Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg glanced at the stat sheet after Saturday's 78-75 win over Virginia and immediately realized his good fortune.
“If someone told me that Jeff Allen wouldn’t make a field goal and we’d win I’d say that’s a good day for the Hokies, because that’s probably not going to happen too often," Greenberg said.
After a win, it is a good line to use. The problem is the Hokies will not win many games when Allen finishes 0 for 7 from the field and scored just three points. It's become an issue for the Washington native. In two league games, he is 1 for 11 from the field. Allen suprassed 17 points in five of his first eight games and just once in the Hokies' last seven games.
Before the season, the Hokies' hopes hinged on "The Big Three" of Allen, A.D. Vassallo and Malcolm Delaney. The ACC is loaded with guards who will match up with Delaney and Vassallo. If Allen can reach his potential, so can Virginia Tech. If not, it will be another frustrating season in Blacksburg. Vassallo said as much after beating Virginia.
“I'm hoping Jeff wakes up. I'm not trying to call him out or anything, but we need him," Vassallo said. "I need the big guy inside because he’s got to make my life easier. If I can throw it inside and they can double him, I know that me or Malcolm or somebody is gonna get open and can make a play. We definitely need him to get going. And hopefully he makes it soon, because once the league is started, it’s going to be tough."
January 12, 2009; 7:19 AM ET
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