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Game Recap | Woodshed! VT 95 (6-0), iowa 79 (5-2)


If you had doubts about this Hokie team because of a soft schedule after five games, Tech should have made you a believer tonight. Virginia Tech picked up its third win in eight tries in the ACC/Big(14)Ten Challenge, all against iowa, with a 95-79 win at the Cassell, narrowly missing their first Jon King Bear Fight of the season.

The Hokies exploded late in the first half and early in the second half to go on a 19-1 run to turn a 37-36 deficit into a 55-38 lead. The hawkeyes promptly went on a 14-0 run of their own to make it a nervous 55-52 game. But Tech kept battling and got the lead back up to double digits. After VT went ahead 78-68 with 5:53 to go on a JvZ dunk, iowa never got back within single digits and Tech even lead by as many as 21 points before the hawkeyes salvaged the Bear Fight in garbage time.

Erick Green had a huge game — Stop the presses! The senior, who leads the ACC in scoring, tallied 24 points – his sixth straight game over 20 points to start the season (the record is 9 by Bimbo Coles). Erick did see his consecutive free throw streak end at 37 straight though. He was 8/9 tonight from the stripe and 8/15 from the floor.

Robert Brown also had a big game, scoring 18 on 6/8 shooting and 5/5 from the line (he was 57% coming in). Brown was one point from his career high of 19, which came against Monmouth last year.

Jarell Eddie, who was 9/10 on 3s in his last two games, was just 1/4 from deep and 4/11 from the field, but did add 11 points and 7 rebounds.

The player of the game might have been C.J. Barksdale. The sophomore had really struggled on offense coming in but picked up 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. He has put together a couple of solid games in a row.

Joey van Zegeren (aka: Stone Hands) easily surpassed his previous career high of 6 points with 10 points tonight.

Tech, who I thought would be dominated on the glass, actually had 9 offensive rebounds to just 8 for iowa. But the bigger deal was second chance points; VT had a 13-2 advantage there.

The Hokies also were +12 from the foul line, shooting an amazing 27/30 (90%) while iowa was just 13/18. Tech also had a 17-8 advantage on fast break points, as you’d expect against the slower hawkeyes. I expected Tech would win on the break, but winning on the glass and getting to the line is why the Hokies won easily.

VT was just 4/15 from deep (27%) but held iowa to 4/22 from behind the arc (18%).

The Hokies return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. against a very good oklahoma state team at the Cassell. I know, I know, it’s the fourth time we’ve played the cowboys in three years, and we’ve won all three, but let’s go for the golden sombrero!

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Niemo is a member of the VT Class of '98. While not a professional journalist by any stretch, Niemo analyzes and breaks down every minute of Hokie hoop action. He also researches topics of interest such as Hokie recruits, program revenue, statistical data on the team, previews VT opponents, and discusses his favorite bourbons/Scotches. In addition to his passion for Hokie hoops, Niemo has attended 126 straight VT football home games (every game since '94), eclipsing the 100 mark in September of '09 and recently attended his 20th consecutive VT/uva game. During the final home basketball game of his senior year, he was brought onto the court and was awarded 2 passes to the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament in Philly during a timeout for being a "Super Fan" during his time at VT. The Hokie Bird made the award on behalf of Athletic Director Jim Weaver. Niemo was known to be in the front row of every home game with his familiar red afro hairdo.

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20 Responses to “Game Recap | Woodshed! VT 95 (6-0), iowa 79 (5-2)”

  1. Krishna says:

    You’ve been saying for awhile to keep an eye on Barksdale and boy was I impressed tonight. He played very well on both sides of the court. This team has a whole lot of potential and is rolling right now. That game on Saturday is going to be huge. The students section was loud tonight despite the empty seats, so everyone needs to show up on Saturday and really get Cassell rocking!

  2. Brooklyn Hokie says:

    I believe! I believe! I know. It’s a long row to hoe. With all the freedom Coach Johnson is giving em, they’re still playing with discipline. 6 and 0 doesn’t mean all that much, but it’s a nice change of pace to not drop one of those first cupcakes. I also liked Coach and all the team high-fiving the student section at the end of the game.

