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Game Recap | bc (9-6) 86, Hokies (9-6) 75

Make it four straight losses for Virginia Tech. Tonight, the boston college eagles picked up their first ACC road win since the 2010-2011 season, beating the Hokies 86-75.

What went wrong, you ask? Here’s the stat that explains everything: Virginia Tech committed 17 turnovers and bc converted those into 29 points. The eagles committed just five turnovers and the Hokies didn’t score a single point off of them. And that’s your ball game.

Erick Green, the senior guard from Winchester, a.k.a. the Winchester Rifleman, did his thing, dropping 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Jarell Eddie looks like he’s starting to get some confidence back as he scored 21 points, though he is still struggling from behind the arc, shooting just 2-of-8.

The Hokies got off to a good start and led much of the first half. With 5:35 to go in the opening half, Tech lead 23-17. The eagles proceeded to go on a 15-3 run, that included a 10-0 stretch, to lead at the half, 32-26. The Hokies never recovered.

Tech got close a few times in the second half, but were derailed by turnovers. Trailing by 12 early in the second half, Ranking and Eddie hit back-to-back threes to cut the lead to just six points. After bc missed a shot and Beyer pulled down the rebound, the Hokies fans were on their feet, but a turnover by Eddie led to a three by bc’s Lonnie Jackson and boosted the eagles lead back to nine points.

With seven minutes to play and the Hokies still hanging around, Barksdale scored his final bucket of the night to cut bc’s lead down to three, 61-58. Ryan Anderson missed a shot at the other end Eddie got the rebound, giving the Hokies a chance to tie the game. But Green turned it over and Anderson, who had just missed a shot, converted a fast break layup, putting bc back up by five.

Too many turnovers equals another loss.

I think it’s safe to assume that C.J. Barksdale is out of James Johnson’s doghouse, having served a one-game benching or lack of effort during practice. The sophomore forward not only played tonight, he was in the starting lineup. He scored the games first basket and ended up with six points in 16 minutes of play.

Speaking of the starters, all five (Barksdale, Cadarian Raines, Green, Marquis Rankin, and Eddie) had at least two turnovers tonight. And we’re not talking great defensive plays that led to steals, we’re talking bad passes, poor ball handling, and miscommunication.

Eddie turned the ball over five times, Green had three, and the remaining three starters each had two. The only Hokies that did not commit turnovers were walk-ons Will Johnston (17 minutes) and Christian Beyer (22 minutes).

Joey van Zegeren struggled tonight. He committed three turnovers, but having been on the court for that game, I can tell you that it seemed like much more. He does not have a soft touch around the ball at all. He is capable of making good plays, but not consistently.

Let’s go back to the bench play of Johnston and Beyer. Johnston’s defense continues to be his weakness, but he’s improving. He’s a walk-on playing significant minutes and his progress is evident. And then there’s Beyer, who led the team in rebounding for the second time this season. He pulled down eight boards tonight. This kid is hustling. Again, these are walk-ons.

They’re not as fast, or as skilled, or as big as the scholarship players, but coach Johnson clearly loves their effort and the fans do too. Especially Beyer – that kid goes for every ball.

Next up for the Hokies, a road trip to georgia tech on Saturday. Niemo’s got a parenting class (excuse me while I ROTFLMAO), so you’re stuck with me for the recap. Cope with it. Get it? See what I did there?

There is some good news… this game was NOT a reverse Bear Fight. So there’s that.

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Opponent Hall of Fame | bc

After each game we’ll induct a new player (from the opponent) into the TechHoops.com Hall of Fame after Tech makes them look like the greatest player in the world.

Today’s inductee is boston college sophomore 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.

Past entries:

  • 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.

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Game Highlights | bc 86, VT 75

The Hokies are soundly beaten at home to the team picked to finish last in the ACC, boston college. VT has lost 4 straight and 6 of 8.

And when you lost to the ‘worst’ team at home, well, that makes you the worst team. 0-18 a possibility? Not really. Even wake went 1-15 a few years back with the worst ACC team ever assembled. But this is clearly the worst team in the ACC right now. And using ‘we only had 6 scholarship players’ as an excuse is inexcusable because bc only plays 6 guys (other than token minutes).

OK, one thing I want to say — at the end of the first half, JJ needed to get a technical. The fouls were 12-5 against us. And sure, we fouled. But every touch foul went against us on defense, and every 50/50 was a charge on us on offense. Greenberg would have taken a T there and JJ needed to. That’s the difference between a veteran coach and a rookie. Or, a ‘ricky stokes’ and a guy who stands up for his team.

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Game Plus/Minus | bc 86, VT 75

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md bc Season Wins Losses Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- +/- 9 6 Per Game
Brown -30 DNP 68 14.3 -12.2 4.5
Green -20 -11 54 16.4 -15.7 3.6
Wood DNP DNP 43 5.8 -1.5 2.9
Barksdale DNP -8 43 9.4 -6.6 2.9
Eddie -18 -4 34 11.4 -11.5 2.3
Raines -6 -7 5 5.8 -10.0 0.3
van Zegeren -23 -2 -3 2.1 -7.3 -0.2
Johnston -6 -16 -25 0.6 -6.0 -1.7
Patrick DNP DNP -5 -1.5 0.5 -0.3
Donlon DNP DNP -7 -4.0 0.5 -0.5
Racer DNP DNP -18 -9.5 0.5 -1.2
Rankin -3 -3 -50 1.3 -9.8 -3.3
Beyer -9 -4 -47 2.2 -15.0 -3.1
TEAM -23 -11 18 13.3 -17.0 1.2

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Preview | bc (0-1, 8-6) @ VT (0-1, 9-5) | Wednesday at 7 PM | RSN & ESPN3

Spread: VT by 3.5.

Stat: The Hokies are 4-4 in ACC home openers.  They’ve only opened the ACC slate at home 3 times in 9 years in the league.

This is a critical game for the Hokies to win in conference play.  I’m not talking about in terms of making the NCAA Tournament, that ship set sail after the georgia southern loss.  I’m not talking in terms of finishing near .500 in the ACC, because that likely isn’t a realistic goal for the Hokies, either.  I’m saying that if Tech wants to avoid possibly going 3-15, or 2-16, or (gasp) 0-18 in the ACC, they need to win this game.

Do I really think VT could go 0-18 in an ACC that is not very good at all this year (with just two teams ranked and only one team higher than #23)?  No.  But this is the worst team in the ACC coming to our floor, who were picked to finish dead last in the league, and are off to just an 8-6 start on the season.  They have the least individual talent in the league.  And this is the only shot the Hokies get at the eagles this regular season.  Between this game and wake home game in a few weeks, those might be the only times VT is favored the rest of the way.

Will I guarantee a win?!  NO!!!  I’ve learned my lesson with betting against eagles.  I had to wear homemade uva gear to the VT@uva game last year because I had guaranteed a VT win at bc (I was wrong), and I had to donate $5 to an eagle fund because I had guaranteed a win over the eagles of georgia southern a month ago.  No bets this time.

Don’t forget the eagles always give the Hokies fits.  Tech had lost four straight to the eagles before pulling a win out of their rear on a Doo-Doo tip-in with 2 seconds left last February in Blacksburg.  Tech had trailed most of the game and needed 7 points in the final 3 minutes from Doo-Doo to overcome a 6-point deficit.

