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How good could Virginia Tech get under Buzz Williams?

How good could Virginia Tech get under Buzz Williams?

"As best (Tech's players) can, they understand that something about this is different, and I think our guys have been really good".

They improved to 10-8 and 20-15 in his second season and reached the second round of the NIT.

Since finding out they'd be headed north, the Hokies have had to change their travel plans because of a snowstorm that hit much of the East Coast, western NY included.

"I think that will be a constant stress for us", Williams said. Over the course of a three-game stretch that included the regular-season finale against Minnesota and games against IN and Northwestern IN the Big Ten tournament, the Badgers were good at making sharp cuts off the ball and using rim runs to gave Happ and Hayes passing options. But our two practices here, and our three film sessions thus far have been outstanding.

"But they don't understand it because they've never done it".

UVA basketball's London Perrantes, Devon Hall and Tony Bennett discuss the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Of course, this UW team has mounds of experience playing playoff basketball, especially compared to the Hokies.

"I don't think it's overblown at all", Williams said of Wisconsin's edge in experience.

That doesn't necessarily mean they'll be a Final Four threat like some of usual suspects from the conference.

During a friendly scouting session in 2002 with Buzz Williams in Greg Gard's hotel room during a tournament in Hawaii, Gard gained first-hand insight into the kind of unique, eccentric and slightly-odd coaching mind Williams was cultivating.

Koenig averaged a team-high 14.1 points but was slowed for a couple weeks late in the year by a calf injury. "I know Virginia is a great defensive team, but North Carolina can't go around scoring 43 points in an era where you have a shot clock and a 3-point shot".

Zach LeDay hopes he and his teammates get to celebrate in Buffalo. With five players scoring 12 or more points per game and four players who grab at least five rebounds per game, it has multiple contributors who can take over a game. However, there haven't always been happy, we're-in-the-tournament vibes in Madison.

"We went through that five, six-game skid and the (Big Ten) tournament was a clean slate for us", Brown said.

So we'll see! Here's the viewing information for tonight's game, as well as the full TV schedule for the first round of March Madness. Everybody's been watching film.

"I'm gonna assume they watch film and probably are gonna double", redshirt sophomore forward Ethan Happ said. After losing 71-48 in Charlottesville on February 1, the Hokies beat the visiting Cavaliers 80-78 in two overtimes 11 days later. That's what I see as Virginia's problem.

We've previewed the matchup from both sides: Jawhar Ali from Gobbler Country brought us up to speed on the Hokies before B5Q's own Drew Hamm returned the favor with a Badgers-oriented Q&A. "They're very comfortable. I get a lot of feedback because they don't sell them at the Nike store anymore because they're old", LeDay said. We don't play that many guys. It's really special, and we just want to keep it going.


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