Hokies Choke Away 15 Point Lead Against FSU

Posted: February 16, 2012 in Men's Basketball

How typical.

How. Damn. Typical.

Up 15 points with 10 minutes left in the game.  Greenberg starts telling the team to kill clock.  Hokies do kill the clock, all the while not scoring points because the team was using up 30 seconds of shot clock and chucking up 3-pointers.

All of a sudden, FSU is within 5 points.  All of a sudden, Virginia Tech decides they don’t remember how to make free-throws.

How bad did that amnesia get?  I’m talking 3-10 down the stretch.

If you’re  wondering why all of my sentences are so short, I’m too pissed to type a long sentence.  Hitting the “.” key hard is kind of therapeutic.

With the game on the line.  10.7 seconds left.  Jarell Eddie is pushed and is fouled.  He can’t shoot the free-throws and so Greenberg has to pick a sub off the bench.  Davila is hurt.  Raines is hurt.  Barksdale is hurt.

He has the two walk-ons and Robert Brown on the bench to choose from.  He chooses Brown, aptly named by the fans “Big Shot Bobby Brown.”

Well, just like the rest of the team, Big Shot forgets how to make a free throw.  Bricks both of them.  FSU trails by two points.

They run down the court and hit a big 3-pointer.  Hokies now trail by one point.  They heave up a prayer, naturally it doesn’t fall.

How damn typical.

That’s all there really is to say.  Nothing more, nothing less.  This was an epic collapse in a game which could have been a statement for this “young” group of players.  Instead, it turned into a loss that none of these players will ever forget.

Virginia Tech coming into the game was the no. 1 free-throw shooting team in the ACC.  Tonight – not so much.

My message to Greenberg: This is why you don’t play to lose.  This is why your team scored seven (SEVEN) points in the last 10 minutes of the game.  Instead of piling it on like an elite coach does, you chose to fall back on your heels.  Well guess what, you just got smacked in the face for it.  You don’t kill clock with 10 minutes left in the game.  Are you serious?  I thought you would have learned not to do that after all the countless times you have played not to lose before, but apparently you have not.

All I can say for this game.  It was so damn typical.

Hokies fall to 14-12 on the season, 3-8 in the ACC.  Next up: Georgia Tech at Cassell this Saturday at 3 PM.

  1. Greg says:

    Not going to lie, I completely disagree. You can’t pile it on because you have NO BENCH. I see your point that we could have continued to run it, but that tires out players and we would have fouled out at least Eddie if not more. And you can’t do that in a came where all 3 bigs are out and your only bench player is a smaller shooting guard and walk-ons.

    It was a heart-breaker but honestly this is the best coaching I’ve seen out of Seth all year. He did everything right. He can’t go out there and shoot the FT’s for the kids.

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