Anyone Else Getting Tired of the Kerry Blackshear Saga?

Ever since the deadline to commit to the NBA Draft came and went, there has been one name in every recruiting headline: the 6’10” Virginia Tech transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr.

For the last couple of weeks, Blackshear has been traveling around the Southeast visiting schools and hoping to find the right fit. All this time and it doesn’t look like he is any closer to making a decision.

Every day, there is a new “update” that gives us just as little information as the last. There is always a new school that pushes their way into the mix and becomes his new favorite. It seems to always be a two horse race between Kentucky and some other new school. Then, there is always Virginia Tech and Texas A&M lurking in the background as the dark horses.

Every analyst gives their opinion based on what their sources are telling them. They really don’t know any more information than we do, but it is their job to keep us informed. The problem with trying to keep the masses updated on a player is that sometimes the player doesn’t know either. They try to offer what information they can, but when there is really nothing important to reveal, the storyline can get boring, annoying and downright exhausting.

We, here at Soft 7 Sports, have been blogging the last couple days about where Blackshear could end up. We’ve definitely contributed to the beating of the dead horse, and we have heard the complaints. Of course, we want him to pick Kentucky and think it is the obvious choice. But we aren’t Kerry Blackshear. We truly have no idea what he wants to do. No matter how tired we are of the “recent news and developments”, we will never be as exhausted of this process more than the transfer himself.

Kerry Blackshear has to be scared right now. He has gone through the recruiting process before and played college basketball. All the work he has put in didn’t even get him an invite to the NBA Draft Combine. So, he has one more shot at playing the game he loves for the rest of his life in the NBA and there is a lot of pressure to get this college decision right.

Kentucky seems like the obvious choice, but he will have to fight for every minute of playing time he gets. It could end up worse for him than Virginia Tech. Tennessee and Florida offer their own benefits such as being the star player, but another season like last year will prove this upcoming season to be a year of wasted time.

We hope this process come to an end soon for all of our sake’s, but in the meantime, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all BBN news and opinions.

ACC Tournament Quarterfinal Afternoon Games Prediction

North Carolina St. vs. Virginia

When: 12:30 p.m. ET ESPN

Spread: Virginia -11

Over/Under: 132

In their only meeting all year, NC St. took Virginia to Overtime and lost 66-65 at home. The home court advantage might have been one of the factors that played a role in their success in that game. For Virginia, they are obviously one of the best teams in the country. They have lost only two games this season and both of those were to Duke. Where Virginia has thrived, NC St. has struggled. They aren’t the most fun team to watch offensively; however, like Virginia, they are a really good defensive team. That being said, Virginia is the best defensive team in the country. If NC St. could only put of 24 points against Virginia Tech, then I don’t think that they are going to really pour it on this Virginia team. Virginia is also one the best offensive teams in the country and have plenty of weapons that can hurt you from both inside and out. I just don’t see this being much of a game from the start. Virginia is going to win this pretty handedly and it’s going to be low scoring. NC St. will struggle in the first half to score more than 30 points, and I don’t see it getting much better in the second.

Prediction: Virginia 71 – 59 North Carolina St.

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Virginia Tech vs. Florida State

When: 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN

Spread: Virginia Tech -1

Over/Under: 134.5

These two teams have played once this year and it was at Florida St. That game ended with FSU pulling out the victory in Overtime 73-64. That was a game in which Virginia Tech looked as though they had that game locked. They were leading for most of the game and then were outplayed by FSU in the final few minutes. Then in Overtime FSU took over, outscoring Virginia Tech 12-3.

I do not see this game following the same storyline. While FSU is a really strong team, they tend to fall back early. That being said, they tend to finish strong. I think that the key for Virginia Tech is to use their strong offense. They are one of the best shooting teams in the country. FSU will try to use their stellar defense against the strong shooters of Virginia Tech and it’ll be fun to what. However, the real difference is Virginia Tech’s defense, I think, is significantly better than FSU’s offense. While FSU is a very good offensive team, I think that Virginia Tech is just too strong on defense. This will start with Virginia Tech with an early lead going into halftime that will eventually be whittled down by FSU, but ultimately won’t get there. I think Virginia Tech wins this fight, and avenges their earlier Overtime loss at FSU, proving that they are a team to watch out for.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 70 – 67 Florida State

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-Parmesan Don

@soft7parm

ACC Tournament Second Round Afternoon Game Predictions

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Clemson vs. North Carolina St.

