 21.4NP/40m

Red Shirting:
William Patterson game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 0NP in 0 minutes = 0.0NP/40m

Left team:
Benny Williams game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 99NP in 307 minutes = 12.9NP/40m


Brent Axe:



The Downside

- It was the fourth straight game where we got out-scored in the second half while leads melted way. I guess we’re just not a second half team.

- Our defense was Swiss cheese in the second half. Tech, like us, is a team that passes and dribbles the ball well and there were just too many plays where we couldn’t prevent them from getting to the basket. Lynn Kidd and Mylyjani Poteat were 13 for 15 from the field. Maliq Brown had no answer for them. He may have been playing defense conservatively because of our lack of depth behind him. But doing a Peter Carey imitation to prevent us from having to use Peter Carey is not the answer.

- We are 14-2 at home 5-8 away from the Dome. Our last two games are away from the Dome. Smiles can turn into frowns pretty quickly.

- We found out one guy who will not be here next year. Mounir Hima, listed as junior but who must have already graduated participated in the “senior night” festivities. That opens up a scholarship for Donnie Freeman or Elijah Moore. But somebody else had to go, too. Who will it be?
 
- We found out one guy who will not be here next year. Mounir Hima, listed as junior but who must have already graduated participated in the “senior night” festivities. That opens up a scholarship for Donnie Freeman or Elijah Moore. But somebody else had to go, too. Who will it be?
It was Benny.

Benny and Hima leaving make room for Freeman and Moore.

The question will then be who portals out, if anyone, and who portals in, if anyone.
 
JT finished an alleyoop - that was nice to see him have a better game and Cuffe got some good run. Cuffe just looks a step slower than everyone else to me
 
While I get frustrated on the play of the team, I do enjoy when the ball moves around and more players get involved in the game. Judah can be fun to watch sometimes but do not believe that his one on many game will transition well to the next level.

Starling, Brown, Bell (now that there is some offensive consistency and even though he is trying at defense) and Quadir provide some entertaining basketball. JT is capable of providing offensive now that he is cutting to the basket and Malik passes to him.

Wish we had a couple more contributors off the bench. We had 13 scholarships. Chance goes down, MacLeod goes down, Hima has never really played, Bennie gets kicked off, Carey gets hurt and Patterson redshirts, leaving us with 7 and 1/4 (Carey) players. The zone is needed from time to time to protect the iron man players

Almost wish that they give Owens a little playing time in the games where we have a big lead just to get him a little game experience in the case of injuries.

Question: Now that Hima is a graduating senior, is he gone or will he make use of his last year of eliglbity at Syracuse?
 
JT finished an alleyoop - that was nice to see him have a better game and Cuffe got some good run. Cuffe just looks a step slower than everyone else to me
Not the Kyle Cuffe I'm watching.
 
It has been ten years since we have had a 20 win season???
Oh No Wow GIF by The Great British Bake Off
 

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