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BLACKSBURG, Va. Bryan Trottier Jersey . -- Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams consistently cites Ahmed Hill as the toughest player in his program.So it came as no surprise to him that Hill made the big plays in the final minute of a close non-conference game.Ive been to where Med grew up, Williams said. Hell be fine in the toughest situation you can create.Hill scored 20 points to lead the Hokies to an 80-75 victory over Ole Miss on Sunday.Hill hit 5 of 10 from the floor, including 3 of 6 from beyond the 3-point arc for Virginia Tech (8-1), which won its fourth straight game. Zach LeDay added 15 points.Sebastian Saiz led the Rebels (6-3) with 21 points.Ole Miss trailed the entire second half, including 68-54 with a little more than five minutes left to play, but the Rebels scored on six straight possessions. They hit three 3-pointers in that span to cut the lead to 71-70 on a basket by Cullen Neal with 1:224 remaining.But the Hokies went to Hill, and he responded, scoring six points in the final minute. He drained a jumper with 59 seconds left to push the lead to 73-70. He also hit four free throws in the final 16.6 seconds to help the Hokies hold on.Were trying to work on finishing better, Hill said. Last year, we didnt finish as well, and Buzz is trying to teach us how to finish better in the second half. Were learning every day.Hill made 7 of 10 from the free-throw line, but the Hokies connected on just 60 percent of their free-throw attempts (18 of 30). Virginia Tech was able to make up for it by hitting 10 of 26 from beyond the 3-point arc.If they get penetration, because of their spacing and ball movement, theyre going to find the open guy, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. Youve got three of their five guys typically making 3s -- and then (Chris) Clarke throws one in. And LeDay throws one in. It doesnt do good for the other team.BIG PICTUREOle Miss needs to shore up its perimeter defense if it harbors any hopes of postseason play. The Rebels gave up 10 3-pointers to Virginia Tech and have allowed at least eight 3s in eight of nine games this season.Virginia Tech added another impressive win to its resume, as it seeks a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss came in ranked No. 26 in the Ratings Percentage Index. The Hokies also have non-conference wins against New Mexico, Nebraska and Michigan.QUOTE TO NOTEVirginia Tech post player Khadim Sy scored the Hokies first three baskets of the second half, forcing Kennedy to stop playing a 1-3-1 zone and go to a man-to-man defense -- which the Hokies exploited. Sy, a native of Senegal, scored just the six points, but had an impact on the game and has a huge fan in his coach Williams.Hes like Eddie Murphy in `Coming to America, Williams said. Hes just happy to be here. I think thats part of the reason why hes good. He doesnt have a lot of bad voices in his head. He wants to do what you ask him to do.UP NEXTThe Rebels return to action Thursday with a home game against Murray State for the first of three straight non-conference home games before opening SEC play against No. 6 Kentucky on Dec. 29The Hokies are in exams this week and dont return to the court until Saturday when they continue non-conference play with a home game against The Citadel. Virginia Tech is a combined 23-2 all-time versus its next three opponents. Tom Barrasso Jersey . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. Matt Murray Jersey . Malkin got tangled up with Detroits Luke Glendening early in the third period and his left skate took the brunt of collision with the boards behind Pittsburghs net. http:///...ney-penguins-jersey/ .J. -- Seven games into a disappointing season, New York Giants defensive catalyst Jason Pierre-Paul is getting the feeling hes back. In the New Orleans Saints win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12, Drew Brees completed 78 percent of his passing attempts for 310 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He was so efficient that even one extremely costly lost fumble deep in his own territory couldnt derail his performance, as he finished with an 89.4 total QBR, his second-best effort of the season behind an 89.9 against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6.Even at age 37, Brees continues to play at an exceptionally high level and is poised for one of the best seasons for a quarterback of his age or older since 2006, the first season we have QBR data for:It should be noted that while Tom Brady has been fantastic since his return from a four-game suspension, Brees has over 200 more plays this year than Brady (515 to 311). Maintaining a QBR as high as Bradys gets increasingly difficult the more plays he accumulates. Think of it like a hitter in baseball batting .400. Over a 10-at-bat stretch, its not so hard, but get to 100 ABs, and it becomes more difficult. And once you get to a seasons worth of at-bats, the task gets extremely difficult. This isnt to say Brady cant keep playing as efficiently as he currently is, just that there is a sizable difference in their number of plays.So how has Brees been able to consistently play so well, even as he gets past what are typically a QBs peak years?The biggest reason is that he is great at avoiding negative plays. Over 62 percent of Brees plays this season end up in poositive expected points?for him, highest in the league. Riley Sheahan Jersey. Remember, when we calculate a players QBR,?we divide credit?on the play. So it is possible for the QB to have a positive play for himself while the team overall is a negative -- think a receiver fumbling downfield after a completion. These plays dont occur often, but this analysis would still show such a play as a positive for the QB, rather than a negative.This trend isnt isolated to just this season. Brees is almost always near the top of the leaderboard among qualified quarterbacks, and if he maintains his ratio so far in 2016, hell end up with three of the five best seasons in this measure since 2006.Brees finished Week 12 with 66 percent of positive plays (league average so far this season is 55 percent), extending his streak of games with at least a 63 percent rate to seven games, during which time the Saints have gone 4-3, crawling to near playoff contention. ESPNs Football Power Index?currently gives the Saints a 19.1 percent chance to make the playoffs, but if they can defeat the Detroit Lions this week, FPI would give them a 23.5 percent chance. A loss, however, would drop them down to just a 4.5 percent chance to make the playoffs. 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