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After Delaney, Va. Tech needs scoring options

One of the biggest questions about Virginia Tech this season was whether it could find a third scoring option after the departure of A.D. Vassallo. Now the questions is who will be a second scoring option.

The Hokies have relied on guard Malcolm Delaney, who leads the ACC with 20.2 points per game, to generate its offense. But forward Jeff Allen has not scored with consistency. Instead of looking for third scorer to complement them, the Hokies are simply looking for someone to help Delaney; they will likely need another consistent threat of they want to play meaningful basketball in March.

While Allen has tremendous talent and a 6-foot-7 body to help him in the paint, he is inconsistent and only seems focused part of the time. He is averaging only 12 points per game and playing an average of 27.3 minutes.

Earlier in the year, Allen was forced to come off the bench because of persisting foul trouble. While he has started each of the last six games, his numbers over that time are indicative of his up-and-down play.

In an overtime win against Seton Hall on Jan. 2, Allen showed his promise, scoring 24 points and adding 13 rebounds in 38 minutes. But in the Hokies' loss at North Carolina on Sunday, he scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds; all of his production came in the first half as he vanished after halftime.

Guard Dorenzo Hudson has steadily improved this season, but he is not Virginia Tech's go-to second scoring option. Hudson, a junior, has seemed to be more fit for that third scoring role; he averaged 4.6 points per game last year and 3.5 two seasons ago.

Hudson netted 41 points in the Hokies' win over Seton Hall while Delaney was out with a sprained ankle, but he has not assumed such a scoring role each night. He is averaging 12.4 points per game, although that number is skewed because of his breakout night against Seton Hall.

Virginia Tech (12-2, 0-1) hosts No. 23 Miami (15-1, 1-1) on Wednesday night.

By Mark Viera  |  January 12, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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