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Game Film | VT 63, bc 62 | 1.23.10

Update: The Raycom Sports highlights now have commentary

Here are the highlights of the game courtesy of Raycom Sports (if you are into professional video footage). The highlights play after a quick commercial, just click below to play.

Here are the final five seconds of the boston college at Virginia Tech game that I shot if you like that gritty, fan experience footage. It shows bc’s final possession (well, most of it).

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[Note: this was my first effort filming with my camera… I won’t quit my day job.]

[Note from Cope-acabana: Thank God. Was there an earthquake at the Cassell tonight?]

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Game Recap | VT (15-3, 2-2) 63, bc (11-9, 2-4) 62 | 1.23.10

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Dorenzo Hudson scored on a put back of a Victor Davila mishandled shot attempt with 5.0 seconds remaining to lead Virginia Tech to a thrilling 63-62 victory over boston college in the Cassell. Dorenzo led the Hokies with 18 points and 4 rebounds including the game winner.

Malcolm Delaney struggled offensively but toughed out a 13 point and 4 assist effort, including two huge free throws with 0:22.8 remaining to cut bc’s lead to one, 62-61. Perhaps the unsung hero of this game was Terrell Bell, who scored 11 points, but used his long arms to his advantage and was seemingly in the passing lanes defensively all day. Bell spent a lot of time guarding the eagles leading scorer Joe Trapani and held him to just 6 points.

Virginia Tech came out strong in this one and as Seth Greenberg would say afterwards, they were “seeing a big basket” early on. Malcolm hit his first two 3-pointers and had a nifty pass in transition to Bell for a two handed rim rocker that juiced up the capacity Cassell crowd.

This was a very physical game from the outset. The Hokies came out in a man defense and, led by T. Bell and Jeff Allen, the Hokies quick hands frustrated the eagles for much of the first half. Tech scored 16 points off 11 bc turnovers in the first half, en route to a 38-29 lead at the break, and for the game they forced the eagles into a season high 20 giveaways.

The Hokies led by as many as 14 points in the first half, 38-24 with around 3:00 to go before halftime, and seemed to be cruising to an easy win to the delight of the home crowd. But from there, bc used a 5-0 run over the rest of half, much of it with Delaney resting on the bench, to cut the Hokie lead to nine at the break.

Tech came out ice cold to start the second half, as boston college outscored the Hokies 14-4 coming out of the locker room and took their first lead 43-42 with just under 13:00 to go. The eagles were led during this stretch by reserve Dallas Elmore – who came into to game averaging only 3.3 points in 14 minutes – who had 10 points and frustrated Delaney on the defensive end.

The game was back and forth the rest of the way with neither team leading by more than four points, that being when the Hokies’ Allen connected on a jump hook in the lane off a deflection to take a 55-51 lead with just over four minutes to go. bc sixth man Reggie Jackson hit a step back 3-pointer just before the under four media timeout to cut Tech’s lead to 55-54. After the timeout, the eagles edged back in front with a Trapani follow, as the Hokies did a poor job blocking out. The Hokie D continued their momentary lapse as they allowed Jackson to drive down the lane for a layup and a turnaround off a post up by Rakim Sanders, allowing bc to take a two point lead.

Things weren’t looking too good for the Hokies after Hudson missed an open three point attempt and Reggie Jackson, who led the eagles with 15 points, followed by hitting both ends of the one and one, giving the eagles a 62-59 lead at the 0:29.4 mark. Delaney drove to the hoop and was fouled hard by Elmore. Malcolm hit both shots to cut the lead to one with 22 tics on the clock. This is where the key play in the game occurred.

