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Recap | Hokies (7-3, 20-4) 61, uva (5-4, 14-8) 55 | 2.13.10

Recap | Hokies (7-3, 20-4) 61, uva (5-4, 14-8) 55 | 2.13.10

Box Score | Highlights

Blacksburg, VA – The Virginia Tech Hokies made it a clean sweep of ACC and in-state rival virginia with a 61-55 win over the hoos before a capacity crowd in Blacksburg. Junior guard Dorenzo Hudson led the Hokies with 15 points while Jeff Allen and Malcolm Delaney added 13 apiece.

The Hokies remain unbeaten at the Cassell this season – a perfect 13-0. More importantly, they are now 7-3 in ACC play and in third place behind duke (9-2) and wake forest (8-3). Additionally, Niemo’s beloved maroon “dress jeans” are a perfect 6-0 (possibly 7-0), including 3-0 against the boohoos.

This game was ugly. Actually, ugly is putting it nicely. Fugly is more like it. If you don’t know what “fugly” means, look it up at urbandictionary.com, then come back here for a recap of the carnage that set the game of basketball back about 100 years. Like, back when they actually used peach baskets as the hoops.

Why so fugly, you ask? Probably because the Hokies and hoos are the two best defensive teams (statistically speaking) in the ACC. The hoos gave up their average exactly – 61 points. The Hokies, meanwhile, held the hoos well below VT’s usual 61.4 ppg, allowing only 55 points.

Delaney got no love from the refs in this game. He was fouled repeatedly, but never got the call. He didn’t shoot his first free throw until late in the game. He also struggled from the field, but Hudson stepped up, as did Allen, Terrell Bell and JT Thompson.

Trailing 51-48 late in the second half, Allen got a layup in the paint and drew the foul. He completed the old-fashioned three-point play to tie the game at 51. After a missed shot by uva at the other end, Bell grabbed one of his nine rebounds and Allen hit the big three pointer that put the Hokies ahead for good, 54-51, with 1:14 to play.

Allen scored six points during an 8-0 run that resembled the late-game rally that gave the Hokies a key ACC road win on Jan. 28, in Charlottesville.

Tech led for much of the first half, but both teams were terrible from the field. The hoos used a 7-2 run to close out the half and take a 25-21 lead into the break. The 21 points are the second fewest in the first half this season – they managed an anemic 17 in an early season loss to temple.

Interesting to note… The Hokies used essentially seven players in the game. Delaney, Hudson, Allen, Bell and Davila started. JT and Erick Green also saw quite a bit of action. Cadarian Raines played only three minutes. JT and Raines filled in for Allen who picked up two quick fouls in the first three minutes and had to sit the rest of the half.

This is Greenberg’s third 20-win season since taking over the program in 2003. Tech has six games remaining in the regular season. Their next game is Tuesday, Feb. 16, at home vs. wake forest, which “upset” georgia tech tonight to improve to 8-3 in ACC play.

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  • Danram

    The way the refs ate their whistles tonight when Malcolm Delaney was repeatedly fouled was absolutely disgraceful. Not only that, but two of the three offensive fouls they called on him were ridiculous. (I came bolt upright out of my seat when they called the third one on him as he was driving to the hoop off the break against Zeglinsky.) I really think they’re deliberately overcompensating because of all the publicity that MD has gotten recent re: his alleged “flopping” and the number of times he’s been to the FT line, and that’s complete BS. If a guy is fouled, blow the damn whistle! There were about five times tonight when MD was clearly fouled and yet there was no call.

    But all’s well that ends well. A 20-4 record at this point in the season is something that I’ll bet nobody on the face of this Earth expected, especially after the debacle in Philadelphia two months ago against Temple and Delaware. Could this team actually win an ACC regular season title? Well, they’re in position to do precisely that with six games left and, while Duke has to be considered the favorite, stranger things have happened!

  • http://stores.ebay.com/hip-hop-heads-vinyl-crates HipHop_Hokie

    We are 7-3 in the ACC right now with 6 games to go. We have two “weak” games left (@BC, NCST) and four “strong” games left (Wake, @Duke, MD, @GT).

