ACC Tournament First Round Preview | #10 HOKIES (4-12) vs #7 clemson (8-8) | Thursday, 7 PM | ATL

Spread: clemson by 3.5 (Spread has moved a point up from 2.5 — people are betting on clemson!)

For the second Thursday in a row the Hokies and c-l-e-m-s-ohhhhh-n will do battle, but this time with survival at stake.  If the Hokies lose, their season is over in all likelihood.  It is not believed that Tech will accept a bid to a tournament lower than the NIT, and VT would likely have to win 3 games in the Dirty, Dirty to have any shot at the NIT for a 5th year in a row.  The Hokies come in at 15-16 overall, so they must win at least 2 games to avoid finishing with a losing record.

But enough about anything other than Thursday.  The Hokies come into this game struggling, having lost 4 in a row, while the tigers have won 5 of 7, including that meeting last Thursday at clemson.  If the Hokies play like they did Sunday against nc state, you can go ahead and make a tee time for Friday, Tech will be done for the season.

These two teams are evenly matched.  In fact, each team won by exactly two points at home this year.  And in both games the road team had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with a couple of seconds left, and in both cases, missed both.

Note: Erick Green was named to the All-ACC Second Team and Dorian Finney-Smith was selected to the All Freshman Team for the ACC.

HISTORY IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT:

  • Overall Record: 5-7
  • Record in the First Round: 2-1 (beat georgia tech last year)
  • First Meeting between VT and clemson in the ACC Tournament

SEASON SERIES VS clemson:

Feb. 4 at Virginia Tech – VT 67-65

Mar. 1 at clemson – clemson 58-56

Tech jumped out to big leads in both games.  In Blacksburg, VT led by as many as 17 in the 1st half and took a 42-28 lead to the break.  The Hokies led by 14 with 5:30 to go, but took a knee the rest of the game and needed K.J. McDaniels (14 points and 6 dunks) to miss 2 free throws with 3 seconds left, and Tanner Smith to miss a wide open 15-footer at the buzzer from the corner to secure the win.  The tigers snagged 22 offensive rebounds but where just 2/17 on 3-pointers.

At clemson, the Hokies jumped ahead 16-6 but went scoreless for more than 6-1/2 minutes and trailed at the break 33-31.  The tigers threatened to pull away in the 2nd half, leading by as many as 8, but VT tied it with 3 minutes to go.  Neither team scored in the final 2:45 and 2 missed free throws by Cadarian Raines that could have tied the game with 5 seconds left sent the Hokies to defeat (although Raines was the VT player of the game with 12 points and 8 rebounds).  clemson outscored VT on the fastbreak 13-0, but went 0/10 from behind the arc.

Jarell Eddie scored exactly 15 points in both meetings and is 5/12 from deep against the tigers.

clemson is 2/27 from 3-point range against VT this year.

SERIES:

  • Overall: VT 13-12
  • Overall in ACC Play: clemson 7-5

STARTERS:

VIRGINIA TECH
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.3
SG 5 Hudson 6-5 r-Sr 10.8
SF 31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.3
PF 15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 6.3
C 4 Raines 6-8 r-So 5.8
Bench 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 6.6
42 Barksdale 6-8 Fr 2.9
10 Rankin 6-1 Fr 2.7
clemson
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 9.6
F 21 Narcisse 6-6 Sr 2.6
F/C 31 Booker 6-8 Jr 10.7
Bench 4 Hall 6-1 Fr 3.9
10 Baciu 7-2 Sr 4.1
32 McDaniels 6-6 Fr 4.0

STATS:

Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY.

VT clemson
ACC RANKING IN PARENTHESIS
PPG 59.9 (t9) 65.4 (7)
PPG vs 64.5 (4) 62.9 (2)
FT% 68% (8) 67% (10)
FG% 40% (12) 43% (6)
3-Pt% 36% (3) 30% (12)
Made 3s PG 6.1 (5) 5.2 (8)
FG% D 45% (10) 45% (12)
3-Pt% D 32% (5) 38% (10)
Blocks 2.7 (t10) 3.5 (7)
Steals 5.3 (t9) 8.8 (1)
TO Margin +2.4 (2) +4.0 (1)
Off Reb % 29% (9) 32% (8)
Def Reb % 64% (12) 68% (7)

Let’s win the season series!  Let’s take the rubber match!

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  • Max

    We really need Davila in this one and I don’t get why he doesn’t dress and play in his last game. I know he has a groin injury, but doesn’t he want to play??

  • Les

    It looks like he played injured too long and it caught up to him.

    Tech Talk Live mentioned Davila also has a stress fracture of the spine.

  • HipHop_Hokie

    The stars are aligning… Ryan Kelly is out for the ACC tourney so after we beat Clemson you KNOW we will be able to take out a Kelly-less Duke. 4 wins in 4 days is basically guaranteed at this point.

    • Chris_atl

      HH – I was just coming on to post the Kelly news. I was thinking the same thing about the stars. Just goes to show you that no matter how bad things get Hokie fans can always find something to get pumped about and each game is a new opportunity!

  • HipHop_Hokie

    I just looked back at 6 of our last 8 point totals – 49, 47, 59, 55, 56, 58 – and threw up in my mouth a little bit.

    • HipHop_Hokie

      Oh and for anybody that gives a rat’s bunghole, we finished the regular season with a scoring average of 65.3 ppg… 235th in the nation. Amazingly, there were still 4 other ACC teams (UVA, Clemson, GT, and BC) that were even worse. Prety sad state of affairs.

  • Clark

    If we can get past clemson, duke will be without Ryan Kelly for the acc tourney.

    • Clark

      Of course that was already posted. I’m a moron

  • VTHoopsluver

    Hey Niemo,

    Did someone officially come out and say that VT will not play in the CBI? I know it may cost some money, but it would be a great experience for our guys. It would actually be pretty sad if our school won’t let the boys play on. Let me know.

    - VT Hoopster

    • Niemo

      I’ve heard some say Weaver said, others said Seth did. I personally haven’t heard it.

  • kiawahhokie
    • HokieGuru

      No, it’s a money issue – teams that have hosted the CBI or CIT have lost $200K or so if they most three games (the Hoos did when they hosted). Weaver is a numbers guy – you don’t see him paying buyouts – you see him pretty much paying for facilities when he knows he has the cash around – he’s not big on debt – I believe him when he says that.

  • King

    The decision to not participate in the CBI & CIT is almost assuredly a financial one. That said, we have a favorable path against teams that we match up well with. Time for Green to step up and lead this team. I think Raines can be a difference maker this tourney, along with DFS. Both have the potential to be a couple of double-double guys. Go Hokies, beat clempson!

  • kiawahhokie

    Predictions for tonight? I’ll go against my better judgement and say VT 59-56

    • HipHop_Hokie

      VT 66 – Clemson 60

      • HipHop_Hokie

        I was close… picked a 6 point win in the 60′s… it was 5!

        • Niemo

          Haha, you were pretty darn close, HipHop.

  • HipHop_Hokie

    Haven’t seen it reported on here, but apparently Davila has already ruled himself out for the entire ACC tourney. Guess he has chosen to heal up for a pro Puerto Rico career rather than soon up anymore for the Hokies.

    • HipHop_Hokie

      *suit up

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