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The year of Erick Green: Where does he rank?

Virginia Tech guard Erick Green

Erick Green is having a phenomenal senior season, but where does he rank all-time?

The 2012-13 college basketball season hasn’t been kind to Virginia Tech fans. It began last winter when Jim Weaver, the Hokies’ athletics director, gave then-coach Seth Greenberg a vote of confidence and then pulled the rug out from under him a few weeks later.

One player transferred (Dorian Finney-Smith), and Montrezl Harrell, a highly-touted incoming freshman, asked to be released. That left Tech with just eight scholarship players coming into this season.

Most fans, however, believed that the Hokies could have a respectable season so long as they stayed healthy. And with the exception of freshman Marshall Wood missing seven games, Tech has, for the most part, avoided the injury bug that had plagued them over the last few seasons. Unfortunately, staying healthy hasn’t been enough. This team just can’t seem to get it together.

After starting the season a surprising 7-0, the team is just 4-13 since, including a current seven-game losing streak. One player was benched for an entire game for lack of effort during practice; another missed almost an entire half after an on-court temper tantrum that nearly injured his teammate; and that same player, who has been playing poorly, was replaced in the starting lineup by a walk-on. Yeah, it’s been that bad.

Enter the Winchester Rifleman, Erick Green

The only bright spot for Hokie hoops fans this season is senior guard Erick Green, who is still the nation’s leading scorer. With hopes of a winning season and post-season appearance all but gone, Virginia Tech fans have thrown their support behind the senior guard from Winchester, who is having one of the best seasons by a Hokie in recent memory.

Of VT’s 24 games this season, Green has led the team in scoring 23 times. He averages 25.2 points per game, tops in the country and seven points better than the ACC’s second-leading scorer, Mason Plumlee of duke, who averages 18.2 ppg.

If Green continues on his current scoring pace, he will become the first Hokie to average more than 25 ppg since Bimbo Coles did so during the 1989-90 season. Coles averaged 25.3 ppg that year, a tenth of a point ahead of where Green stands now.

And unless Green just completely falls off the map (he could go scoreless for the rest of the season and still be above 18 ppg), he’ll end the season as just the third tech player to average better than 20 ppg in the last 23 years. Bryant Matthews averaged 22.1 ppg during the 2003-04 season and Malcolm Delaney averaged 20.2 ppg during the 2009-10 season.

What’s even more incredible is the percentage of points Green scores for his team. Take a look below and you’ll see the leading scorer for each ACC team, their total points (through Feb. 12), and their team’s total points, followed by the percentage. The teams appear in order of the current ACC standings:

Team Player Player Points/Team Total % of Points
miami Kenny Kadji 298/1549 19%
duke Mason Plumlee 419/1799 23%
uva Joe Harris 391/1543 25%
unc James Michael McAdoo 342/1801 19%
ncst C.J. Leslie 374/1871 20%
fsu Michael Snaer 305/1546 19%
md Alex Len 299/1714 17%
clemson Devin Booker 283/1450 19%
wake Travis McKie 335/1557 21%
gt Marcus Georges-Hunt 228/1429 16%
bc Ryan Anderson 354/1545 23%
VT Erick Green 604/1700 35%

Green is the ACC’s leading scorer by nearly 200 points. He scores more than 35 percent (35.5 to be precise) of his team’s points; 10 percent more than the next highest percentage in the league – uva’s Joe Harris, who contributes 25 percent. That stat speaks volumes about the lack of support from Green’s teammates.

Now, one could argue that Green scores more points because he shoots the ball more. That’s a valid argument, on the surface. Take a look at the shooting percentages for each team’s leader in attempted shots.

Team Player FGA/Team Total % of FGA
miami Kenny Kadji 223/1215 18%
duke *Seth Curry 265/1335 20%
uva Joe Harris 267/1223 20%
unc James Michael McAdoo 295/1532 19%
ncst C.J. Leslie 248/1374 18%
fsu Michael Snaer 230/1202 19%
maryland Alex Len 213/1344 16%
clemson Devin Booker 208/1220 17%
wake Travis McKie 238/1242 19%
gt Marcus Georges-Hunt 197/1196 15%
bc Ryan Anderson 273/1196 23%
VT Erick Green 414/1407 30%

*Seth Curry is the only player in the league to lead his team in shot attempts, but not in points.

But if you dig a little deeper than just the season stats, you’ll find that Green attempts, and scores on, a higher percentage of shots only when the rest of the team is struggling, which has been for a couple of months now.

In the Hokies’ first seven games, all wins, the team shot 48 percent from the field. In the last seven losses, that number is down to just 37 percent.

During the seven-game winning streak to start the season, Green attempted just 23 percent of the team’s field goals (95/404):

FGA in first seven wins
VT – EG
58 – 11 (19%)
57 – 15 (26%)
68 – 13 (19%)
53 – 15 (28%)
52 – 16 (30%)
61 – 15 (24%)
55 – 10 (18%)

During the team’s current seven-game losing streak, the percentage of shots by Green has increased to 34 percent (136/397):

FGA in last seven losses
VT – EG
43 – 18 (42%)
60 – 17 (28%)
53 – 20 (38%)
62 – 21 (34%)
65 – 23 (35%)
62 – 20 (32%)
52 – 17 (32%)

What about made field goals? Well, we’re glad you asked. During the first seven wins, Green made 25 percent of tech’s field goals (49/195). During the last seven consecutive losses, Green has made more than 40 percent of the team’s field goals.

Green’s not a ball hog by any stretch of the imagination. This kid WANTS to get his teammates involved, but they’re just not hitting shots. The team attempted 404 shots in their first seven wins and 397 in their last seven losses, so they’re still not afraid to shoot, but Green’s the only one hitting anything on a consistent basis. And he’s doing it while being double-teamed.

Say what you want about opposing teams giving Green space and letting him have his points, but from what I’ve been seeing, they’re not doing that at all. They’re guarding him using every combination they can think of and he’s still getting his shots off and keeping his team in the games.

What does it all mean, Basil?

If you are on Twitter and follow tech hoops, you’ve probably seen the comments arguing that Green deserves to have his jersey retired and his banner hung from the rafters of the Cassell.

Look, Green is having a heck of a senior season, especially under the circumstances, but before we start making room next to Ace Custis in the rafters, let’s take a step back and see where Green ranks among some of the greatest of all time at VT.

Green’s career isn’t done yet, so we have to do some predicting (not Niemo, he sucks at making predictions). The Hokies have seven regular season games left and at least one (and probably only one) ACC tournament game. So let’s assume Green has eight games left in his career. If he continues on his current statistical pace, here’s where he’ll likely finish in the record books:

Points Scored in a Season:
1. Erick Green (2012-13) – 810
2. Bimbo Coles (1989-90) – 785
3. Dell Curry (1985-86) – 722
4. Bimbo Coles (1988-89) – 717
5. Bimbo Coles (1987-88) – 702

Points Scored in a Career:
1. Bimbo Coles, 2,484
2. Dell Curry, 2,389
3. Malcolm Delaney, 2,255
4. Dale Solomon, 2,136
5. Perry Young, 1,899
6. A.D. Vassallo, 1,822
7. Allan Bristow, 1,804
8. Zabian Dowdell, 1,785
9. Bob Ayersman, 1,782
10. Erick Green, 1,750

Scoring Average in a Season:
1. Bimbo Coles (1988-89) – 26.6
2. Boby Ayersman (1958-58) – 26.5
3. Bimbo Coles (1989-90) – 25.3
4. Erick Green (2012-13) – 25.2

Free Throws Made in a Season:
1. Malcolm Delaney (2009-10) – 230
2. Malcolm Delaney (2008-09) – 225
3. Erick Green (2012-13) – 218

Free Throws Made in a Career:
8. Erick Green (2009-13) – 418

Free Throw Percentage in a Career:
T8. Erick Green (2009-13) .800

Assists in a Career:
8. Erick Green (2009-13) – 333

As great a season as Green is having, I’m not sure anyone can make a compelling case that he should have his jersey retired and a banner with his likeness hanging from the rafters with Ace Custis, Bimbo Coles, Dell Curry and Allan Bristow.

While Niemo is under a gag order not to make any predictions, naturally I wanted his thoughts on Green’s legacy at Tech.

As of today, I wouldn’t have Erick in my VT Top 10 and therefore wouldn’t retire his jersey. While he is having one of the five greatest seasons in Tech history, I don’t think his body of work is top 10-esque just yet. He may reach the top 10 in scoring and definitely will reach it in assists, but there are a lot of guys ahead of him that were very productive for four years, not just two and a half.

