What. A. Game.
In the Hokies first true road game of the season, they showed mettle, heart, and toughness, fighting back from a 15 point first half deficit to defeat the Wolverines 73-70. Zach LeDay had just one shot attempt in the first half, but led the way in the second half comeback scoring 18 points in the game.
The Hokies started the game almost as slow as they did against Nebraska. The defense just was slow to react to the ball, and Michigan shot close to 50% from downtown in the first half. In the second period, the Hokies were much faster on their closeouts and played passing lanes much more aggressively. As a result, Virginia Tech outscored Michigan 43-31 in the second half.
One of the key stats that helped Virginia Tech pull this one out was their free throw shooting. The Hokies’ success rate at the free throw line last year was not very good, but it looks like they have put in work in the gym over the summer. They missed just 2 of their 21 FTA, making 90.5% of their charity stripe attempts.
This win is more important than just a win. This is what experts call a “resume win”. Michigan has flirted with a Top 25 ranking throughout the preseason and will certainly be a tournament team come March. Getting the win on the road against this team puts Virginia Tech on the radar for the tournament committee, and also gives the Hokies their first real quality win on the road during Buzz Williams’ tenure.
I’ll just leave this here: