Hokie Mens Basketball's Repeated Dry Spells Continue To Hinder Progress

Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

With a 20 loss season looming, the inconsistent Hokie men's basketball team finds something that remains constant: long field goal droughts.

Now instead of some paragraph to ease you into what your're seeing, I'm just going to shove the statistics right in your face:

2012-2013 Virginia Tech Men's Basketball Season:

Opponent


Time without a FG


Score At End of Drought


Result


Rhode Island


3:56

15-8 VT+7

W

VMI


4:06

90-73 VT+7

W

UNC Greensboro


6:55

73-71 VT+2

W

Appalachian State


4:43

38-36 VT+2

W

Appalachian State


3:57

56-50 VT+6

W

Iowa


4:35

57-52 VT+5

W

Oklahoma State


6:05

9-12 VT-3

W

Oklahoma State


4:26

30-36 VT-6

W

Oklahoma State


3:50

62-59 VT+3

W

West Virginia


4:23

9-8 VT+1

L

West Virginia


4:42

17-27 VT-10

L

Miss. Valley State


4:25

7-2 VT+5

W

Miss. Valley State


3:50

24-22 VT+2

W

Miss. Valley State


4:37

34-24 VT+10

W

Georgia Southern


3:52

25-27 VT-2

L

Georgia Southern


3:45

46-57 VT-11

L

Bradley


3:54

37-46 VT-9

W

Bradley


4:14

55-53 VT+2

W

Colorado State


5:30

12-17 VT-5

L

Colorado State


6:24

44-78 VT-34

L

BYU


4:59

21-35 VT-14

L

BYU


4:36

29-49 VT-20

L

BYU


3:53

71-97 VT-26

L

Boston College


6:04

30-37 VT-7

L

Georgia Tech


10:10

22-22 T

W

Georgia Tech


6:46

53-55 VT-2

W

Wake Forest


3:58

20-22 VT-2

W

Virginia


6:15

5-6 VT-1

L

Virginia


7:03

25-34 VT-9

L

Clemson


6:38

2-12 VT-10

L

Clemson


4:25

14-21 VT-7

L

Miami


5:18

34-31 VT+3

L

Miami


5:15

58-67 VT-9

L

North Carolina


4:57

47-47 T

L

North Carolina


5:33

57-57 T

L

Maryland


4:27

29-33 VT-4

L

Maryland


3:55

51-54 VT-3

L

Georgia Tech


7:08

3-11 VT-8

L

Georgia Tech


6:51

13-31 VT-18

L

Georgia Tech


6:20

45-56 VT-11

L

Virginia


4:57

23-33 VT-10

L

Virginia


6:40

51-64 VT-13

L

North Carolina State


4:24

63-67 VT-4

L

Duke


4:20

6-11 VT-5

L

Duke


4:04

17-32 VT-15

L

Florida State


6:19

11-14 VT-3

W

Miami


6:10

18-24 VT-6

L

Miami


4:38

22-38 VT-16

L

Clemson


3:40

64-61 VT+3

W

Duke


5:28

57-83 VT-26

L

Wake Forest


4:01

8-20 VT-12

L

Wake Forest


4:08

25-38 VT-13

L

North Carolina State


5:46

55-70

L

2013-2014 Virginia Tech Men's Basketball Season:

