Virginia Tech basketball High Point preview

#177 R.P.I. High Point @ #41 R.P.I. Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech hoops plays again on a quick 72 hour turn vs. High Point University on Tuesday night down in Cassell Coliseum at 7pm.hpu-logo

This one may not quite be the gimmie some of you are probably thinking to be on O&M colored hosting paper. As last year, little old High Point went 21 up and 11 down overall and 13-5 in Big South Conference play; while securing a lofty National Invitation tourney invite, same as we. Well, unless of course you already examined the 2015-2016 High Point roster to see who is back. As the top-3 High Pointers are all gone and that gives Virginia Tech a pretty fair to middling chance here.

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Virginia Tech basketball Maine preview

#314 R.P.I. Maine @ #69 R.P.I. Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech basketball tips-off this 2016-2017 A.D. men’s hoops season this Friday night at 9pm inside Cassell Coliseum vs. the Maine Bears.maine-logo

The difference being, there are expectations -some more realistic than others- regarding the success -yes, I said success- regarding the expected success of Buzz’s tertiary campaign as the big whistle out on the O&M hard-court. How well we live up to said pre-season hype -for the first time in many years, quite plural- remains to be seen? Although the main reason you are here is to read about these Maine Bears themselves; who do not look like they will be all that hard to tame or to Atlantic Coast power-conference domesticate. At least not on pre-season paper…

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Tech Thoughts: … your spring practice primer part I

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Coach-Fu’s very first Virginia Tech football spring practice has sprung!

JustinCREDIBLE!

JustinCredible!

So which Hokie ballers might just grow up?

Which Hokie ballers might just blow up?

As there are some feelers and vibes to be heard behind the O&M scenes in what is an otherwise limited access or fully sequestered and debuting coach-Fu spring practice.

At least as coverage goes so  far.

So let us see what we can riddle out, and take a look at some potentials, some talents, and even one question mark and see what falls out when we shake the O&M answer tree this Spring.

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Virginia Tech Brigham Young NIT basketball preview

#89 R.P.I. Virginia Tech @ #76 R.P.I. Brigham Young

 This is a damn good basketball team sports-fans.

A very very good no.2 seeded team and it is gonna take landing offense punches in bunches to upset B.Y.U. in their own barn.BYU logo

As it is not umpossible that Brigham Young courts at least three, and possibly four different guys; who could all start for us.

9:30 pm on Friday night is a pretty quick turnaround and a mere 1,970.3 mile roadie –if you are keeping National Invitation g.p.s. score at home. As Virginia Tech and coach Buzz did not exactly draw a soft-touch post-season bracket; …did they?

Still yet… no matter how tough this one looks on O&M paper, Bill Russell and his 11 championship rings said it best…

The game is scheduled – we have to play – might as well win.

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Virginia Tech Princeton NIT tournament preview

#39 R.P.I. Princeton @ #89 R.P.I. Virginia Tech:

Ivy League and No.6 seeded Princeton is coming to Blacksburg, Virginia by way of National Invitation this Wednesday night at 8pm.Pton Tigers hoops logo

The first ever coach Buzz O&M post-season …

So it begins.
-King Théoden, battle of Helms Deep-

Princeton enters this N.I.T. round number one game at 22 up and 6 down overall and a nifty 12-2 in Ivy League play. Princeton won 10 of their last 11 games and 14 of their last 16 to close 2016. So it is fair to say that these Tigers have been tough to tame of late; as the 2016 Ivy League runner-up or silver medalist.

Princeton, more or less, has a 3 Guard, 1 Wing and 1 Power Forward offense; and enters this roadie as a 3.5 point underdog out on the Vegas big board. And there is talent here folks; as Princeton placed (past tense, due to injury) three different all-conference pre-season guys back in September.

Ergo, therefore, to wit… this one is not a hosting gimmie or one to fall asleep on. Fall asleep on this springtime blizzard of backdoor cuts and you will get beat.

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Miami Virginia Tech Acc basketball Tournament preview

#7 R.P.I. Miami vs. #88 R.P.I. Virginia Tech:

#11 Nationally ranked Miami has called: “next” and hopes to secure at least one A.c.c. Tourney win in this one!

opening round? DUNK you very much!

opening round? DUNK you very much!

24 up and 6 down sure reads like a daisy to me. And so does in the 13-5 in Atlantic Coast intra-league  maker. As does 4-2 since we last saw the U; as The U was mightily upset by the stunning Cassell Colosseum 77-62 O&M throat-punch that Buzz and company landed last time out…

Miami  ain’t half bad men, not at all. And all the more so when the pre-season mag’s had you tabbed A.c.c. mid-range at 7th through 9th, and yet as of this writing, the actual and factual A.c.c. standings have you tabbed as standing in at 3rd-place.

That does not suck.
And neither does this 2015-2016 Miami men’s hoops club which has come up -and smartly- by any and all pre-season metrics thus far.

As coach Jim Larrañaga has won a buncha games the last few seasons down on So.Beach, by being pretty good at most things, and yet not quite dominate at anything. That’s coaching folks. And this one is gonna be one tough A.c.c. Tournament game#2, as you just gotta know that the ‘Canes want some payback in this one! [Read more…]

Virginia Tech Florida State Acc Tournament preview

#69 R.P.I. Florida State @ #87 R.P.I. Virginia Tech:

Florida State is a pretty decent Atlantic Coast men’s hoops team.FSU hoops logo
Just ask their now officially fighting for post-season birthing overall tally of 19 up and 12 down.

Now ask their 10th best in the A.c.c. and negative intra-league mark of 9-10 how all that post-season slotting does or does not shake out.

As these ‘noles were picked middle of the pack or about 6th or so in the A.c.c. by most pre-season magazines.

Or in other words… 11th A.c.c. seeded Florida State can nil afford an L in this one. And perhaps the same can be said of higher, 7th A.c.c. seated beloved Virginia Tech.

As Florida State does a lotta things average to good, and these 2015-2016 hooping ‘noles do nothing poorly at all. As their lowest national ranking in the 32 men’s D-1 basketball metrics that I track is a mere 242nd best (in turnovers).

Still yet, for all of Florida State’s higher scoring play; and all their stellar rookie year backcourt talent(s); there is nothing seminal here that strikes me as being unbeatable, every bit as much as there is nothing that strikes me as a sure fire Hokie win. Though who will win?

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