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SENIOR DAY Preview | nc state (8-7) @ HOKIES (4-11) | Sunday, 6 PM | espnU

Spread: VT by 1.5 – VT hasn’t covered in a game they’ve been favored in during 2012.

Every year it is both a thrilling and sad day. A day of rejoice, and a day of remembrance. Sunday might be our final glimpse at Hokies 2G*, as redshirt senior Dorenzo Hudson plays his final game at the Cassell. Senior Victor Davila will also be in the Cassell for the final time, but it remains to be seen if he can even play. He’s missed 5 straight games with a groin injury. Senior walk-on Joey Racer, who has scored 2 points in 5 games this year, will also dress for the final time in the Cassell.

Here’s some factoids on the seniors:

  • 79-24: Tech’s record in games Zo’s played in.
  • 192: Combined starts by Davila (102) and Hudson (90).
  • 1890: Combined points by Zo (1170) and Davila (720).
  • 32nd: Hudson’s rank on the VT career scoring list.
  • 49-19: Tech’s record at the Cassell in games Hudson has played in. Victor has also been a part of 49 home wins. Let’s get 50!

*Hokies 2G (Coach Greenberg’s 2nd Generation of players) was comprised of the 2007 VT Recruiting Class, which included Zo, Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen, Terrell Bell, JT Thompson, and Hank Thorns — it is possible JT will keep 2G in play next year if he decides to return for a 6th season.

For the Hokies, they still have something to play for. While they aren’t fighting for a NCAA Tournament bid this year on Senior Night, they are playing for a few things:

  • NIT: Tech must win to stay over .500 and have any shot at an NIT bid.
  • 3-4: Tech is 3-4 in ACC games at the Cassell this year. They have had just one losing ACC home campaign in 7 previous seasons (2005-06 — 2-6).
  • Tech would avoid tying their worst ACC finish with a win (they were 4-12 in 05-06).
  • 50 career home wins for VD and Zo with a win.

Also, Tech’s ACC Tournament seed is on the line: Note: bc got waxed at miami and ga tech pulled away from wake late, so wake, gt, and bc are 4-12 in the clubhouse

  • #9: If the Hokies win Sunday, they are the #9 seed and play the #8, maryland, at noon on Thursday.
  • #10: If VT loses to state, they’ll be the #10 seed and play the #7 seed (could be miami, uva, or clemson). wake would be the #9, gt #11, and bc #12.

nc state: The pack-backers are trying to forget the last 5 years under Sidney Lowe, their ricky stokes. They won just 25 regular season ACC games in that time, never more than 6 in a season. Mark Gottfried has already led them to 2 more win they they ever had under Lowe (8), and can lock up their first winning season since they ran Sendek out of town.

state started out 7-3 in ACC play and led at duke by 20. But then the pack reverted back to their Lowe ways, blowing that lead, the game, and losing 4 in a row to drop to 7-7 in the ACC. But they swept miami, winning on Leap Day over the canes, and find themselves in a 4-way tie with uva, miami, and clemson. To get the #4 seed and a bye in the ACC Tourney, state would need to beat VT, and have uva and clemson lose. uva needs to win and not finish in a 2-way tie with clemson.

Things are looking up for state, though. They are bringing in perhaps the top recruiting class in the nation for next year. Gottfried does have a history of shadiness, though (where there’s smoke…???).


  • Overall: state 34-14
  • At VT: state 10-7
  • At VT in ACC Play: VT 3-2 (VT 2 in a row)
  • Overall in ACC Play: state 6-5
  • Last Meeting (2/2/11): VT 77, @ nc state 69


Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.4
SG 5 HUDSON 6-5 SR 11.0
G 24 RACER 6-1 SR 0.4
PF 4 Raines 6-9 r-So 5.5
C 14 DAVILA 6-8 SR 7.5
Bench 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 6.7
15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 6.0
31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.5
nc state
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
G 2 Brown 6-5 So 12.6
G 21 Williams 6-5 Sr 11.3
F 15 Wood 6-6 Jr 12.4
F 5 Leslie 6-8 So 14.2
F 1 Howell 6-8 Jr 10.9
Bench 0 Painter^ 6-9 Jr 4.1

*I’m listing Davila as the starter since it is Senior Day. Finney-Smith will start in his place if he can’t go.

