Archive | 2012-13 Season

Game Recap | duke (13-4, 26-4) 85, Hokies (4-13,13-17) 57

The Hokies fall on the road against duke, 85-57, despite 25 points from Erick Green. It was senior night for duke (thank the gods), which finished it’s 2012-13 home schedule a perfect 16-0.

This game was closer than the final score would have you believe. Tech trailed by just three at the half (38-35), and actually led for a large chunk of the first half.

Jarell Eddie got things started on a good now for the Hokies early on, burying back-to-back threes to put Tech up 6-1. Green, however, was the only Tech players to put together a solid game start to finish. Eddie started strong, but duke shut him and everyone else down from then on. Eddie finished with 13 points.

Tech actually played a decent game. They committed only 10 turnovers, which isn’t bad considering some of their previous performances. But, duke only turned it over three times.

But the turnovers weren’t what won this game for the home team. It all came down to shooting percentages and duke was pretty much unstoppable. The little devils hit 52 percent from the field (30/58) and 52 percent from three-point range, connecting on 12 of 23 attempts. The Hokies shot 37 percent from the field (22/57) and 29 percent from three (5/17).

The officiating, as you’d imagine, seemed to favor the home team, but the Hokies did get some calls go their way, which usually sent Coach K into his usual spittle spewing tirades.

Look, no one was disillusioned enough to think the Hokies could actually pull of an upset of the dookies on the road, on senior night, with a healthy Ryan Kelly back in the lineup. What was a little surprising was how close the game was.

Four duke players scored in double digits: Seth Curry has 20, Kelly 18, Quinn Cook and Mason Plumlee both had 14. The Hokies had only two players, Green (25) and Eddie (13), reached double digits.

Not a single Tech player register a plus rating in this game.

Just one more regular season game left for Coach James Johnson and his team.

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Previews (2-for-1) | VT (4-12) @ #3 duke (12-4) on Tuesday at 7 on espnU | VT (4-13) @ wake (5-12) on Sunday at 2

Spread: wake by 5.5.

Updated post-duke: #11 is now 11th on the Hokies’ all time scoring list. Erick Green needs just 15 points to make it into the top 10 on the Virginia Tech all time scoring list! He’ll bump Ace Custis from the top 10 when he does.

The loser of the VT @ wake game will finish as the #12 seed (last) in the ACC Tournament. If VT loses, they will finish all alone in last place.

Spread: duke by 20.

The Hokies close out the regular season with two Tobacco Road games, Tuesday at #3 duke and Sunday at wake forest. The blue devils have owned the Hokies of late, winning 5 in a row and 9 of 10. Conversely, Tech has holds the mortgage on the deacons, paid clean and free. The Hokies are 9-3 against wake since joining the ACC and winners of 9 of 11, including earlier this year in Blacksburg.

duke MATCH-UP:

This is the 7th time these two teams will have met in the last 24 months and one week (each of the last two ACC Tourneys and home and away the last two years). duke won the first meeting just two weeks ago by 32 in Blacksburg (Tech’s worst home loss since their very first ACC home game back in 2004 vs unc)… And that was without Ryan Kelly who just scored 36 against the c-a-n-e-s on Saturday. Seth Curry had 19 in the first half and duke led 48-28 at the break on their way to an 88-56 win. At one point duke was 9/10 from 3-point land and finished the game hitting 12/17 (71%). Tech was 1/16 from deep (6%).

But the Hokies did take the devils to OT in Durham last year! With two shots to win it at the end (Green and Raines) before fading in OT. So who knows. Just don’t hold your breath.

THE FIRST MEETING:

wake MATCH-UP:

This might be the last time the Hokies see wake coach Jeff Bzdelik, the worst coach in the ACC. He’s 10-38 in ACC play in 3 seasons (21% win-pct) and 1-23 in ACC road games with a game at nc state pending this week (even Paul Hewitt was better than that… barely – he averaged one road win per year at gt). So Bzdelik is more than on the hot seat.

wake is 0-8 on the road in the ACC this year and Bzdelik is something like 1-42 in conference road games between his time at wake and colorado before that (I’m not making that up). But this game is at wake, where the deacs are 5-3 in ACC play this year including wins over nc state and miami, so this will be a tough draw for the Hokies (aren’t they all?).