While I’m with Niemo on this, I played devil’s advocate and suggested that Green’s extraordinary senior season is made even more impressive given the fact that he’s doing more with less. Niemo countered:

Also, I don’t like the argument of “he’s doing more with less.” I actually think that lessens his scoring in my eyes. The numbers guys like Zabian [Dowdell], Malcolm [Delaney], and Dell [Curry] put up with a better supporting cast impress me more. If Erick could score 25 per game on a team that won and had other guys that could score consistently, I’d be more impressed. Still, his 50 percent shooting percentage this year is remarkable for a guard, and by the end of the season my opinion may very well change, but I would not have him in my top 10 and would not retire his jersey at this point.

The TechHoops staff have spoken. We love Erick Green and have enjoyed watching him play the last four years. He has done everything he’s been asked to do and has represented the team and the university with honor.

We’re not taking anything away from Green, but when you think about some of the great players that have come before him that have had more productive careers and DON’T have their jerseys retired, I think even the Winchester Rifleman would agree that while he’s had a fabulous career, he’s not in same category as those four legends.

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The best and worst starts in Virginia Tech basketball history

Updated Dec. 3, 2012

The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team is off to its best start since the 1982-83 season. That little nugget of trivia has a lot of fans asking about the best starts in Virginia Tech’s history. We did some digging and have the answers:

Best Starts:
1909-10 | 11-0 (the Hokies only played 11 games and this stands as their only undefeated season)
1916-17 | 11-0 (finished 17-2)
1981-82 | 9-0 (finished 20-11)
1977-78 | 8-0 (finished 19-8)
1920-21 | 8-0 (finished 19-5)
1915-16 | 8-0 (finished 12-3)
1910-11 | 8-0 (finished 11-1)
2012-13 | 7-0 (finished ??)
1982-83 | 7-0 (finished 23-11)
1978-79 | 7-0 (finished 22-9)
1918-19 | 7-0 (finished 18-4)
1979-80 | 6-0 (finished 21-8)

Worst Starts:
1951-52 | 0-9 (finished 4-16)
1933-34 | 0-9 (finished 1-15)
1952-53 | 0-8 (finished 4-19)
1923-24 | 0-8 (finished 5-13)

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Stat of Affairs | Start Quick or Bust

The other day I posted about how Virginia Tech was struggling early in games recently, falling behind by double-digits in the first half of four of their last six games. But I didn’t realize how important a fast start has been this season until I dug a little deeper.

OK, Mr. Cope, are you ready for this one??? Drum roll please…

In Tech’s nine ACC games, the team ahead at the first media timeout* is 8-0. Yep, a perfect 8-0. In the duke game, the score was tied at 6 at the first media timeout.

Keep in mind, almost 90% of the game is left to be played after the first media timeout. And since VT has played three overtime games this season, even more than 90% of the game was left. Yet that stat has a better record than the Patriots.

As I said in the other article, this has a lot to do with teams putting themselves in early holes that just cannot be overcome. Or a lack of effort early is hard to turn around. Sluggish is as sluggish does. But somehow even in the close games, this stat has held true. It has been a much better measuring stick than who leads at the half. VT is an impressive 3-4 when trailing at the half in ACC play, and 2-0 when leading. So the halftime leader is just 6-3.

So let’s all hope the Hokies have the lead when that whistle blows with 15:xx left in the first half on Saturday against the canes. Otherwise, you might want to head for the exits to save yourself the torture.^

* Occurs at the first deadball after the clock goes under 16:00 left in the first half
^ Yes, I realize that since I’ve pointed this stat out, it will no longer hold true, similar to my “VT wins when committing under 20 turnovers, and loses when over 20″ stat. But hey, I had to get it in while I could.

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Stat of Affairs | Points in ACC Games

BY HALF 

Let’s break down the Hokies’ points in their 4 ACC games in several ways, first by half:

Half

Avg/Game

% of Points

1st

30.0

42.6%

2nd

38.8

55.0%

OT

7.0

2.5%

Total

70.5

 

This clearly shows what a better team VT is offensively in the 2nd half.  And this number is not skewed by late free throws, which can boost your points, since Tech has been playing from behind in the 2nd half of three of the four games. 