Tech suffered an extremely embarrassing loss in Chestnut Hill in the first meeting last year, falling 61-59 after I had guaranteed a win, forcing me to wear uva gear to the VT/uva game a week later as my humiliation.  Erick Green was out with an injury in that first meeting.

bc was led by Matt Humphrey, Dennis “The Big Red Zit” Clifford, and Ryan “Pass the Proactiv” Anderson.  Those three scored in double digits in both games and return this year.  Seriously, this team has more pimples than fans at most home games (granted they only draw 3,600 to their home games but you get the point).  I wonder if one of their coach’s philosophies is rubbing bacon grease and Crisco on their faces before practices and games.

For the second year in a row, the eagles are extremely young.  They might be the youngest team in the nation – with their top 8 all freshmen or sophomores.  And for the second year in a row, bc had a rough out of conference slate.  They lost to quality teams in baylor, dayton, and college of charleston in their Thanksgiving tournament, but they lost to bryant university at home, and later getting blown out by harvard also in the Conte Forum.

But, the eagles have turned it around since starting 3-5.  They had won five in a row before dropping a heartbreaker to #23 nc state on Saturday in the ACC opener.  They led most of the 2nd half before nc state went ahead with 6 minutes to go and held on for a 78-73 win.  Ryan Anderson, their best player, had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.  He’s averaging 16.4 ppg and 9.8 rebounds.

bc coach Steve Donahue has not been a very strong recruiter.  He signed lightly regarded Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon last year.  The 3-star guards have been surprisingly good, averaging double digits in points.  Donahue seems to be a guy that gets the most out of his players and teaches great team basketball.

Clifford, who would be on my all-ugly team, is 7-foot and will provide the Hokies challenges in the post.  But he’s averaging just 5.3 ppg this year and has taken a step back as a player. In fact, the eagles really struggle with their post play.  They’ll likely start four guards (since losing 6’10” Andrew Van Nest) and have as many as four guards on the floor a majority of the time.

Look for the eagles to slow down the pace and make this a boring game (so maybe VT won’t lose by 20+?).  They don’t have the athleticism to get into an up-tempo game and rank near the bottom of the NCAA in terms of pace.  Both teams are awful in terms of defensive efficiency, ranking in the mid-200s nationally giving up more than a point per possession on average.

The eagles also slow it because, if you thought VT had a short bench, bc’s is just as bad.  Only six guys played more than six minutes against nc state.  Foul trouble or an up-tempo pace by VT could be devastating to the eagles.

And 3-point shooting?  bc isn’t a great 3-point shooting, but if you read my recent posts, you know that doesn’t matter.  But they do shoot a lot of 3s and average 7.1 makes per game (4th most in the ACC).  So if the trend of the last seven games holds up of VT allowing teams to shoot a blisteringly high 3-point percentage well above their normal pace in terms of % and makes, the Hokies could be in real trouble  Tech must avoid doubling in the post, especially given Clifford’s struggles this year and bc’s lack of post players, and play straight up man to avoid open looks from deep.  If bc wins this game via dribble penetration and points in the paint, so be it.  But the Hokies must try and slow the tsunami of 3-pointers they’ve been giving up, especially against this team.

Note: Erick Green is back on top of the NCAA D1 scoring list.  C.J. McCollum of lehigh suffered a broken foot and will be out 8-10 weeks (he fell to #2 on Saturday).  Not sure what the rules are on number of games needed to qualify.  Who’s #5?  Momo Jones of iona.

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HIGHLIGHTS | VT 66, bc 65

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Virginia Tech wins their 2nd ACC home game in a row and snaps a 4-game losing streak against boston college with this 66-65 win at the Cassell on 2.12.12. Dorian Finney-Smith had a career high 17 points as Tech clinches a winning record at home for the season.

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Recap | VT (3-7) 66, bc (3-8) 65 | 02.12.12


Virginia Tech snapped a 4-game losing streak against boston college thanks to a Dorian Finney-Smith tip-in with 2.1 seconds left to propel the Hokies to a 66-65 win. It wasn’t pretty, with VT 12.5 point favorites in the game against a very young bc team (they start 4 freshmen and a transfer in his 1st year at bc), but a win is a win is a win, and when you are 2-7 in the ACC, you’ll take any win.  (Thank goodness I didn’t guarantee a win or I’d wear a skirt… because I’d have been sweating it down the stretch thinking I needed to find a Big & Tall Cheerleading Store)

bc’s Jordan Daniels missed a front end of a 1-and-1 with 20 seconds left to give VT the ball. It was bc’s only missed free throw in 9 attempts. Tech trailed with 11 seconds left and called a timeout with the ball, down 65-64. Erick Green drove, but lost his footing and kicked the ball out to Robert Brown for a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left. Just like at the end of the byu game, Brown had a 3 to win it. His shot hit the back iron and floated high in the air. Freshman Dorian Finney-Smith got higher than everyone else, and tipped the ball with both hands from inches away. Lonnie Jackson, who had 4 3-pointers on the day, had a running 30-footer at the buzzer to win. But forget shades of duke’s Dockery, this shot crashed off the backboard and rim but did not fall, propelling the Hokies to their 3rd ACC win and clinched a winning home record for the Hokies (Tech has had a winning record in all but 2 years of the 50+ year history of the Cassell).

This game has to give Doe Doe a ton of confidence, as he started doing the things he should be — crashing the offensive glass. It was good to see him be a hero.

Starting Lineups: Coach Greenberg shook things up with the starting lineup, deciding the hardest workers in Saturday’s practice would start Sunday. That ended up being Rankin, Green, Hudson, Barksdale (1st start), and Davila.

Game Flow: 1st Half – The Hokies jumped out on top 3-0 on a C.J. Barksdale 3-point play. It marked just the 2nd time in their last 12 games that the Hokies have scored first. But boston college followed that up with a 9-0 run to jump ahead 9-3. The eagles hit back-to-back 3s at the 13 minute mark to go ahead 17-7 on VT. Tech battled back but lazy perimeter passes plagued the Hokies, leading to 3 fast break buckets for bc. The last of which put bc up 25-18 with 6 minutes left in the half. Tech responded with a 7-0 run to tie it, with Robert Brown draining a 3 to make it 25-25 with 4 minutes left. There wasn’t much scoring down the stretch, with the game going to the half with the eagles up 29-27 after Victor Davila got his 2nd dunk of the half with 5 seconds left, giving him 8 points at the break to lead VT on 4/4 shooting. The eagles led largely due to those VT turnovers, getting 10 fast break points and 13 points off turnovers to just 2/8 respectively for the Hokies.

2nd Half – The Hokies used an early 7-0 run to go ahead 34-31, their first lead since the beginning of the game. Tech got some bad news when C.J. Barksdale rolled his left ankle and had to leave the court. But bc responded with an 8-0 run to take a 39-34 lead thanks to some hot 3-point shooting. The teams traded buckets for a while after that, with bc’s Anderson abusing Finney-Smith, backing him down on the low block. The eagles led by as many as 7, going ahead 51-44 with 9:25 to play. bc got back to back dunks from Clifford with 5:30 left to put the eagles up 58-53. Jackson killed the Hokies from deep, hitting four 3-pointers for the eagles. Zo got hot in the 2nd half, scoring all 11 of his points. With Tech down 6 and just 100 seconds to go, VT got consecutive And-1 opportunities from Green and Doe Doe (Dorian’s was with 26 seconds left). Green missed his free throw so those two buckets closed the gap to 1. After Daniels missed a free throw on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 20 seconds left, Tech got the ball down 1. They burned their final timeout with 11.7 seconds left to setup the final play.

Key Factors: bc shot 56% from the field, but it was fitting that Tech won on an offensive rebound. Tech dominated the glass, collected more offensive rebounds (18) than bc had defensive rebounds (15).

