Archive | 2006-07 Season

Deron’s Dunk #32 Play of the Year

Deron Washington’s dunk against bc at Cassell last year was the #32 Play of the Year on the Best Damn Plays of 2007 show.

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VT’s 2006-07 Season in Review

What a season it was for the Virginia Tech Hokies basketball team. We haven’t seen success like this on the hardwood in 11 years. All those lackluster years of Hussey and Stokes are behind us. Last year’s tragedies and disappointments were behind us. Finally, THIS YEAR WAS OUR YEAR! A line famously uttered by Cubs fans that never comes to be, but was true for Hokie fans. This was a magical season that saw VT beat a #1 for the first time in over 20 years. It was Tech’s first winning conference record, NCAA Tournament appearance, and 20 win season since 1995-96. We won at fabled MSG (Madison Square Garden), cameron indoor stadium, and the dean dome. Oh, what a year it was. Let’s take a look at it month by month, and then some of the low-lights and highlights.


The season started with easy wins over coppin state and west florida. I was at the coppin state game and I remember thinking a few things: we look a LOT better on offense than we have in past years and the freshman really did NOT impress me. Munson showed me he could stroke the three (he hit 3 threes that game), but he did not look quick on defense, had his head down dribbling up the floor, and picked up his dribbled too far from the basket. Witcher looked OK and had some post moves, but just seemed too thin for ACC play and wasn’t the shot-blocking force he was in high school. I hoped to see improvement.

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Recap | #4 so. illinois 63 #5 Hokies 48

The wonderful careers of Jamon Gordon, Zabian Dowdell, and Coleman Collins ended today with a 63-48 loss to southern illinois. The Hokies could not overcome the country’s third best scoring defense and 12 three-pointers by the salukis.

The difference maker today was the three point shooting. southern illinois was 12 of 21, and the Hokies were just 2 of 12. A.D. Vassallo could never get on track, as he was 0 for 6 from the field (all behind the arc). He had a fair amount of open looks too, but the string music was not playing tonight. Zabian Dowdell was shut down for the second game in a row. He was only 3 of 9 from the field, and finished with 7 points. The output behind the arc was eerily similar to the 69-56 loss to uva on March 1. The hoos made 10 threes to Tech’s two, and A.D. was only 1 of 8 that night. Jamon Gordon and Deron Washington made the only three-balls today for the Hokies.

The swing point of the game was the last 5 minutes of the first half. After Gordon nailed a three to put the Hokies up 18-15, he was taken out for a quick rest before the TV timeout. The Hokies then went on a scoring drought for 3 and a half minutes, and guess who broke it? Jamon. The salukis, specifically Jamaal Tatum, went on a 13-2 run. Tatum had 3 three pointers during that stretch. The Hokies could not claw their way back into it after that.

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In Game Commentary | v. #4 so. illinois

I’ll be updating the site during every TV timeout during today’s game between Tech and the salukis.

Second Half
2:52 so ill 58 VT 44 | Well, they just switched to nevada-memphis. Looks like this in game commentary could be over. Go Hokies!

3:28 so ill 56 VT 43 | Ok, now that last saluki possession was a killer. You got to credit the salukis though. Hell of a defensive team and when they hit their threes, it is very tough to compete.

6:18 so ill 50 VT 38 | That last saluki possession was a killer.

7:50 so ill 47 VT 34 | Collins fouls out. He really got hosed on a couple calls today, which is a shame because he would have been a difference maker. I think this game would be less than 5 points if he were not in foul trouble.

8:02 so ill 47 VT 34 | Can we pull another one out of our a**? 6 of 13 from the line tonight, only 2 threes, but the real stinger is the bank-in free throw and bank-in three pointer by Tatum this half. Reminds me of the second nc state game.

11:29 so ill 41 VT 30 | Ugh … where is our 3 ball? If we lose, what does this say about the ACC this year? Only carolina would be going to the Sweet 16.

15:49 so ill 33 VT 23 | We are in trouble. Collins’ 4th foul killed us. Dowdell, Gordon, and Deron is all we have on the offensive side. Time to throw the laptop into the TV.

Here we go! Go Hokies!

Halftime – so ill 28 VT 20
Well, we are down by 8 again at the half. The salukis closed with a 13-2 run led by the MVC player of the year.

FG Pct. – so ill 40% (10/25), VT 39% (9/23)
3 pt. FG Pct. – so ill 45% (5/11), VT 25% (2/8)
FT Pct. – so ill 42% (3/7), VT 0% (0/3)
Rebounds – VT 16, so ill 14
Off. Rebounds – so ill 4, VT 2
Turnovers – so ill 4, VT 6
Steals – VT 3, so ill 2
Leading Scorers – so ill Tatum 11, VT Gordon 9
Leading Rebounders – so ill Falker 4, VT Gordon 6
Foul Trouble – so ill Green 2, VT Collins 2

We’ve got to have A.D. make some shots in the second half, or provide more opportunities for Deron, Dowdell, or Coleman. If A.D. can’t get on track, then look for a lineup of Munson, Dowdell, Gordon, Washington, and Collins (with Diakite instead of Witcher off the bench). I don’t think Sailes will see much time in the second half since we are in dire need of some offense. We can pull this one out.