Now let’s look at this same table for the opponents instead:

Half

Avg/Game

% of Points

1st

38.8

52.9%

2nd

33.0

45.1%

OT

6.0

2.1%

Total

73.3

 

As you can see, Tech’s opponents’ points go well down in the second half, while VT’s go way up.  Not surprisingly, VT has been playing from behind in the second half of all four of their games.

Why the raise in VT points?  I broke down points in the maryland game, and VT had 19 fast break/transition points in the 2nd half, compared to just 2 in the first half.  As a result, they scored 40 second half points compared to just 27 in the first half.  I’m confident you would see similar numbers in the wake and ga tech games.  VT needs to run more, and they seem to do this better in the 2nd half when they are forced to push the tempo more due to their deficits.

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Stats | Game Scores/Stats – 2007-08 Season

2007-08 Player Stats (courtesy of StatSheet.com)

2007-08 Team Stats

2007-08 Game Scores

 

 

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Stat of Affairs | Halfway through the Season

Let’s look at how VT ranks in the ACC in the major statistical categories with the out of conference slate done and ACC play set to go full blast.

Category

Average

ACC Rank

Leader

 Leader Avg

Scoring Offense

67.3

12

unc

92.1

Scoring Defense

58.5

1

-

-

FT%

70%

8

fsu

80%

FG%

45%

9

unc

50%

3-Pt%

35%

9

miami

43%

FG% Defense

39%

3

md

37%

3-Pt% Defense

33%

8

clemson

30%

Rebounding Margin

+4.7

5

uva

+12.4

Blocks

5.3

6

md

7.0

Assists

13.9

9

clemson

17.8

Steals

6.9

8

clemson

10.8

Turnover Margin

+0.4

7

wake

+5.6

Leading Scorer – Vassallo

15.7

8

hansbrough

21.7

Leading Rebounder – Allen

8.1

4

hansbrough

9.9

Assists Leader – Delaney

3.5

10

singletary

6.8

Steals Leader – Allen

2.0

4

douglas

2.6

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Stat(s) of the Day | Halftime Leads/Deficits

In VT’s four losses, they have trailed in each game at the half by an average of 8 points.

In VT’s five wins, they have led at the half in each game by an average of 12 points.

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Player and Team Stats

Final Season Statistics

Player

Pts P/G

Reb P/G

Ast P/G

Steals

Blocks

FG Pct

3P Pct

FT Pct

Dowdell

17.4

3.6

3.1

71

7

46%

39%

81%

Washington

12.0

5.3

1.5

41

35

50%

31%

58%

Vassallo

11.1

4.0

0.9

15

10

44%

42%

78%

Gordon

11.4

4.5

4.5

94

18

46%

27%

63%

Collins

7.8

4.8

0.8

16

36

50%

0%

65%

Munson

3.0

0.9

1.1

7

0

44%

39%

86%

Diakite

2.9

2.9

0.1

6

33

57%

0%

54%

Witcher

2.9

2.6

0.1

8

12

45%

0%

50%

Sailes

2.1

1.4

1.1

15

2

45%

0%

42%

Krabbendam

1.4

1.2

0.1

6

4

34%

0%

40%

Tucker

0.8

0.7

0.1

5

1

44%

50%

75%

Travis

0.3

0.3

0.0

1

1

20%

20%

0%

Vinson

0.0

0.0

0.0

0

0

0%

0%

0%

Stats from ACC Regular Season Games

Player

Pts P/G

Reb P/G

Ast P/G

Steals

Blocks

FG Pct

3P Pct

FT Pct

Dowdell

19.8

4.2

3.2

36

3

48%

36%

79%

Washington

12.3

6.3

1.5

15

14

50%

31%

58%

Gordon

11.1

4.2

4.6

38

6

44%

17%

74%

Vassallo

10.7

3.3

0.6

9

5

48%

49%

79%

Collins

8.2

5.0

0.9

6

20

46%

0%

71%

Diakite

3.1

2.6

0.1

4

18

60%

0%

63%

Sailes

2.5

1.1

1.0

4

2

46%

0%

48%

Munson

2.3

0.9

0.7

1

0

46%

25%

83%

Witcher

1.8

2.1

0.2

2

1

35%

0%

83%

Krabbendam

0.9

0.8

0.1

1

2

40%

0%

33%

Tucker

0.5

0.2

0.0

1

0

50%

50%

100%

Travis

0.0

0.0

0.0

0

0

0%

0%

0%

Vinson

0.0

0.0

0.0

0

0

0%

0%

0%

Final Team Stats and ACC Rank
Note: ACC P/G and Rank includes VT’s ACC regular season games only.