On the ensuing inbounds pass three Hokies – Allen, Hudson, and Bell – trapped bc’s Biko Paris along the baseline, tying him up before he could call timeout. The possession arrow favored Virginia Tech, and the Hokies were back in business. After a Tech timeout, Delaney ran about 10 seconds off the clocked before feeding Davila who then drove to the basket along the baseline. Victor lost the handle and after a brief scramble for the ball Hudson put the ball in off the window with the clock showing 0:9.2. The officials correctly noticed the clock had stopped during the possession and reset it to 0:5.0. Jackson took the inbounds pass but was cut off by Delaney before he could get a shot off, Allen picked up the loose ball as time expired, and the Hokies had secured the all important win.

Now at an even 2-2 in conference (and a perfect 10-0 in the Cassell), Virginia Tech travels to Charlottesville to face uva , who will still hold on to the top spot in the ACC even with a loss at wake, for a 7:00 contest Thursday night at the jpj arena. The entire Techhoops team will be in the house rooting on the Hokies!

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Preview | bc (2-3 | 11-8) @ VT (1-2 | 14-3) | Sat., 1:30 PM | Raycom


For the second time this week the Hokies play host to eagles, with bc flying in from Boston to renew their ACC rivalry.  As I said before the miami game last week, this isn’t a must win for Tech.  It is too early to say that.  But the Hokies need to win this game.  The eagles are one of the weaker teams in the league (I have them in the bottom three).  Both their conference wins were against a miami team whose season has gone from a hurricane of success to a gentle sprinkle.  Heck, the canes might have trouble beating north carolina central right now, whom VT disposed of with extreme prejudice on Monday, 72-30, the lowest total by an opponent in 50 years. 

The eagles will have some confidence after overcoming a 17-point second half deficit to win in Coral Gables against miami on Tuesday.  Reggie Jackson led the furious comeback, scoring 15 second half points.

SERIES: bc 10-6, but VT has won four of the last five.  Tech was just 1-6 in Big East play against the eagles, but the two teams have split the eight ACC match-ups.  The teams both won on their home floors last year, though bc needed a put-back to win by one just before the buzzer.


  1. Where’s the beef? The Hokies must get more production from their big men, namely Victor Davila and Jeff Allen.  Allen might start appearing on milk cartons if he cannot find his game soon.  His scoring average is the lowest it has been in his three years and he’s averaging just 7 ppg in Tech’s three ACC games.  That said, Allen scored 53 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the two games against bc last year and the eagles aren’t any better inside, so this might be just the tonic to get him going.  Or is it nagging injuries and we just have to lower our expectation for the Big Donut?  This game might be a telling sign.  Davila hasn’t been any better, scoring just 11 points in VT’s three ACC games.
  2. Bid on the line: The last two years Virginia Tech has waited until March to try and earn their NCAA Tournament bid, and it didn’t work out either year.  Losing a game like this, to a team in the lower third of the league, at home, would be devastating.  These are the games where the Hokies need to start stockpiling wins.  8-8 and I think the Hokies are in the dance, and they need this one.
  3. Hunker down, dawgs!  The Hokies need to start playing like the “junkyard dogs” Seth Greenberg wants the Hokies to be.  That means 40 minutes of scrappy, aggressive play.  The defense has been good, even in the fsu loss.  Tech needs that every night, or in this case, every day.
  4. No charity: The eagles are 11th in the conference in Field Goal Percentage (VT is last) and last in 3-Point FG Percentage (VT is 10th).  But the eagles are fourth in the league in Free Throw Percentage.  Force bc to hit shots from the field, not the line.
  5. We must protect this glass! One thing the eagles do well is rebound.  They are third in the league in Offensive and Defensive Rebounding Percentage.  The Hokies, who are fourth in Defensive Rebounding Percentage, need to limit the eagles second chances.  Do that and bc doesn’t have much on offense, especially considering how poor they are at shooting.  The difference in the loss at bc last year was rebounding.  In the Hokie win at VT, bc had just 9 offensive rebounds.  That increased to 14 in Boston, including the game-winner by Rakim Sanders with 0.4 seconds left.
  6. Come on baby, turnover! Not sure what that meant but anyway, the Hokies should, and need to, win the turnover battle.  bc has a negative turnover margin while the Hokies are close to +3.5.  And live ball turnovers need to turn into transition opportunities.  Tech has enough trouble scoring, but do well in transition.  Any easy buckets they can get are a plus.