THE FIRST MEETING:

Preview-duke-wake

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Final Attendance Figures

The home slate is complete for the Hokies after 17 home dates.  It wasn’t pretty on the court, at least in the latter two-thirds of the season, and it wasn’t pretty at the box office, either.  Tech set new lows in terms of attendance since joining the ACC.

Here’s a look at their average attendance per game and per ACC home game in their nine years in the league.

Season   Home Games   Avg Attendance   Avg Att Per ACC Home Game   Sellouts
2012-13 17 6,202 6,046 0
2011-12 18 8,395 9,362 4
2010-11* 16 8,932 9,574 10
2009-10* 19 9,272 9,844 7
2008-09* 16 9,414 9,847 14
2007-08^ 17 9,815 9,847 14
2006-07 15 9,822 9,800 14
2005-06 17 9,763 9,846 13
2004-05^ 16 9,406 9,847

*In these years the average attendance was significantly pulled down due to poor attendance at NIT home games.  The regular season attendance numbers were much closer to a sellout.

^These years also included NIT home games but those games were close to sellouts and didn’t impact the overall season average.

This year attendance didn’t just slip, it completely fell off a cliff.  Overall attendance was down more than 2,100 this year, and more than 3,300 for conference games.  That latter number is a 35% drop in attendance for ACC games compared to just last season and represents just 61% of Cassell’s capacity.  That is a lot of people dressed as empty seats.

Tech had a total attendance of 54,414 for their 9 ACC home games.  That’s more than 20,000 less than last season and there was an extra ACC home game this year!

Some other notables surrounding the home attendance (note that capacity is 9,847):

  • The largest crowd of the year was 7,585 for duke (77% of capacity)
  • Tech drew more than 7,000 just four times, and the uva game only had 7,222 (appy state and okie state also surpassed 7,000)
  • 4 of VT’s final 6 ACC home games drew less than 5,500

The Hokies will likely finish the season 10th in the conference in average attendance with 6,202 (this takes into account all home games).   boston college is last, which is no surprise, but believe it or not miami is 11th!  They had some ridiculously small crowds for their out of conference games, but have averaged 7,100 (close to their capacity) for ACC games.

Tech is 11th in the ACC in average attendance per ACC home game at 6,046 per their nine home dates.  Only bc is worse with just 5,100 per ACC game.

One thing to note on those last two paragraphs is if VT was averaging a sellout for all home games, they’d be 4th in the league for all games (in terms of average attendance) and 6th in conference games.  Considering Tech was selling out their season ticket allotment (or coming within 500 of it) just three years ago, that isn’t unreasonable.  And the Hokies sold all but 20 of their ACC home game tickets just three seasons ago.

As we covered in this article a few weeks ago — STATE OF THE PROGRAM – THE MASS EXODUS (ARTICLE LINK) — this will cause a big hit to the basketball revenue for this season.  But this is what you get when continually miss the NCAA Tournament, put back-to-back 4 ACC win seasons together (Tech finished tied for last in the ACC last year and are currently alone in last place this season), and hire a bargain basement coach with no head coaching experience.  Season ticket sales will likely continue to get worse next year and the only way up is to start winning.

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Game Highlights | HOKIES 69, clemson 61

Relive Erick Green’s magical Senior Night over and over again – here are the highlights featuring plenty of the Winchester Rifle, including his standing ovation as he was removed from the game!

Oh, and the Hokies won 69-61 to finish their home schedule at 10-7.  The home team has won 6 straight in this series.

 

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Game Plus/Minus | HOKIES 69, clemson 61

Jarell Eddie, who has had some terrible plus/minus numbers in ACC play, put up a team high +18 tonight!  He had been more than -7 in ACC play until this game.

Erick Green had a solid +14 (VT was -6 in the 1 minute he sat).

And Mr. Barksdale continues to dominate this stat for VT.  He had a +13 tonight.  He has the team’s best average +/- in ACC play at +0.3 (pretty remarkable for a 5-11 team — he’s the only positive Hokie that plays regularly).

