Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about No. 10 Virginia Tech

first_img Published on January 25, 2019 at 3:44 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Comments No. 10 Virginia Tech (15-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) will try to rebound from a 21-point blowout loss at No. 11 North Carolina this weekend, when they host Syracuse (14-5, 5-1) in Blacksburg, Virginia. Tip is slated for 8 p.m.Here’s what you need to know about the Hokies.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 9-3Last time they played: The Orange beat VT on New Year’s Eve in 2017, 68-56. Syracuse held the Hokies to 34.6 percent from the field. Then-freshman Oshae Brissett shined in his first career ACC game, feasting for 19 points and nine rebounds. For VT, Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the way with 19 to go along with Justin Robinson and Justin Bibbs’ 10 points apiece. The last time SU traveled to Blacksburg, two years ago, the Orange fell, 83-73. The Virginia Tech report: Against Mike Hopkins’ Washington Huskies this season in Atlantic City, the Hokies largely found rhythm against the 2-3 zone, running through the high post and short corner with relative easy. Hopkins doesn’t run the same zone Syracuse does, though. But VT did show a capability to handle a zone and work the ball inside and out. Most impressive: Virginia Tech was poised against the zone, working the ball well at a fast clip.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hokies are coming off back-to-back seasons in which they reached the NCAA Tournament. They have only three losses thus far: Penn State, No. 3 Virginia and No. 11 UNC. All three came on the road. They returned a deep group from a season ago — four of their top five scorers and four of their top five rebounders. What the Hokies lack in defense they try to compensate for on the offensive end. Five players average 7.9 points per game or more. They’re led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker (18.3 points per game), Kerry Blackshear Jr. (13.7), Ahmed Hill (13.2) and Justin Robinson (13.1), with a solid inside-outside balance. How Syracuse beats Virginia Tech: Surely, the Orange will have to score to keep up with the quality offense that is VT. Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle’s aggression is needed, as well as support from point guard Frank Howard and Co. The Hokies want to push the ball against the zone — like they did against Washington — and, if they don’t get a good initial look, they’ll look to challenge the Orange off the dribble and inside. An airtight zone is the defensive key for this primetime matchup as the Orange look to improve to 6-1 in conference play against one of the stronger offenses they’ll face. Stat to know: 49.7 — Percentage of field-goals Virginia Tech has made this season, compared with Syracuse’s 42.8 percent shooting. The Hokies work to get quality shots. KenPom odds: KenPom gives Syracuse a 25 percent chance to win, predicting a Virginia Tech victory by a score of 71-64. Player to watch: Justin Robinson, senior guard, No. 5Robinson can play, and he’s produced for a long time. He’s second in the conference in assists per game (5.4) and fourth on his team in points (13.1). A third-year starter, Robinson brings experience and quickness to the Virginia Tech backcourt. He’s shooting about four 3-pointers per contest, and he can find his way toward the rim off the bounce. Related Stories Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lindsey Vonn announces retirement from skiing

first_imgVonn became the rare skier to earn celebrity status. She earned endorsement deals from Under Armour, Red Bull, Head, Oakley and Rolex, appeared on TV shows such as “Access Hollywood” and had a high-profile relationship with Tiger Woods.In her retirement message, Vonn said she’s merely starting a “new chapter” in life.”I always say, ‘Never give up!’ So to all the the kids out there, to my fans who have sent me messages of encouragement to keep going… I need to tell you that I’m not giving up!” Vonn said. “I’m just starting a new chapter. Don’t lose faith in your dreams, keep fighting for what you love, and if you always give everything you have you’ll be happy no matter what the outcome.” It’s been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing. I will compete at the World Championships in Downhill and SG next week in Åre, Sweden and they will be the final races of my career. I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring. A large portion of cartilage that had delaminated from my bone was removed. My crash in Lake Louise last year was much more painful than I let on, but I continued to race because I wanted to win a medal in the Olympics for my late grandfather. Again, I rehabbed my way back this summer and I felt better than I had in a long time. Then I crashed in Copper this November and injured my left knee, tearing my LCL plus sustaining 3 fractures. Despite extensive therapy, training and a knee brace, I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can. My body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen. Honestly, retiring isn’t what upsets me. Retiring without reaching my goal is what will stay with me forever. However, I can look back at 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, 3 Olympic medals, 7 World Championship medals and say that I have accomplished something that no other woman in HISTORY has ever done, and that is something that I will be proud of FOREVER! I always say, “Never give up!” So to all the the kids out there, to my fans who have sent me messages of encouragement to keep going… I need to tell you that I’m not giving up! I’m just starting a new chapter. Don’t lose faith in your dreams, keep fighting for what you love, and if you always give everything you have you’ll be happy no matter what the outcome. Thank you for the amazing years, for always supporting me, and for making my job so fun. Can’t wait to see some of you in the finish in Åre where I will give it my all one last time. Love always, LindseyA post shared by L I N D S E Y • V O N N (@lindseyvonn) on Feb 1, 2019 at 7:22am PSTVonn has earned 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, three Olympic medals and seven World Championship medals. But the past few years have seen her endure several brutal crashes that cost her most of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. View this post on Instagram “It’s been an emotional 2 weeks making the hardest decision of my life, but I have accepted that I cannot continue ski racing,” Vonn wrote on Instagram. “I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring.”My body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen.” Lindsey Vonn, one of the most decorated skiers in history, announced her retirement Friday via social media.The 34-year-old Vonn announced that the World Championships in Åre, Sweden, next week will be her final competition.last_img read more