Spreads: maryland by 12.
The regular season mercifully comes to an end this coming Saturday for the 2-14/9-19 Hokies after trips to maryland (7-9) and georgia tech (4-12). Tech has already matched the 2000-01 Hokies in two categories of futility:
- Losing Home Record: The Hokies went 8-10 at the Cassell this year, matching the ’00-01 stokies (6-9 at home) as the only two times in the 53 years of the Cassell VT has had a losing record at home. But even that team won 2 conference games at home, this year’s Hokie squad went 1-8 in conference play at the Cassell.
- Most Conference Losses: The ’00-01 Hokies went 2-14 in the Big East, and this year’s version has matched that mark for conference losses, and will likely surpass it this week thanks to two extra games.
With boston college’s win at wake forest on Saturday (can you say another nail in Bzdelik’s ridiculously huge coffin?), the Hokies clinched the 15th seed (i.e. dead last) in the ACC Tournament. And the Hokies can only finish, at best, tied for last place in the league, marking the third straight year they’ve been in the cellar.
The Hokies will play the #10 seed in the ACC Tournament, which is… miami (as of today)! So you are sayin’ there’s a chance!
Call me crazy but I see Tech knocking off georgia tech next Saturday. The lesser tech has lost 5 of 6 with the lone win over bc. A loss will surely put Gregory on the hot seat at gt, though he’ll likely get another year. Plus, VT OWNS the lesser tech, with VT 14-5 all time against the jackets and are 4-2 at the Thriller Dome since joining the ACC.
Meanwhile, I think maryland is too deep (they’ll play 11 guys) for the razor thin Hokies to beat on the road in their final trip to the Communist Center as ACC rivals. But wouldn’t it be sweet to return the favor to the terps, who beat us in our house in football this past fall, and knock off maryland in their building in their sport — hoops. My brain just won’t let me pick it.
- Tuesday (3/4) at 8 PM at maryland (7-9, 15-14) on the ACC Network
- Saturday (3/8) at 2 PM at georgia tech (4-12, 13-16) on ESPN2 (why the heck is this game featuring teams with 6 total ACC wins on ESPN2?)
- maryland is 2-5 since defeating the Hokies on 2/1 and just lost to clemson in double OT (clemson held the terps to 56 in regulation and VT will likely take the air out of like the tigers did)
- The jackets have lost 6 of 7 (they were beaten soundly at fsu on Sunday night) and 10 of 13 since January 11th. They have not won back-to-back games since December 16th (and have lost at least 2 in a row for every 1 they win).
Team Stats – ACC Games Only (through March 1st)
Note that this is where each team ranks in each major statistical category in ACC Conference Games only.
- The Hokies were 17/21 from the line vs unc. The four misses were all by Devin Wilson (8/12) including missing the front end of TWO one-and-ones. That’s six points left on the table by your point guard in a four point loss.
- Tech was 23/28 from the line for the week (82%). They were shooting just 59% from the stripe in ACC play before last week.
- Joey van Zegeren is 5th in the ACC in blocks per game with 1.8.
- Devin Wilson is 2nd in the ACC in assists per game with 4.8.
- Tech has held 7 straight opponents to 71 points or less.
- VT has no one in the top 20 in scoring in the ACC in conference play.
- georgia tech played some zone at fsu Sunday and had a walk-on at the 2-guard. It’s like looking in a mirror!
Hokie Leaders (through March 1st):
- PPG: Eddie – 13.4
- Rebounds: Eddie – 5.4
- Assists: Wilson – 4.8
- Blocks: van Zegeren – 1.8
- Steals: Wilson – 0.8
Hokie Team Stats — Overall (through March 1st — note that these stats and conference rankings are for all 28 games):
- PPG: 64.2 (13th in the ACC)
- Opp PPG: 67.6 (9th in the ACC)
- FG%: 41% (15th in the ACC)
- Opp FG%: 40% (5th in the ACC)
- 3-Pt%: 36% (4th in the ACC)
- Opp 3-Pt%: 33% (8th in the ACC)
- FT%: 65% (12th in the ACC)
VT vs the opponents
- (VT’s RPI is 224 and their BPI is 153):
- at maryland (RPI #76, BPI #49):
- maryland is 31-10 overall vs VT
- maryland has won 4 straight in the series
- maryland is 8-6 vs VT in ACC play
- maryland is 5-1 vs VT at home in ACC play
- maryland beat VT 80-60 in Blacksburg a month ago – RECAP
- at georgia tech (RPI #169, BPI #131):
- HOKIES are 14-5 overall vs gt
- HOKIES have won 4 of 5 and 7 of 9 (won at gt last year before losing at home to the jackets)
- HOKIES are 10-4 vs gt in ACC play
- HOKIES are 4-2 at gt in ACC play
- This is the only meeting this season
opponents’ Best Player(s):
- maryland: Dez Wells – 6’5″ Junior Small Forward - Dez had 19 points off the bench in 30 minutes in the first meeting on 6/9 shooting and 7/8 FTs. Dez leads the team in scoring with 14.8 ppg. He’s not a 3-point threat but attacks the rim and gets to the line a lot.
- georgia tech: Trae Golden – 6’2″ Senior Point Guard (transfer from tennessee) - The former vol has led the jackets in PPG (12.6) and APG (3.0) in his first season in Atlanta. He’s a decent 3-point shooter (1.3 makes per game at 31%), but shoots just 39%. He’s not that good, and neither is this team. Georges-Hunt and Carter, Jr. are two physical players that the Hokies will have to battle with inside, but VT did a good job on the unc bigs so I think they’ll be fine here.