Opponent


Time without a FG


Score at End of Drought


Result


USC Upstate


4:07

7-4 VT+3

L

West Virginia


5:15

14-8 VT-6

W

West Virginia


4:03

12-27 VT-15

W

West Virginia


5:48

63-62 VT+1

W

Western Carolina


4:07

5-0 VT +5

W

VMI


4:04

50-38 VT+12

W

Michigan State


4:08

36-48 VT-12

L

Michigan State


4:18

39-59 VT-20

L

Michigan State


4:21

42-69 VT-27

L

Seton Hall


3:42

29-27 VT+2

L

Seton Hall


4:23

49-49 T

L

Furman


4:16

14-3 VT+11

W

Furman


3:57

26-9 VT+17

W

Furman


4:15

31-17 VT+14

W

Radford


4:47

52-32 VT+20

W

Radford


3:56

66-48 VT+18

W

Winthrop


4:09

44-38 VT+6

W

Miami


3:47

16-19 VT-3

W

Miami


3:53

18-23 VT-5

W

Miami


4:25

24-33 VT-9

W

Miami


4:49

45-52 VT-7

W

Miami


3:54

61-59 VT+2

W

VCU


10:15

11-37 VT-26

L

VCU


5:27

34-57 VT-23

L

VCU


6:35

52-82 VT-30

L

UNC Greensboro


4:57

4-8 VT-4

L

UNC Greensboro


3:48

16-15 VT+1

L

UNC Greensboro


7:05

45-39 VT+6

L

UNC Greensboro


4:16

49-46 VT+3

L

Syracuse


8:28

42-60 VT-18

L

Syracuse


3:47

52-72 VT-20

L

Boston College


3:59

10-8 VT+2

L

Boston College


8:02

44-46 VT-2

L

Clemson


6:24

12-16 VT-4

L

Clemson


5:06

38-40 VT-2

L

Notre Dame


3:48

9-15 VT-6

L

Notre Dame


4:31

27-39 VT-12

L

Wake Forest


4:53

4-10 VT-6

L

Wake Forest


3:44

22-40 VT-18

L

Wake Forest


3:42

27-43 VT-16

L

Wake Forest


4:22

40-57 VT-17

L

Virginia


10:10

15-25 VT-10

L

Virginia


3:43

17-31 VT-14

L

Virginia


5:02

27-46 VT-19

L

Virginia


4:25

45-65 VT-20

L

Boston College


6:17

38-60 VT-22

L

Boston College


5:57

44-65 VT-21

L

Maryland


6:44

43-62 VT-19

L

Florida State


5:18

47-65 VT-18

L

Pittsburgh


6:02

44-44 T

L

Pittsburgh


13:03

57-62 VT-5

L

Miami


8:22

19-12 VT+7

W

Miami


4:24

29-20 VT+9

W

Virginia


6:17

25-18 VT+7

L

Virginia


4:05

43-35 VT+8

L

Virginia


7:03

52-48 VT+4

L

North Carolina State


4:17

12-16 VT-4

L

North Carolina State


8:08

30-36 VT-6

L

Duke


4:09

4-15 VT-11

L

Duke


7:05

7-24 VT-17

L

Duke


8:21

46-63 VT-17

L

North Carolina


5:08

19-21 VT-2

L

North Carolina


4:04

28-34 VT-6

L

North Carolina


4:48

54-58 VT-4

L

These tables depict significant times when the Hokies aren't able to score a basket from the field. After looking at the numbers I said that a four minute drought is fairly significant enough. When these little four minute droughts happen they put the team in a tough spot. Shooters can't find their rhythm, and the team as a whole loses momentum. Plus they add up and it makes the total time without a field goal very significant.

Over the past two seasons there are times when Tech is held without a field goal for a quarter, up to even half of the game, sometimes more. The Hokies are 319th in the nation in field goal percentage this season (.410) (down from last season's .426) and are 318th in scoring, averaging just 64.3 points per game (down from last season's 70 ppg). To put this in perspective: there are around 350 Division I college teams.

The tables do not take into account made free-throws because fouls don't really affect shooting, rhythm, momentum, or the aspect of a run. But what is affecting the Hokies along with their field goal woes is their free-throw percentage and turnover margin. Tech is shooting .652 % from the stripe and ranks 340th in turnover margin (-4.3). This allows teams to get ahead with points off turnovers.

The Hokies usually always remain in an arm's length of their opponents. Sometimes they get ahead, other times they are blown out of the water early. Regardless, the field goal droughts remain a serious issue that needs to be fixed if Tech wants to succeed in an ever changing and improving Atlantic Coast Conference.

All of this just adds fuel to the fire (pun not intended but funny once you realize it) of possibly getting rid of Coach James Johnson. If the team doesn't improve does he deserve to stay? It's obvious that he cares and that the players love him. Just this past Saturday at the North Carolina game when the referees calls were undoubtedly questionable (particularly that late charge), Johnson was the loudest person in Cassell and demanded his team and the Hokie Faithful be as loud as possible with him. It was the most emotional I'd seen him all season and was chilling and exciting as a Hokie fan. But improvement is definitely needed some way and somehow.


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