Wood and Johnston had rough nights with -8’s.  Johnston just could not guard Sullivan for clemson (6 quick 2nd half points) and had to be taken out.

clemson Season Wins Losses ACC Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- 13 16 16 Per Game
Eddie 18 -54 9.4 -10.6 -6.9 -1.9
Green 14 -12 14.2 -10.8 -6.1 -0.4
Barksdale 13 56 8.3 -1.8 0.3 2.0
Raines 7 -73 6.2 -8.9 -5.7 -2.5
van Zegeren 4 -64 3.5 -6.8 -5.4 -2.2
Brown 2 11 10.6 -7.7 -5.8 0.4
Rankin -2 -131 1.9 -8.8 -5.8 -4.9
Wood -8 -36 4.5 -6.1 -6.6 -1.6
Johnston -8 -67 0.0 -3.1 -4.3 -2.6
TEAM 8 -89 11.1 -12.8 -8.8 -3.1

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Game Recap and Breakdown | HOKIES (4-12) 69, clemson (5-11) 61

BOXSCORE

The Hokies wrapped up their home schedule with a 69-61 victory over the clemson tigers on SENIOR DAY! And my, what a day it was for Tech’s senior starter, Erick Green. Erick scored 17 first half points on his way to 29 points in his final game at the Cassell and chants of “Green Machine” filled the Coliseum as he iced the game away from the line. Green was 8/12 from the field and an amazing 5/7 from behind the arc. Erick now has 1,667 career points. He is just 40 points away from surpassing Ace Custis and entering the VT Top 10 scoring list.

HATS OFF TO YOU, MR. GREEN! It has been a pleasure watching you these last six years (since he committed to VT during his junior year at Millbrook HS on his way to a state title).

And major props to the hundreds of fans that wore green to honor Erick Green! That was awesome. It was a great crowd tonight (although a small crowd – just 5,100) from start to buzzer from the fans that were there.

C.J. Barksdale had another great game with 14 points. He’s averaged over 14 ppg in his last 4 games (he had scored just 21 total points in his previous 9 games).

Robert Brown added an ACC career high of 13 points on 6/8 FGs (11 points in the first half).

The Hokies shot an amazing 63% from the field in the first half on their way to an 11-point lead at the break, 36-25. That was thanks in part to a 14-4 run that turned a 15-11 deficit into a 25-19 lead with 7:30 left in the first half. The 11-point halftime lead was Tech’s largest halftime lead in ACC play and their biggest lead at the break since the vmi game (game #3 back in November).

They led by as many as 15 in the second half until clemson utilized a full court trap-press. Tech started turning the ball over at will and the tigers took advantage, going on an 8-0 run to cut the VT lead to 3 at 46-43 with 11:30 to go. clemson would score on 7 straight possessions and get within 2, but no closer and the Hokies held on to win.

Once again free throws were key for VT. They hit 9/10 in the final 2:12 to keep clemson in the rear view mirror (it was a 3-point game most of the final 2 minutes).

Tech shot 55% from the field for the game and 6/13 (46%) on 3s. The only negative for the Hokies was their inability to handle the clemson press in the 2nd half, and as a result, committing 16 turnovers (5 by Brown and 4 by Green).

The home team has now won 6 straight in this series (and VT won at a neutral site, the ACC Tourney, last year).

clemson was without stud K.J. McDaniels who had 5 dunks at VT last year and 17 points in the first meeting at clemson, including 5/7 on 3s.

Milton Jennings, who had 28 in the game at clemson, was held to 13 tonight. Devin Booker led clemson with 17.

Tech finishes the season 10-7 at the Cassell (3-6 in ACC play). They have two ACC road games remaining with duke on Tuesday and wake on Sunday.

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Game Plus/Minus | miami 76, VT 58

As you’d expect, it wasn’t pretty for anyone tonight.  Everyone was negative.

Johnston had a team worst -16 in 14 minutes (when you are playing two walk-ons against the #5 team in the country, you know it isn’t going to be pretty).

Jarell Eddie continues his horrible run with a -15 in 22 minutes off the bench.  He has a team worst -8.5 per ACC game.

Brown was just -2 in 21 minutes and van Zegeren -4 in 18 minutes of play, which were the best of a bad bunch tonight.

