The Student Section
Hokies learning the ugly nature of the ACC

The night started out badly when I missed out on the free T-shirt giveaway at Cassell, but I thought that would be the low light of the night – it wasn’t.

We were bad last night against nc state. That’s the bottom line, there’s not much else to say. No part of the Hokies’ game, as Coach Greenberg said, was acceptable. Players and coaches are both to blame for the loss, but as bad as the loss looked and felt for the fans, there’s no reason to be down on the Hokies yet.

state was at full strength for the first time all season and probably played their best game of the year. Tech played its worst home game of the season and was still within 2 with 4:30 left to play. The Hokies were within 2 at that point despite being out rebounded, the relative disappearance of Coleman Collins (and Jamon Gordon in the 1st half) and an obvious lack of intensity. Honestly the Hokies didn’t do much right and still had a chance to win in the final few minutes of the game.

The students did all we could to keep the Hokies in the game, especially in the second half. Every time we got close someone hit a big shot for state, hushing the crowd. Ben McCauley played very well, playing all 40 minutes, and hitting a lot of big shots. Gavin Grant, scoring all 16 of his points in the second half, also made some big shots. Courtney Fells SportsCenter Top-10 dunk was another embarrassing killer. But the biggest shot of the game came from #33 Brandon Costner. Jamon Gordon had just brought the Hokies within 2 at 55-53 with 4:17 to play and the Cassell was rocking louder than it had all night. Costner hit an open look at three from the top of the key, not a good spot to give someone an open look. Costner’s shot squelched the crowd, as they collectively groaned. Costner’s shot was the defining moment of an overall bad night.

I’ve been watching ACC basketball for a long time, my whole life actually, and much longer than Virginia Tech has been in the league. If there’s one thing this game should teach Tech students, and fans in general, it’s this: don’t let this game get you down too much. No one thought, or should have thought, that we were going to win the ACC after the duke and unc victories, and no one should think now that we’re doomed for the NIT. There are no bad teams in the ACC, not this year, not any year. So get used to some big, exciting wins, and get used to some unexpected, painful losses.

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Q is a junior majoring in Communication and History at Tech. He is from Madison County, VA (near Charlottesville). Q’s favorite Virginia Tech basketball memory is his own graceful leap over the ridiculously tall wall behind the basket as time expired after this season’s unc game, but Deron Washington’s leap over Greg Paulus at duke is a close second. Q considers himself lucky that he was rejected by uva three years ago.

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2014-2015 Schedule/Results


11/14 - Hokies 71, md. eastern shore 46
11/19 - Hokies 73, liberty 63
11/22 - appalachian state 65, Hokies 63
Cancun Classic
11/25 - n. iowa 73, Hokies 54
11/26 - Hokies 78, miami ohio 63
11/30 - Hokies 83, morgan state 63


12/03 - penn state 61, Hokies 58
12/07 - radford 68, Hokies 66
12/14 - Hokies 65, alabama a&m 55
12/20 - Hokies 64, the citadel 61
12/22 - Hokies 87, vmi 74
12/27 - Hokies 87, presbyterian 65
12/30 - west virginia 82, Hokies 51


01/03 - syracuse 68, Hokies 66
01/06 - louisville 78, Hokies 63
01/18 - unc 68, Hokies 53
01/22 - notre dame 85, Hokies 60
01/25 - uva 50, Hokies 47
01/27 - Hokies 70, pittsburgh 67
01/31 - wake forest 73, Hokies 70


02/03 - syracuse 72, Hokies 70
02/07 - vs. fsu | 3pm, ACCN
02/09 - vs. georgia tech | 9pm, ESPNU
02/14 - @ clemson | Noon, RSN
02/18 - @ miami | 7pm, RSN
02/21 - @ nc state | 6pm, ESPN2
02/25 - vs. duke | 9pm, ESPN2
02/28 - @ uva | 4pm, ACCN


03/02 - vs. boston college | 9pm, ESPNU
03/07 - vs. miami | Noon, RSN
ACC Tournament
03/10 - 1st rd.
03/11 - 2nd rd.
03/12 - quarterfinals
03/13 - semifinals
03/14 - championship

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