When: 12:00 p.m. ET ESPN

Spread: Clemson -1

Over/Under: 140

In there only prior game this season, Clemson lost to NC St. 69-67 on the road. That game was won on a buzzer beater 3 by Braxton Beverly. While NC St. may have won the game, Clemson clawed back from a first half 6 point deficit, and this is somewhat of a revenge game for them. Both teams have had a pretty hit or miss end of the season; however, the one difference that I can pull from these two teams is that Clemson has actually beaten a good team this year. Clemson beat Virginia Tech in early February 59-51 at home. That Virginia Tech team is actually the team that limited NC St. to the fewest point total in the shot clock era with 24 points. That is something that was uncommon for them, because they were averaging about 84.4 points per game at the time. That being said, neither team really comes into this game with any momentum.

Looking at these teams head to head, this is going to be a defensive heavy game. Clemson is one of the top defensive teams in the country and NC St. isn’t half bad either. It will come down to the offense. NC St. will have to limit Clemson on the offensive glass to have any shot in staying in this game. If they fail to do that then this might be a blow out. Clemson can take over this game by controlling the boards. NC St. will try to keep this a high paced game, but I think Clemson really slows it down and tries to throw off this NC St. team. As a result, Clemson will likely win this game.

Prediction: Clemson 69 – 67 North Carolina St.

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Miami vs. Virginia Tech

When: 2:00 p.m. ET ESPN

Spread: Virginia Tech -7.5

Over/Under: 137

In their two meeting this season, Virginia Tech handled Miami pretty handedly with scores of 82-70 and 84-70. Their last meeting was the last game of the season and Virginia Tech’s last game. So these teams are quite familiar with each other and haven’t had a lot of time to change or develop. Miami is coming off of a win against Wake Forest in the First Round of the ACC Tournament, winning 79-71. I think this is where their luck runs out.

This Virginia Tech team might be playing their best basketball all season. They recently beat Duke, and while that may not be totally crazy since Zion didn’t play, they still looked really good in that game. While Virginia Tech is still without senior point guard Justin Robinson, they have been able to lean against junior Kerry Blackshear and sophomore Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Both those guys have really come into their own and made Virginia Tech a force to recon with. Virginia Tech might have one of the best offenses in the country, shooting nearly 40% from behind the arc and around 56% from FG range. Also, if they go to the free throw line then they are almost guaranteeing points, with an average of 76.2% as a team. That is good enough to be one of the best in the country. Their defense is no slouch either, and Miami has really struggled against them all year.

That is why I don’t even think this is a question. Virginia Tech is winning this game pretty handedly, and they will likely beat the spread too.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 81 – 68 Miami

-Parmesan Don

@soft7parm

 

Virginia Tech vs. NC State Was the Worst Basketball Game This Season, Maybe Ever

Every hoops fan loves a top-25 matchup. High scoring, fast-paced, coming down to the wire and maybe even some free basketball… overtime. At least, that’s what you would think would happen. We were given an absolute treat this Saturday with a top-25 ACC matchup in #12 Virginia Tech and #23 North Carolina State, or so we thought.

I got up early for this game. Noon is early for me because I am a blogger. I went down to my mom’s basement, again, because blogger, and I watched with laser focus. Much to my disappointment, the expectations for a top-25 game were not lived up to.

This. Game. Sucked. I even thought about changing the channel to soccer, but I could not look away. It was like a 11-car pileup and in the distance… 10 more runaway Toyotas. Add that up and it equals 21. That’s how many three pointers NC State missed. At what point as a coach do you tell your players to stop shooting and start driving the lane and turn this into a free throw contest. Personally, I would have thrown in a walk-on and hoped for a Kelenna Azubuike or Spike Albrecht miracle to happen. Even if it doesn’t, that’s who you can blame for a final score of 24.

He for sure missed this.

Virginia Tech was not any better. Well, technically they were since they won, but they only scored 47. If a team scores 47 points in a game and they aren’t playing Virginia, that team should be blown out by 23, not win by that much. They should drop in the rankings for disrespecting all of basketball. I know it isn’t their fault that NC State couldn’t hit a shot, but when you are the #12 team in the nation (#11 now) you should really be scoring more than 47 points, especially shooting 33% from 3.

Imagine this, but every possession.

The real loser here is the fans. This game started at 100% capacity and looked like 4% at the end. Fans took the bait on how a real top-25 should play out. The spread on this game was NCST -3.0. I get it, game spreads are a little off most of the time, but here is where it really went wrong: the over/under. The O/U for the game was 152. Game total was 71. If these teams were to play again in the ACC tournament, I would hope Vegas would set it to something more reasonable like 80.

Fun Fact: 77 D-1 players scored more than NC State did on Saturday.

Virginia Tech plays Louisville tonight and I hope they get run out of the gym by Ryan McMahon.