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Miami Basketball ACC Opponent Preview: Virginia Tech

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In an effort to bring UM Hoops fans up to speed on their ACC opposition we will preview each and every team in the conference. We will also look at how the 'Canes match up with each squad and what to expect from each team in 2014-15. Today we examine an old gridiron foe, the Hokies of Virginia Tech.

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In a disastrous 2013-14 campaign, VT mustered just 2 wins in conference play (interestingly enough both against Miami) before succumbing to the Hurricanes in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

James Johnson, to no one's surprise, lost his job.

Enter fiery former Marquette Coach Buzz Williams.   Williams may need some time to turn things around for the Hokies, but this is a home run of a hire.  His teams perennially play to their utmost potential, and once he can upgrade the roster, Tech might just be a factor in the ACC for the first time in a long time.

Just don't expect miracles right away Hokies fans.

Roster Overview:

I wouldn't go so far as to say this was a roster completely bereft of talent, but in the heavily loaded ACC Williams will start off his stint in Blacksburg pretty short-handed. Despite an inconsistent freshman season, PG Devin Wilson looks like the best player on the roster.  He should be helped by the long awaited debut of German born Malik Mueller, who can also handle some point. JUCO transfer Shane Henry put up big number last season at Georgia Perimeter.  He will help leftover big, Joey van Zegeren, immensely.  On the wing the Hokies leading returning scorer Adam Smith can fill it up on his good nights. Will Johnston can also contribute. Of the freshman class, big man Satchel Pierce and any of the combination of guards Justin Bibbs, Ahmed Hill, or Jalen Hudson will also need to bring something to the equation.  I expect this team to compete hard night in and night out, but frankly this may be the least talented roster in the conference this season.

Key Performers:

G Devin Wilson - 6'4 190 So.

G Adam Smith - 6'1 170 Jr.

F Shane Henry - 6'8 190 Jr.

What to Expect in 2014-15:

VT has enough cupcakes on the schedule to get off to a good start. But come ACC play they will be lucky to get 2-4 wins. At least Williams can start the process of leaving his imprint on the roster.

How they match-up with the 'Canes:

Considering they beat Miami twice last season, it's hard to say the UM should dominate them this year. But in reality with the 'Canes being a much more talented team this season, they should.  Williams' coached teams are never short in the effort department, so Coach L and staff will have to make sure their team matches VT's energy on both ends of the floor.  Wilson Vs Miami's electric PG's Angel Rodriguez and Manu Lecomte, should be fun to watch.




Stay tuned for more ACC Team previews as we count down to Tip Off