    If we win both weak games but lose all 4 strong ones to head into the ACC tourney at 22-8 (9-7), then I feel like we’ll need to win 2 ACC tourney games to be a lock.

    If we win both weak games and 1 strong game to also finish at 22-8 (9-7), I think we’ll need 1 ACC tourney win to be a lock.

    If we win both weak games and 1 strong game or 1 weak games and 2 strong games to finish at 23-7 (10-6), then we are a lock without even an ACC tourney win.

    Similarly if we win 3 strong games and lose the other 4 to go 22-8 (9-7), we’re still a lock without a tourney win.

    If we go 2-5 the rest of the way, unless one of the two wins is @Duke then I think that we’ll need to at the very least lose a close one in the ACC final.

    All that said, I see us going 4-2 the rest of the way, with the losses being @Duke and @GT. That will put us at 24-6 (11-5) and a lock for the NCAA’s before the ACC tourney even starts. We’ll have a first round bye, and if we lose in the second round I see us at a 10 seed, third round = 9 seed, finals loss = 7 seed, tourney champion = 6 seed.

    We shall see…

  • Les

    Greenberg didn’t play Boggs and Atkings much in Charlottesville either. He stayed with Hudson and Bell against Landesberg.

    Delaney needs to adapt his game to a higher level of acceptable contact. He’s not going to get as many calls once he gets out of the conference regardless of which tournament they make. It can work to Tech’s advantage since they’re more of a defensive team.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/hip-hop-heads-vinyl-crates HipHop_Hokie

    need to correct some things on my earlier post……

    We are 7-3 in the ACC right now with 6 games to go. We have two “weak” games left (@BC, NCST) and four “strong” games left (Wake, @Duke, MD, @GT).

    If we win both weak games and 1 strong game to finish at 23-7 (10-6), I think we’ll need 1 ACC tourney win to be a lock.

    If we win 1 weak game and 2 strong games or just any of the 3 strong games to finish at 23-7 (10-6), then we are a lock without even an ACC tourney win.

    If we do happen to meltdown and lose all 4 strong games to go 2-4 the rest of the way and finish 22-8 (9-7), unless one of the two wins is @Duke then I think that we’ll need to at the very least lose a close one in the ACC final to be comfortable on Selection Sunday.

    All that said, I see us going 4-2 the rest of the way, with the losses being @Duke and @GT. That will put us at 24-6 (11-5) and a lock for the NCAA’s before the ACC tourney even starts. We’ll have a first round bye, and if we lose in the second round I see us at a 10 seed, third round = 9 seed, finals loss = 7 seed, tourney champion = 6 seed.

    We shall see…

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    That game was pretty disgusting, but I will always take a win over the hated Hoos. Unfortunately, that game was lose-lose. The win didn’t mean anything as far as our tournament resume goes, and the loss would have obviously hurt us. So my pride feels pretty good, but nothing else really changed. The Wake Forest game is huge. A win will do great things for us. A loss won’t really hurt us too bad, but it leaves us with one fewer team to claim a signature win against. Let’s hope the refs pack their whistles for this one so Delaney can actually get his just rewards.

  • Facebook User

    The real disgrace was the half-court shot taken at halftime to win a brand new Mazda3. That guy’s shot LANDED just past the ACC at the foul line. Terrible…made me sick.

  • apex

    I can’t believe how this team just finds ways to make it work. I’m not sure how many threes Allen has taken all season (I don’t remember more than a few at the home games anyway). He made sure to make the ones that counted. It’s amazing how this season we really aren’t the “best” at anything, but someone every game steps up and makes the difference (i.e. DoZo, Thompson, Allen, T-Bell, Davila, everyone). Pretty awesome to watch and makes me proud to be part of Hokie Basketball!

    • Niemo

      Check out my notes I just posted – Allen had made just 6 3′s, and just 3 in ACC play before Saturday’s 2nd half.

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    Allen’s got a nice shot. If you go back and watch the 3-pointers that he’s MISSED, just about all of them kind of ring around the outside of the rim before falling out. He could easily be a 40% 3-point shooter with a little more luck.

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