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Recap | #5 Hokies 54 #12 illinois 52

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Was that game more surprising than any other win this season, including the carolina win at the dean dome? You could make a great case for it.

The Hokies won a Big Ten slugfest and stole one from the illini tonight, 54-52. At the 8:18 mark of the second half, illinois was poised to execute the biggest upset of the first round (from a seeding perspective). They led the Hokies 47-34 after Brian Randle converted the second free throw of a 1 and 1. But, the Hokies stepped up the defensive pressure by going to a full court press. From that point on, Virginia Tech outscored the illini 20-5. Add to that, the Hokies scored the final 12 points of the game. The illini’s last point was at the 4:29 mark. We scored 37% of our points in the final 8 minutes of the game. Yes, Deron had the hot hand in the end, but we still missed easy buckets and free throws down the stretch. The difference was that the Hokies had a lot more scoring opportunities due to the defensive pressure. It forced turnovers and changed the pace of the game.

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In Game Commentary | v. #12 illinois


HOKIES 54 illini 52

Second Half
0:17.6 VT 54 ill 52 | Make your friggin free throws, please!?!?!

0:37.7 VT 53 ill 52 | I can barrelly tyyype …

1:28 ill 52 VT 50 | Ok .. going into cardiac arrest now. I don’t know if I can finish the commentary.

2:15 ill 52 VT 50 | YES! YES! YES! I BELIEVE!

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Anything Can Happen


“The poster child for this “anything can happen” tournament? Try Virginia Tech, the 5-seed in the West, which swept two games against North Carolina and won at Duke, but also lost three times to North Carolina State and suffered losses to MAC straggler Western Michigan (neutral site) and at Marshall, which just fired its coach.”

Read the entire article …

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Recap | #10 n.c. state 72 #3 Hokies 64

It is going to be a pleasure writing another recap of a Hokie loss to n.c. state. About as fun as chasing a Three Wiseman with a Gorilla Fart. This loss (of the 3) stings the most as it eliminated a shot that might not come around too much in my lifetime, the ACC basketball championship. Just look at our cross-state rivals, who haven’t been to the semis in over 10 years and only have one title in 54 years. I am sure the team is extremely disappointed in the outcome, as they were looking forward to the opportunity to play n.c. state again. From the Charlotte Observer this morning, “We took a look at the bracket and saw it would either be Virginia or State,” Dowdell said. “State beat us twice, so we definitely wanted another chance to play them.”

I know that the tempo of this game was in state’s favor, the refs were not the greatest, and we did not shoot extremely well from the field, but in my humble opinion, we flat out blew this game. I recall watching the last 5 minutes of the iowa game, back in November, in disbelief over our horrid free throw shooting (17 of 33) that let the hawkeyes back in the game. Of course, the first thought is “they can’t do this come tournament time”. Well, they did it at tournament time. Sorry, but 8 of 19 is inexcusable. I hate agreeing with Dickie V (Niemo – here is a tip, get DirecTV to avoid the country .. you can still watch the ESPN broadcast), but he could have shot better than the Hokies tonight from the line. n.c. state shot 24 of 28, and that was that. End of story.

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Recap | #3 Hokies 71 #11 wake forest 52

The Hokies won their first ever ACC Tournament game tonight in Tampa against the 11th seeded demon deacons of wake forest. Tech led for the majority of the game after getting off to a hot start. At the first TV timeout, the Hokies led 13-6. When Tech leads at the first TV timeout, they are 6-0. This game was no exception.

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Dowdell named 1st Team All-ACC; Gordon top vote getter for All-ACC Defensive Team

Zabian Dowdell became the first Virginia Tech men’s basketball player to receive 1st Team All ACC honors. Dowdell is joined by Jared Dudley of boston college, Tyler Hansbrough of north carolina, Al Thornton of florida state, and sean singletary of uva.

Dowdell and Jamon Gordon received All Defensive Team honors with Gordon receiving the most votes of any player. Gordon was also named 3rd team All ACC.

For more info, check out the ACC official website.

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Hokies end up #3 seed; will face jackets or deacons on Friday

Virginia Tech is the number 3 seed in the ACC Tournament, which begins play on Thursday in Tampa, Florida at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The Hokies will play at 9 pm on Friday against the winner of #6 seed georgia tech and #11 seed wake forest. The Hokies this year are 1-0 against the jackets and 1-0 against the deacons.

Look for much more about the ACC Tournament this week on

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Senior Moments | 1 Zabian Dowdell

Senior | Guard | 6′3″ | 200 lbs. | Pahokee, FL

When this season is all said and done, the Hokie from Pahokee, Zabian Dowdell, will have written his place in Virginia Tech basketball history. He will rank as one of the ten greatest players in the program’s history, if not top five. Possible jersey retirement some day? Zabe currently ranks 7th in points and has a chance at making the top five. He ranks 3rd in steals and 5th in assists. A NBA scout recently rated him as a potential late first round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft in the Richmond Times Dispatch, which would make him the first Hokie drafted since Eddie Lucas in 1999. That all is a pretty good resume for Seth Greenberg’s first VT recruit, and an unheralded one at that.

