When Virginia Tech joined the Atlantic Coast Convention in the summertime of 2004, among the previous guard doubted the Hokies may ever win a league title.
Judging from what’s occurred within the first third of the convention schedule, the skeptics might be proved fallacious. A 64-60 win at Wake Forest on Sunday boosted the 16th-ranked Hokies to 11-2 general and 5-1 within the ACC, solely a half-game behind Virginia for first place.
And with lowly Boston Faculty (3-10, 1-6) visiting Blacksburg, Va., on Wednesday for a convention contest, adopted by highway video games towards two extra groups with sub-.500 ACC data, Syracuse and Notre Dame, Virginia Tech seems to be in good condition so as to add to its stretch of seven wins in eight video games.
“It’s a true group and so they do not care who will get the credit score,” Hokies coach Mike Younger stated. “And that may be a enjoyable group to be part of.”
Making it extra enjoyable is that Virginia Tech has proven the flexibility to win in a wide range of methods, together with at Wake Forest. The Hokies weren’t robust with the ball at occasions and the Demon Deacons battled laborious, however Virginia Tech did sufficient to intestine one out.
Tyrece Radford led the way in which with 20 factors, which on the heels of his 18-point, 12-rebound outing towards Duke was sufficient to earn him ACC Co-Participant of the Week. The Hokies additionally obtained 13 factors every from Hunter Cattoor and freshman David N’Guessan.
“We gained, and the final time I checked, that is the one factor that issues,” Younger stated. “I am happy with them.”
Keve Aluma (14.eight ppg) and Jalen Cone (11.7) are Virginia Tech’s main scorers regardless of a tough recreation at Wake. They mixed for 5 factors — all by Aluma. Radford chips in 11.2 ppg.
As for Boston Faculty, it continued to have issues with first-shot protection Saturday in an 80-70 loss at Notre Dame. The Eagles allowed the Combating Irish, who have not drawn any comparisons to Gonzaga’s offensive machine this season, to hit 47.7 p.c from the sector and might 14 of 31 3-point makes an attempt (45.2 p.c).
And that was really a better-than-normal efficiency for Boston Faculty. Opponents are capturing a whopping 48.Three p.c from the sector.
“As the sport wore on, whether or not it was due to fatigue or lack of communication, I assumed we obtained them going within the transition recreation,” Eagles coach Jim Christian stated. “Guys have to remain targeted. You simply cannot depart guys extensive open like that on the highway.”
Steffon Mitchell provided 16 factors and 13 rebounds for Boston Faculty, the 15th double-double of his profession. Jay Heath and Wynston Tabbs every scored 14 factors, however the Eagles simply could not make up for a scarcity of protection.
Heath (13.6 ppg) and Tabbs (13.3) lead the Boston Faculty assault, which has relied closely on the 3-pointer. The Eagles common 9.5 3-point makes per recreation, hitting 17 after they routed Miami 84-62 on Jan. 12.
Boston Faculty leads the all-time sequence 20-13, courting to the groups’ days as members of the Large East Convention.
–Discipline Degree Media