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Hokies need Jeff Allen out of foul trouble

BOSTON -- Virginia Tech needed a third scorer this season to compliment Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen and has received a pleasant surprise in the form of Dorenzo Hudson. But at times, Allen has not been much of a force for the Hokies because of foul trouble.

Allen has not been able to stay out of foul trouble this season and it has hurt the Hokies, leaving them without their most talented forward and often lacking the ability to get second-chance baskets on rebounds.

Allen's foul trouble emerged early this season; he came off the bench for three games at the start of December because of foul trouble. And while he has shown flashes of strong play, Allen has become less of a factor in recent games as a result of his foul trouble.

As a consequence of too many fouls, Allen played 20 minutes against Virginia on Feb. 13, 18 minutes against Wake Forest on Feb. 16 and 19 minutes at Duke on Sunday. Allen has played 20 minutes or less in 10 games this season. He has fouled out twice.

In three of those games in which Allen played relatively limited minutes, the Hokies' starters sat against a weak opponent. That happened in wins over UMBC on Dec. 28 and Longwood on Dec. 30.

But in five ACC games, Allen has had a tough time staying on the court because of an ejection or foul trouble, like a loss at Florida State on Jan. 16. Allen was conspicuous by his absence in Virginia Tech's loss at Duke on Sunday, when the Hokies were dominated on the boards by the physical Blue Devils.

Virginia Tech (21-5, 8-4) takes on Boston College (13-13, 4-8) at Conte Forum on Wednesday night.

By Mark Viera  |  February 24, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
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