@miami Season Wins Losses ACC Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- 12 16 15 Per Game
Wood -1 -28 5.9 -6.1 -6.5 -1.3
Brown -2 9 11.3 -7.7 -6.4 0.3
van Zegeren -4 -68 3.5 -6.8 -6.0 -2.4
Beyer -8 -42 2.0 -4.0 -0.7 -2.3
Rankin -9 -129 2.3 -8.8 -6.1 -5.0
Barksdale -11 43 7.9 -1.8 -0.6 1.6
Green -12 -26 14.2 -10.8 -7.4 -0.9
Raines -12 -80 6.2 -8.9 -6.5 -2.9
Eddie -15 -72 8.7 -10.6 -8.5 -2.6
Johnston -16 -59 0.7 -3.1 -4.0 -2.4
TEAM -18 -97 11.3 -12.8 -9.9 -3.5

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Game Recap | #5 miami (14-1, 23-4) 76, Hokies (3-12, 12-16) 58

Well, what did you expect the Hokies to do on the road against the 5th ranked team in the country, which was coming off an embarrassing blowout loss to wake forest?

Virginia Tech got manhandled Wednesday night in Coral Gables, losing to the hurricanes 76-58 behind 22 points from Shane Larkin and 20 points from Kenny Kadji.

Erick Green failed to score 20 points in a game for just the third time this season. He lead the Hokies with 16 points. C.J. Barksdale scored 12, giving him three straight games with in double-digits. He’s really starting to come on strong – a good sign for Hokie hoop heads thinking ahead to next season. Barks also led the team with seven rebounds.

Robert Brown added 12 points, all in the second half. It tied his career-high for points in a regular ACC game. He scored 16 against duke in last year’s ACC tournament.

Green appeared to roll his right ankle, though there was speculation that it might have been his hip, about midway through the first half. He sat for a couple of minutes and appeared to be in excruciating pain, but did return the game. He had only six points in the first half.

The canes held a 15-14 lead and the Hokies were in the game with Miami struggling to score. And then the dam levies broke and the canes surged ahead courtesy of a 23-5 run to end the half and take a 38-19 lead into the half.

The second half was more of the same. Sure, the Hokies scored twice as many points in the second half (39) as they did in the first half (19), but they couldn’t guard miami, who scored another 38 points in the second half.

Tech shot a hair under 40 percent from the field (21/53) and just 19 percent from behind the arc (3/16). Against FSU, the Hokies were deadly from the charity stripe, against miami, not so much. They hit just 68 percent of their free throws (13/19).

Meanwhile, the canes shot an even 50 percent from the field on 23-of-46 shooting; made 73 percent of their free throws (22/30); and 8/21 three-pointers (38 percent). The canes made more free throws (22) than the Hokies attempted (19).

Next up, clemson. Saturday night, 8 p.m., at the Cassell. It’s senior night, so wear Green in honor of Erick Green, who will play his final home game. Let the sobbing begin.

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Game Breakdown | miami

Stat of the Day: Free Throws Last 8 Games:

  • Hokies: 129 (16.1 per game)
  • Opponents: 211 (26.4)
  • No, I’m not blaming the refs – it is allowing teams to get the ball too far inside and having to foul due to bad defense.  And it isn’t like these were fouls at the end of games – most of these games either weren’t close or VT was still in it (like unc and nc state) and didn’t have to foul.

Bold statement: Shane Larkin should win the ACC POTY (explained below)

Not many positive things to say about this game, but we did avoid the reverse Bear Fight!!!  The defense looked OK for a while in the first half, holding miami without a field goal for 11 minutes and 15 seconds.  11:15!!!  But during that span, Tech was only able to outscore the canes 12-11 because they kept fouling the bigger canes after giving up 2nd chance opportunities.  Yep, they made up just one point because miami simply was too strong and big inside.  Marshall Wood does not have an ACC low post body.  Neither does Joey van Zegeren.  They simply cannot battle inside with guys that basically have a masters degree by now (Reggie Johnson, Kenny Kadji, and Julian Gamble are all 5th year seniors).  Heck, miami’s average player age is 22!

With the score 15-14, Tech had four chances to take the lead and blew them all.  The Hokies would score just 5 points in the final 10 minutes of the first half.

This is an anemic offense and a sieve of a defense.  I hate to say this — but this season can’t end fast enough.  It’s time to go back to the drawing board, and unfortunately, Tech will have to do it next year without their best player in Erick Green.

And let’s face it — VT walked into a bear trap again tonight.  Last week they were facing a duke team that had just lost to maryland.  This miami team had just been soundly beaten by the worst coach in the ACC (wake).  Both teams were laser focused and absolutely pounded the Hokies by a combined 50 points.