Also, one other thing, Tech got off to a terrible start against fsu and played up-hill all game.  That hasn’t been a problem this season but was a huge issue last year.  Let’s hope it doesn’t become a trend.  A solid start would be nice.  Heck, another 30 point first half lead would be even better.


Check out our Opposing View article with Brian from BC Interruption for more on the eagles.  Unlike Brian, however, I do not feel bc has the talent to compete in the ACC this year.  I think they have the 10th or 11th best talent in the league with star and ACC Second Team member, Tyrese Rice, gone.

The eagles’ best player is vermont transfer Joe Trapani.  He is a forward and is 6’8″, but he loves to play on the perimeter.  Joe hit 52 threes last year and has already drained 33 this season.  But he shoots a pedestrian 35.5% from deep and just 43% from the field, low for a big man.  He has improved his post moves this offseason and can drive to the goal if you over-pursue on the perimeter.   That said, if he’s open, you have to rush at him and take your chances at him penetrating versus letting his shoot from deep.  He is 11th in the ACC averaging 15.2 ppg and Joe had 23 points in the loss in Blacksburg last year, with 13 in the win at bc.

Corey Raji and Rakim Sanders are similar players for bc.  They are undersized in the paint and are more threes than fours.  Both are around 6’6″.  Both were suspended for the first two games for the well know “violation of team rules”, along with reserve Courtney Dunn.  Sanders also missed several games with an injury.  Sanders will shoot the three, though he is terrible at it, hitting under 30%.  Raji won’t shoot from deep.  Both though battle inside and despite not being that tall, can grab offensive rebounds.  Raji is second in the league in offensive rebounds, grabbing 3.9 per game.  Tech must get a body on him.  Sanders averaged 13 ppg in the two games versus VT last year and had the game winning putback with 0.4 seconds in the 67-66 win at bc.

Reggie Jackson, as you might expect by his name, is the straw that stirs the drink for the eagles.  He has double his point production from 7 ppg last year to almost 14 this year.  He has averaged 15.6 ppg in conference play and even grabs 6 rebounds per game.  Reggie is not skilled in the long ball, though, he is better at driving.  Tech must cut him off and limit his transition opportunities.  Reggie has been coming off the bench but he is really one of their stars, and is second on the team in scoring average and assists, and third in rebounds.

Biko Paris runs the point for the eagles.  He is not a scorer but does average 5 assists per game.  Give him room and expect him to dish when driving.

Tyler Roche is a three-point threat off the bench for bc and Josh Southern is their big man inside.  Josh, despite being 6’10” is not much of a shot-blocker.

On offense bc runs a flex, but not the one VT destroyed against nccu.  They will run it closer to the paint than out on the perimeter like nccu ran.


Guard 23 Delaney 6’3″ 5 Paris 6’1″
Guard 5 Hudson 6’5″ 15 Sanders 6’5″
Forward 1 Bell 6’6″ 11 Raji 6’6″
Forward 0 Allen 6’7″ 12 Trapani 6’8″
Center 14 Davila 6’8″ 52 Southern 6’10”


  Pts Reb Ast
Trapani 15.2 6.8 1.6
Jackson 13.6 6 4.1
Raji 11.8 6.8 1.1
Sanders 10.4 3.7 2.5
Roche 7.1 2.2 0.6
Paris 6.5 2.6 5


  Pts Reb Ast
Delaney 19.9 3.6 4.2
Hudson 12.5 3.6 2.2
Allen 11.3 8.1 1.4
Davila 6.6 5.1 0.5
Bell 6 5.6 1.8
Thompson 5.6 4.1 0.5

