Duke Drops Hokies In The Cassell

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Men's Basketball

Josh Hairston Drives Past Victor Davila For An Easy Layup

I’m going to make this short and sweet because there’s no reason for me to waste your time reading through paragraph after paragraph why Duke was better than us.  I can list the reasons off in a very short list:

  1. Talent Gap
  2. Coach K

Not very complicated, as you can see.  Duke simply recruits better players than Virginia Tech does and Coach K is arguably the best basketball coach ever.  Heading into halftime, Tech was down 10 points but not out of it by any stretch.  Coach K made the proper adjustments and started dumping the ball inside to both Plumlee brothers and worked the dribble drive with their guards which Tech couldn’t slow down.

The game was effectively over with 11 minutes left in the second half when Duke stretched its lead to 62-39 over the Hokies.  The final score was 75-60.

A couple of things to take away from this game though:

  • Victor Davila had a great game tonight.  He not only tied his career best in points with 16, but he also grabbed 7 boards as well.  He was active on the boards and fought hard down low despite being undersized against Duke’s forwards.  If only he could replicate that success more often.
  • Erick Green needs help on the offensive side of the ball. Outside of Victor Davila, no other Hokie besides Green scored more than 8 points tonight.  This isn’t rare for this group of Hokies either.  Heading into this game, the Hokies averaged 67.7 points per game.  Prior to this game, Erick Green averaged 15.9 points per game.  Some quick math says that Erick Green is essentially 1/4th of Tech’s offense.  Outside of Dorenzo Hudson, no other Hokie player averages more than 10 points per game either.  Someone else needs to step up offensively for the Hokies if they want to win some games.
  • 25.  By my count, that is the number of shots in a row that Dorian Finney-Smith has missed from the field.  His last made shot was against Florida State on January 10.  Greenberg tried to get Doe-Doe going early in the game and it just didn’t happen.  In 17 minutes tonight, Doe-Doe was 0-4 with 0 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 blocks.  It should be noted that he started tonight.  He quickly picked up 2 fouls in the first half and sat on the bench for a while before getting back on the floor.  Apparently Greenberg is working on “fixing” Doe-Doe’s shot and takes some blame for allowing this slump to get this bad.
  • The Hokies haven’t led in a game in over 80 minutes of game time.  Starting slow in nearly every game doesn’t help resolve this stat either.  Tech didn’t necessarily start slow today but Duke just outshot them all night from the tip onward.  Hopefully Tech can end this streak against Clemson.

The Hokies fall to 12-10 on the season, and 1-6 in ACC play.  Tech plays its next against Clemson in Cassell at 4 PM on Saturday.

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