The Stat: It failed! Tech shot 40.0% (6/15) from 3-point range, while bc shot 40.9% (9/22). 23 of Tech’s last 24 ACC games had been decided by who shot a higher 3-point percentage.

VT Leading Scorers: Dorian Finney-Smith paced 4 Hokies that reached double digits with a career high 17 points. Doe Doe, who just a week ago had missed 25 straight shots, was 7/10 from the floor, mostly on the offensive glass. Dorenzo had 11, all in the 2nd half, and Green and Davila had 10 each. Robert Brown also added 8.

bc Leading Scorers: The eagles displayed their balanced attack, putting 4 guys in double digits just like the Hokies. Anderson had 17, Jackson 14 (4 3-pointers), Humphrey 13, and Clifford 10.

Scores at the Media Timeouts:

1st Half:

  • Under 16: bc 9-3
  • U12: bc 17-11
  • U8: bc 21-18
  • U4: bc 27-25

HALF: bc 29-27

2nd Half:

  • Under 16: bc 37-34
  • U12: bc 44-42
  • U8: bc 51-49
  • U4: bc 61-57

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Preview | bc (3-7) @ VT (2-7) | Sun., 6 PM | ESPNU

Spread: VT by 12.5 (Wow!)

I probably owe an apology to boston college.  In my preview before the first match-up of these two birds, I said that bc could potentially be the worst team in ACC history.  That was based on these facts (these bullets are my exact workings from before):

  • 10.7%: bc returned just 263 of their 2,440 points from a year ago.  And you thought we got hit hard!
  • Of the 263 points returning, two of those guys were walk-ons, and another (Danny Rubin) averages just 7 minutes per game.
  • They lost to holy cross, umass (by 36), saint louis, new mexico, penn state, boston u., harvard (by 21), and 5-20 rhode island.
  • bc starts 5 freshmen, and believe me, this ain’t the Fab 5.  This is El Cinco Stinko.  Four of them are 3-star recruits, which isn’t bad but also not great, and the other, Heckmann, is from Germany… and he ain’t Dirk Nowitzki.  They have 9 freshmen out of the 15 guys on their roster.  Their 3 seniors are all walk-ons and their only junior is a transfer. Much like wake forest a year ago, this experience will help them, but it’s gonna be a blood bath this year.

I theorized they would be worse than wake forest’s team from a year ago, a team that went 1-15 and their average margin of defeat in those 15 games was 20 points.  Yep, I was wrong.  As I was writing that, the eagles defeated clemson.  I still was confident and guaranteed a victory.  Then, a few days later, bc took down the Hokies 61-59:

Because we lost, I had to wear uva gear to our game at uva —  My Punishment.  The two seniors, Davila and Hudson, combined for 27 points but that was about it.  Eddie finished with 8, but 6 of those were in garbage time after the game was just about decided (don’t let the final score fool you — the game was close the entire time but bc was up 11 with 3 minutes to go and up 7 with 16 seconds left.  Clifford had 15, Humphrey 14, and Anderson 12 for the eagles, showing their typical balanced attack.

A week ago I told my buddies I was going to guarantee another victory.  And this was before the clemson game.  After all, we didn’t have Erick Green for that first meeting.  I was going to guarantee a win in this game or I’d wear a cheerleading outfit (skirt) to the georgia tech game/Hokie Celebration a week later.  But you know what, I can’t guarantee a win.  I think we will win, but after watching Tech’s lack of effort at miami, I have no confidence anymore.  And I’m tired of looking like an idiot.  So I’m backing off my guarantee.  But I’m still not apologizing to the eagles — while this team has well exceeded my expectations, and shown that Donahue is a heck of a coach, they still stink.  Their 3 wins just shows how bad the ACC is this year.

Anyway, here’s an updated preview of the eagles…

For a team that is mostly freshmen (and not highly recruited), they play hard and very well together.  They aren’t athletic, so they make it a half court game.  They execute their offense well and shoot a lot of 3s (since 33% from 3-point range is the same as 50% from inside the arc).  They hustle on defense and despite a lack of size (other than Clifford, their 7-footer, who plays like a big, slow, red dog) they are scrappy on the glass, winning the 50/50 balls VT hasn’t all year.

As I aluded to above, bc started 2-1 in conference much to my shock.  Then they lost 6 in a row.  But just when you thought they were starting to slide, they defeated the hottest team in the ACC Wednesday night, taking down florida state at bc 64-60, snapping the ‘noles 7 game winning streak.  Go figure.

While the eagles do have 3 wins in conference, they are 0-4 on the road in conference play.  They’ve only played 5 road games all season and lost all of them.  I’m still not taking the bait on guaranteeing a win, though.


If you are looking for a high scoring, offensive game, then you are screwed.  These are two of the worst offenses in the ACC meeting up.  This game could just as easily be on ESPN Crapper as it could be on ESPNU.  Both teams average less than 60 ppg in ACC play, and are near the bottom in FG% and Offensive Rebounding %.  Tech shoots FTs well (best in the ACC), while bc is last at that, too.  At least both teams are decent 3-point shooting teams, and as always, the winner will come down to whomever shoots a higher 3-point percentage.


  • Overall: bc 14-7
  • At bc All Time: VT 5-4 (bc won last year)
  • In ACC Play: bc 8-5 (bc has won 4 in a row)
  • At VT in ACC games: VT 4-2


Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 10 Rankin 6-1 Fr 2.8
SG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.7
SF 31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.8
F 15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 5.6
C 14 Davila 6-8 Sr 7.4
Bench 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 7.1
5 Hudson 6-5 Sr  11.3
boston college
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 10 Daniels 5-9 Fr 6.4
G 20 Jackson 6-3 Fr 7.9
G 14 Humphrey 6-5 Jr 10.3
F 12 Anderson 6-8 Fr 9.6
C 24 Clifford 7-0 Fr 9.0
Bench 1 Moton 6-1 So 3.3

Patrick Heckmann, their freshman from Germany who was averaging over 9 ppg, is out with mono.  But he had just 1 point in the first meeting.

Their entire starting lineup is guys in their first year playing for bc (Humphrey is a transfer from oregon).


VT bc
Record 13-11 8-16
ACC 2-7 3-7
RPI 90 218
vs RPI Top 50 1-7 (uva) 1-6 (fsu)
vs RPI Top 100 2-9 (st. bon) 2-9 (VT)
PPG 59.2 (10) 56.3 (12)
PPG vs 65.2 (5) 65.5 (7)
FT% 77% (1) 65% (12)
FG% 39% (12) 40% (10)
3-Pt% 32% (8) 34% (5)
Made 3s PG 5.6 (7) 7.1 (2)
FG% D 42% (5) 44% (9)
3-Pt% D 32% (6) 30% (4)
Blocks 3.1 (10) 2.9 (11)
Steals 5.2 (10) 5.3 (9)
TO Margin +1.4 (t4) -3.6 (11)
Off Reb % 29% (10) 21% (12)
Def Reb % 63% (12) 71% (5)

BORING FACTS ABOUT boston college (“Strength, skill, character”):

Location Boston, Mass
Type Private – Roman Catholic
Enrollment 9k undergrad, 5k grad
Established 1863
NCAA Tournament Appearances 18 (last in 2009; 3 Elite 8s)
ACC Titles 0 (2 Big East)
Famous Students/Alums Tip O’Neill, john kerry, Ed McMahon (YES!), Chris O’Donnell, Leonard Nimoy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck (and all the Hasselbeck QBs that couldn’t beat us in football), Doug Flutie, Jared Dudley, Brian Gionta, B.J. Raji, Matt Ryan, Brian Leetch
History Chuck Daly, Dr. Tom Davis, and Gary Williams all coached at bc

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LIGHTS | bc (2-1) 61, VT (0-3) 59

Here are the -lights from today’s loss to boston college, dropping the Hokies to 1-10 all time at bc.