BORING FACTS ABOUT boston college:

  • Established in 1863
  • Type: Private – Jesuit
  • Undergrad: 9k
  • Postgrad: 4.5k
  • Location: Chestnut Hill (just west of downtown Boston)
  • Mascot: Baldwin the eagle (get it?  Bald eagle… win games… Baldwin)
  • bc participates in the Beanpot Tournament – a hocket tourney of bc, bu, northeastern, and harvard at the Boston Bruins (and Celtics) arena.
  • Their football stadium seats just 44.5k (and they still don’t sell it out for big games and basketball arena seats 8.6k

Famous Alums:

  • Ed McMahon (Yes!)
  • Chris O’Donnell
  • Leonard Nimoy (no relation)
  • Amy Poehler
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck
  • Tip O’Neill
  • John Kerry
  • Mike Lupica
  • John McLaughlin
  • Bob Ryan
  • Lesley Visser
  • Jared Dudley
  • Bruce Pearl
  • and of course, Doug Flutie – Flutie Hail Mary against miami

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The Opposing View | Fly Like an eagle (bc)

The Hokies host their second eagles of the week on Saturday, facing their ACC rivals from boston college. I interviewed Brian from BC Interruption – a site for the eagles and by the eagles – with a 12-pack of questions.

Also, here is the interview I did with Brian at BC Interruption: Niemo Crashes Bean Town (Note: he capitalized the other schools in my quotes, you know I didn’t)


Q1: Tell me about this year’s bc team…

Brian: It’s been a strange year for BC. Early season suspensions, injuries, strong victories over Providence, Michigan and Miami, soul-crushing, embarrassing losses to mid-major programs like Harvard and Maine, and recently three listless efforts against ACC foes. I don’t know what to make of this team.

This team has all the talent to compete in the ACC this year, but they have come out flat and played up or down to their level of competition thus far this year. Vermont transfer Joe Trapani leads the way for the Eagles, averaging 15.2 per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. On any given night, BC will also get solid performances from Reggie Jackson (13.6 ppg), Corey Raji (11.8 ppg), and Rakim Sanders (10.4). The Eagles run a very tight flex offense. The one weakness this year has been post play, as the BC lineup doesn’t really showcase a dominant center.

Q2: How much do the eagles miss All-ACC Second Teamer, Tyrese Rice?

Brian: We certainly miss Rice’s production, especially with guys like Sanders and Corey Raji struggling to score since ACC play started. However, Rice never struck me as a true leader of the team. That’s something the Eagles’ desperately need this year. We thought that person would be Rakim Sanders but he is going through a serious funk on the court this year. To be honest, I’m really not sure what the cause of his funk is. Increasingly this team is looking to a player like sophomore Reggie Jackson to lead this team and be the vocal leader on the court.

Q3: bc has the third most wins in ACC play (behind unc and duke) since joining the league in 2005.  What do you attribute that to?

Brian: Coming out of the gate strong …

Jared Dudley is one big reason the Eagles have had so much success in the ACC. Dudley only played in the ACC two seasons but was a big reason the Eagles won 11 ACC games in 2005-2006 and came within a bucket of winning the whole thing against Duke in the ACC Championship. In his senior year when he was named ACC Player of the Year, Dudley got the Eagles to 10-6 with an additional win in the ACC Tournament before bowing out to North Carolina. Craig Smith’s contribution to the 2005-2006 also helped.

After a fairly awful 2007-2008 campaign in which the Eagles won only 4 ACC games, last year’s success was one part Tyrese Rice stepping up and one part benefitting from the unbalanced ACC schedule (although BC did beat both North Carolina and Duke).

Al Skinner has had a knack for finding what we like to call “diamonds in the rough” on the recruiting trail. Guys like Dudley, Smith, and Rice get a shot to play at BC when they may have gotten overlooked by their local area programs. I think that puts a bit of a chip on their shoulder when they play for the Eagles. I also think that BC brought to the ACC a very different, more Big East-like style of play that the rest of the ACC might not have been accustomed to facing on a daily or weekly basis.

