- Jalen Hudson is prone to these outbursts, or did Danny Manning not watch film of the Duke game?!!!!!
- Freshmen for VT: 21-44, 7-15 from 3, and most importantly: 12-12 from the FT, where the Hokies just missed one (12-13). 61 of 81 Hokie points.
- Hokies get to play Miami 3x time this year. They tip tomorrow night at 9 (or whenever the game prior ends)
- Wake’s Codi Miller-McIntyre with a huge game constantly getting penetration. Hitting for 23 and dishing 11 dimes. But he’ll be remembering missing the tip that would have given Wake a win at the buzzer.
- Wake even hit 13 of 17 today from the charity stripe, so the Hokies win can’t be attributed to self-flagellation by Wake
- Category that might have made the most difference: Hokies had 10 steals to Wake’s 4, and less turnovers. Wake had the glass under control. But it was only an advantage of 4 of each (offensive and defensive).
–Chuck Workman ……check back with us tomorrow as we do this all day.
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- Hanlan hits a huge jumper with 10 seconds to play to put BC back in front. How many lead changes is that? I lost track.
- BC WINS!!! Beeeeee Ceeeeee Wins! 66-65 behind a complete performance by Olivier Hanlan who had a line of 25/8/5.
- Strong take by Heyward, but missed the layup with 2 seconds to play. Ball knocked out of bounds where the horn blows. Refs review, and no extra time put back on the clock for GT.
- BC plays UNC tomorrow afternoon at 2:30.
Update 3:06 PM
- Hanlan has a bunch of FTs but no made FGs since 16:19 in 2nd.
- Sampson hits a big 3 as Jackets push in front 63-57.
- Important possession for BC leads to two Hanlan FTs. He converts.
- Heckmann adds two more. BC trailing 63-62.
- Hanlan blows past three Jackets defenders on the breakout. Nice outlet pass. BC up by 64-63.
- This will be at least the fourth time I’ve seen GT blow a 5+ pt lead with under two minutes this season. Twice in the first game @ND.
- TO GT after Tadric Jackson hits a quick jumper the other way. 26.8 ticks left. Both teams still in the bonus.
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- GT’s Stephens liking his 3 too much today. An appalling 0-of-9.
- GT allowing Hanlan more room for sure in the 2nd half, and as a result, Batten/Heckmann/Brown all not contributing like they were in the first half. It appears tactical, Gregory not committing the extra man to shadow him as much.
- Might need to review that. Mitchell grabbed an offensive rebound and let it go simultaneously with the shot clock (ball didn’t catch rim). But they don’t. Play continues.
- 5 and change remains, and still no player over 3 fouls (Batten, BC).
- Charles Mitchell with a double-double (his 7th) and D Cox and Sampson also within shouting distance.
- Both Cox and Mitchell had offensive rebounds on that possession before kicking out to Tadric Jackson for his 2nd three of the game. He needs to hire me as a good luck talisman, I’ve seen all 16 of his threes this season (and all 75 of the misses).
- Heckmann answers with a huge three. 57-55 GT at the Under 4 TO.
- Hanlan made two FTs to tie the game at 51, misses a hero ball J with the shot clock winding down.
- And DeMarco Cox does his best Charles Mitchell impression off of a nice feed by Sampson and converts a three point play. Quick TO grabbed by BC’s Christian.
- Under 8 TO: 54-51 GT.
- Heyward with a beautiful reverse lay-up as the Yellow Jackets reclaim the lead. 46-44.
- Hanlan aggressive with 2 FTs to tie again.
- These guys are talking about getting Hanlan a rest? That guy probably would have averaged 40+ per game with OTs if BC had been more competitive.
- Batten rattles in a three as the lead changes again. 49-46.
- Mitchell looking like Shaq against Heckmann when he pins him down. Baby hook with confidence. And that leads immediately to the irrational C as Mitchell tries a turnaround from the left, fading away. Promptly hits the side of the backboard. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan would have called a TO, and yanked him publicly for that.
- At the under 12 TO, Tadric Jackson goes to the line with the opportunity to get GT the lead back. Seesaw game at 49-48 GT.
- Big collision between Heyward and Batten there. Looks like both will live.
- I do believe I just said Hanlan would come out mad? He’s 3-of-5 now in the 2nd half as we hit the under 16 min TO with BC up 44-42.
- So far Sampson has four points.
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Updated 1:57PM Halftime
- Finally the battle we wanted! Hanlan with BC’s last four points, and D Cox and C Mitchell with nice buckets on the block for GT. Eighth lead change, BC 35-34.
- And Hanlan probably got fouled on that last layup attempt, but going one on four again, BC comes up empty. Score remains 35-34 at the half.
- Watching these teams all year you get a feel for their DNA. And neither has deviated much, beyond BC finding a way to spread the rock around a bit.
- Contrast in efficiency: GT 14 of 31, 1-7 from 3….BC 13 of 24, 5-10 from 3.
- No real foul trouble as BC’s Batten and GT’s Sampson each rung up for two, nobody else with more than one.
- GT dominating glass with 23. Perhaps if they didn’t crash the offensive glass so hard, they’d be better in transition D, then they could clamp down and make up some of those boards on the defensive end. Right now distribution is 12 on O, 11 on D. I’m sure Coach Gregory would trade some O Boards and a couple putbacks for better defensive efficiency.
- Look for Hanlan to take over some in the second half, he went into the locker room pretty ticked off.