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Rock Bottom | Recap | bc (2-1, 7-10) 61, VT (0-3, 11-6) 59


Welcome to 2006, only this time we cannot blame a string of off-the-court tragedies.  The Hokies fell to 0-3 in ACC play with an absolutely horrendous loss to a boston college team that would be lucky to win half their games at the local Y.  The Hokies are now 1-10 at bc all time.  Yes, Tech didn’t have Erick Green, who was out with a LCL sprain, but that’s excuses.  And excuses are exactly what we’ve been listening to for 5 years now — “We got jobbed!”  “They are certifiably insane!” “Clearly they have something against VT!”

The simple fact is the Hokies lost to an absolutely awful team that starts 5 freshmen and finished just 5-9 out of conference, losing to holy cross by 22, umass by 36, new mexico by 28, penn state by 8, bu by 14, harvard by 21, and 3-13 uri by 6.  I think it is time to admit VT is awful… wake forest lost by 36 today at home to nc state.

The Hokies started ice cold for the 3rd ACC game in a row, falling behind early.  Tech did take their first, First Half lead in 3 ACC games with 7:08 to play in the first half at 17-16.  But thanks to some real errors in judgment at the end of the half (not milking the clock for a last shot), the Hokies went into the break down 29-27, the 3rd straight game they’ve trailed at half.

Victor Davila paced the Hokies with 10 in the first half. Dorenzo Hudson added 9, so the seniors were in full force.  Raines added 5 and Barksdale had 2, meaning the Hokies had their 3 bigs score 17 of their 17 first half points.

boston college, meanwhile, shot 48% in the first half.  They killed the Hokies with dribble-drives and post feeds.

Tech led 25-20 late in the first half, but bc used a 15-4 run between the end of the half and early in the second half to take control of the game at 35-29.

The second half was even worse for the Hokies.  Tech made just 2 field goals in the first 13:30 of the 2nd half, 3 FGs in the first 17 minutes of the 2nd half, and then FINALLY made their first 3-pointer with 2:53 to go.  So yes, the stat is safe – 3-Point % has decided 19 straight ACC games.  Tech started 0/9 from deep and while bc hit 4/12 (which actually was well below their average of 7.5 makes per game).  The Hokies hit 4 3-pointers in the final 3 minutes but it didn’t matter, the damage was done.

The key was Virginia Tech’s lack of defense, allowing the eagles to easily drive and score around the basket.  Dennis Clifford, another 7-footer, worked the Hokies for 15 points (shocker), well above his average (shocker).  Matt Humphrey added 14 and Ryan Anderson scored 12.  bc shot 45% for the game and hit 19/28 FTs.

Tech was led by their two seniors, Davila with 14 (tying his ACC career high) and Hudson with 13, but they scored just 8 in the 2nd half.  And Hudson had SEVEN turnovers.

OVER-RATED!!! Dorian Finney-Smith put up another goose egg.  Brown had a whopping 1 point until he hit two late 3-pointers.  Jarell Eddie had 2 points until he hit two meaningless 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds.

Tech has now been held to less than 60 points in all 3 ACC games.  I’ll have more on this later, but I have to run right now and meet up with my buddy Jack (Daniels), Jim (Beam), and Wild (Turkey).


First Half:

  • U16: bc 7-5
  • U12: bc 8-7
  • U8: 15-14
  • U4: VT 22-20!!!

HALF: bc 29-27

Second Half:

  • U16: bc 35-31
  • U12: bc 42-38
  • U8: bc 50-42
  • U4: bc 56-47

FINAL bc 61, 59

FYI: I promised in the Preview I’d wear uva gear at uva next Sunday if we lost this game… ugh.  I’ll be a man and do it, but I’m sick to my stomach.

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Preview | VT (0-2, 11-5) @ boston college (1-1, 6-10) | Sat., 3 PM | RSN

Spread: VT by 9-1/2 (here we do again!)

This is a case where I wish we could throw out the records as the 0-2 Hokies travel to Chestnut Hill to take on the 1-1 eagles Saturday at 3 PM.  Playing at bc has been a nightmare for the Hokies ever since they joined the Big East.  Tech is 1-9 all time at boston college, all occurring since 2001 when VT entered the Big East.

But, this is a new era of bc basketball.  I’ll say it loud and clear — VIRGINIA TECH WILL WIN THIS GAME.  I think it will be a blowout, but I’m not giving any points.  I am guaranteeing the win though.  Period.  And if Tech doesn’t win this game, I’ll wear a uva hat and shirt to the VT @ uva game on January 22nd.  (Not sure where I’ll get said items from, but I’m not too worried about having to pay up)

FYI: Here’s who is carrying the game Saturday:

  • FOX Sports Carolinas (FS Carolinas) – covers the states of North Carolina and South Carolina
  • FOX Sports South (FS South) – covers six states in the southeastern portion of the country: Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky
  • SUN Sports (SUN) or FOX Sports Florida (FS Florida) – both cover the state of Florida
  • Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (CSN Mid-Atlantic) – covers the states of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • New England Sports Network (NESN) – covers the New England states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine

THE opponent:

Note: I wrote this before I watched bc beat clemson 59-57 on Thursday night.  My learnings are in italics

Why am I so confident even after those two turds the Hokies dumped in the last week?  Simple — boston college is the worst ACC team of all time.  That’s saying something because we must remember wake forest went 1-15 in the league last year (well, I guess the worst bc could do now is 1-15 now since they beat clemson).  wake’s Scoring Margin was -18.5, which includes their win over uva.  They lost 8 ACC games by 20+ points.  But I’m calling it now — the eagles are worse.  Here’s why:

  • 10.7%: bc returned just 263 of their 2,440 points from a year ago.  And you thought we got hit hard!
  • Of the 263 points returning, two of those guys were walk-ons, and another (Danny Rubin) has played just 4 total minutes in the last 7 games.
  • bc starts 5 freshmen, and believe me, this ain’t the Fab 5.  This is El Cinco Stinko.  Four of them are 3-star recruits, which isn’t bad but also not great, and the other, Heckmann, is from Germany… and he ain’t Dirk Nowitzki.  They have 9 freshmen out of the 15 guys on their roster.  Their 3 seniors are all walk-ons and their only junior is a transfer. Much like wake forest a year ago, this experience will help them, but it’s gonna be a blood bath this year.  Lonnie Jackson looks like a decent player but he looks like the star of a JV squad.  Their transfer, Humphrey from oregon, looks decent, too.
  • They have no one ranked in the top 25 in the ACC in scoring.
  • bc has almost no inside presence — they are last in the ACC in Offensive Rebounding Percentage by far (24% when the next closest is 28%).  That ranks 338th (out of 344) in the NCAA.  They also are near the bottom in blocks, steals (they are 332nd in the nation in steals per game), and defensive rebounding %.  boston college had ONE offensive rebound against clemson.  1!  That’s pathetic.  But they shot 50% which compensated for that and 7-foot freshman Dennis Clifford had 15 points and 7 rebounds.  Considering Tech’s ‘success’ against other crappy bigs (minnesota, wake, fsu), that’s not a good sign.  bc loves to pick and roll with Clifford.  FYI: Clifford has more zits on his face than bc has returning points.
  • They average less than 4,400 fans per game, so it will not be a hostile atmosphere.  I’d guess there were 2,000 there on Thursday.
  • The eagles were 30 point underdogs at unc (though they did cover!… losing by 23).  They’ve lost to harvard at home by 20, 3-14 rhode island, to new mexico by 18, and to holy cross by 22.  They were 9 points dogs at home against clemson.  So they are now 2-0 vs the spread while VT is 0-2 (VT was favored in both games so far).
  • Their RPI is 254 out of 344 teams.  Well, that will go up a tad, but keep in mind clemson was around 160, so they basically beat the next worst team in the ACC.
  • I typed up this article with them at 0-2 before they even played their game against clemson.   Ugh, clearly my prediction skills wore off with the new year.
I watched the eagles/tigers Thursday night and bc looks like a rec league team.  K.C. Caudill (#5) looks like he’s 30 years old and should be on Weight Watchers with Sir Charles… and he’s a freshman.  #2 John Cahill would get picked after Skee-Lo in a pick up game.  #24 Clifford, a 7-footer, makes Joe Trapani look muscular.