Regardless, and unfortunately, I think you’ll find BC come back down to earth in terms of total number of ACC wins since 2005 over the next few seasons as programs like Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest enjoy basketball resurgence.

Q4: BC recruiting has not been particularly strong since joining the league.  According to Rivals.com, bc has not signed a single recruit over 3-stars since joining the league.  Why the struggles?  Is it hard to recruit in Big East territory?

Brian: This is slightly misleading given that BC didn’t bring in a recruit this season. Al Skinner likes to bank scholarships for future seasons. He’ll need those scholarships so that he can reload over the next two seasons. BC will lose 1 player this season to graduation (Tyler Roche) and then have to replace 7 players (and all 5 starters) in 2011-2012.

FOX Sports’ Jeff Goodman has hinted that the coaching staff turnover has contributed to the apparent downfall of BC basketball recruiting. Assistants Bill Coen (Northeastern) and Ed Cooley (Fairfield) have since gone on to head coaching gigs. I’m not sure I completely buy this argument though. Skinner’s teams have rarely recruited well in New England, instead scouring the country for those “diamonds in the rough.”

All hope is not lost though, as the Eagles bring in two 3-star recruits and one 4-star, 6’8” power forward Kevin Noreen out of Minneapolis, MN.

Q5: Speaking of the Big East, do you think the Big East or ACC is the better basketball conference?

Brian: This year, I think the Big East is better. I can’t make heads or tails of what is going on this year in ACC basketball. Duke looks dominant and then NC State shoots lights out and topples them last night. UNC is in a serious funk. Georgia Tech, Clemson and Florida State go in and out of being contenders. At 1-4, I think we are finding that Miami isn’t for real.

I think the Big East has the better programs at the top (Syracuse, West Virginia, Georgetown, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Louisville) but have more deadweight at the bottom (DePaul, Rutgers, South Florida, Seton Hall, St. John’s). The ACC seems a bit better top-to-bottom. That’s the only reason I could maybe be persuaded that the ACC is a better basketball conference this year. However, if you were only comparing the top 12 teams in each conference, hands down the Big East is better this season.

Q6: Is Head Coach Al Skinner’s job in any jeopardy?

Brian: I don’t think so. At least not this year. Much like Paul Hewitt used the promise of a good recruiting class (read: Derrick Favors) to weather the storm that was a 2-14 season a year ago at Georgia Tech, I think you’ll see the same thing at BC with Skinner. Skinner will bring in the aforementioned Noreen as well as Papa Samba Ndao and Brady Heslip (who has already joined the team) next year. As far as BC recruiting classes go, that’s a pretty decent class. I think the AD and the school want to see what the next year or so will bring in terms of success on the court before making a move.

When Skinner’s back has been against the wall, he’s pushed the right buttons to get this team back on track. If anything, I guess he deserves the school’s patience with all the success he has brought to the program.

Q7: Prediction for the game?

Brian: I think the Eagles will put forth a solid effort but I’m not convinced that they will have enough to beat Virginia Tech. I’m interested to see what the Hokies bring because like I asked you guys, VT doesn’t have that marquee win on the early season just yet. I think this game will be close with the Hokies winning by 3. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles can pull out the W.


Q8: bc is VT’s cross-division rival in football and we play twice every year in basketball.  Do you think there is a real rivalry between the schools or is that just because of the Big East ties?

Brian: I think there is a nice rivalry forming between the two schools. Back in the Big East, Virginia Tech used to dominate the Eagles in football, while BC returned the favor in basketball. Now the tables have turned a bit. Virginia Tech has now won 4 of the last 5 against the Eagles in basketball, while the Hokies have probably struggled to put away BC the most of any team in football the last few years (at least in the regular season). I’d like to think that BC has gotten under the skin of Hokie fans just a little bit. Whether it be the 2007 Matt Ryan-to-Andre Callender game (denying VT a shot at the National Championship), or the 2006 regular season game where Tech failed to score a touchdown for the first time in I don’t know how many games. At least I rationalize a rivalry in my head.