    • Krishna says:

      Is that what they were doing? On my way out of the stadium I noticed them walking towards the students section but I was too far into the tunnel to go back out and see. Great move by the team because the students section was great all game.

      Also loved seeing the energy from the bench on every timeout. They were at mid-court giving the guys on the floor high fives, that’s the kind of energy we haven’t seen in a while.

      • goodraisin says:

        Gotta say, when a Hokie makes a big play and causes the other team to burn a timeout, I love how the student section will point at that player with ultra-serious expressions on their faces and just hold the pose. It cracks me up every time seeing 40 kids do that in unison.

  3. Ryan says:

    How bout jvz from the free throw line? I was totally surprised by that. And we heard all summer about the strides barksdale had made and he showed why tonight. Green had a couple ridiculous buckets and is just sensational. Let’s get dem cowboys on Saturday!

    • Danram says:

      That reverse layup off the glass that he scored while being fouled was absolutely beautiful. That was an NBA move.

    • goodraisin says:

      Ryan, I was going to comment on the exact same thing… his stroke looked really good last night! I was pretty shocked as he had bricked his previous attempts pretty badly. That shot looked pure last night. Can’t wait to see what this kid looks like as a senior.

  4. 69HOKIE says:

    It’s nice to see all the excitement about this team. They seem to be having fun. Something that was lacking the last couple of years.


  5. Jack says:

    We’ll see if Green can continue to go off on Saturday, Okie States PG Marcus Smart is a great athlete and very physical for a freshman, with excellent size for the position. I’ll take the veteran Green in the matchup though!

  6. Chris_atl says:

    I have been skeptical. But, no more. OMG, we have a basketball team!! This was up-tempo offense at it’s finest. Sadly I had to listen on radio for the first half and watch the 2nd half on the ACC game tracker (with the little men) but the pace still came through. I was worried when we lost the 17 point lead early in the 2nd half but they displayed awesome stamina the rest of the way. And it look likes JVZ may be a big guy that can really contribute.

    I am pumped and looking forward to seeing them here in Atlanta on Jam.12!

  7. HokieHick says:

    Holy Cow, there the Hokies Go! Don’t look now, but they’re 6-0!!

  8. Blue Collar Hokie says:

    i’m incrementally starting to believe in this team. beat okie state and i’ll be talking smack to my mountaineer friends all next week.

  9. Danram says:

    As impressive as last night’s win was, we still need to tighten up our defense a LOT if we’re to keep this win streak going. We had far too many instances last night of VT defenders losing track of their man (JVZ, in particular), leading to easy baskets for Iowa. We also didn’t rotate over to give weakside help nearly as well as we need to be doing.

    But all in all, it was a great evening. This team is really clicking now and they’re playing with a lot of confidence. Any time you can put up 95 points with only 9 turnovers, you’ve had a good night.

    • goodraisin says:

      My only negative thought about last night (and believe me, I really was pleased with the Hokies) was JJ’s decision to double Iowa’s post players. I just didn’t think they were good enough to demand that and they were too skilled at passing for it to be effective… someone was always open for an easy dunk. There are only a few post players who the Hokies will see who I don’t think Raines can cover effectively by himself… Alex Len, Mason Plumlee… maybe Reggie Johnson or WVU’s Kilicli (sp?). Woodbury and Basabe are nice players, but I don’t think they burn Raines if he’s guarding 1-on-1.

      • Niemo says:

        Raisin – and the double team drifted out so far from the hoop. That led to lots of easy buckets, but I also think we corrected that as the game went along.

        • Ryan says:

          Raisin- i agree, i was getting frustrated with that as well but we did get better with it as the night went on like you said Niemo

  10. Richie Rich says:

    Can we get James Johnson to coach the football team’s offense as well?

  11. Max says:

    Hey Niemo, completely unrelated to the Hokies, but still exciting: B.J. Upton just signed a 5 year deal with the Braves! He’s going to make between $70-75 mil. so I think he’s a bit overpriced but I’m still very excited!

    • Niemo says:

      I agree it is overpriced but I think it is a solid addition. Good to see us be spenders for a change. Just hope it works out since Uggla really hasn’t to date, though that could turn for the better. And I do think Upton is a better 5 year investment than Bourn, though that make seem false the next year or two.


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