But then, this team full of freshmen wasn't even supposed to be in the top half of the league much less finish 4th and get a 1st round bye in the ACC tournament. And yet here they are. So I am proud of them.
However, watching the Hokies play basketball in an exercise in total frustration. Just like the Virginia Tech football team, the basketball team defense is absolutely intense and hard-fought. Clemson was limited to 3 FG in the final 12 minutes of the game. That is amazing.
Unfortunately, just like the football team, the offense is a demonstration in poor execution, fundamentals and even more similarly to the football team a lot of it stems from not having a floor general. The Hokies best leader is 5'7" guard Hank Thorns and he doesn't have nearly enough playing ability to be a solid guard at the ACC level. He does have great toughness and heart, but the Hokies need more size and ability. And they have it in Malcolm Delaney. The problem is that Delaney is a shooting guard playing at the point. He is tall and quick with a decent shot, but he doesn't manage the game and drive-and-dish like a point guard is supposed to. That's not encouraging.
Those who know me, know how physically and emotionally exerting it is for me to watch a football game. Well, watching a Hokies basketball game is MENTALLY exerting. I can feel myself going crazy watching them run around like lost sheep on offense. Watching games like Wake Forest and Clemson slip away is like watching my own sanity slip away. So that's not good.
And to make matters worse, now the Hokies, having lost to Clemson, are going to need at least two wins in the ACC tournament and unfortunately that second one is very likely going to have to be against the number 1 team in the country - the UNC Tarheels. And all that assumes the Hokies get past their first round opponent which is possibly going to be NC State. The Wolfpack are terrible but they have some sort of mindmeld over the Hokies when it comes to basketball, having beaten them 4 straight times. That's not good.
What is good is that the Hokies have this opportunity. They weren't supposed to finish this highly in the conference considering that 5 freshmen get significant playing time for the squad. But they did. And now they aren't supposed to win 2 games in the ACC tournament. But they might. And that would be VERY GOOD. I just hope my mind can hold out a little longer.