Q9: What do bc fans/alums think of Virginia Tech in general?

Brian: Outstanding football program. Average basketball. A general respect for the athletics program. I like to say that without BC and Virginia Tech these past 5 years, ACC football looks more like the MAC than it does a BCS conference. So I think the conference and the other ACC programs should give both schools a little more credit than they currently are.

Q10: How much did those two losses in the ACC Football Championship sting?

Brian: As an attendee of both the 2007 and 2008 ACC Championships, yes, they sting quite a bit.

Q11: What schools in the ACC, and in general, do eagle fans really hate and why?

Brian: Not sure I hate them, but I am generally annoyed at the Tobacco Road ACC purists who want to give BC and Miami the boot and return to a 10 team league where they can play a balanced schedule. I think BC, in particular, has done more in the league than most of those other schools, and we have earned some respect. There’s also the NC State-Tom O’Brien tie, but State hasn’t beat BC in football since TOB left for greener pastures. So really, we just feel bad for TOB for making what in hindsight appears as a lateral move at best.

Outside of the ACC, I personally hate UConn, because they sued Boston College for conspiring to weaken the Big East and UConn football when we defected to the ACC. They then turn around and b*tch about how BC will never schedule them in football. “We were destined to be New England’s college football rivals!” Yeah, ok. Randy Edsall will be waiting for that call for a long time.

Q12: Through a small sampling of bc fans I know, I get the sense eagle football is #1, hockey #2, and basketball is #3.  Is that accurate?

Brian: I think it used to be, but the times, they are a’changin. I really think now its football #1, basketball #2, and hockey #3. With the move to the ACC, I’m assuming that opened up the geographic footprint of students from parts of the south and other areas underrepresented at BC. Given that a lot of kids in the south don’t grow up following hockey, I think hockey’s popularity has waned at the expense of basketball. When BC was a smaller, more New England school, hockey was definitely the #2 sport and maybe even #1 for stretches of time. But with BC taking on more and more students from all over the country, I think hockey has taken a back seat to basketball. That’s a shame because hockey has traditionally been BC’s most successful athletics program.

Bonus Shot: Is BC happy to be in the ACC, or missing the Big East?

Brian: We’re happy in the ACC. I think people have to remember that had Boston College stayed in the Big East, it still would have been forced to expand to programs like Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, South Florida and DePaul. Because of Miami and Virginia Tech bolting, the Big East would never be the same with or without BC. A lot of fans point to the lack of a regional rival or increased travel time and cost, but traveling from Boston-to-Milwaukee or Boston-to-Louisville is just as far and as expensive as traveling to North Carolina or Georgia.

The money is better. The bowl tie-ins are better. It’s easier not to get lost in the mix as you could in a 16-team mega conference in basketball. There’s nothing about the Big East that’s better, other than the Big East basketball tournament at MSG (but even that has changed) and the fact that had BC stayed in the Big East, we would have at least 3 BCS bowl appearances under our belt.

Thank you to Brian for participating in this Opposing View!

Brian is an Editor and Co-writer for BC Interruption, the SB Nation Boston College sports blog. Brian and Jeff created the blog in 2007 as a way of debating and discussing all sorts of topics about BC football, basketball and hockey. Brian is a 2004 graduate of Boston College. His favorite BC sporting experience is wondering why he drove 9 hours in the pouring rain to sit in the Lane Stadium stands for 57 minutes and 49 seconds and not see the Eagles score a single point … [ouch… a tasteless reference to bc’s comeback win in football in 2007 led by current Atlanta Falcons QB, Matty Ice.  Good death blow to finish.]

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