Virginia Tech will be riding a tidal wave of confidence and momentum as they travel to Raleigh Wednesday night. The Hokies kicked off their ACC season with a big win at home over the Duke Blue Devils. What do you need to know about Buzz Williams’ Hokies before Wednesday night’s game?
Virginia Tech’s high-octane offense is averaging 84.2 PPG on the season…
Five players are averaging double figures in the points department giving Williams plenty of variety each night. Their balance makes it difficult for opposing teams to hone in on one player when trying to stop their attack. The Hokies are excellent at driving the lane and kicking out as defenses collapse for open looks on the perimeter. Shooting a respectable 49% from the field and 40% from three the Hokies are making teams pay if left open. Their high shooting percentages have yielded high assists per game to the tune of 17 APG. In their last game aginst Duke, they scorched a sound Blue Devils defense by scoring 89 points while knocking down 55% of their shots. Zach LeDay leads Virginia Tech in PPG at 16.1. LeDay does not start but thrives in his scoring role off the bench.
Virginia Tech has four players shooting over 40% from the three-point line this season…
The Hokies have been efficient at knocking down three-pointers this season. In fact, they have four players Ahmed Hill, Seth Allen, Justin Bibb, and Ty Outlaw shooting over 40% from beyond the arc. Buzz Williams has done a great job at building an offense that plays uptempo and looks to shoot the three-ball off of penetration. Virginia Tech is ranked 18th in the NCAA in three-point shooting percentage at 40.3%. Guard Ahmed Hill is shooting 45% from three, ranked 24th in the NCAA. Driving lanes and space are created because of their accuracy from deep.
Virginia Tech takes care of the basketball…
The Hokies are averaging 17 APG on the season ranking them 34th in the NCAA. Not only do they rack up assists but they do not turn over the basketball. Buzz Williams’ team assist to turnover ratio is 1.45 good enough for 19th in the NCAA. Virginia Tech makes the most of their possessions allowing them to average 84.2 PPG.
Defensively Virginia Tech makes teams work for their baskets…
Virginia Tech has held their opponents to shooting just 40% from the field and an even stingier 30% from three. The Hokies were able to bottle up Duke’s high-powered offense last game as they were only able to shoot 41% from the field. Coach Williams has his experienced group buying in defensively leading to a plus 16.2 scoring margin! Teams are averaging 68 PPG when facing the Hokies. Upperclassmen have plenty of experience and know that defense is their ticket to success.
Ranked 21st Virginia Tech is having an excellent start to the season. Buzz Williams has done an excellent job at bringing in talent and then developing that talent. Knocking off Duke is validation that the Hokies are on the rise; however, can they handle the success? Virginia Tech will get their opportunity this Wednesday as they try to beat NC State at PNC Arena.
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS
Survive and Advance. Some days it’s just like that.
NC State found a way to win at home over Georgia Tech 72-64 with Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner combining for a whopping 10 points, shooting 3-17. They each had 5 points, and entered the game ranked 1st (Smith) and 5th (Joiner) in the ACC in scoring.
How did the Wolfpack find a way to victory?
Burns. Ross. Morsell.
DJ Burns carried the team on his back, scoring 24 points (11-21 FG) and grabbing 8 boards. Ernest Ross reminded us once again what he’s capable of, coming off the bench to score 16 points, shooting 4 of 8 from the field. Most importantly, Ross was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
The shots might not have been falling for Smith and Joiner, but don’t forget about Casey Morsell. He scored 17 points, making 6 of his 9 field goal attempts, and 4 of 7 from beyond the arch. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Smith’s shot might have been off, but his passing game wasn’t. His 10 assists were a new career high, toppling his former best of 7 against Miami back in December.
Once again, NC State managed to find a way to win a game in which the other team shot better (44.1/41.9) than them. Heck, the Yellow Jackets out rebounded them (37-36).
How you ask?
Well, NC State forced Georgia Tech to commit 17 turnovers, scoring 11 points off of them (Georgia Tech had 5 points off of turnovers). Also, the Wolfpack had more offensive rebounds than the Yellow Jackets (12-10), scoring 11 second chance points (The Yellow Jackets had 7 second chance points).
Georgia Tech entered today’s game having won 4 straight against NC State in PNC Arena, and the Wolfpack found a way to snap that streak.
A 14-3 run by NC State in the final 4 minutes was enough for the Pack to seal the deal.
NC State will have a chance to pick up a Quad 1 win over UVA on the road on Tuesday night at 9pm.
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team improved to 19-5 and 9-4 in ACC play today, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena.
Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?
Before NC State and Georgia Tech tipoff at 1pm, here’s a look at where the Wolfpack ranks in the ACC in team stats.
The Wolfpack lead the ACC in points per game, and rank 7th in points given up per game. As a result, NC State’s scoring margin is 10.13, which ranks 2nd in the conference.
The Wolfpack scores a lot, but it isn’t because they are one of the best shooting teams in the ACC, ranking 11th in Free Throw Percentage, 8th in Field Goal Percentage, and 8th in Three Point Percentage.
The reason that NC State leads the ACC in scoring is because of the way they attack the offensive glass, and the way they force turnovers. The Wolfpack forced 319 turnovers, which leads the ACC, and boast a 4.09 Turnover Margin, which also leads the conference. The Wolfpack also rank 2nd in the ACC in Offensive Rebounds. Not shockingly, they lead the ACC in steals, averaging 8.3.
The Wolfpack rank 9th in Assists, but rank 3rd in Assist/Turnover Ratio. NC State has turned over their opponent better than anyone else, and they also have done a good job taking care of the ball.
NC State ranks 2nd in Blocks and 3rd in Rebounding Margin.