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Smokin’ Hot Eddie Leads VT to Win | Hokies (8-5, 18-8) 76, wake (1-12, 8-20) 62

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Fresh off a one-game suspension for a marijuana charge, freshman Jarell Eddie was smokin’ hot as he helped lead the Hokies to a 76-62 win over wake forest on the road. Eddie scored a career-high 17 points and didn’t miss a single shot, going 6/6 from the field, including 3/3 from behind the arc.

Before tonight’s game, Eddie was just 4/28 from three-point range this season.

Eddie saw his minutes increase Tuesday night’s game when Victor Davila picked up his fourth foul less than five minutes into the second half. Eddie played virtually the entire second half and made the most of it. He also pulled down nine rebounds.

Seniors Jeff Allen and Malcolm Delaney both equalled Eddie’s 17 points and sophomore Erick Green reached double figures again with 12 points.

As Niemo said in his preview, this game was a must-win for the Hokies, especially after their embarrassing sweep to lowly uva on Saturday. Tuesday’s win over wake makes Saturday’s ESPN College Game Day showdown with No. 1 duke even more meaningful.

Allen’s streak of seven straight games with a double-double came to an end. The Big Donut had 17 points and eight rebounds.

The Hokies stumbled and tripped their way to an 11-4 lead in the opening minutes behind four points from Terrell Bell, plus a big block and a steal. But wake went on a 6-0 run to pull within one, 11-10.

Tech responded with a 10-0 run late in the first half to take a 30-20 lead. Eddie and Delaney hit back-to-back threes to help the Hokies to a 38-25 halftime lead.

The second half was about as boring as it could be, but there were some pretty passes and a couple of sweet dunks, but outside of that, it was like watching grass grow. So, if you missed the game, don’t sweat it, you didn’t miss much.

Despite 11 first-half turnovers (Tech averages 12.7 a game) and 18 for the game, Tech dominated the demon deacons and the final score wasn’t indicative of how lopsided this game was. The Hokies out-rebounded the deacs 35-23.

When Niemo says that wake is bad, he’s not kidding. This is possible the worst ACC team we’ve seen in years, but they’re young, so don’t expect them to be this bad next year.

Niemo’s on assignment in Europe, and by assignment, we mean a modern day Yankee invasion. That being said, he may or may not weigh in, the blimey wanker.

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16 Responses to “Smokin’ Hot Eddie Leads VT to Win | Hokies (8-5, 18-8) 76, wake (1-12, 8-20) 62”

  1. Danram says:

    After the way Eddie played tonight, I find myself now hoping he gets busted for pot possession again before the Duke game! :-)

    He really looked good.

  2. LuvzAznChix says:

    “Eddie Smokin'”-hahaha lol! Love that X)

  3. DuffHokie says:

    I guess not taking bong hits before a game can do wonders on your shooting percentage.

    Agree with Cope… this game was a snoozer. If Allen hadn’t been Allen of old with his lazy fouls, he would have had more minutes and easily gotten another double double.

  4. King says:

    I believe Tech is now 18-8 (8-5)…thanks for the update, missed the game.

  5. Ryan says:

    took care of business now lets focus on a big showdown with duke…just one random comment i wanted to make. Davila must have the worst set of hands i have ever seen. he could become such a better player if he learned to catch

    • Niemo says:

      Ryan – I personally think Davila is more of a ‘butterfingers’ than a ‘stonehands’. Seems like the ball slips from his grasp instead of just bouncing off. That’s an important differentiator! (kidding)

  6. HipHop_Hokie says:

    Well the line was VT -13.5 (or -14 in some places), and we won by 14. We did what we were supposed to do. I admit that I was a bit nervous in the first half when we were starting to get strapped with fouls and Wake was still in it… but our bench came in and gave us exactly what we needed (just like they SHOULD have against UVA). Major props have to go out to Jarell Eddie, who shook off the cluster surrounding the whole weed arrest to have the best game of his career. He really played inspired ball last night… he was active, his jumper was on point, and most of all it looked like he simply understood what his role was out there and embraced it. Basically, he made me eat my words that I spewed out on the article detailing his arrest… and I have never been happier to chomp down on my own punctuation. Keep it up, Jarell… we NEED you to play at a high level like that.

