Game Recap | nc state (23-9) 80, Hokies (13-19) 63

It’s not the way Erick Green wanted to end his career, but with the way the Hokies have played this season, today’s 17-point loss to nc state is hardly surprising.

Green hit his first two shots of the game, back-to-back threes, but was ice cold from that point on, scoring just 15 points on 5 of 19 shooting, as the 12th-seeded Hokies lost 63-80 to the 4th-seeded wolfpack.

The Winchester Rifle(man) really struggled. He had four turnovers in the first half, equalling his season-high for a game. Lorenzo Brown did a terrific job of shutting down the ACC Player of the Year. Of course, Green still got 15 points, so even on a bad day, he’s still good enough for 15.

Jarell Eddie played his best game in more than two months, scoring 21 points in the loss, the most he’s scored since he had 21 in a home loss to boston college on Jan. 9.

Outside of Eddie and Green, the Hokies didn’t get much from the rest of the team. Cadarian Raines had 8 points, pretty much all on dunks, and Marquis Rankin also had 8 points.

Tech managed to keep it relatively close in the first half and even led for a bit, but Richard Howell pretty much had his way with the Hokies inside the paint. Howell scored a game-high 22 points, but got help from C.J. Leslie, who had 15, while Scott Wood and T.J. Warren each added 13 points.

The Hokies have one of the worst defenses in the country and it was on full display Thursday afternoon.

It’s sad to think that this was how Erick Green ended his career at Virginia Tech. There is no post-season. No NIT. No CBI. Nothing. He’s done as a college player.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that the Hokies practiced with metal chairs on the court, presumably as teammates, sympbolizing the level of help Green got from the rest of the team this season. Apparently that didn’t help with motivation.

The Hokies, under first-year head coach James Johnson, finish 13-19, their worst season in 10 years, when they went 12-17 under ricky “program bomb” stokes.

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8 Responses to “Game Recap | nc state (23-9) 80, Hokies (13-19) 63”

  1. danram says:

    As bad as this season turned out to be, the seeds for it were sown two to three years ago. VT fans tend to forget that VT went 16-17 under Seth Greenberg last season. Subtract Dorian Finney-Smith and Montrezl Harrell from this year’s team, and it’s not hard to understand what happened. The unfortunate fact is that VT simply needs better players. We have lots of new faces coming in next season. Let’s hope that they fare better than the much-ballyhooed #11-ranked recruiting class of 2011, which has pretty much been a bust.

    • Niemo says:

      Danram – let’s hope you’re right. We had the 11th ranked class in the nation 2 years ago, and we’ve posted 2 losing seasons. This summer we’ll bring in the 11th ranked class in the ACC. Maybe they’ll surprise us… We can hope, because no one wants to endure a 3rd straight season like this.

    • Vindictive_Pat says:

      I think we’re finding that the true staple of the Greenberg years was landing overrated talent. He did it with the 2007 recruiting class as well… a class that basically never got much better from its freshman season to its senior season.

  2. King says:

    The irony is that JJ was known as a defensive stopper in college and preached tough team D as one of his principles. D doesn’t take skill. It takes heart, hustle & “want to”. This has to be one of the weirdest seasons ever…ACC player of the year and finishing in dead last place. That falls on the coaching staff. These guys are not ready for prime time. Next year will be dreadful. Please fire Weaver and right this ship.

    • Drew says:

      Even worse is Greenberg coached D pretty well and pretty much every player on the team (minus Wood) had at least 1 year of that coaching. Did they completely forget all defensive principles taught to them? You’d think there would be at least a little carry over, especially considering JJ was an assistant on those teams. But watching them play, they fail at the most basic defensive concepts.

      • Niemo says:

        Part of the problem is our current group of guards/wings are all bad on-ball defenders, Green included (he’s good on D off the ball). Rankin is decent but he’s so short taller guards can easily shoot over him. Brown, EG, and Eddie just can’t stop guys from beating them off the dribble and are lazy fighting over perimeter screens.

        Seth excelled with good on-ball defenders with length — guys like Dowdell, Gordon, Bell, and Deron. Zo was decent, but not great. Not having that is what did in Seth, and really exposed JJ.

  3. hooleyhoopty says:

    Splitting hairs here but the 16-17 team of last year lost A LOT of very close games……not so this season.

  4. Les says:

    Greenberg vs. Johnson is moot now. With even Harrell added to the team, Seth still wouldn’t have won the 10 or 11 ACC regular season games required to make the NCAAs and keep his job after this season. The team lost three starters from last year. Harrell doesn’t fit the mold of a post-up center, at least not yet, that the team desperately needs to run an offense that keeps the opposing defense honest.

    The main difference in approach would be the players would be held accountable to play individual defense and to run the ball through the post Raines on offense on most series. They might’ve won a few more games, perhaps 6 to 8.

    We’ll see next year how it goes. If the team plays good defense next year, I’ll consider this year an aberration. Usually, teams don’t turn that around. It’s usually a symptom of lax discipline and coaching.


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