^ Painter is a cousin of VT’s offensive lineman, Vinston Painter

state will only go about 2-deep on their bench. They have no depth and they get just 11 bench points per game. But they are extremely balanced in their starting lineup – all 5 starters average in double figures.

  • Scott Wood has the muscles of a pencil. He loves to shoot the 3 and hasn’t added the drive like Ryan Kelly has for duke. Wood hits 42% of his 3s (78 makes), both of which are #1 or tied for #1 in the ACC. Wood made 66 consecutive FTs this season, an ACC record (he’s 92% for the year).
  • C.J. Leslie is their most athletic and most talented player.
  • Howell is #4 in the ACC in rebounds per game (9.2)


Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY.

VT nc state
PPG 60.0 (9) 70.3 (3)
PPG vs 64.1 (4) 68.7 (10)
FT% 70% (7) 68% (9)
FG% 40% (12) 44% (3)
3-Pt% 37% (1) 35% (4)
Made 3s PG 6.2 (4) 5.2 (8)
FG% D 44% (10) 42% (6)
3-Pt% D 32% (5) 32% (4)
Blocks 2.7 (t11) 3.8 (6)
Steals 5.4 (t7) 7.3 (3)
TO Margin +2.1 (2) +0.9 (5)
Off Reb % 29% (9) 34% (3)
Def Reb % 65% (12) 67% (10)


  • Founded: 1887
  • Enrollment: 23.7 undergrad, 7.4 postgrad
  • National Titles (Basketball): 1974 and 1983
  • ACC Titles (Basketball): 10 – last was in 1987 – 3rd most in the ACC
  • ACC Football Titles: 7 (tied for 4th most) – none since 1979 – in fact, the two state schools (unc and nc state) haven’t won an ACC football title, or even tied for one, since 1980. There’s no pigskin on Tobacco Road.

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7 Responses to “SENIOR DAY Preview | nc state (8-7) @ HOKIES (4-11) | Sunday, 6 PM | espnU”

  1. Joe says:

    Go Hokies!!! Will miss Davila’s effort and Hudson’s late game presence!

  2. Chris_atl says:

    I hate to ever lose a game but with UNC getting the #1 seed I think I would prefer to finish #10 and be looking at Duke if we get by the first round. UNC and Miami are the only teams we didn’t have a chance to beat at the end.

    • HipHop_Hokie says:

      I was thinking the same thing initially, but after the beatdown that Duke took last night they are going to be coming out guns blazing in the ACC tourney. So even while I do agree that we match up far better with Duke to be able to pull off the upset, I don’t know that there’s much upside to us playing EITHER Duke or UNC.

      But hey… obviously we’re going to have to go through at least one of them if we hope to pull off a 4-in-4 miracle, so bring on whoever. I’m all for winning tonight in the Cassell to finish on a high note and build at least a tiny bit of momentum heading into next week.

      LET’S GO!!!

      • Niemo says:

        We should probably focus on winning our first ACC Tourney game. We could easily be done by 2:15 Thursday, and then we’ll have no shot of beating duke or unc.

        • Chris_atl says:

          Actually, it’s the team that needs to focus on winning the first ACC game. Us bloggers can look ahead without peril unless I have some powers I don’t know about. But, it matters not now. We looked terrible against NCSt and we got a good draw in Clemson and we avoid UNC in the 2nd round. So, that’s the silver lining in tonight’s loss.

      • HipHop_Hokie says:

        Yeah of course, Niemo… Like I said, really we need to be focused solely on winning tonight and playing good basketball headed into round 1.

        While I’m here, LOL at Paul Hewitt. VCU just opened up a can on Mason en route to a 22-0 start and it’s currently 32-4!! It’s like Hewitt is back on the road in the ACC!

        Chaka Smart continues to impress. If we do reach that crossroad soon where we have to part with Seth, we may need to try to throw a ton of cash at him. A fiery young coach on an incredible rise… and you know he’d eventually like to take a shot somewhere like the ACC. Just a thought…

  3. Les says:

    Allan Chaney made the box score in Yahoo.


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