Virginia Tech is looking for revenge against a Georgia Tech team that upset the Hokies one month ago.
When Virginia Tech (15-7, 5-4 ACC) traveled to Atlanta, the Hokies fell victim to themselves. The Hokies shot just 39.3-percent from the field and had just one 3-pointer. Seth Greenburg’s team couldn’t buy a bucket in the second half and finished with just 18 points for the half.
Georgia Tech (10-9, 3-3 ACC) followed the lead of Iman Shumpert—who had a triple-double—to come away with a 72-57 upset. If Georgia Tech wants to complete the sweep of Virginia Tech, Shumpert will need a repeat performance.
Virginia Tech handicapped themselves before the game even started. Key bench players Jarrell Eddie and Tyrone Garland were punished by Greenburg for academic issues and didn’t see any playing time. When the Hokies went cold shooting, Greenburg had no one to turn to from the bench to give his team a much needed spark.
Virginia Tech has had an up-and-down season so far, but another loss to Georgia Tech will kill any NCAA tournament chances for the Hokies.
Jeff Allen is in the midst of a great five-game stretch. Allen is averaging 19 points and 13 rebounds in the last four games. Last Sunday against Boston College, Allen had a monster performance, scoring 25 points and grabbing 19 rebounds.
The Hokies have to find a way to feed Allen the rock and stick with the hot hand. Malcolm Delaney and Erick Green need a quick turnaround to their dreaded performance against Boston College and give Allen a helping hand against Georgia Tech.
The Hokies did a horrible job defending Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets had countless open shots. Shumpert and Brian Oliver took advantage of the open looks. The two scored a combined 50 points on 18-for-33 shooting. Virginia Tech needs to buckle down its perimeter defense to limit the open chances.
Virginia Tech cannot afford anymore hiccups if they want to reach the NCAA tournament. Against Georgia Tech, the Hokies need to play tighter defense, get a supporting cast for Jeff Allen and continue to get key plays from the bench.