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December 17, 2013
VT Needs Smart Play Vs VCU
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As best as they can, the Hokies have tried to simulate what they'll face on Saturday. But even with as many looks as Virginia Tech has given itself in practice, it's nearly impossible to simulate exactly what it will see in VCU's vaunted, 'havoc' defense.
The Hokies will see plenty of the full-court press, meaning it will take good ball-handling, good passes and smart decisions by everyone on the floor.
"It's organized chaos," freshman guard Ben Emelogu said. "They get after it, they're aggressive on defense and try to force you to turn the ball over. They're a long team, they're very active and we just have to attack their defense and make them actually play."
Having Emelogu back in the lineup for just the second time after missing the previous three games with a concussion helps. Emelogu said he's still taking prescription pills, but has had no more headaches or nausea, as he had after his second concussion of the season, last month. He said he's close to 100 percent healthy.
"In practice, I ran off a screen and ran into Marshall (Wood)'s shoulder a bit and my senses came back more," Emelogu said. "Just playing and being tired, it makes your head hurt and be nauseous. But now, I'm a lot healthier."
Though freshman Devin Wilson is Virginia Tech's lone true point guard, ball-handling duties will fall on everyone, from Emelogu, to senior forward Jarell Eddie and even the front-court players.
"They're definitely good at capitalizing on other teams' mistakes," Eddie said. "We're gonna try to limit our mistakes as much as we can because we know that's what fuels them and their offense. Every game, you don't wanna have that two or three-minute stretch where you're just not executing. But this game is gonna be important that we don't because that gives them their run and their confidence."
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