2009-2010 Virginia Tech Hokies Basketball Preview
As of late, the Virginia Tech Hokies (19- 15 overall, 7- 9 ACC) finished ninth in the league and for the second year running went to the NIT. In the past five seasons, the Hokies have been to March Madness just once. That was in 2007 when they went two and out. This year head coach Seth Greenberg can expect to see his club perform in the same manner that they have over the past few seasons.
With the ACC’s eighth ranked scoring offense and defense, the Virginia Tech Hokies found themselves hard-pressed in tight situations. Despite last year’s slightly improved offense, the defense trailed off. Although the Hokies put 2.4 more points on the board than they did in 2007- 2008, they also allowed 6.0 more points per game. Coach Greenberg claims that this year his players will be more devoted to stopping opponents from putting as many points on the board as they did last year.
It’s unclear if the Hokies will miss starting center Cheick Diakite, who despite putting in major minutes last year did not accumulate major stats. Forward Jeff Allen (13.7 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.3 APG), a junior, is back, offering good point production and aggressive rebounding skills. His biggest problem has been consistency. Sophomore forward Victor Davila (3.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.2 APG) showed potential last season. It’s hoped that he can have a break through season this year. In the front, it’s important that forward J.T. Thompson (6.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.7 APG), who was bothered by various injuries last season, show some major progress this in 2009- 2010.
The Hokies have to make up for the loss of former guard A.D. Vassallo’s 19.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 2.6 APG. They’ll try to do so by making various adjustments. In the backcourt, junior Malcolm Delaney (18.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.5 APG) will move from point to shooting guard. Freshman Erik Green will probably play point and another frosh, Ben Boggs, will be a combo threat. Junior guard Dorenzo Hudson (4.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.1 APG) could help fill the void left by Vassallo, but he’ll need to be more aggressive.
Chances are that the Hokies won’t be in March Madness this season. The expectation is that Tech will once again make it to the NIT. In order to make it to the NCAA Tournament, the team will have to find a true go-to scorer and play more tenacious defense. It is possible that this team could sneak into the Big Dance but it’s not probable.