#300 R.P.I. Maryland Eastern Shore @ #1o1 R.P.I. Virginia Tech:
Maryland Eastern Shore has won 4 basketball games in the last 1.5 seasons. That’s not good. Though neither is coach J’s and his club’s collective O&M psychkie right about now.
Yes, Virginia Tech will win this one. At least I think Virginia Tech will win this one.
However, will it be VT’s last win of the season?
I hope not; I think not; though as we now stand as the 12th ranked team in the 11 team Southern Conference after the humiliation that nobody in White and Maroon seemed to care about 1 iota, I’m not so sure?The Hawks are abhorrent offensively:
- 319th in ppg (nationally)
- 346th in shooting (overall)
- 322nd from beyond the arc!
WOW! Just wow, as this may be the worst offensive club to invade our Cassell in seasons, rather plural. Lindy’s has Maryland Eastern Shore tabled as 10th outta the 13 team Mid Eastern (two word) Athletic Conference. The Hawks have the Kevin Mays kid as a second-team all-conference Forward. Or at least they did, right up until he transferred to Odessa Texas whatever college.
Rookie G Hakeen Baxter however is still there and he is living up to his prognosticenti labeling as the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference rookie of the year, nearly leading the Hawks with 16.o ppg. Kyree Jones does lead the Hawks with 16.4 ppg from his lead-G position. And really that’s about it, because anytime your third leading scorer only nets 28% of his shots; you Sir are a rebounding parade. And Francis Ezeiru is a formidable rebounder with nearly 7 boards, a couple of blocks and 6’10’’ 26o lbs. and 5.6 ppg of says so. And beyond that, I’m not really sure what to say about such an impoverished looking D-1 basketball squad that methinks more than a few D-1aa teams could clip.
And guess who coaches these low-flying Hawks? Guess who might be the best Virginia Tech basketball coach on the floor? None other than our very own Frankie Allen who now touts a 257-383 mark overall; good for a 40% winning percentage as a career. Whereas contemporary Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach, coach J’s fields a .44 winning percentage of his very own. Hmmmmmm, you do the maths.
Now we arrive at the match-up foible that this Hawks team likes to attempt to turn the opposing backcourt over. That is not one of our strengths, no is momentum, of which we have none. These Hawks to have 4 starters back and this was forecast to be one of the more hawkish Maryland Eastern Shore teams, well, for Maryland Eastern Shore, in several years. Right up until the Mays kid flew the coop.
So I suppose I’ll have to pick coach J’s and company here, on a game that nearly nobody will be watching, in lieu of viewing the other revenue sports squad out in El Passo.
Virginia Tech=84, Maryland Eastern Shore=59
Happy Hokie New Years’s!!!