Here’s a few of my thoughts:

  • C.J. Barksdale is our 2nd best jump-shooter right now (I’m not kidding… and when your ‘4’ is your 2nd best jump-shooter, that’s not good).  He’s really playing well now.
  • Shane Larkin is the ACC POTY.  Period.  I’m convinced.  As much as I love Erick Green and the numbers he’s put up for a horrible team, Larkin is the best player on the best team in the ACC.  He can score off the drive, shoot the 3, and played great denial defense on Green, although EG was struggling with that injury the last 25 minutes of the game.  Larkin is 15th in the ACC in scoring (best on his team), 4th in the ACC (1st on the u), 1st in steals, 8th in 3s made, 7th in assist-to-turnover margin, and his team is #1.  No disrespect to EG, but being the most valuable player on a 14-1 team is more valuable to me than being the same on a 3-12 team.
  • Green was held under 20 points (he had 16) for just the 3rd time this season.  It was partially great denial defense by Shane Larkin, and partially that hip injury.  But no fret, his 24.9 ppg is still 1.7 ppg ahead of Momo Jones (remember him?).
  • When fans count to 10 (or down from 10) when an opponent is shooting a FT, that is really the best heckle of all.  That started against Karl Malone who was notorious for taking a half hour to shoot a FT (I used to go pee while he was on the line and I’d be back before his 2nd attempt).  It is the one thing I think gets in a shooter’s head.
  • miami is going to stink next year.  They lose a ton, and if Larkin leaves for the NBA (he actually isn’t projected as a high pick), then the cupboard will be bare.  But he will likely face an Erick Green situation next year – no supporting cast.
  • After starting 7/18 from the field, miami made their next 13/19 FGs (68%), and 6/9 three-pointers (67%) to blow the game open to a 20+ point lead.  That’s awful defense.  Tech went over perimeter screens tonight (that’s a good thing), but they were so slow getting over them the guard was able to easily drive to the hoop and dish the ball for an easy bucket.  A couple of times the low post defense drifted out to help, leaving miami bigs wide open under the hoop.  I mean, have you seen how hard VT has to work for every bucket?  Opponents get such wide open looks.  It is bad on-ball defense from VT’s guards and poor help defense.
  • In Tech’s last 8 games, they’ve shot 129 FTs.  Their opponents have shot 211.  You can’t blame the refs, that’s being outmatched inside, slow perimeter defense (and guarding with your ‘hands’ instead of your feet), and being overmatched (wait, I guess I already said that but it is worth a 2nd mention).  Tech simply is too small, too skinny, too slow, and too fundamentally unsound in terms of help defense.  And it could get worse next year when VT goes full court press (if JJ does instill that).  Teams may just score quicker… but at least they’ll only be 2s.

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Previews (2-for-1) | Wednesday @ #5 miami (13-1) at 7 PM | Saturday vs clemson (5-10) at 8 PM – Senior Night!

WEAR GREEN ON SATURDAY!

Update: clemson lost to unc by a 68-59 margin on Thursday night. Booker had 25 points and 11 boards. The tigers were down 14 at home but battled back to make it respectable. clemson has now lost 6 of 7 and have to play the Hokies less than 48 hours after the loss to the heels.

Spread: miami by 17.

Forget miami for now, Saturday is SENIOR NIGHT at the Cassell! This means it will be the final home game for the nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green, and walk-on Joey Racer. PLEASE – LET’S PACK THE CASSELL! And we are encouraging all fans to wear GREEN. That’s no disrespect to Joey, or the rest of the Hokies, but think it is a fitting tribute to one of the all time greatest in the history of Virginia Tech hoops, who is having one of the five best seasons in school history (more on him later this week). So get out that Kermit the frog outfit or that St. Pat’s shirt and be green for a night!

Ok, back to the games. The Hokies will have an opportunity at revenge against two of the top defense in the nation (miami is 7th in the land out of 347 teams and clemson is also top 50 in defensive efficiency).

Just like last week against duke, miami is coming off a loss – their first in ACC play at wake this past Saturday, so they should be focused and not overlooking the last place Hokies. wake dominated the canes at home, jumping out to a 19-point first half lead and winning by 15 in Winston-Salem. However, they are still #2 in the RPI (behind duke).

clemson will be playing their short turnaround game against the Hokies Saturday. They play the tar holes at home Thursday night, then have to travel to Blacksburg to play the Hokies less than 48 hours later. The tigers have lost 6 of 7 heading into the VT game. Obviously this is a great opportunity for the Hokies to jump on the tigers, who should be tired and more focused on their contest with unc.