The eagles, like most teams with no inside talent, will chuck it from deep.  They make 7.5 3-pointers per game, the 3rd highest average in the ACC, but make less than 34% of them.  Their 334 3-point attempts is by far the most in the league.  Humphrey, a transfer from oregon, cranks out 6 per game, but makes less than 30%.  Their best shooter from deep is Jackson (not Reggie, he’s gone).  Lonnie Jackson has hit 28 of his 62 3-point attempts, a very solid 45% clip.

The only way the eagles have any chance in this game is to be hot from deep (bc was 8/18 from deep against clemson, accounting for 40% of their points), they play a 2-3 zone and Tech looks as inept as they did against wake’s (not getting the ball to the high post and not attacking the offensive glass), and pigs fly.  I’d have said “no way” a week ago, but after how wake and fsu shot against VT from deep, and how bad VT has looked against a 2-3 zone, I guess there is a chance bc can win.  But I’m not worried about locating uva gear just yet.

Yes, bc beat clemson, but keep in mind clemson is awful, too.  Yes, clemson just beat fsu by 20 at home.  I have NO IDEA how that happened.  clemson lost to 3 teams from their own state out of conference – so like I said, they stink.  Seriously, this is bizarro ACC.  I think everyone is just so bad, everyone is competitive.  How crazy is this ACC season?  8 of the 12 teams sit at 1-1.


  • Overall: bc 13-7
  • At bc All Time: bc 9-1 (one win was in OT in 2008)
  • In ACC Play: bc 7-5 (3 in a row)
  • At bc in ACC games: bc 5-1 (3 in a row)

Last Year:

  • 03.02.11 @VT on Senior Night: bc 76, VT 61 – probably what knocked VT out of the NCAAs
  • 02.05.11 @bc: bc 58, VT 56 – Delaney missed a key FT and Green missed a 3-pointer for the win

The two teams will play again @VT later this year (chalk up another Hokie win).


Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 16.1
SG 5 Hudson 6-5 Sr 11.3
SF 31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.6
F 15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 7.2
C 14 Davila 6-8 Sr 6.6
Bench 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 7.9
boston college
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 10 Daniels 5-9 Fr 4.9
G 20 Jackson 6-3 Fr 7.0
G 33 Heckmann 6-5 Fr 11.1
F 12 Anderson 6-8 Fr 9.7
C 24 Clifford 7-0 Fr 9.1
Bench 14 Humphrey 6-5 Jr 9.9

STATS: (bc’s stats are from before their game with clemson on Thursday night)

VT bc
Record 11-4 6-10
ACC 0-1 1-1
RPI 59 254
vs RPI Top 50 0-2 0-2
vs RPI Top 100 2-5 (W-sbu, nsu) 0-5
PPG 69.4 (7) 61.7 (12)
PPG vs 59.6 (3) 69.3 (10)
FT% 75% (t1) 67% (9)
FG% 44% (8) 42% (12)
3-Pt% 36% (5) 34% (8)
Made 3s PG 6.1 (4) 7.5 (3)
FG% D 39% (5) 43% (9)
3-Pt% D 26% (1) 34% (10)
Blocks 4.3 (8) 3.2 (11)
Steals 6.3 (6) 4.5 (11)
TO Margin +0.3 (7) -2.9 (11)
Off Reb % 37% (5) 24% (12)
Def Reb % 66% (9) 66% (11)
Scoring: Green 16.1 (6) Heckmann 11.1 (-1)
Rebounding: DFS 8.3 (7) Anderson 6.4 (13)
FG% Green 48% (9) Cahill 46% (-)
Assists: Green 3.2 (8) Daniels 2.1 (-)
Steals: Green 1.5 (10) Jackson 0.9 (-)
Blocks: Raines 1.0 (10) Clifford 1.0 (t10)

BORING FACTS ABOUT boston college (“Strength, skill, character”):

Location Boston, Mass
Type Private – Roman Catholic
Enrollment 9k undergrad, 5k grad
Established 1863
NCAA Tournament Appearances 18 (last in 2009; 3 Elite 8s)
ACC Titles 0 (2 Big East)
Famous Students/Alums Tip O’Neill, john kerry, Ed McMahon (YES!), Chris O’Donnell, Leonard Nimoy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck (and all the Hasselbeck QBs that couldn’t beat us in football), Doug Flutie, Jared Dudley, Brian Gionta, B.J. Raji, Matt Ryan, Brian Leetch
History Chuck Daly, Dr. Tom Davis, and Gary Williams all coached at bc

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Senioritis | bc (8-7, 18-11) 76, Hokies (9-6, 19-9) 61

Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen puts up a shot against boston college

Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen puts up a shot against boston college

Box Score

Virginia Tech’s six-game home conference winning streak came to an end with a 76-61 loss to boston college. To call this loss disappointing would be a gross understatement.

Coming off an emotional win over the top team in the country three days ago, the Hokies returned to the court for their final home game of the regular season… and promptly laid a big egg. On senior night no less.

The Hokies were badly out-rebounded 38-24. Tech was bad in just about every category. They shot just 42.9 percent from the field (24/56) and a woeful 17 percent (3/17) from three-point range.

Sophomore Erick Green led the Hokies with 21 points. Seniors Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen has 17 and 14 points respectively. Allen had just nine offensive touches the entire game, yet still managed 14 points.

The Hokies got off to a promising 4-0 start, but the eagles used a 19-2 run to blow by the Hokies and never looked back. Tech managed just 10 points in the first 11:45 of the game.

boston college, like uva, was money from behind the arc, hitting a dizzying 7/13 three pointers in the first half to help the eagles to an 18-point lead. Tech responded with a short 15-5 run to cut the lead to eight at the half, 27-35.

The Hokies came out in the second half with a pair of three pointers to cut the lead to five, but that’s as close as they would get. Ice cold shooting and inability to play effective defense led to a 20-point deficit – the Hokies’ largest of the season. And when we say “ice cold” shooting, we’re talking multiple air balls. It was bad folks, really bad.

We could talk about the refs and the questionable calls, but give bc credit – they shot the lights out and frustrated the Hokies defensively. They did what they had to do to win.

Green summed it up in the post-game presser. Here’s the quote from the HokieSports.com recap:

“It’s simple,” Green said. “We didn’t come to play. We got embarrassed. I feel bad for the seniors because that’s not how you want to go out. But hands down, we got outplayed. They got ahead too quick, and we tried to ramp it up. But they just beat us.”

Unless Tech can pull off a road win against clemson and win 1-2 games in the ACC tourney, it looks like it’ll be another NIT appearance. Here’s hoping the Hokies can pull off an upset on the road to salvage any hope of an NCAA tourney bid.

