It seems that in every Virginia Tech loss, some unknown, obscure player from the other team has a career-best against the Hokies. We’re talking about guys who come into a game vs. VT averaging 5 points a game going off for 28 against the Hokies. Guys who have hit four 3-pointers in their careers, hitting five in one game against the Hokies. You know what we’re talking about.
So, after each loss we’ll induct a new player (from the opposing team) into the TechHoops.com Opponent Hall of Fame after Tech makes them look like the greatest player in the world.
- uva: Joe Harris scored a career-high 26 points against the hokies on Feb. 12, 2013. He has nine points in the first four minutes, all three-pointers; he had 22 points in the first 25 minutes; he made a season-high five three-pointers; made a season-high seven free throws (7/7); and in two games vs. tech in the 2012-13 season, he scored 43 points on 13/21 FGs (62%) and 9/13 threes (69%).
- unc: Marcus Paige averaged 6.8 ppg coming into the game, but torched Tech for a career-high 19 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. He set another career mark with four three-pointers (he had four of unc’s five threes on the day) and tied a career-high with five rebounds.
- miami: Shane Larkin, son of MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin. He scored an ACC career-high 25 points (previous ACC high was 18) against the Hokies. He averages 12 ppg this season. He also had a career-best five 3-pointers (on 10 attempts, no less), a career-high two blocks, and three steals. He is 8-of-15 on 3-pointers in two career games vs VT, 39 points (19.5 ppg vs VT, 10 ppg vs everyone else).
- clemson: K.J. McDaniels – Tied his career-high with 17 points, including 5/7 from 3-point range. K.J. went into the game shooting 31% from behind the arc, averaging 1.1 makes per game, and had made more than two 3-pointers in a game just once in his career with a previous high of four.
- uva: Evan Nolte - Career high 18 points (previous high was 15 points and he hadn’t reached double digits in an ACC game before tonight). 5/9 on 3-pointers (hadn’t made more than 3 in a game before tonight but was 42% from behind the arc coming in)
- bc: Lonnie Jackson. He was 23/74 (31% from behind the arc before tonight, but went 5/8 tonight (63% – doubling his %). He finished with 22 points, 8 more than his previous season high of 14.
- maryland: Jake Layman – 18 points in the 1st half on 6/7 FGs and 4/5 3-Pointers (he came in shooting 17% from behind the arc – 5/29). 20 points for the game, doubling his previous career high. He averaged 3.2 ppg before this game.
- byu: Tyler Haws – 42 points on 14/25 shooting (6/8 from 3-point range). Averages less than half that per game – 20.9 ppg. Has made more than 2 three-pointers in just 2 other games.
- csu: Dorian Green – 18 points on 5/6 from 3-point range. Green was a 30% 3-point shooter coming into the game, but found his stroke against the Hokies, going 5/6 from deep and is now a 37% 3-point shooter on the season.
- wvu: Kevin Noreen – averaging 2.5 ppg as of 1/8/13, had 14 points on 6/10 shooting and 2/3 on 3-Pointers. He also had 12 rebounds (he has just 41 total rebounds on the season after 12 games played). FYI: these are his only 3 three-point attempts all season, and he only has 1 other in his previous 2 seasons.