Here are all the goodies from the first meetings with each team:

miami 73, @Hokies 64 (January 30th):

  • RECAP
  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • PLUS MINUS STATS
  • GAME BREAKDOWN
  • OPPONENT HALL OF FAME
  • The Hokies stunned the 6-0 (in the ACC) canes by jumping to a 28-16 lead with less than 6 minutes left in the first half, but a 7-0 run to close the half by miami closed the gap to 3, 32-29 (Marshall Wood missed 3 FTs and a dunk and Green missed a layup). miami continued their run in the 2nd half, starting it with a 9-2 run to go up by 4. They took the lead for good with 11:14 to go as a 10-0 run in the middle of the 2nd half put them up 9. The Hokies were down 4 with 2 minutes left but could get no closer. Shane Larkin, who is Green’s stiffest competition for ACC POTY (and Barry Larkin’s son), paced the u with 25 points and Kenny Kadji added 18 (VT has no one that can guard the 6’11” inside-outside threat). Erick Green had 30 (11/20 shooting and 5/8 on 3s) to lead VT. Eddie had 14 (4/5 FGs, 3/3 on 3s) and Raines 10.

@clemson 77, Hokies 70 (January 27th):

  • RECAP
  • PLUS MINUS STATS
  • GAME BREAKDOWN
  • OPPONENT HALL OF FAME
  • ROBERT BROWN DUNK VS clemson
  • Unlike the miami game, Tech fell behind big early in this game. clemson was up 12-0 before the Hokies scored with over 6 minutes and 30 seconds gone. Tech battled back to tie the game at the half (33-all). The second half was back and forth but after VT took a 1-point lead with 4 minutes left, clemson took the lead for good with 3:20 to go. Milton Jenning led all scorers with 28 points (20 in the 2nd half including 16/18 from the line). Erick Green had 25 for Tech. clemson, the 2nd worst 3-point % shooting team in the ACC, hit 10/21 from deep including 5/7 by K.J. McDaniels (just a 32% shooter). Note he had 5 dunks at VT last year, he’s a freak athlete.

Preview-u-clemson

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Game Breakdown | HOKIES 80, fsu 70

While we are all excited for this Hokie bunch for pulling out a victory tonight, I have to feel bad for Cope, who likely had to re-write his pre-packaged recap (hey, it worked the last nine games).

Lots of positives from tonight:

  1. WE WON! Gotta feel good for JJ, the team, and heck, all us loyal fans who kept supporting us the last five weeks. Hats off to JJ and the guys.
  2. CASSELL RE-CAPTURED: The Hokies moved to 9-7 at home on the season, clinching a winning home record for the 51st time in 52 seasons in the Cassell (the lone losing season was under ricky stokes over 10 years ago). After losing 7 of 8 at home, this streak was in doubt but the Hokies locked it up. Congrats!
  3. FREE THROW SHOW: The Hokies hit 17 straight free throws down the stretch in the final 2:20 to clinch the win. Remember their 1/6 choke-job from the line in Tallahassee last year? Yeah, not tonight. The Hokies put this game on lock down. The 25 made FTs and 83% from the line were ACC season bests.
  4. FIELD GOAL MET: The Hokies hit 50% of their shots for the first time since the bc game (the 2nd ACC game and 12 games ago). This was their 2nd best output from the field in ACC play, and since the iowa game (game #6). The Hokies took advantage of the ACC’s worst defense in terms of FG% Defense. It was actually fun to watch this offense in the 2nd half. Where has that been since early December?
  5. C.J. BARKS-MORE: For the second game in a row, C.J. set a career high in points. He had 14 against duke and then 17 tonight, including a key 9/11 from the foul line. He’s a solid FT shooter, so I’m not sure why fsu picked him to foul late, but C.J. made them pay. Also, Barksdale is the only Hokie with a positive +/- in ACC play or on the season (of the regular 10 guys). Quite simply, the Hokies are better when he is on the floor. He had a team high +14 tonight.
  6. BROWN DID SOMETHING FOR YOU: Coming into tonight Brown was shooting just 25% from the field, 14% from behind the arc, and averaging just 6.5 ppg in ACC play. But Robert went for 11 tonight on 4/8 shooting and hit 1/3 from deep. He hit 3 runners in the paint in a row in the first off the drive instead of settling for an outside shot or penetrating too deep and getting blocked or charging. That got his confidence up, and then he hit that 3-pointer. Progress!
  7. MORE-QUIS RANKIN: Marquis had the worst +/- on the team coming into the game, but had a +11 tonight, trailing only Barksdale. He hit both his triples and scored 8 points, and played solid defense except for one perimeter screen he didn’t fight over which led to a 3 for fsu.
  8. SUPPORT: See those last 3 points — it wasn’t just the Erick Green show tonight! He still went for 26 points, but that was just 33% of the Hokies points. Lately he’s been producing closer to 50% (or more in some cases). That’s all it takes for VT to win — a cast of characters instead of a one-man-band.