    In my mind, the scenarios now to get us in the Big Dance are to either:

    1 – beat Duke and win any 1 other game that we play (either BC, @Clemson, or an ACC tourney game)

    2 – lose to Duke but beat both BC and Clemson (which would guarantee us a bye in the ACC tourney first round),

    3 – lose 2 of those 3 but then make a magical run to the ACC final and play a very close game against either Duke or UNC that comes down to the last possession or two but slips away from us, or

    4 – to lose all 3 and then somehow regroup to shock the world by winning the ACC tourney.

    I think that the second of those 4 options is the most realistic, though don’t be surprised if we are able to shock Duke in Blacksburg on Saturday. If our starters play a smart, mature game like the senior-led bunch that they are and Eddie plays inspired ball off the bench for us in that one like he did last night, it’s very possible that we will take down the Devils.

  7. Goodraisin says:

    I was thinking the same thing as Ryan during that game… Davila couldn’t catch a basketball even if he was wearing wide receiver gloves. Maybe it’s partly that he gets overexcited, or maybe he needs to expect the pass to be coming to him. Or maybe he just has butterfingers. Mmmmmmmmmmm. At any rate, the dude has definitely had two off-games… hopefully he gets pumped up to shut down the Plumlees.

  8. HipHop_Hokie says:

    Fair enough… my bad for referencing it as an arrest. After the way that he played last night, though, the judge really has to just throw that charge out!!

  9. chrishokie says:

    Nice win.

    We played 6 games against the 3 worst teams in the ACC (Wake, GT and UVA) and went 3-3. Ouch.

    If we do beat Clemson and BC it’s unlikely that they will finish in the RPI top 50 and be considered quality wins.

    If we play 16 conference games against Wake next year Eddie can really help us.

    Too bad that Allen lost his double/double streak. But, he committed at least two stupid fouls and that cost him minutes and left him two rebounds short of 10. So, he did that to himself.

    Delaney 5 TOs? Come on Malcolm! His TOs this year have been horrendous. That will not help his NBA stock.

  10. Danram says:

    I’d like to believe that beating BC and Clemson and losing to Duke to finish 20-9 will be enough to get us into the tournament, but I’m afraid that it may not be. I’m now thinking that if we finish the regular season at 20-9, we will need to win at least one ACC tournament game, perhaps even two, to get into the NCAA’s.

  11. Martin says:

    I agree with Danram.. In my opinion, our resume was significantly better last season. Yes, it was a tougher schedule this year, but we didn’t win any of the tough games which distinguished our SOS from last season’s. Most of all, I’m just jaded.. I really think we won’t have a chance to make it unless we beat duke or do something pretty special in the tourney. And Chris is right, Malcom has been terrible this season with TOs and he isn’t even playing point anymore. On the other hand, scouts have to be starting to notice Jeff. I know he makes some stupid fouls (I still think the refs have it out for him after that elbow freshmen year), but the man is a beast. He already had an established post game, and now he is starting to pull up from deep and drill long range twos. He made some shots at wake that I have never seen him make.. He deserves more credit than he gets.

  12. chrishokie says:

    I agree with Martin about Allen. He has really come on the 2nd half of the season. He’s got a lot of talent. Can he defend without fouling and keep his head in the game when things don’t go his way? That will be his test. They won’t double him in the NBA and that will help him.

    By the bad luck of the draw our ACC schedule was light again this year. Only played the top 3 teams once and 3 of the bottom 4 twice. During the Wake game they showed our RPI schedule as 121. I scratched my head a little given our OOC schedule. But, then I realize that Wake is 245 and GT is 157. That’s 4 games against an average ranking of 200. So, I also don’t think 10-6 will do it without 2 tourney wins. We are talking a near miracle for all this to come together for us now. It will be a tall order for us to win 2 of the last 3 to begin with. I am just hoping that if we make the NIT again we can get to NY.

  13. Goodraisin says:

    @chrishokie & martin, I would agree with you if this was last year, but the bubble is weaker this year than it was last year. There are way fewer quality mid-major teams this year. If VT loses to Duke, but beats BC and Clemson I think their resume is just as good if not better than every other team on the bubble (barring those other bubble teams making huge runs in their conference tournaments). As for Jeff Allen, he’s a nice story but he’ll be 24 years old by the time the NBA draft rolls around. He’s a severely undersized power forward with a label of having “baggage”, and you really can’t use him at small forward. Unfortunately for Jeff, anything short of an amazing showing in the ACC tournament and then the NCAA tournament will leave him without a phone call on draft day.


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