The Hokies were undermanned, tired, and injured, and it showed on Saturday afternoon as they lost their second consecutive game, 93-78. Virginia Tech looked competitive for the first twelve minutes of the game, but started to unravel once Florida State’s length and talent took over. The team that showed up against NC State began to become visible.
Without Seth Allen, Buzz Williams relied on Justin Robinson to execute the offense. However, with just one PG, FSU was able to hone in on Robinson. Their length in the paint forced Robinson into committing 5 turnovers, which really hindered what the Hokies were able to do offensively. Virginia Tech has committed 36 turnovers during their two game slide, which is the number one issue this team must address.
However, the Hokies lost this one on the defensive end. Florida State came in with one of the most dangerous offenses in the country and had their way. They shot 49.2% from the field and 42% from three, carving up whatever zone defense the Hokies tried. Over 54% of FSU’s field goals were assisted, leaving Virginia Tech scrambling for answers. The trio of Isaac, Bacon, and Mann combined for 52 points and 23 rebounds alone.
Again, FSU is #12 in the polls for a reason. They were at home, which seems to mean everything in the ACC this year. And the Hokies are dealing with some adversity right now. It’s a long season.
Virginia Tech is back in Blacksburg Tuesday as they host Syracuse.