Eddie continues to struggle (didn’t score until the final 2 minutes, didn’t make a FG, and had a -9) and this was the smallest VT home crowd ever for an ACC game (5,042 – barely half full), but let’s forget that for now — WE WON! Now let’s go celebrate… for me, that means my going and changing a dirty diaper. Hey, even that is sweeter after a win. Congrats to the squad!

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Game Highlights | HOKIES 80, florida state 70

Commentary is back and better than ever!!! BRRRRAHHHH!  Here are the moving pictures from the Hokies victory over the seminoles…

 

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Game Plus/Minus | HOKIES 80, fsu 70

Here are the +/- numbers from Sunday night, as well as for the season, in wins, losses, ACC games, and per game.  Another great night for Barksdale with a game high +14, and Rankin, who has the worst +/- on the team, had a solid +11.  Eddie had a rough -9.

fsu Season Wins Losses ACC Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- 12 15 14 Per Game
Barksdale +14 40 7.9 -2.9 0.2 1.5
Rankin +11 -131 2.3 -10.2 -5.8 -5.2
Green +11 -25 14.2 -12.3 -7.1 -0.9
Brown +10 1 11.3 -8.9 -6.7 0.0
Beyer +8 -42 2.0 -5.2 0.0 -2.5
Johnston +7 -50 0.7 -3.9 -3.1 -2.2
Wood +7 -34 5.9 -7.3 -7.0 -1.7
Raines -1 -67 6.2 -9.5 -6.1 -2.5
van Zegeren -2 -62 3.5 -7.1 -6.1 -2.3
Eddie -9 -48 8.7 -10.7 -8.1 -1.8
TEAM 10 -89 11.3 -14.3 -9.4 -3.3

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Game Recap | Hokies (3-11, 12-15) 80, fsu (6-8, 14-13) 70

Box Score

UPDATED Feb. 25, 2013, 8:22 a.m. to correct Rankin’s playing time. He played the first 2 minutes and 48 seconds of the second half and then left the game. Earlier, we incorrectly reported that he missed the entire second half. We blame it on Leonard Hamilton’s hack-a-Barksdale strategy that made the second half go on FOREVER.

The nine-game losing streak is over. Virginia Tech, which hadn’t won a game in more than a month, frustrated florida state all day and got balanced scoring and deadly accurate free throw shooting down the stretch to beat the noles 80-70.

The victory prevented the Hokies’ first 10-game losing streak since the 2001-02 season.

Erick Green, the Winchester Rifleman, scored a game-high 26 points on 8/17 shooting and a perfect 9/9 from the free throw line. Ever more impressive, Green finally got some help Sunday evening. For the second straight contest, sophomore C.J. Barksdale scored a career-high 17 points and made 9/11 free throws – eight in the final 2:37. In addition to Barksdale’s big night, the Hokies got 25 points from the bench.

Robert Brown played arguably his best game since he scored 18 points in a 95-79 win over Iowa back on Dec. 7, 2012. Brown was 6/8 from the field and 5/5 from the FT line in that game. Sunday night, he was 4/8 from the field, 1/3 from three-point range, and 2/2 from the charity stripe.

Marquis Rankin played out-of-his-mind defense on Michael Snaer in the first half. Snaer, as you probably recall, killed the Hokies last season with a buzzer beater to win the game. Rankin, who has 8 points in the first half, got sick during halftime, and only played the first 2:48 of the second half. After that, he did not return.

