Categorized | 2011-12 Season, Game Recaps

Hokies end season with 60-56 loss to duke

Erick Green and Robert Brown both scored 16 points and Dorian Finney-Smith had 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the depth and talent of the dookies. The Hokies lost 56-60 in the ACC quarterfinals Friday night in Atlanta.

The loss effectively ends Virginia Tech’s season, their first losing season since the 2005-2006 campaign. This year’s team finished 16-17.

While there was a lot to be unhappy about during the season, on the whole, there is room for optimism going into next year. You get Green back to lead the team as a senior, four rising sophomores that saw significant minutes as true freshmen, and an established big man in Cadarian Raines, who came on strong down the stretch.

As for tonight’s game against duke, the Hokies suffered through their usual scoring drought, going nearly 15 minutes in the second half only scoring two field goals. And that ultimately cost them the game as we’ve seen so often this season.

Tee time for tomorrow with ample supply of JD.

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  • Blue Collar Hokie

    lets all hope green comes back. . . or we are in trouble

  • RossTheBoss

    Hey guys,
    I just want to thank you for this website! I discovered it last season, and it has been a great source of info this year. Hopefully next season we will have more to cheer about.

  • BJ

    Blue Collar, Green already said he’s coming back. It’s kind of ridiculous how the rumor got started saying that he wasn’t.

    • Blue Collar Hokie

      trust me, its not ridiculous

  • 69HOKIE

    I just found this site. Been looking for something like it all season.

    What’s the feeling on Greenburg? I feel like he has done a good job to this point, but can’t take us any further.

    Thanks

    • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

      Welcome aboard! Well, Greenberg will be back next season, but we tend to feel that if he has another sub par season, he may not last past 2013.

  • VTHoopsluver

    CBI………CBI…………CBI………… Let’s get us a banner!!!!

    • Chris

      I highly doubt we accept an invitation to the CBI. I think we’re done.

  • Max

    Ok, I understand the very lengthy scoring drought last night. But, did anybody else see when there were 4 consecutive charges but they were all called blocks on Virginia Tech. Not to mention the refs treat Austin Rivers as if he’s Lebron. I really don’t like that kid, he’s really cocky.

    • Blue Collar Hokie

      Curry/Rivers throws a forearm into Hokie defender creating space for a shot.

      Foul on VT!

  • BJ

    Max, yeah we didn’t get many calls to go our way but that happens whenever you play Duke. Most of the bounces seemed to go their way too. Austin Rivers……yup, I was thinking the exact same thing. Very good but very cocky. I guess not all Dookies can have the class of Grant Hill.

  • Chris_atl

    The last couple of minutes I was confused as to why we were driving to the basket shooting contested shots when we really needed 3s to have a chance. We can put 5 players on the floor who can make 3s, F-Smith, Eddie, Hudson, Green, Brown. Why not throw them all out there and keep them moving till we get an open shot.

    Other than that it was a great effort. We just couldn’t hit our shots. We gave Duke two tough games in 3 tries and came up empty.

    • Les

      Because Duke’s defense overplays on the perimeter and forces your guards to drive. They used to be notorious for using their hips and chest to bump ballhandlers when they tried to drive. They still use a lot of hands and forearms.

      Tech shot a much higher percentage from 3 (.50) vs. the 2′s (.25). They didn’t take a lot of bad shots from the perimeter.

      http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/boxscore?gid=201203090173

      • Chris_atl

        I was only referring to then end of the game. If they are overplaying the perimeter and we can get easy 2s that’s one thing. But, that wasn’t happening. And at some point the math doesn’t work to be shooting 2s. I agree our shot selection was decent the rest of the game. We just weren’t hitting.

        • Les

          They had trouble getting the open 3s. They hit 50 percent but only took 12 shots. Eddie had only 3 shots. Brown shot well, but he was taking it all the way to the basket.

  • GENEGREEN 757

    HOW ABOUT PASSING THE BALL ON FASTBREAKS.. HOW ABOUT KICKING THE BALL OUT TO A OPEN SHOOTER INSTEAD OF FORCING A SHOT OVER BIGS.IF THESE GUYS PLAY TOGETHER AND TRUST ONE ANOTHER THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. IF THEY DONT, THE RESULTS WILL BE THE SAME.. THEY BETTER WORK HARD THIS SUMMER TO TAKE THE HOLES OUT OF THIER GAMES INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A TEAM.. EITHER WAY ILL STILL BE SCREAMING AT THE TELEVISION..LOL

    • http://www.thegarycope.com Cope-acabana

      How about not typing in all caps. It’s rude.

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Goodraisin

    Duke played about as bad as I have ever seen them play in that game, and still the Hokies couldn’t find a way to win. The referees favored Duke as they always do, but I’m frustrated by all of the missed chances for VT… there were a lot of them. I’m glad to put that disappointing season behind us and move forward.

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