Category

Season P/G

ACC Rank

ACC P/G

ACC Rank

Scoring Offense

71.5

10

72.0

6

Scoring Defense

64.1

2

71.4

5

FG %

47%

8

47%

3

FG % Defense

42%

4

44%

4

FT %

66%

10

71%

7

3-Point %

36%

8*

36%

6*

3-Point % Defense

35%

9

35%

6

Turnover Margin

+4.6

1

+2.0

2

Rebounding Margin

-0.6

11

-2.7

10

Assists

13.2

8

12.4

8

Steals

8.4

3

7.3

4

Blocks

4.7

5

4.4

5

VT was last in the ACC in three’s made.

VT Record: (22-12, 10-6)

  • Home: 13-2 (ACC 6-2)
  • Road: 5-5 (ACC 4-4)
  • Neutral: 4-5

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Virginia Tech NCAA Tournament History

2007 was the Hokies 8th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Tech is 6-8 overall in the tournament.

Broken down by round:
Round of 64/48/40 (4-2)
Round of 32 (1-5)
Sweet 16 (1-0)
Elite Eight (0-1)
Final Four (0-0)
National Championship (0-0)

Notice a trend here?

Virginia Tech’s highest seeding came in 2007 at #5.

Here is a look back at each appearance.

2007 (1-1) – #5 Seed – West Region, Lost in Round of 32
The Hokies played their first and second round games in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Areana against two teams from the state of Illinois.

In the first round, Tech came back from 13 down with 8 minutes to play to beat the illini of illinois 54-52. Deron Washington hit the game winning shot from 10 feet. For more detail, check out the TechHoops.com game recap.

In the second round, Virginia Tech played southern illinois for the second time in the 2006-07 season. Just like the first meeting, the Hokies went down to the salukis. This time by a score of 63-48. The salukis would go on to lose in the Sweet 16 to the #1 seed kansas jayhawks. For more detail, check out the TechHoops.com game recap.

1996 (1-1) – #9 Seed – Midwest Region, Lost in Round of 32
The Hokies got hosed with the 9 seed after being ranked for almost the entire year, but they proved the critics wrong by beating 8 seed wisconsin-green bay in the first round, 61-48, in Dallas. The second round loss to eventual champion kentucky was by the score of 84-60.

Troy Manns set the team record for most assists in a NCAA Tournament game with 8 against kentucky.

Manns helped the 1996 Hokies set a team record for the most assists in a NCAA Tournament game with 16.

1986 (0-1) – #7 Seed – Southeast Region, Lost in Round of 64
Tech took on 10 seed villanova in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and lost 71-62. villanova would lose to georgia tech in the next round.

1985 (0-1) – #9 Seed – East Region, Lost in Round of 64
The Hokies lost to 8 seed temple 60-57 in Hartford, Connecticut. temple would lose to georgetown in the next round.

The field was 64 teams in 1985.

1980 (1-1) – #7 Seed – Mideast Region, Lost in Round of 32
After trailing by 18 points at halftime of their first round game against the 10th seeded hilltoppers of western kentucky, the Hokies rallied to win 89-85 in OT. Even more impressive is that the Hokies won this game on western’s home court in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The 89 points is the most points a Virginia Tech team has scored in the NCAA Tournament. Two days later, Tech lost to Isiah Thomas and 2 seed indiana, 69-58. indiana lost in the Sweet 16 to purdue. The next year, the hoosiers would go on to win the national title.

The field was 48 teams in 1980. Seeds 1 through 4 all received first round byes.

1979 (1-1) – #8 seed – Midwest Region, Lost in Round of 32
After a first round win over 9 seed jacksonville, 70-53, in Lawrence, Kansas, the Hokies took on Larry Bird and 1 seed indiana state two days later, only to lose 86-69. Tech kept the score close until two minutes left in the first half. indiana state ran off an 11-0 run and maintained that lead throughout the second half. At times Tech crept back to a nine or ten point deficit, but they could never get any closer after that 11-0 run. Bird and the sycamores made it to the Championship Game against Magic and the spartans that year.

