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wake Woodshed! | Recap | VT (2-2, 11-5) 94, wake (0-3, 7-11) 65


Victor Davila dunks against wake forest VT is 2-2 in ACC play. Their record last year? 2-2. Here we go…

The Hokies won a game they absolutely had to win, and in convincing fashion. Virginia Tech, after a 7-0 wake run to start the game from the demon deacons, absolutely dominated the game. I thought VT -19.5 was a high spread. Well, VT covered by then and then some. The Hokies cruised to a 94-65 win.  This was Tech’s biggest margin of victory ever in an ACC game (the previous high was a 27-point win over uva in 2007).

For once VT had balance, even in the first half. The Hokies had six guys finish in double-digits, and none of them were Malcolm Delaney. Tech got a huge effort from their bench.  Manny Atkins led the Hokies with a career high 16 (he was deadly from the right corner behind the arc), and freshman Jarell Eddie had 8 in the first half and finished with a career high 12 points.  Eddie and Atkins have put together two very good games back-to-back, which is crucial given VT’s lack of depth.  Erick Green and Jeff Allen had 10, Victor Davila had 14 (mostly off dunks — see picture), and Terrell Bell had 12.

Somewhat surprisingly, it was wake that opened up in a 2-3 zone while VT played man-to-man.  Tech had played nothing but zone against fsu and unc, but those teams had more bulk inside.  I assume Seth opened in man because of wake’s ability to penetrate.  The Hokies did play a lot of zone though, also.

Seriously, when I saw the spread was -19.5, I thought wake would cover. When they jumped out to a 7-0 lead, I thought we might lose. But that 17-2 run to put the Hokies up 17-9.  Later in the first half with the score 24-16 in favor of Tech, the Hokies went on an 11-0 run to burst ahead 35-16 and the game was all but over. I thought back at that point to when Tech was up 18 in the first half I thought back to Thursday when the Hokies were up 31-15 over unc, yet you knew this was different.  This is a terrible wake team that wasn’t going to put up a fight and were ready to head back to Winston-Salem for some Four Lokos.  VT was up 44-24 at the half thanks in large part to 7/14 shooting on 3-pointers.  After hitting just one three-pointer against florida state, Tech has answered with 19/40 from long range in their last two games.

wake has an awful defense. VT shot 59 percent for the game, over 50 percent in both halves. Tech also finished 18/21 from the line (86 percent). This is a good VT team. They took a wake team behind the woodshed that deserved it.

wake, which is turnover prone, lost the points off turnover battle 26-11. They also lost points in the paint 44-20 to a VT team that has no inside depth. Like I said, wake might be the worst ACC team ever.

Great stat line from Delaney: Nine points and nine assists. One turnover. That’s a great game.  He’s showing he can contribute without having to score 30 points.  The nine assists moved Delaney to third on Tech’s all-time assists list with 476, just ahead of Al Young – VT All-Time Leaders List

VT had 22 fast break points to four for wake.  The Hokies did an excellent job of pushing the ball and actually converted fast break opportunities for once!

It was Ace Custis Night, but Ace was unable to attend. Instead, we got a pre-taped video message from him in Japan (he plays for the Panasonic Trions). So, no arm curl opportunity. In case you missed our interview with Tech’s 10th highest scorer, 3rd highest rebounder, and 7th greatest thief (steals) back in April, here are the links:

Niemo’s Notes:

  • As I thought, VT answered the tough loss Thursday with some anger in their blood and took it out on wake.
  • VT is 6-1 all time in “short turnaround games” — once per year each ACC team plays a game less than 48 hours after their last ACC game.
  • Eddie had this second good game in a row – 3/4 from the field.  5 rebounds.  12 points.
  • Atkins is money from 3-point range (see below).
  • Tech is 10-1 this year when Delaney scores 20 points or less.  They are 1-4 when he scores 21+.
  • The Hokies are 7-2 against wake since joining the ACC and now lead the all-time series 27-26.
  • VT loves playing teams from the North Carolina Triad this year — having scored 94 against wake and 92 versus unc-greensboro, their second and third highest scoring outputs of the season respectively.
  • wake is now 0-3 in the ACC with their losses by a combined 69 points (-23 per).  If they aren’t the worst ACC team ever, they are in the neighborhood.

Cope-a-cabana’s Notes:

  • Former Tech walk-on football player Prince Parker scored his first points as a Hokie with a layup in garbage time
  • Atkins is 5/7 from three-point range in his last two games
  • Paul Debnam scored four points, much to the crowd’s delight

Next up for the Hokies are the maryland terrapins on Thursday at College Park.  maryland nearly knocked off #7 villanova on Saturday.  The terps led by 12 with less than 10 minutes to go in the second half, but a 19-0 run by the ‘cats launched them firmly into control and gave them a villanova win.

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6 Responses to “wake Woodshed! | Recap | VT (2-2, 11-5) 94, wake (0-3, 7-11) 65”

  1. UptownsGreatest says:

    Hmmmm….didn’t someone mention earlier this season that “Manny Millions” is a problem when he gets the minutes???……all he needed was the opportunity to be on the floor long enough to be comfortable and display that money work from beyond the arc…..good overall team win…Hopefully Eddie could continue to replicate the numbers he put up tonight…

  2. chrishokie says:

    Greenberg had an interesting quote after this game.

    “They know they’re going to play,” Greenberg said. “They know they’re going to get a chance to play through mistakes, and they work hard every single day in practice.

    By his own admission, Greenberg is saying that when players know they are going to get to play through mistakes they play better.
    I have often noticed that when a young bench player makes a mistake he gets pulled immediately. That has got to make it tough on someone who’s trying like heck to get minutes. And because of that we may not be capitalizing on hidden talent. I was worried about our point guard next year. But, not anymore. Look how well Erick Green has played when he knew he was going to be a regular. Would he have gotten the same chance if he was stil coming off the bench? Same could now be said for Atkins too.

  3. Danram says:

    The “silver lining” to all the injuries that we’ve suffered is that Atkins and Eddie are getting meaningful minutes and are showing what they can do. While I’d still rather have Zo, JT, AC and C-Dot available this year, it’s fun watching Manny and Jarrell gain confidence and maturity with each passing game.

  4. Goodraisin says:

    UptownsGreatest, I assume you are buddies with Manny Atkins? I don’t think I’ve heard anyone else use that nickname, so I was just curious. He’s really coming into his own now, and it’s been fun to watch him, Eddie, Green, and Garland mature right in front of our eyes. I’m slightly worried about the logjam at SF next season with Finney-Smith coming in… somebody who deserves to get minutes is going to have to ride the pine between Atkins, Eddie, and Finney-Smith unless our frontcourt doesn’t get healthy, in which case I assume we’d see Atkins and Eddie get time at PF again like this season.

    Then again, a completely healthy frontcourt for next season is probably a pipe dream. I am really tempering my expectations for this team this season, but I am enjoying the growth of the younger guys.

  5. Les says:

    Like AD Vassallo and Dorenzo Hudson before him, Atkins would really help round out his game if he develops his ball-handling and ability to drive to score in a half-court offense. He might actually become the front-runner for the starting shooting guard position in 2011-2012. They definitely need a capable ball-handler to take the pressure off of Green next year. You can already tell there’s a big difference in ball movement since he and Delaney have been in there together.

  6. Les says:

    Atkins and Eddie have always had good shooting form. Delaney played point for a time and drew the defense into the middle, setting them up for open shots. It’ll be much tougher against Md because of their backcourt depth and their size and length.


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