Zabian played his high school ball at Pahokee High School. It was destiny that he would become a Hokie. Greenberg was recruiting him while at south florida, and kept after him once he moved on to Virginia Tech. Despite averaging 23 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds his senior year and being first team all-state in Florida as a junior and senior, Dowdell was not highly recruited. Part of this was due to a broken ankle the summer before his senior year that cost him a chance to showcase his talents. That injury likely was Virginia Tech’s gain. Zabe eventually signed with Greenberg, and befriended Jamon Gordon while playing in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Classic against Coleman Collins.

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Recap | uva 69 #21 Hokies 56

The days leading up to tonight’s game reminded me of Super Bowl week… way too much hype followed by a lackluster game. And I am not just writing that because the Hokies lost.

I felt that the guard battle once again did not live up to expectations. j.r. reynolds shot 3 of 15 from the field. sean singletary did have a better game tonight than in Blacksburg, but still wasn’t spectacular (5 of 13 from the field and 4 fouls). After the first half, Dowdell was showing signs of the carolina game in the dean dome, but in the end, he had no help and ran out of gas. And Jamon Gordon was in foul trouble the whole game, which limited his production.

The game did not have many spurts, only 3, all in the first half. uva jumped out to early leads of 13-3 and 16-5 lead behind solid shooting. Virginia Tech picked up the intensity on defense (with Gordon on the bench, surprisingly) and executed their only run of the night, up 23-20 with 5:36 left til halftime. Then, Adrian Joseph scored the next five points and uva did not relinquish the lead from there on out. This led to a pretty boring 2nd half. The lead hovered around 8 or 10 points. Neither team took control of the game.

Finally, not that this is that important, but there were no SportsCenter highlights from either team tonight. Package this together and you get a basketball game that fell flat.

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Senior Moments | 22 Jamon Gordon

Senior | Guard | 6′3″ | 215 lb. | Jacksonville, FL

If someone had to rank the most well-rounded and consistent players in Virginia Tech history, Jamon Gordon would be right near the top of the list. He’s averaged between 9.8 and 11.4 points every season. Jamon’s had at least 105 rebounds, 107 assists, and 63 steals each year. Gordon is currently 2nd in steals, 2nd in assists, and 25th in points in Virginia Tech history. He is the only current player in NCAA Division I with at least 1200 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, and 250 steals. Now that’s well-rounded, and says very little to the fact that he is one of the best defensive players the Hokies have ever had.

Jamon came to Tech as probably the most highly regarded recruit of the 2003 Class (at least of the ones that made it to VT). ranked him as the 20th best point guard in the nation after his senior year at Andrew Jackson High School. He averaged 19 points per game that year and made the Florida-Georgia All-Star Classic in Orlando where he would room with one Zabian Dowdell and play against Coleman Collins. Gordon originally signed with Ricky Stokes, and decided to honor that commitment in large part due to his budding friendship with Dowdell.

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Senior Moments | 33 Coleman Collins

Power Forward/Center | 6’9″ | 240 lb. | Stone Mountain, GA

When Coleman Collins arrived in Blacksburg in the Fall of 2003 as a just-turned-17 year old, nobody could have predicted what a tumultuous ride his career, and life, would go on. At the end of his sophomore season, it appeared that Coleman had the best chance at an NBA career of anyone on the roster. That was before basketball would take a back seat to life, as Coleman had to endure the illness and death of his father, Jackson, in 2006. Despite that heavy load on a teenager, Collins has battled back and continues to be the key post presence for the Hokies.

Coleman was a diamond in the rough that Ricky Stokes found. As the legend goes, Stokes went to watch Coleman play in a summer tournament. Collins was a force in one of the earlier, less attended games, but got banged up. Later on, several other college coaches were on-hand to watch another prospect and Coleman struggled in that game due to his injuries. This caused other coaches to not offer Coleman. In fact, he did not have any other offers from ‘BCS’ schools.

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Senior Moments | Markus Sailes

Each day this week will profile a senior. Today let’s look at the career of Markus Sailes. Tomorrow is Coleman Collins.

r-Senior | Guard | 6’5″ | 210 lb. | Richmond, VA

Markus Sailes came to Virginia Tech as one of the top players in the state in the 2002 Recruiting Class. After limited minutes his freshman year, Sailes started every game at guard his sophomore season in 2003-04. As the talent around Markus has increased on the Virginia Tech basketball team, he has seen his role and minutes reduced. However, he has continued to be a solid contributor for this team throughout his career as a reserve guard. Sailes will take the Cassell Coliseum court for the final time on March 4th as the only current member of the team that played two years in the Big East (he redshirted in 2004-05 after fracturing his tibula on his right leg).

Sailes was a classic Ricky Stokes recruit: a tall, rangy athlete that was a work-in-progress as a basketball player. Markus was the Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year in his final season at Varina High School. He fit right into Virginia Tech’s scheme: have tall guys out there that get there hands on a lot of passes on defense… and who cares about offense? Just give Bryant Matthews the ball!

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