The field was 40 teams in 1979, as seeds 1 though 6 all received first round byes.

1976 (0-1) – Lost in Round of 32
The Hokies squared off against 10th ranked western michigan in South Bend, Indiana. Tech held a 10 point lead until western michigan switched to a zone defense. The Virginia Tech offense could not contend with it, and also decided not to stall (no shot clock back then). The broncos stormed back to win the game in OT, 77-67. western michigan lost in the Sweet 16 vs. marquette.

By the way, there was no seeding before the 1979 tournament, and the field was 32 teams.

1967 (2-1) – Lost in Elite Eight
Just before the “Summer of Love”, the Hokies advanced farther than no other team has gone before (or after). Granted, the field was smaller (32 teams), but Virginia Tech collected two wins to get to the Elite Eight, which is more than any other Virginia Tech basketball team in history.

The Hokies defeated toledo in Lexington, Kentucky 82-76, and then indiana in Evanston, Illinois, 79-70. And then in the Elite Eight, Virginia Tech lost a heartbreaker to dayton in OT, 71-66. The flyers lost to ucla in the national championship game.

Three Virginia Tech NCAA records were posted in the ’67 Tournament:

Glen Combs holds the team record for the most points in a NCAA Tournament game with 29 against indiana.

Ken Talley set the team record for most rebounds in a NCAA Tournament game with 19 against toledo.

The 1967 team also holds the team record for most rebounds in a NCAA Tournament game with 55 against indiana.

TheACC.com ran a great story on the ’67 team for its 40th anniversary.

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Stats of the Game | miami (W 73-57)

  1. VT held the canes to just 37% shooting and just 30% in the 2nd half.
  2. Dowdell had 8 rebounds for the 2nd straight game (season high) along with 20 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals.  He got his hands on many other passes on D.
  3. Collins had 15 points, his first time in double figures since the ga tech game (7 games ago) and his high total since fsu on 1/17.
  4. Tech shot 69% in the 2nd half including 2/2 on three’s.
  5. The Hokies are now 17-1 when scoring 69 or more points.
  6. Zabian hit multiple three’s (2) for just the 2nd time in the last 11 games.
  7. miami was just 2/13 on three’s in the 2nd half after being 4/8 in the 1st.
  8. VT shot 33 FT’s compated to just 14 for the canes.
  9. Tucker missed a three for the first time all season (he had been 2/2).
  10. The Hokies notched their 20th win and 10th conference win for the first time since 1995-96 and clinched a first round bye in the ACC Tournament for the 2nd time in 3 years.

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Stats of the Game | bc (79-62 win)

  1. VT is 7-1 on the season against the ACC’s top 7 teams. 
  2. Tech shot 56% from the floor, compared to just 38% for bc.
  3. The Hokies had 8 blocked shots, compared to just 1 for the eagles.
  4. VT got 60 points from Dowdell (23), Washington (19), and Vassallo (18) and those three players were 25/41 (61%).
  5. VT is 16-1 when scoring 69 or more points.
  6. Tech is 7-0 in ACC play when leading at the half.
  7. The Hokies are 6-0 when Vassallo scores 10 or more points.
  8. VT started the 2nd half 10/11 from the field.
  9. bc was 0/10 to start the 2nd half and made just one field goal in the first 12 minutes of the 2nd half.
  10. Sean Marshall was just 2/7 and bc’s big three only scored 38 points (62% of bc’s points; they average 75%).
  11. Deron is averaging 15 points per game over his last eight games.
  12. Dowdell scored 20+ for the ninth time this season.  VT is 8-1 in those games.

Bonus: VT clinches a winning conference record for the first time in 11 years!

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Stat of the Game | @ nc state

Every nc state starter shot 60% or better (all had at least 7 shots), they shot 67% from the field, and were 11/15 on 3’s.  That’s all you need to know as to why VT lost by 25.

