Published: Thu, February 15, 2018

What Buzz Williams said after Virginia Tech's epic upset at Virginia

What Buzz Williams said after Virginia Tech's epic upset at Virginia

It will be the third time in the last four seasons that Gameday has made an appearance at John Paul Jones Arena.

"I think 37 was the game plan, so we went over one", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, laughing ruefully. But Virginia Tech's players and coaches probably didn't notice or care.

The really hard part, in as unattractive, bruising yet oddly entertaining February game as you can imagine.

Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams was still calling the Cavaliers the No. 1 team in the nation after the game.

Cavaliers faithful will lament Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy shooting 4-of-24 combined from beyond the 3-point arc.

Aliyah Huland El made one of two free throws to extend the lead to 59-56. The Seminoles are quite possibly the most puzzling team in the conference.

"We nearly stole that game", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, "but that's what it would have been, stealing that game". The Cavaliers have to play much better in their remaining games in order to even come close to fulfilling Williams' prediction. "And we're on a mission", said UVa's Lauren Moses, who scored the go-ahead basket with 38 seconds left. "We're a very talented team".

"Obviously they're dealing with injuries, but it's still 5-on-5, so you've got to come out ready to play", Cronin said.

The Hokies guarded superbly and relentlessly. Ty Jerome made both baskets for the Cavaliers, and the sophomore had a chance to win with a three-pointer from National Basketball Association distance - well within his range - but the shot bounced off the front iron as the buzzer sounded in regulation. "We're just trying to play and win games and worry about the next day and worry about today". "So I'm glad we're paying attention to that now".

The lead grew to 12 before Virginia sprang to life, trimming the margin to four late in the first half.


Virginia Tech: The Hokies are a very unsafe team when they are making shots, and that's pretty often. It just brings the Cavaliers back down to earth a bit, back to the rest of the teams in college basketball this season.

Virginia women's basketball led by 23 in the third quarter at Virginia Tech. Alexander-Walker hit his fourth 3-pointer to pull the Hokies to 60-59 and, after Hall missed the front end of another one-and-one, Blackshear made the putback.

"Pretty good, wasn't it?"

Revenge was sweet, freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker said.

Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-5) managed to get to the rim with Justin Robinson (20 points, seven assists) and even when he stopped scoring down the stretch, he was able to create good looks for his teammates with passes off drives to the bucket. Moreover, Wilson, a 51.4-percent foul shooter, made 2-of-2 from the line overtime. Clarke's offensive rebound with 30 seconds to go in regulation gave the Hokies the ball back and extended the possession, sending Robinson to the free throw line.

'Twas that kind of evening. He's still listed as day-to-day and thankfully for Cardinals fans, the team has the week off before consecutive games against North Carolina and Duke.

"I think it was just taking more pride in what we do", Virginia senior forward Isaiah Wilkins said. Saturday was different, Tech yearning to enhance its shaky NCAA tournament credentials. "It's a big step for us".

"He's just playing at a really high level", Williams said.

Virginia opened the game on a 13-5 run to force an early timeout by Virginia Tech only to see the Hokies respond, and in a big way.

Don't expect either to be as unsightly or intriguing as Saturday.

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