- C Heyward of GT is doing a nice job shadowing Hanlan. He only has four FG attempts so far.
- And just like that he answers his frustrating offensive foul with an NBA-range three from the left wing.
- Eight of GT’s 13 rebounds on the offensive glass now. They thrive on GT’s perimeter inaccuracy. BC all spread out and GT winning all the battles.
- Heckmann picking up slack for BC with 12 of their 31 points so far.
- Bucket by Clifford welcome, his second of the game, puts BC back in front for the first time in several minutes.
- BC needs to keep Mitchell from getting position in deep. It’s too easy to put Clifford on his back. Clifford responding appropriately by attacking GT on the offensive end. He’s on his way to a double-digit scoring game, maybe even a double-double. Has 7 and 4 with five minutes to play in the first half, after the free throws.
- GT snuffing out BC drives as Aaron Brown keeps having fits of irrational confidence taking it 1 on 3 for at least the third time today.
- BC leads 31-30, as the lead changes yet again. We are at the under 4 TO.
- Big C Mitch makes it 10 points in the paint out of GT’s 16 on a Mitchell putback. As I alluded to earlier, GT’s strength is those big men keeping BC off the defensive glass, and getting easy putbacks.
- Antonelli said Coach Gregory wanted 20 PitP and they are halfway there.
- Another big bucket inside one-on-one from the MD transfer Mitchell, BC’s Coach Christian gets a quick 20 second TO, and BC converts.
- GT missing Marques Georges Hunt today. He was the Jackets lone “threat” from the arc. And that’s being generous. Sorry for the omission earlier in my hasty pregame.
- 12 second chance points to 0 in favor of the Jackets.
- Cox with a silly illegal screen 3 pt line extended. Need him on the floor to maintain this advantage. He or Mitchell must remain in the game at all times to control the glass and keep BC outside.
- GT has stormed back with a 17-6 run to take a 23-19 lead at the under-8.
- GT’s Jackson now 15-of-86 from three on the year. I think I’ve seen 9 or 10 of them.
- Questionable blocking call on Jackson, fouls now at one apiece. Once again, admiring the ACC refs for their ability to lay off the whistle (unlike their B1G counterparts). Games have more flow.
- GT shadowing Hanlan any time he crosses the 3 point line with the interior big man of GT showing a potential double to discourage the BC star. Unlike earlier this year, particularly when they lost nine in a row, he’s been able to find help from his teammates outside of Aaron Brown.
- Just one bench player has entered for BC so far. Interesting to see how this game works with GT likely having double the bench minutes at it’s conclusion.
- GT has a longer squad on the floor with Sampson and Stephens out there, causing BC some issues on the offensive end, as they cut the lead to 15-13 at the 2nd TV TO.
- Sampson and Cox nice interior passing leads to two quick GT buckets after BC started 7-0
- GT sloppy with the ball. BC isn’t much better. Just three TOs combined, but passes have been deflected.
- BC knocked down first three three-point shots. Clifford hits ONLY his 5th of the year, as the Eagles entire team is on a heat check.
- Greensboro court is much more subdued than usual. No turquoises, teals, or fuchsias.
- Thankfully Debbie Antonelli is not on the call this week, and relegated to the sideline reporter duties.
- 13-6 BC at first TV TO.
- BC comes in having won three in row, and three of their four wins came against teams playing today (GT, VT, Wake).
- Olivier Hanlan has been incredible for BC this year scoring in double-figures in all but one game, and has scored at least 17 in 19 of BC’s 30 games this year.
- The key for BC will be to keep GT’s DeMarco Cox and Charles Mitchell from pounding the boards for putbacks; and keep GT’s poor shooting team along the arc. I’d expect to see a couple heavy doses of zone out of BC today, particularly if it’s effective.
- For GT, they’ve had a rough go of it lately, winning just one of their last seven, and having an oddly clustered schedule, that saw them play UNC and Clemson for four of the final six games. Due to the beatings that UNC applied, they are suffering a crisis of confidence.
- An exit today might mean a new coach in Atlanta next year, for the Jackets season is done with their next loss.
- GT, however, does have the ACC/B1G challenge to look forward to next season, thanks to the gracious cooperation of Buzz Williams and VT. Needing just one more win to tie GT at three ACC wins and avoid being left out, the Hokies never won again after beating the Jackets at home a month ago.
- The Hokies will now have earned the ignominy three years in succession, only having been allowed to play last year due to a rule that states no team can be left out two years running despite finishing last. One would think a PR-conscious Buzz Williams would’ve been more sensitive to that, and figured out a way to get a couple more wins, but I’ve beaten that dead horse too many times this year. Put it this way, the Hokies left 4-5 wins on the table, particularly against.
- Which Hokie team will show up? From Saturday:
Tale of two teams: VT had 6 players (of 10) go for a combined 11 pts in 105 minutes v Miami. The other 4? All FR: 4 players, 95 min, 50 pts.
— InsideTheACC (@InsideTheACC) March 7, 2015
- Wake meanwhile bombed in their finale up in Chestnut Hill last Saturday (losing by 18), allowing BC to continue their momentum. Either way they were going to play VT.
- The basement of the ACC was well-defined by these four teams this season as 11 of the 15 teams won at least eight games.
Alright well, it’s game-time! We’ll be back throughout the game with multiple ITA voices chiming in on the action! Follow me on Twitter @insidetheacc.