Are the Hokies getting weary? That’s what James Johnson said this week.
Erick Green leads the nation in scoring (25 ppg) but was just 7 of 21 from the field in last weekend’s overtime loss at North Carolina. He had 16 points in 43 minutes.
Green leads the ACC in minutes (36.4 mpg).
“He’s playing a lot of minutes, but he’s also getting double and triple teamed,” Johnson said. “I sense a little bit of fatigue, some wearing down in him. … He’s seeing a lot of big, strong bodies now as we go through the course of this ACC season here. You’re looking at guys that are 6-5, 205 pounds that are guarding him and then they’re sending 6-9, 240 at him, trapping in him in ball screens and bumping him.
“Seomtimes your legs just don’t have it, and I think that he wore down a little bit on Saturday.”
The Hokies, who were outscored 17-5 in OT at UNC, have lost four in a row.
“Certain guys have played a lot of minutes, and I think that’s just wearing on them,” Johnson said. ”We’ve just got guys that have are playing a lot of minutes, and they’ve been doing that all year long, and I think it’s just taking its toll now.”