Trailing 6-3 in the opening minutes of the first half, the Hokies reeled off a 6-0 run to take a 9-6 lead. The noles responded with an 8-0 run of their own. Tech was not to be denied, though. Brown scored six straight points for the Hokies to keep the home team within striking distance.

With the score 21-19 in fsu’s favor, the noles’ head coach Leonard Hamilton started screaming at the officials and kept on screaming. He was finally T’ed up and darn near got thrown out of the game. That sent Tech’s Erick Green to the free throw line for a pair of uncontested shots that tied the game at 21.

Green went on to score VT’s last seven points (and 9 of its last 11) in the first half to give the Hokies a slim 28-26 half-time lead.

The second half was all Hokies for the most part, despite not having Rankin and his lockdown defense on Snear. Tech opened the second half with a 14-3 run and while the noles closed the gap a few times, the Hokies weren’t to be denied their first win in more than a month.

Green scored 15 of his 26 points down the stretch to secure the victory, but this was the first total team win in a long time for first-year head coach James Johnson. Though Green played a game-high 38 minutes, he wasn’t the only threat the noles had to worry about tonight. Barksdale played very well, especially crashing the boards and going after loose balls.

Rankin, as we mentioned, was incredible on defense. Walk-on Christian Beyer even got in on the action with a pretty reverse layup (that didn’t get blocked) that gave the Hokies a 23-21 lead. And Will Johnston (aka Willy-J), another walk-on making his third career start, had a career-high three steals.

This was a must-win game. This team, and in particular, this coach, did not need the dubious distinction of being the first Virginia Tech squad in 11 years to lose 10 straight games.

Earlier in the day, on the same court, the Virginia Tech women defeated the 19th-ranked fsu women’s team, 71-52. When the men followed with their win over the noles, it marked the first time since March 6, 2004, that both the Virginia Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams beat the same opponent on the same day.

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Game Breakdown | The Cassell has been Stormed

Just when you thought Tech had hit rock bottom this, year, they slip through some more sedimentary and find more magma.  Here’s a few moldy nuggets from this 32-point home loss…

THE CASSELL:

  • The Hokies lost their inaugural ACC home game by 34-point points to unc back on 12/19/2004.  They lost to wake at home by 20 later that season.  In the 8 years since, Tech had not lost an ACC game at home by 20 or more points (a reverse Bear Fight)… until the duke game.
  • Tech started this season 7-0 at home.
  • They are now 8-7 at home on the year.
  • The Cassell is 51+ years old and Tech has had a losing record at home just once in those 51 seasons.  With two home games to go, they must win one of those to avoid a second losing home season.  The only one to date was in 2000-01 when Tech went 6-9 at home under ricky “program bomb” stokes.

THE duke WIN TWO YEARS AGO (BEFORE AND AFTER):

  • With Tech’s win over #1 duke two years ago, the Hokies were 57-53 in ACC regular season games since joining the league.
  • Since VT beat duke at home two years ago, the Hokies are 6-25 in ACC regular season games.

THE PLAYERS:

  • C.J. Barksdale was 6/6 from the field vs duke for 14 points ( a new CAREER HIGH!).
  • Erick Green scored 22 points and has hit 20+ in 24 of 26 games.
  • Cadarian Raines had 10 points on 5/9 shooting.
  • Barksdale/Green/Raines were a combined 19/29 (66%).
  • The rest of the team was 3/22 (14%).

3-POINTERS:

  • VT: 1/16 (6%) and 0/7 in the first half
  • duke: 12/17 (71%) and 8/9 in the first half

The Curry Curse – I think that about says it all.

 

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Game Highlights | #6 duke 88, HOKIES 56

Virginia Tech basketball loses their 9th in a row, falling by 32 at home to #6 duke. This was VT’s worst ACC home loss since their inaugural ACC home game on 12/19/2004, a 34-point loss to unc. The Hokies are now in danger of just their second losing home record in the 51-year history of the Cassell (VT started 7-0 at home but are 8-7 now with two games to go).

The nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green, led the Hokies with 22.

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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
03/10 - 1st rd.
03/11 - 2nd rd.
03/12 - quarterfinals
03/13 - semifinals
03/14 - championship

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