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Preview | VT (4-10) @ clemson (7-7) | Thursday, 9 PM | ACC Network

Spread: clemson by 5.5 (the Hokies have covered in the last 3 games they were ‘dogs in)

March Madness is here again!  I’ve got good news/bad news for all you Hokie hoops fans.  What do you want first?  I heard HipHop say ‘good news’ so let’s start with that (Chuck only wants to hear the bad news… kidding!):

  • Good news: You don’t have to sweat out another Selection Sunday this year!
  • Bad news: …because Virginia Tech isn’t going to the Big Dance and unless they start winning some games, won’t even be in the NIT and might be relegated to the CBI or some other made up tournament.  Technically you don’t have to have a .500 record to make it, but in reality VT will have to be at least .500 to get in, and even then they might not.

On Thursday night Virginia Tech heads to clemson for their final regular season road game.  Tech is 2-3 at Littlejohn since joining the ACC, alternating losses then wins (they are due to win this game since clemson won at clemson last year in the regular season finale, effectively knocking the Hokies out of the NCAA Tournament).  But winning in Littlejohn will be a challenge — the tigers are 5-2 at home in ACC play this season.

Tech beat clemson a month ago, jumping out to a 17-point first half lead (that’s how you debate!) and going into halftime up 42-28.  So we must have reached 70 points, right?  Nope.  Tech took a knee the final 6 minutes, and despite having a 14-point lead with 5:30 to go, clemson had two opportunities to tie the game at the end.  K.J. McDaniels missed two free throws with 3 seconds left, but Tanner Smith grabbed the offensive rebound and missed a 14-foot jumper at the buzzer, and the Hokies won 67-65. Eddie had 15, Doe Doe 12, and Green 10 for Tech.  For the tigers, Young had 14, McDaniels had 14 (almost all on dunks — he had 6 dunks), Booker 11, and Smith 10.

Since that point, clemson has gone 4-2, winning 4 of their last 5.  They beat uva by 12 at home.  Tech has been very mercurial since that clemson game, playing up to their better competition (narrow losses to fsu, uva, and duke where VT led in the 2nd half in all three), while playing down to the level of the poorer teams (should have lost to bc at home and needed a 3 at the buzzer to beat georgia tech who didn’t have their best player).  Which Hokie team will show up Thursday?  The Hokies are just 1-6 on the road in league action this year, but since clemson is playing well right now, I assume that means the Hokies will rise to the challenge and play well.


  • Overall: VT 13-11
  • At clemson: clemson 6-5
  • At clemson in ACC Play: clemson 3-2
  • Overall in ACC Play: clemson 6-5
  • Last Meeting: VT 67 clemson 65 RECAP  |  HIGHLIGHTS


Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.9
SG 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 7.7
SF 31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.9
PF 4 Raines 6-9 r-So 4.6
C 14 Davila 6-8 Sr 6.8
Bench 5 Hudson 6-5 r-Sr 11.9
15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 5.6
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
G 11 Young 5-9 Sr 13.3
G 5 Smith 6-5 Sr 11.1
F 24 Jennings* 6-9 Jr 9.8
F 21 Narcisse 6-6 Sr 2.6
F/C 31 Booker 6-8 Jr 10.7
Bench Hall 6-1 Fr 4.1

*6’9″ Milton Jennings was suspended for academic reasons for the last meeting, but is back and starting now.


Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY.

VT clemson
PPG 60.3 (9) 65.4 (7)
PPG vs 64.6 (4) 62.2 (2)
FT% 71% (6) 67% (11)
FG% 40% (12) 43% (6)
3-Pt% 36% (2) 32% (9)
Made 3s PG 6.1 (t4) 5.5 (7)
FG% D 44% (10) 45% (11)
3-Pt% D 34% (7) 35% (9)
Blocks 2.8 (10) 3.7 (6)
Steals 5.4 (8) 8.4 (1)
TO Margin +2.4 (2) +4.0 (1)
Off Reb % 30% (9) 31% (8)
Def Reb % 65% (12) 67% (10)

Tech was #1 in FT% two weeks ago, now they are smack dab in the middle.  As for the rest of the stats, you can see that these are two pretty evenly matched teams on paper.  clemson gives up a high FG%, but they get a lot of steals to balance that out.  Hence, they don’t give up many points.

Let’s give the tigers some more payback for daring to steal our ACC Football Championship!

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10 Responses to “Preview | VT (4-10) @ clemson (7-7) | Thursday, 9 PM | ACC Network”

  1. Smitty in Florida says:

    Greenburg has already said that Tech will not consider the tournaments below the NIT. If we don’t make NIT, then the ACC tournament is the end of our season.

    • Niemo says:

      Smitty – I certainly agree with Greenberg on that. But, considering our youth, it might be worth the extra games. That said, I’d spend about 15 minutes on those previews/recaps and personally would have very little interest in them.

    • kiawahhokie says:

      Not that it matters, but I think it was AD Jim Weaver who said we won’t participate in anything below the NIT. I’m pretty sure Seth disagrees with Weaver; why wouldn’t he want to get some more PT for all the young guys. Regardless, I’ll be at the game tonight in Clemson and the drive back to Charleston will be a lot longer if we lose…

  2. HipHop_Hokie says:

    Haha thanks for the good news

  3. H-SCokie says:

    How sad is this, actually googled NIT bracketology today? We are on the outside looking in. I don’t get it though, why not use any extra games as more development time for the kids. Heck, let Joey Racer run the show, maybe have our own Rasanity next year.

    • Niemo says:

      I’m hoping VT makes the NIT and gets paired up with oklahoma state. Let’s settle this fourth and for all! We’ve already played them at okie state and in NYC this year, so let’s get them at the Cassell (even though I’m pretty sure they are coming to Tech next season). That would be a match-up we’d all love to see again-again! Throw out the records!

  4. Chris_atl says:

    Personally, I never want the season to end. I’m for playing any game we are asked to play. This is potentially four more games! I realize that winning it doesn’t mean a lot and losing it looks bad but games are games. I think writing it off stinks.

  5. Chris_atl says:

    P.S. Another reason to play the CBIT is that Davila could be healthy and not end his career injured.

  6. HipHop_Hokie says:

    Another game under 60 points. Came into this one 223rd in the country averaging 65.8 points per. And still getting worse.

    Bergball SUCKS. Seth has to go. Eff one more year. I’m tired of this amateur basketball.

  7. John says:

    Keep in mind that even the women’s team got 3 ACC wins and they’re terrible. And we haven’t really ‘beaten’ anyone in 2012. Let’s keep up the false hope though because of our ‘effort’ and ‘upside’. Every other young team thinks they’re going to get better too next year – so even if we improve, is it enough to matter? I hope so and am staying cautiously optimistic.


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