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Emelogu, a 6 foot 5 freshman who is third on the team with 10.9 points per game, has gotten more comfortable playing zone in the last few weeks. will be ready for the Hokies' new defensive look.
"We can't run up and down the floor with basically (freshman point guard) Devin Wilson playing 40 minutes a game," Johnson said. "You have maybe one perimeter sub. The way you want it, you want your wings to get out and run the floor. You want Devin Wilson to push the ball. We just weren't able to play that way, so we wanted to try to slow the game down, limit the possessions in the game and then play more zone."
Building momentum has different meaning for soaring Virginia and struggling Virginia Tech
"Honestly, records aside, there's such a small margin or separation between teams even if you just look around as the season progresses," Bennett said. "I think Tech's younger guys are getting that experience and becoming better. They're competitive certainly. Just look at the games in college basketball, not just the ACC. You have to be ready regardless of where a team is in the standings. I think that's the reality here. I think that's all the truth serum you need to be prepared."
"We're deep into conference play, so I don't think there's any sneaking up on any team," Emelogu said. its longest winning streak (four) in Blacksburg in a quite a while. The last time the Cavaliers won more consecutive games (six) in Blacksburg was the 1938 through '46 seasons.
In order to compensate for the lack of depth, Johnson has gone away from his preferred fast tempo and man to man defense to employ a slower approach along with a 2 3 zone. He's emphasized feeding players in the low post to try to get big men more involved in the offense. It's resulted in the Miami win and a tough 62 57 double overtime loss Feb. 8 at No. 25 Pittsburgh.
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Tech lost at Notre Dame. Smith has been out with a stress fracture in his fibula and a strained calf. game. Smith is slated to have an X ray Tuesday to get an idea of just how far along he is in his recovery.
Tech guard Adam Smith is second on the team with an average of 11 points per game, but he hasn't played since Jan. 19, when Nike Vapormax Flyknit Moc On Feet
It's no small task.
"We don't see it as, 'Oh, we have to deal with this,'" said Emelogu of Tech's struggles. "We see it as an opportunity and a challenge to take down. It's hard, and the adversity here has been pretty good this year, but we're learning and growing as a team and individually. It's Nike Vapormax Plus Black Orange
At least Tech (9 15, 2 10 ACC) has a chance Tuesday against No. 14 Virginia in Blacksburg to continue the momentum the Hokies started to build over the weekend by snapping a 10 game losing streak with a 52 45 win against Miami. (21 5, 12 1) is looking to continue on the path it has enjoyed for the past month as it aims for its 10th straight win overall, and fifth consecutive victory against Tech, the Hokies are simply looking for their first winning streak since early December.
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been a great learning year. Now, we're pushing forward and getting better."
talent to stack up with many ACC opponents this season, but illnesses and injuries haven't helped the Hokies' situation. game.
"They're playing some of the best basketball in the country, I think, right now," Johnson said. "They've always been a very good defensive team. They're a very good defensive team still this year. The difference is offensively they've got a lot of guys that can score the basketball. You've got to guard everybody on the floor."
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