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Senior Night Preview | bc (7-7, 17-11) @ VT (9-5, 19-8) | Tuesday at 9 PM on ESPNU

Tuesday is Senior Night!  PLEASE come out and support the Senior Class the same way you supported the Hokies all day Saturday.  This article will focus on the game.  Please see the follow up article that honors the senior class.

The good news is, since losing at unc to fall to 1-2 in ACC play, the Hokies have answered every ACC loss with two consecutive conference wins.  The bad news is VT has won two in a row heading in to their game against boston college.  Can the Hokies finally win three ACC games in a row?  Or will they continue their two wins, one loss trend?

It’s Late Night with the Hokies for the second straight game with a 9 PM tip-off.  Perhaps someone should tell ESPN we aren’t a West Coast team.  This is Tech’s fifth or sixth 9 PM game by my count.  Oh, well, at least this one is at home.  The Hokies will look to close out their second straight 7-1 ACC home season with a win, and 12-2 overall at home.

The Hokies will look to avenge their loss at bc a month ago (one of the worst performances of the season by VT) and bury the eagles in the ACC races.  A win eliminates bc from finishing ahead of VT in the standings, while a loss gives the eagles the tiebreaker and just one game behind Tech with VT having a tough road game at clemson to finish.

Good teams can turn it on even when they aren’t playing #1. And since this is a veteran team for the most part, I expect the Hokies to come out and clip the eagles’ wings early.  I think this will be a blowout, but if it isn’t, the Hokies need to keep playing as if their NCAA Tournament lives depended on it.  The duke win gave VT a signature win, something they didn’t have last year when they went 10-6 in the ACC.  But VT needs one more ‘W’ to get to 10 ACC wins and Saturday, at clemson, will be a lot harder to do it.  Plus, a win would all but clinch a First Round bye in the ACC Tournament for the Hokies, so there is still a lot on the line.  Tech desperately needs the bye if they want to win the ACC, given their lack of depth.


  • All-Time: bc 12-7
  • In ACC Play: bc 6-5
  • At VT in ACC Play: VT 1-4


bc 58, VT 56 (Recap) – The Hokies played one of their worst games of the year and fell for the fifth time in six tries at bc since boston college joined the ACC.  Tech fell behind by 10 early thanks to 3/15 shooting to start the game, but fought back and took the lead a couple of times in the second half.  But Malcolm Delaney missed the front end of a 1-and-1 that could have tied the game with 24 seconds left, and then Erick Green missed a 3-pointer that would have given the Hokies the lead with under 5 seconds to play.  Jeff Allen was a monster in this game (stop the presses), scoring 25 and snagging 19 rebounds.  VT shot just 35% for the game and were just 3/14 from behind the arc.  No one for bc had a huge game.  Trapani had 14 and Reggie Jackson had a late 10.  Delaney had 19 for the Hokies.  Erick Green was 0/8 from the floor.


Position Virginia Tech boston college
Guard 11 Green 6-4 0 Jackson 6-3
Guard 23 Delaney 6-3 5 Paris 6-1
Wing/Guard 1 Bell 6-7 11 Raji 6-6 or 31 Rubin 6-6
Forward 0 Allen 6-7 12 Trapani 6-8
Forward/Center 14 Davila 6-8 52 Southern 6-10


Virginia Tech boston college
RPI 52 44
PPG 71.6 (4) 67.9 (7)
Pts Against 65.1 (4) 70.1 (8)
FG % 46% (2) 43% (9)
3-Pt % 38% (2) 36% (4)
FT % 73% (4) 71% (5)
Scorer Delaney 18.8 Jackson 18.4
Rebounder Allen 10.5 Trapani 7.5
Assists Delaney 4.2 Jackson 4.4
Steals Green/Delaney 1.6 Jackson 1.1
Blocks Davila 1.2 Trapani 0.9

Note: Team stats are from ACC games only, player stats include all games

Career Numbers vs bc:

  • Allen: 18.3 ppg (6 games) and 9.2 rpg
  • Delaney: 15.9 ppg (7 games)
  • Bell: 4.0 ppg (6 games)
  • Davila: 2.8 ppg (5 games)


  • No Hangover: Saturday was great, it really was, and while a loss Tuesday wouldn’t wipe out the positive NCAA Tournament effect of Saturday, it would tarnish it a tad.  Refocus, take care of business on your home floor Tuesday and then the Hokies are at 20 wins overall and 10 in ACC play.  I think there’d be no doubt the Hokies would be in with that.
  • Zeroed In: Jeff Allen has arguably been the best player in the ACC over the last month.  He’s averaged 18.1 ppg and 15.0 rpg over his last nine games, including 8 double-doubles.  Jeff had 25/19 in the first meeting against the eagles, and that was no fluke.  bc simply has no one that can guard him – Southern is too slow and Trapani is too weak (and slow).  Expect another big one from the Big Donut.  He started off his Cassell career with an ACC Player of the Week performance and I expect another great effort Tuesday.
  • Feeling Green: Erick Green has started 18 consecutive games and scored in double digits in 16 of those games.  But he was 0/8 at Boston and tallied just 1 point, while also missing a 3-pointer at the end that would have won the game.  Look for him to play inspired ball Tuesday, even though he’s not a senior.  He’ll have a chip on his shoulder.  The key is him attacking with penetration, especially in transition.  He had three ‘and-1′ opportunities against duke with his aggressive play.
  • Big Shot Bell:  When Bell is ringing them from the outside, the Hokies are tough to beat.  Tech is 7-1 when he reaches double digits this year and 6-1 when he hits at least two 3-pointers.  While he’s a complimentary player who specializes on the defensive end, it’s his offense that really puts the Hokies over the top.  Terrell needs to be aggressive with his shot on Tuesday.
  • Don’t Let Mr. October be Mr. March:  Reggie Jackson is a real talent.  He only had 10 in the first meeting, but he was killing the Hokies off the dribble in the second half.  Tech will have to work hard to force him to give the ball up and prevent him from driving.  The problem is if Tech comes over to help, it frees up one of the many good 3-point shooters for bc.
  • Defend Deep: bc leads the ACC, averaging 8.8 made 3-pointers per ACC game.  Trapani, Jackson, Raji, Paris, and Rubin all stroke it well from 3-point range, and often.
  • Dialed in Delaney: This is it (we hope) for Malcolm in the Cassell.  By no means did he have a good game against duke Saturday, but that huge, late 3-pointer had to give him confidence.  You know he wants to go out in a big way and I think he’ll be hotter than a pistol Tuesday.

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)
  • ACC Football and Basketball Titles: 0 (lost to VT in the 2007 and 2008 ACC Football Championship Game)

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
  • Matt Ryan
  • and of course, Doug Flutie – Flutie Hail Mary against miami


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Opportunity Lost | Recap | bc (5-4, 15-8) 58, VT (5-4, 15-7) 56


The Hokies blew a golden opportunity to take command of fourth place in the ACC, losing 58-56 at boston college.  Erick Green missed an open 3-pointer with under five seconds left to give the Hokies the lead, and bc secured the win on a questionable foul call with 1.1 seconds left.  Tech falls to 1-9 all time at the mostly empty Conte Forum.

