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Injuries affecting Delaney's shot

Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney has been banged up all season, and his growing list of injuries has started to affect his game.

Delaney, normally a sharpshooter, has gone 0 for 11 from three-point range in the Hokies' past two games. He said Tuesday that his sprained ankles (yes, plural) and a nagging left shoulder injury have forced him to change his shot, resulting in the sub-par numbers.

"I'm missing open shots," Delaney said. "You look at the 11 threes I shot, there might have been four contested. The rest of the shots I’d take, wide-open shots."

Delaney has been limited in practices and has been receiving regular treatment for his injuries, although he said they would all heal with time.

Delaney initially sprained his left ankle in a win over Longwood on Dec. 30; it was a Grade 2 sprain and he also had a bone bruise, which still bothers him. He tweaked his right ankle in a win over Boston College on Jan. 23, and later in that same game injured his left shoulder when he collided with an Eagles player.

Delaney said his mid-range game has been unaffected, and he has continued to score, pouring in 27 points in a overtime win at Virginia on Jan. 28. But his typically hot shooting has gone cold from behind the arc, where he is a 36.3-percent shooter in his Hokie career.

"It’s affected me a lot," Delaney said of the injuries. "I had to adjust my shot probably three times just because of the injuries, just to what’s more comfortable. When I hurt my ankle, I had to adjust my height on my shot. Then I hurt my shoulder. I’ve got to keep adjusting."

Virginia Tech (16-4, 3-3) hosts North Carolina (13-8, 2-4) on Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum.

By Mark Viera  |  February 2, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
 
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