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Stats of the Game | @ unc

  1. Zabian Dowdell scored a career high 33 points putting him just 4 points behind Bill Matthews for 10th on VT’s all time scoring list.
  2. After finishing -14 on rebounds in the 1st meeting, VT actually won the battle of offensive rebounds in this match-up (15-14) and were only out-rebounded by 2 against the #1 rebounding team in the nation (+9.9 per game coming in).
  3. VT is now 15-1 when scoring 69+ points this season.
  4. VT is 5-0 when leading at the first TV timeout.
  5. unc shot just 3/17 on three’s (18%).
  6. The Hokies are 3-0 in OT games this year.
  7. Deron Washington had his 3rd double-double of the year (12 points, 14 boards).  miami and uva were the others.
  8. Tech shot just 38% from the field, their 2nd worst effort all season (behind nc state).  Deron was just 5/15, Coleman 3/10, and A.D. 2/10.  Cheick was 4/6.
  9. VT tied their best output of offensive rebounds in ACC play (15).
  10. The Hokies had their 2nd most rebounds total in ACC action (43, behind 47 vs md).

Bonus: VT is the first team to win at unc and duke in the same season since 1996 (ga tech)!!!

Box Score: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=270440153

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Stats of the Game | bc

  1. bc was 8/15 in the 1st half on 3’s, despite only averaging 5.5 per game and only shooting 33%.
  2. Dudley had 30 points and 11 rebounds and just plain dominated.
  3. Deron Washington had 15 2nd half points (18 for the game) and played with great energy.  Had a poster dunk over 6’11” Blair.
  4. Hokies gave up 14 offensive rebounds.
  5. VT is just 9 for 30 on three’s in their last 3 games (2/7 today).  We had been shooting 40% on 3’s before the ga tech game.
  6. bc had 12 3’s in the game, more than double their average. 
  7. bc was 8/9 from the free throw line.
  8. The eagles had 20 assists to just 9 for VT (7 in the 2nd half for VT as they moved the ball much better).
  9. Rice had 20 so he and Dudley combined for 50.  Marshall added 10 but was just 2/9 on 3’s (the rest of the team was 10/20 on 3’s).
  10. Gordon had 8 points, 10 boards, and 5 assists but was just 4/12 from the field.

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Stats of the Game | nc state

  1. Kevin Durant had 37 points and 23 rebounds for texas last night and outscored texas tech all by himself in the 2nd half – 24-22.  (I know, not VT related, but frankly, our game was depressing)
  2. VT shot just 35% from the field, our worst output since the marshall game.
  3. VT had just 5 turnovers for the entire game.  Although this looks good, I think it is bad because we weren’t aggressive enough last night at taking the ball to the basket or trying to get easy points on the break by using our speed.
  4. The Hokies were outrebounded 42-29 (or 36-27 depending on your source).  I guess when you throw up as many bricks as we did, the other team is going to get a lot of rebounds (they had 32 defensive rebounds).
  5. VT held nc state to 10 offensive rebounds, and gathered 12 themselves (see #4 for why we got 12).

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Stats of the Game | georgia tech

1) VT lost the turnover battle 14 to 11.  This is the 4th straight game VT has committed more turnovers than their opponent.  In the Hokies first 15 games, they won or tied the turnover battle EVERY game.  Getting sloppier with the ball?  This is in part due to the better competition, but VT dominated against unc and duke in this area.

2) VT shot 60% from the field and 76% from the line, well above their season averages of 48% and 66% respectively.

3) VT had 19 assists on 25 made shots!  That’s an incredible ratio and had a lot to do with the Hokies getting in the paint and finding the open man, something they weren’t doing a month ago.  The big men are finding holes and Z and Jamon are using their quickness.

4) The Hokies have had a player record a double-double in three straight games: Collins vs maryland, Washington vs miami, and Vassallo vs georgia tech.  Who’s going to do it against nc state?  Diakite?

5) Coleman Collins had five dunks in the game.

6) Super freshman Young and Crittenton were just 7 for 29 from the floor for the game.

7) VT outrebounded the jackets 33 to 32 despite giving up 17 offensive rebounds and getting just 4 themselves.

8) Vassallo was 7 of 9 from the field and Collins was 5 for 6.

9) Gordon was held to just 4 points and now has just 11 in his last 2 games.

10) Dowdell had 53 points in the 2 games this week.

Bonus: 16 seconds – This is how long VT trailed in their 2 road games this week. The only time VT was behind all week was 2-0 at the beginning of the ga tech 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
03/10 - 1st rd.
03/11 - 2nd rd.
03/12 - quarterfinals
03/13 - semifinals
03/14 - championship

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