Categorized | 2012-13 Season, Game Previews

Preview: etsu (0-0) @ VT (0-0) | Sat., 2 PM | ESPN3

Tired of Hokie football?  Yeah, me too (I better set a reminder to update this line in case we beat fsu on Thursday).  Well Hokie hoops is back this Saturday!  And there’s a new sheriff in town – Coach James Johnson.  Look for a brand new, up-tempo style!  Wait, stop laughing, I really mean it – we are going to play up-tempo, this isn’t another SG token statement!

Niemo’s Nugget: 3 of etsu’s players that averaged double digit points last year are gone, and they have no returning post players that saw significant minutes

Anyway, the bucs come to the Cassell on Saturday.  Here’s the tale of the tape (* Returning players only):

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  • Chris

    Very cool preview, Niemo.

    This is a game VT should win fairly easily… should being the key word there. I’ll be at the game Saturday. Although I don’t have high hopes for the season, I’m really looking forward to watching these guys. If we had just a little depth I think we could be a legitimate tourney team… ahh, maybe next season.

    Looking forward to seeing the JJ era get started!

  • goodraisin

    I would like to take this moment to renew my objection to our out-of-conference schedule. It reeks… I can smell it from here. With that said I’m perfectly cool with opening against a team that we are heavily favored to beat. I’m just still bitter that I won’t be watching any quality VT basketball games around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

    • Daniel

      What makes me mad is we play BYU in Salt Lake (where I live) but I’ll be back in VA for Christmas!

      • goodraisin

        That should be one of our better OOC games… looking forward to that. What I don’t understand about the scheduling for that game is that we played BYU at home in Cassell Coliseum last year and this year we play them at a “neutral” location in Salt Lake City. From a Selection Committee perspective, all they will see is that it’s a neutral court game… we won’t get as much credit as if we were to beat BYU on their home court, even though SLC might as well be their home court. Seems logical in that sense for VT to have had a BS neutral location of Richmond or something last year. Unless that is happening next season?

        • Niemo

          No, this is just a 2 game series with byu, instead of the 4-pack we had/have with oklahoma state.

          • goodraisin

            Hmmm, I don’t get that then. We should never have to take a deal with BYU where we give a dollar to get three quarters. I hope JJ has better luck in scheduling than SG did.

  • Ryan W.

    I can’t wait! Big year for EG coming…

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