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Game Recap | maryland (1-0, 13-1) 94, Hokies (0-1, 9-5) 71

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After starting the season 7-0, the Hokies are just 2-5 since and have lost their last three games in blowout fashion (first time in 75+ years VT has lost 3 in a row by 20+). Today, Virginia Tech lost on the road to the terps, 94-71, in their ACC opener.  The Hokies are now 1-8 all time in ACC openers, losers of 6 openers in a row.

Senior guard Erick Green returned to form, scoring a game-high 28 points, though, the terps head coach Mark Turgeon seemed content allowing Green his points because no one else on Tech’s team has been scoring lately.

Stop me if this sounds familiar: the Hokies gave up a three pointer to start the game and gave up 10 total for the game. The terps, as have so many teams this season against the Hokies, shot nearly 50 percent from behind the arc. maryland was 10 of 22.

Meanwhile, the Hokies continue to struggle shooting the ball from anywhere on the court. Tech was a paltry 21 percent from three (4 of 19), 37 percent from the field (25 of 67), and 70 percent (17 of 24) from the free throw line.

Cadarian Raines finally scored more points than he had fouls and had a game-high 13 rebonds, but both he and Joey Van Zegeren were in foul trouble. That led to walk-on Christian Beyer guarding maryland’s 7-1 center Alex Len during a crucial stretch in the second half. You could see James Johnson on the Hokies’ bench mouthing the words, “That’s not going to work.”

The Hokies trailed by 16 at the half and fell behind by 22 points early in the second half, but made a run to cut the lead to 11. The terps pulled away, though, and went on to win their 13th straight game, which is a school record.

All those high hopes Hokie fans had after wins over iowa and oklahoma state are gone. Virginia Tech is exactly who we thought they’d be – a team with one very good player, seven scholarship players and a bunch of walkons.

With the exception of Green, the Hokies seem to have lost all confidence in their abilities. Jarell Eddie has been inconsistent and is constantly frustrated with himself during games. Robert Brown’s shooting is way off. Hopefully they can get their confidence back, because then Brown and Eddie are on, the Hokies have a shot.

Niemo will likely chime in on this game. Once he sobers up. Our sources are reporting that Niemo was at the game. No word on whether he made it out alive or without being detained.

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  • FruitpieTheMagician

    Eddie and Brown were 1 for 12 from 3 pt. range – that’s the big stat…I feel a bit sorry for Green who has to play with these guys, and can’t get any help. We stunk at assists, and since they scored so much, we hardly had any fast breaks, AND looked small and sloppy in the half-court compared to them. Its getting hopeless fast…

  • 69HOKIE

    I’m amazed that these teams ‘that can’t shoot’ kill us from long distance. Are we just lucky that way? I really don’t think we’re that bad. Your comment on their confidence is spot on. I’m not sure Brown can get it back. Barksdale must have done something really dumb or has basically quit.

    It was good to see Raines, Joey, and Beyer out there competing, even though they were outmanned. I’m still hoping the team can get enough wins to say they had a decent season, considering all of the problems.

  • Les

    There’s no interior post up game of consequence to keep the perimeter defense honest. Notice when we set high screens, the opponents merely double up Green and ignore the big man (shades of what Malcolm Delaney had to suffer through). Since the opposing teams have better perimeter athletes, the defenses are coming out way past the three-point line to pick up Green, Brown, and Eddie. They have to put the ball on the floor and get into the lane to score or find a free big man inside. Brown will probably be much better at it next year since he’ll be the only option with playing experience.

  • Krishna

    I’ve given up on our record, I want to see improvement and Erick Green to lead the country in scoring. Brown and Eddie are in a month long slump.

    • Chris_atl

      I agree on EG. Let’s help Green have one of the best scoring seasons in our history and give him a shot at being first team ACC and at being drafted in the first round of the NBA draft. That’s the least we can do after what he has been through. I am still amazed that he shoots a solid pct from the floor when he has to take so many shots.

      • Krishna

        It’s not just the number of shots, the shots he is taking are contested, but he’s such a good shooter that he’s still hitting them. Some of those step backs he hits are unreal.

  • Ryan W

    It comes down to Eddie and Brown hitting their shots for us to be successful as well as better D. The rebounding was better and I was happy with JVZ and Raines. I am predicting us to win the next 5 games. I just have a feeling….

    • Niemo

      Rebounding was better AFTER we dug ourselves into a hole — maryland had 4 offensive rebounds that led to 8 second chance points in the first 5 minutes and is why we were behind 9 points at the start.

    • DK Hokie

      Agreed. Raines and JvZ (aka Joey Bag of Donuts) looked good out there tonight.

  • Ryan W

    Because keep in mind MD is capable of winning the ACC

  • 69HOKIE

    I just read on Techsideline that Barksdale was benched ‘for a lack of effort in practice’ per JJ. Makes you wonder if he will step up or go away. He hasn’t shown much all season.

    • RK in Roanoke

      Character check time. If he decides to transfer, that will tell us something.
      If he stands up and fights to prove he deserves playing time, that is something else.
      Let’s see what happens.

    • King

      I applaud this move. I called it in the BYU recap comments. It’s gut check time for Barksdale. CJ needs to man up or find work elsewhere.

  • Chris_atl

    GT looked terrible against Miami at home today. We will be there next Saturday. I am looking forward to cheering them on in person. We have a chance to win that game.

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2014-2015 Schedule/Results

November

11/14 - Hokies 71, md. eastern shore 46
11/19 - Hokies 73, liberty 63
11/22 - appalachian state 65, Hokies 63
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Cancun Classic
11/25 - n. iowa 73, Hokies 54
11/26 - Hokies 78, miami ohio 63
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11/30 - morgan state | 3pm, ESPN3

December

12/03 - @ penn state | 7:15pm, ESPNU
12/07 - vs. radford | 3pm, ESPN3
12/14 - vs. alabama a&m | 3pm, ESPN3
12/20 - vs. the citadel | 1pm, ESPN3
12/22 - vs. vmi | 7pm, ESPN3
12/27 - vs. presbyterian | 7pm, ESPN3
12/30 - @ west virginia | 2pm, ESPNU

January

01/03 - vs. syracuse | Noon, RSN
01/06 - @ fsu | 7pm, RSN
01/13 - @ louisville | 7pm, RSN
01/18 - @ unc | 6:30pm, ESPNU
01/22 - vs. notre dame | 7pm, RSN
01/25 - vs. uva | 1pm, ACCN
01/27 - vs. pittsburgh | 7pm, ESPNU
01/31 - @ wake forest | 2pm, RSN

February

02/03 - @ syracuse | 9pm, ESPNU
02/07 - vs. fsu | 3pm, ACCN
02/09 - vs. georgia tech | 9pm, ESPNU
02/14 - @ clemson | Noon, RSN
02/18 - @ miami | 7pm, RSN
02/21 - @ nc state | 6pm, ESPN2
02/25 - vs. duke | 9pm, ESPN2
02/28 - @ uva | 4pm, ACCN

March

03/02 - vs. boston college | 9pm, ESPNU
03/07 - vs. miami | Noon, RSN
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ACC Tournament
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03/11 - 2nd rd.
03/12 - quarterfinals
03/13 - semifinals
03/14 - championship

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