I hate to say Malcolm Delaney, one of Tech’s greatest players ever, isn’t clutch… but he is just not clutch.  He missed the front end of a one-and-one with VT down 2 with 24 seconds to play.  How many free throws has the 85% career free throw shooter missed in the final minute this year?  Add that to missed buckets at the end of the purdue, st. bonnie, and unc games.  Is he tired after playing 38 minutes per game?  Maybe.  But he’s still not converting when the Hokies need it the most.  And Erick Green cannot hit an open 3-pointer to save his life (the Hokies got the offensive rebound after Delaney’s miss, setting up Green’s miss with under 5 seconds to play).

This game was just plain ugly for the Hokies.  In the first half, it was the Big Donut Show and nothing else.  He had 13 points and 11 rebounds… in the first half alone.  Jeff finished the game with 25 points and 19 boards (the latter is a season high but not a career high).  Allen eclipsed the 1,000 rebound mark for his career and is now in 4th place on the all-time list with 1,001.

Other than Allen, the Hokies were pathetic in the first half.  Terrell Bell (or “Terrick” as the bc announcer called him) had 7 points.  Davila had 2 and Delaney had 2.  That’s it.  Green had a big goose egg.

The Hokies fell behind by as many as 10 in the first stanza thanks in large part to 3/15 shooting to start the game.  They did not hit a single jumpshot in the entire first half by my count.  But Tech used a 10-2 run to get within 24-22 late in the half and went to the locker room down 27-24.

In the second half Delaney got himself going by penetrating to the hoop and finishing inside.  That loosened him up and he finally starting hitting from deep.  Tech was 0/7 from behind the arc in the first half but Delaney went 3/5 from deep in the second half to give Tech the lead a couple of times.  Tech finished just 3/14 from behind the arc (guys not named “Malcolm” were 0/7 from deep — this is a critical problem).

Tech took the lead a couple of times in the second half but were never able to get stops when they had the lead.  In fact, I’m not sure they ever had a possession with the lead in the game.

The Hokies, after scoring just 24 first half points on 9/30 (30%) shooting, went for 32 in the second half.  Of those 32 points, Allen and Delaney scored 29 of them (Delaney had 17 in the second half).  VT got absolutely nothing from their supporting cast.

Erick Green finished with 1 point.  He has completely lost all confidence in his shot, even from the foul line.  He had hit 32/33 free throws going into the final two minutes at nc state, but missed 2/4 late there.  That carried over into today’s game.  He missed the front end of a one-and-one in the first half and finished just 1/3 from the line.  He was 0/8 from the floor, including 0/4 from 3-point range (all wide open).  That includes the missed 3-pointer that would have won the game at the end.  He had scored double digits in 12 of his previous 13 games (and had 9 in the other game).  He is looking more like the Erick of last year lately.

The Hokies came into the game #1 in FG% in ACC play, #2 in FT%, and #3 in 3-Pt%.  But they shot 35%, 21%, and 77% respectively.  Don’t let that 13/17 fool you though, the Hokies were 2/5 in one-and-one situations and missed the front end of three one-and-ones.

Tech’s defense was absolutely horrible today, especially on-ball by the guards.  Malcolm Delaney and Erick Green were beaten like rented mules off the dribble.  It looked like bc had a power play whenever those guards were guarding them.  Tech, facing one of the best shooting 3-point teams, tried to go underneath screens instead of fighting over them.  The result was wide open looks from deep for the eagles, and they hit 7/20 (35%) from behind the arc.  VT also got lost on screens and bc was killing them with the screen-and-roll or fade to the corner.  Perhaps the Hokies were a little rusty playing man, which they did at least 90% of the game with the 2-3 zone the rest of the time.

The Hokies held bc’s leading scorer, Reggie Jackson, without a point in the first 30 minutes.  But he scored 10 in the final 10 and took over the game.  Again, Delaney might as well have been a hologram guarding him.  The eagles had a balanced attack.  Joe Trapani led the eagles with 14 points, including baskets with his back to the basket that I had never seen from him before.  But nine eagles scored 3 or more points.

That was the total opposite of Tech.  The Hokies got 0 bench points (Manny “Not Millions” was 0/6 from the floor).  And Allen and Delaney combined for 79% of the Hokies 56 points, including 90% in the second half.

It just looked like VT was content having already gotten two road wins in this four road game stretch.  Still, Tech did go 3-2 in a five game run where four of five were the road.  I said before this stretch that is what the Hokies had to do, and they did it.  But this was a tough game to lose.  The Hokies were in it at the end and had a chance to win.  Instead of being two games up on the eagles and one on maryland (with a road head-to-head win over both), the Hokies are now tied with both teams, and clemson, at 5-4 (yes, four teams are 5-4).

The Hokies have a “bye” this week and don’t return to action until next Sunday at 1 PM at the Cassell against the worst road team in the league — georgia tech (yes, I’m calling this a ‘need to win’ game).

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Preview | VT (5-3, 15-6) @ bc (4-4, 14-8) | Saturday at 1 PM | Watch on TheACC.com

Spread: VT by 2. Click here to watch the VT at bc game live online courtesy of TheACC.com.

On Saturday in front of a smattering of family and friends, the Hokies will play the boston college eagles at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill. I’ll tell you right now – there are plenty of good seats still available. The eagles are drawing just 4,800 fans per game at the 8,600 seat Forum. That’s about 1,500 fewer fans than they draw on average for a bc hockey game in the same building! It will look like an ACC tournament Thursday noon game.

The Hokies must ignore all the empty seats and lack of enthusiasm on Saturday and find their own energy and motivation. This is a huge game for Tech. Early in the year, for every positive step forward VT took, they’d take took steps back. Lately, it has been the opposite. Based on that, the Hokies would lose this game (they lost at georgia tech a week and a half ago in a half-empty arena). But with a win, Tech moves two games ahead of the eagles (with a head-to-head win) and stay in sole possession of fourth place (the last ACC Tournament bye spot). A loss and the Hokies fall into a tie for fourth with at least the eagles, and possibly three other teams.

This will mark the third straight game Tech plays a team on a severe losing trend. miami had lost three in a row and five out of six before VT beat them Sunday, and n.c. state had lost five out of six before the Hokies took them down on Wednesday. The eagles are really leaking oil right now. Since starting 4-1 in the ACC, they have lost three in a row, all by woodshed beatings:

  • @fsu 67-51 (though it was close at the half)
  • @duke 84-68
  • unc 106-74 (ouch!)

boston college’s star, Reggie Jackson, has been a shadow of himself lately. He averaged 22 ppg through their first five ACC games (including 8/9 shooting against ga tech and 9/13 versus n.c. state). Since then, he’s averaged just under nine ppg in their three consecutive losses. Reggie was benched for the start of both halves at duke, reportedly for loafing in practice. And he scored just six points on 2/10 shooting against unc.

Meanwhile, the Hokies’ Jeff Allen has been on a tear. He has three straight double-doubles, averaging 17 ppg and 11 rebounds in the last three contests. He’s had at least 10 rebounds in five straight games, the longest such stretch of his career.


Much like at n.c. state, VT has not done well historically at boston college. Tech is just 1-8 all time there, with the lone win a gutty 81-73 overtime affair in 2008 without a suspended Jeff Allen (JT Thompson’s coming out party).

  • All-Time: bc 11-7
  • In ACC Play: 5-5
  • At bc in ACC Play: bc 4-1
  • Last Year: VT 63-62 in Blacksburg, bc 80-60 in Chestnut Hill


Position Virginia Tech boston college
Guard 11 Green 6-4 0 Jackson 6-3
Guard 23 Delaney 6-3 5 Paris 6-1
Wing/Guard 1 Bell 6-7 11 Raji 6-6 or 30 Elmore 6-5 or 31 Rubin 6-6
Forward 0 Allen 6-7 12 Trapani 6-8
Forward/Center 14 Davila 6-8 52 Southern 6-10

I wouldn’t be surprised to see first year coach Steve Donahue make some alterations to the lineup considering they just lost by 32 to unc and have lost three in a row. If anyone, like Jackson, is slacking in practice they may start on the pine.


