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Did a new sweater propel Buzz Williams and Virginia Tech to victory over Georgia Tech?

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Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams often changes shirts at halftime after sweating through them in the first half.

This time, Williams brought out a showstopper.

The first-year Hokie head coach brought out a custom-made sweater in the second half of Virginia Tech’s win over Georgia Tech on Monday night. Finding themselves down by five points at halftime, the Hokies made a comeback in the second half after Williams donned the sweater.

The custom-made sweater was made by a friend of Williams, Scott Barber of Colorado, who sent the sweater as a sample for Williams to try. According to a story from Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Barber and Williams became friends when Buzz was an assistant coach for Colorado State from 2000-2004.

When Williams put on the sweater for the second half, his players certainly took notice.

“Right before the half started, I was just saying to myself, ‘Look at this dude. This guy,’” junior guard Adam Smith said in Barber’s story. “It was fresh, though. I liked it. … I might ask him for that one.”

The sweater was a hot topic among Virginia Tech basketball fans with fans trying to place orders with Barber.

What do you think Buzz Williams should do with this fashion choice in the future?

Virginia Tech announces that junior forward will leave program

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Virginia Tech junior forward Joey van Zegeren hasn’t played in any of the Hokies’ last four games, and he wasn’t expected to play in Thursday’s home game against No. 8 Notre Dame either, after he was suspended indefinitely by head coach Buzz Williams. Van Zegeren, who was averaging 9.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game at the time of his suspension, was disciplined for what was defined as “a lack of discipline and self-control at practice.”

Thursday afternoon it was announced by the school that van Zegeren’s time with the basketball program has come to an end, with the forward remaining on scholarship for the remainder of the semester.

Van Zegeren, a native of the Netherlands, would in all likelihood be able to transfer to another school without having to sit out a season as a result of his receiving his bachelor’s degree. Virginia Tech has struggled in the rebounding department all season long, as they currently rank last in the ACC in both offensive (28.5%) and defensive (61.6%) rebounding percentage.

Thursday’s game against Notre Dame begins a stretch of three straight home contests, but two are against ranked opponents. The Hokies will also host No. 2 Virginia (Sunday) and Pittsburgh (Tuesday).

Virginia Tech suspends top rebounder indefinitely for ‘lack of discipline and self-control at practice’

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Joey Van Zegeren, a 6-foot-10 junior forward, was suspended indefinitely by the Virginia Tech program on Friday afternoon, the team announced.

“Joey failed to meet the expectations we have for our team,” Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said in a statement, via WDJB 7. “He demonstrated a lack of discipline and self-control at practice and as such this suspension was warranted.”

The Hokies will enter the start of ACC conference play without the services of their top rebounder and third leading scorer, as Van Zegeren was posting averages of 9.8 points and 5.3 boards per game.

Virginia Tech opens league play on Saturday at home against Syracuse. The Orange feature one of the nation’s most improved big men in Rakeem Christmas, who is averaging 17.8 points and 8.8 boards per game. Van Zegeren’s suspension means it’ll be up to Shane Henry and 7-foot freshman Satchel Pierce — both logging less than a dozen minutes per game — to contain the frontline of Christmas and Chris McCullough.

The Hokies begin league play with an 8-5 record.