Friday, March 26, 2010

Men's Basketball Season Recap 2009-2010

The season has come to an end for the Hokie basketball team and I feel it is my duty to give an adequate season recap to all of my loyal readers.

RECAP

The Hokies had one of their best seasons to date amassing 25 wins and finished third in the ACC. The season started fast for Virginia Tech as they jumped out to a 12-1 record out of conference.

Virginia Tech stayed pretty dominant in the ACC until the Hokies hit a rough patch losing back to back to back to Duke, Boston College, and then Maryland at home. This stretch pushed Virginia Tech to the bubble to make the NCAA Tournaments.

During the final 12 games of the season, Virginia Tech managed to lose twice to Miami, the last place team in the ACC. The latter of the losses came in second round of the ACC Tournament. This loss to Miami securely pushed Virginia Tech off of the bubble and into the NIT.

During the NIT, Virginia Tech started by dominating Quinnipiac. The Hokies then took on the Huskies from UConn and beat them in a nail-biter. Their NIT run ended though at the hands of Rhode Island, another NCAA bubble team.

AWARDS

Best Game: Virginia Tech vs. UConn. The sheer importance of this game in the NIT makes this the top candidate for game of the year. UConn is usually a powerhouse in the Big East, and despite the down year, they still gave the Hokies a fight to the end. The Hokies needed some clutch defense with less than seven seconds left to pull out the two-point win.

Worst Game: Virginia Tech vs. Boston College. This game was painful to watch. In a stadium which literally looked like it had a crowd of 500, Virginia Tech was embarrassed from start to finish. The Hokies looked tired and sluggish and it seemed like they had no interest in being there. The 20-point loss to Boston College killed the Hokies in RPI and left a bad taste in the mouths of the NCAA Selection Committee.

MVP: Malcolm Delaney. It's hard to pick anyone but Malcolm for this award seeing as he led the ACC in points per game while contributing four rebounds and four assists per game. Delaney was the central point for Virginia Tech's offense and without him this season wouldn't have been nearly as successful.

Most Improved Player: Dorenzo Hudson. Once again, it's hard to pick anyone but Hudson for this award. Down the stretch, Dorenzo Hudson was the epitome of clutch, and without him Virginia Tech wouldn't have made their late run in the NIT.

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