Virginia Tech boston college
RPI 62 43
PPG 71.3 74.0
Pts Against 61.1 71.4
FG % 47% 47%
3-Pt % 33% 39%
FT % 71% 72%
Scorer Delaney 18.3 Jackson 18.0
Rebounder Allen 9.6 Trapani 7.4
Assists Delaney 4.5 Jackson 4.9
Steals Green 2.0 Jackson 1.1
Blocks Bell 1.2 Trapani 0.7

Random Stat: VT has led at the half in 13 straight games (11-2 record) and had a double-digit first-half lead in eight of nine games.


  • Offense: They LOVE to shoot the three. They’ve attempted 522 on the year, most in the ACC. And they do it well — they are second in the league at 39 percent. They have five guys averaging more than one made three-pointer per game. You basically have to defend everyone behind the arc except Josh Southern, Dallas Elmore and Gabriel Moton. Jackson is the only guy that scares you off the drive. Biko Paris is OK, but he’ll look to dish.
  • Defense: I would expect to see some 2-3 zone from the eagles to force the Hokies to shoot from deep, along with man. But that would open up a big weakness of the eagles…
  • Rebounding: bc is 10th in the ACC in defensive and offensive rebounding percentage (the Hokies are only slightly better). Whichever team does a better job on the boards will have an unexpected advantage. Against the wolfpack, Tech dominated the glass in the first half with 14 offensive rebounds. Considering how many three-pointers bc shoots, it is surprising their offensive rebounding percentage is so bad. I like the Hokies here, especially the way Allen and Davila are playing. Corey Raji is very good on the offensive glass, so Tech needs to get a butt on him.
  • Best Player: Reggie Jackson – hands down. He’s the only guy in their starting lineup I’d take over one of ours (though I’m not sure who I’d sub out for us). Reggie is very athletic, is shooting 43 percent from deep (third in the league and ninth in makes). And he’s a solid defender… when he tries. He’s looked like a space cadet the last few games and Tech hopes that continues.
  • Most Improved… Joe Trapani’s rebounding. Trapani still isn’t going to win any bodybuilding competitions. In fact, if they ever came out with a Girls of ACC Basketball calendar, he’d be in it along with Kyle Singler (and that wasn’t meant as a compliment). But he’s gotten much more aggressive on the glass this year, not afraid to bang inside.
  • Worst Player: Josh Southern (who looks exactly like Tracy Smith of n.c. state). Josh isn’t that bad, he just doesn’t do anything. He’s a space-eater, a goon if you will. He scores 7.4 ppg but grabs just 4.2 rebounds and gets .4 blocks per game. That’s not enough for a 6-10, 263-pound “big man” (we use that term lightly).
  • Most Distracted Player: Corey Raji is flying to the Super Bowl right after the game to watch his brother, B.J. play for the Packers. (hula hoop dance, anyone?)


  • Go Nuts, Big Donut: Jeff Allen will have an advantage over whomever is guarding him when bc is in man defense. Southern is too slow, Trapani or Raji too small. Jeff needs to be aggressive. He should dominate this team but we’ve seen him disappear in other games like this. Even against n.c. state, after 10 early points, he barely scored the rest of the game.
  • Defend the three-pointer… smartly: Tech must defend the perimeter well. Thirty-seven percent of bc’s points come from behind the arc, 32nd most in the nation. VT must take this aspect away from them. The eagles get just 17 percent of their points from the foul line, 317th in the land. Don’t foul three-point shooters and give them free points. Bell must be careful – he twice fouled a jump-shooter behind the arc against n.c. state.
  • Tempo: bc is slow in terms of tempo (286th in the nation), but very efficient on offense (sixth best in D1). bc turns the ball over the least in the ACC, but also creates the least. In other words, there won’t be many fast break opportunities for either team. And bc is fine with that for the most part as they are a half court team other than Jackson and somewhat Paris. VT is more athletic than the eagles. Push the ball on misses and makes (inbounding) to try and look for easy buckets where possible.
  • Debnam: Hey, the Hokies need to come out with some life in this game right at 1 p.m.. Paul, you gotta get these guys motivated! Do the Dougie or something, but get everyone pumped. VT needs to create their own adrenaline in an empty arena.
  • Second Half Swagger: VT has gotten abused in second halves of late by bad teams. Are they tired with just The Ocho? Or is VT too busy playing not to lose with big leads (Tech has had a 10+ point lead in the first half of eight of their last nine games)? The Hokies have been outscored in the second half three games in a row. Even if they are ahead, they have to come out with that killer instinct and bury the eagles.

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)
  • ACC Football and Basketball Titles: 0 (lost to VT in the 2007 and 2008 ACC Football Championship Game)

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
  • Matt Ryan
  • and of course, Doug Flutie – Flutie Hail Mary against miami

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Niemo’s Notes | Throw this one in the Crapper

OK, that stunk.  You know what, though?  We were due for that one.  That was our wake at nc state.  Every team in the ACC has one this year.  That’s the first time all season we haven’t even been competitive in an ACC game… other than maybe the miami game (at least we made a run in that game).

  • 11:56 – that is the latest Jeff Allen has made it in the first half before picking up his second foul in the last four games.  Without him on the floor this is a different team.
  • Bad Loss – this is the first team VT has lost to all season with a RPI over 100 (they were 105).
  • As much crap as we gave Hudson earlier in the season, we now have to start giving Delaney – he is 74/205 in ACC games (36%).  On threes he is 19/80 (24%).  That’s not cutting it.
  • The Hokies still took terrible shots in transition tonight.  I’m sorry, but if you have a 3-on-2, PASS THE BALL.  An 18-foot pull up jumper is not a good shot.
  • Tech couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat tonight.  You have those games.  Problem is bc shot 51%.  They shot over 50% in both games against VT, which is amazing because Tech had held 4 of the last 5 opponents under 33%!
  • Trapani killed the Hokies.  He had 6 points total in the first meeting and had 14 tonight before the second media timeout.
  • The Hokies lost every 50/50 ball tonight.  And I mean every.
  • VT was just 2/ 15 on threes including 0/6 in the first half.
  • The VT full court press really rattled the eagles but again, they could only use it after timeouts or made free throws due to how much the Hokie starters play.
  • Tech was awful on the defensive glass again tonight.  bc got 13 of their 30 misses tonight (43%).  nc state grabbed just under 50%, duke grabbed exactly 50%, and bc was right there, too (43%).  Tech’s defensive rebounding has fallen off the map.  This is a real concern.  If you can’t secure misses, you can’t secure stops.  bc won in 2nd chance points 16-6.  By contrast, VT got just 23% of their misses (and they had a lot more misses).
  • Rakim Sanders, who had 17 offensive rebounds all season coming into tonight, had 4 tonight.
  • VT won the turnover battle 18-10 but it doesn’t matter when they shoot 51% AND get most of the offensive rebounds.
  • bc had 19 assists to just 5 for VT.  That speaks to how bad VT is at sharing the ball, especially on the break.  Again, pull-up jumpers are not a good shot.

I didn’t mean to be overly negative but there is honestly nothing positive you could say about tonight.  Tech laid an egg.  But a win Saturday erases all of this.  Point is, 10-6 gets VT in the tournament, especially considering that would mean a win over maryland or georgia tech.  So let’s take a deep breath and get ready for the terps.

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