Statement game? Looked like it to me
Which team looked like a tournament lock tonight? I have to hand it to Donahue and crew. After allowing VT to close the gap towards the end of the first half, they killed the Hokies for long stretches of the second half. That sort of determination will be vital for the next week (and hopefully two weeks). These are my thoughts. Leave yours below.
-- Corey Raji on Defense. He set the tone early. He provided great help and hit the defensive boards hard.
-- Josh Southern in the paint. Good minutes from Southern tonight. More inspired defense than we are used to and he had some good post moves.
-- Critical 3s. So much of tonight was about momentum. When BC was down early we hit some 3s. When VT made a run, BC would answer with a dagger of a 3.
-- BC against the 2-3. We were lucky Greenberg didn't use it as often in the second half. When he went to it in the first, BC got sloppy with some possessions.
-- Dumb fouls up late. When the game was out of reach BC -- understandably -- eased up. But I still didn't like the dumb fouls. You have to remain focused.