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    The Hokies are next up as the Pack returns to the road. All ACC road games are stern tests and Virginia Tech is a quality opponent.

    Scheduled for 7 Feb @ 21:00 eastern, broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

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    VT can fill it up leading the conference at 40% from behind the arc. Their 3 leading scorers Bibbs, Hill, and Blackshear Jr. are all plus 40% from 3 land. They are very athletic and play hard. ESPN is giving us a 24.6% chance of winning this game. Ouch!! Bottom line both teams are "slightly" above the bubble as far as being in the dance. A win by either team will put some cushion for that team above the bubble. A loss by either would likely drop that team back on the bubble. Regardless still too much basketball to play for this game to be a make it or break it for either. I am just baffled by ESPN giving us less than a 25% chance to win this one. The defense I saw this past Saturday alone gives us at least a 50% chance even on a bad shooting night. Wolfpack hustle!!! Keatts 12/9 formula (if you don't know it watch Wolfpack Hustle 10 on Youtube) and this is a 9:00 game.

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    The Hokies certainly filled it up in the first half, shooting about 66%, mostly layups.

    I’m surprised we’re even in shouting distance going to the locker room.

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    Did not get to see the game but checked the box score with more than 15 minutes to go in the 1rst half and saw Yert with 8 points and 2 fouls and knew then it would be a up hill battle. That seems to be the recipe for our defeats this season is Yert getting into foul trouble early in the game. I saw where Keatts got a T on Yerts 3rd foul in the 1rst half. That was the 1rst T I can recall on Keatts as a Pack coach and if so I guess history was made tonight and I wish Keatts many more Ts as a Pack coach because a T on a coach usually happens when the coach has the teams back and I feel Keatts has had that. Also to let the ACC officials he means business. I thought our last 3 coaches (Gott, Lowe, and HWSNBM) were pushovers when it came to the refs. Gott should had been T'd 5 times and removed from the arena in one game (the game when Corch and Gugs got ejected) not to mention Yow should have been escorted out right behind them. Glad to see Keatts showing backbone and having his players back tonight regardless of the call because I did not see it.

    Back to the game it seems our inability to stop the dribble drive hurt us all night regardless of Yerts foul trouble. That is the one flaw I mentioned in the Notre Dame game in an otherwise outanding defensive performance. Don't know how we can get better at that this season because that is usually caused by a lack of athleticism. One thing for sure. The "holes" main keys for success this weekend will be getting Yert in foul trouble early and drive to the hoop.

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    Yep, they killed us with the dribble penetrations from either side of the key. The other factor is we whittled the lead down to just six with about 5 minutes remaining, and at that point, Al Freeman took an inbounds pass off a Hokie turnover and immediately went up for a very poor three point attempt. Virginia Tech then nailed a three in transition, and that was about all she wrote!

    Final score: Hokies 85, Pack 75.

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    Game was tied with 8:30 left in the first half. Over the next 4:00, Tech outscored the Pack 14-1. Luckie calls a tech on Keatts, and the Pack had 8 fouls called on their bigs in the first half - 3 on Yurt and Freeman, 2 on Abu.

    Beverly got roasted on the edge by Robinson, which led to at least 4 of the fouls on the bigs. Al Freeman was woefully bad, shooting 1 for 8 from the arc.

    Perimeter defense has to get better, or every subsequent opponent will copy this game plan vs the Pack. Guards have to understand that their porous defense leads to Yurtseven riding the pine, and this team goes nowhere with Yurtseven on the bench with foul trouble.

    Gotta hope Duke absolutely wears the Holes out tomorrow night, and that they’re still too tired to drive the lane on our guys Saturday...

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    Spot on analysis, PW!

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    It didn't help that Yert got called for fouls when his shadow hit the offensive player.

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    Va Tech just beat Clemson to take over the #4 slot in the conference standings, as they now have the head to head tiebreaker over us and Clemson, with all three teams at 9-6.

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    Yes, but it might help us by ridding Clemson of their one game advantage. The Pack’s goal is clear: Just win, baby!

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