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Hokies Lose Ugly in Charlottesville 71-48

A great National Signing Day for Virginia Tech did not end so well.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia Tech at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Hokies faced a second top 10 opponent on the road after being trounced by UNC last Thursday, and the result was much too similar. Arch-rival #9 Virginia, coming off of two great performances last week, protected their home court defeating Virginia Tech 71-48. The Hokies looked inept for the most part on both ends of the floor, not just offensively where they failed to reach 50 points for the first time since March 2014 in a 64-47 loss to Maryland.

Another slow start on the road really hurt the Hokies, who never led at any point. Virginia began the game on a 10-0 run, with the gobblers’ first basket coming after the first media timeout. But that is what the Cavaliers have been doing to teams all season. Virginia Tech finished the game shooting under 36% from the field (a putrid 3-20 from three - no, that is not a typo), turned the ball over 14 times, and posted a -38.8 Net Rating.

One of the major problems was rebounding the ball. The Hokies’ lack of size has hurt them all season, and they were outrebounded 37-22 tonight, allowing 11 offensive rebounds. They are not going to win many more games in the ACC with that discrepancy.

Virginia’s Isaiah Wilkins led the way for the Cavaliers, finishing the game with 15 p/9 r on 7-11 shooting. The Hokies also allowed senior guard London Perrantes to torch them at critical points in the game as he finished with 14 points. Devon Hall, who went to the same high school as Chris Clarke, had a game high 17 points.

Seth Allen once again led the Hokies in scoring with 14 points on an inefficient 5-14 from the field.

Virginia Tech gets a week break before heading to Coral Gables to take on Miami.