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HIGHLIGHTS | Hokies 3G.1 (2-6) 67, clemson (3-5) 65

The Hokies finally get a home win in 2012, defeating the clemson tigers 67-65.  Here are all the highlights from the action at the Cassell on 2.4.12.

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Recap | Hokies (2-6, 13-10) 67, clemson (3-5, 11-11) 65

Box Score

2012 has not been good to Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball team, save for their win over then No. 16 uva in Charlottesville. Thursday night, the Hokies got trucked in their own house by fifth-ranked duke and two days later, Tech blew a 14-point lead with five minutes to play against clemson. Amazingly, Tech held on to win, 67-65, despite not scoring a field goal for much of the final 8 minutes of the game.

With the Hokies up 64-50 with about 7 minutes to play, Tech went into basketball’s version of the prevent offense (yes, offense, not defense) and it nearly doomed them. Tech managed just three free throws in the remaining 7 minutes and change while clemson went on a 15-3 run.

Victor Davila missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 30 seconds to play and leading 67-65, giving clemson the final shot. Their freshman K.J. McDaniels had a career-high 14 points and got fouled with :03 left (fouling out Jarell Eddie), sending him to the line for a pair of free throws that could tie the game.

The freshmen missed both free throws and after the second miss, his teammate Tanner Smith grabbed the rebound and missed a shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime. The Hokies escaped by the narrowest of margins.

If ever a win felt like a loss, this would be one of those times. The win-that-nearly-became-a-loss sends the Hokies to 13-10. Finney-Smith finally broke out of his six-game slump in a big way, scoring 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Doe Doe, after missing 25 straight field goal attempts over the last six games, got the Hokies on the scoreboard first. In fact, the highly-touted freshmen shot an impressive 5/8 from the field.

Jarrell Eddie played perhaps his best game of the year and definitely gave you some hope for next season. The sophmore scored a team-high 15 points. Meanwhile, junior guard Erick Green extended his double-digit scoring streak with a free throw late in the game, the Hokies’ 67th and final point. It was Green’s only point of the second half.

Tech led this game from the opening tip and led by 16 midway through the first half. Every time clemson tried to make a run, the Hokies would answer in kind and took a 14-point lead at the half.

The Hokies have five days off before they take their talents to South Beach to take on the canes on Feb. 9. Tipoff is at 9 p.m., and the game will be on either ESPN or the Deuce.

Accuracy not guaranteed

2-0 VT – DFS breaks the 0/25, 6-game FG drought!
— turnover clemson —
— turnover VT, backcourt violation —
— steal by VT —
5-0 – Rankin hits a three-pointer
— clemson misses, DFS get rebound —
— shot wedged between the rim and the glass, clemson ball —
5-3 – clemson’s Booker gets the hoop and the harm, foul on Davila
— clemson fouls DFS, non-shooting —
— Rankin misses, clemson rebounds —
— foul on Rankin —
— clemson misses, DFS rebounds —
8-3 – Green hits a three pointer
— clemson misses three, Eddie rebounds —
— DFS gets a rebound, feeds Eddie, misses the dunk, but is fouled —

U16 Score – 8-3 VT

10-3 – Eddies makes 2 FTs (VT 2/2 FTs)
— clemson misses, gets the rebound, fresh shot clock —
— clemson misses, Hudson rebounds —
— VT misses, loose rebound, out of bounds off clemson —
— Green misses, clemson rebounds —
— clemson turnover, stepped out of bounds —
— Raines misses jump hook, clemson rebounds —
— Hudson blocks shot, clemson rebounds, Green steals it —
12-3 – Green converts fast breaks after getting a steal
— Eddie commits his first foul —
— clemson just 1/9 shooting so far —
— clemson playing three freshmen —
12-5 – Cole scores off the inbounds play
14-5 – Raines tips it a missed shot
— clemson turnover —
16-5 – Brown scores off the fast break following the turnover
— clemson calls a timeout —
— clemson has 5 turnovers so far —
— clemson misses, Barksdale rebounds —
18-5 – Nice crossover by Rankin, goes in for the layup

U12 Score – 18-5 VT

18-7 – Smith makes 2 FTs
— VT turnover —
— VT foul —
18-7 – Clemson misses both FTs
— DFS misses a dunk, but Rankin slams home the miss —
21-7 – Rankin follows DFS’s miss with a dunk and gets fouled, Rankin makes the FT
— clemson has three freshmen in the game, turns it over —
23-7 – Green makes 2 FTs
— clemson misses, Davila with the rebound —
— VT turnover —
23-9 – Clemson freshman dunks it from the baseline
— longest losing streak at the Cassell in 10 years —
25-9 – Green hits a jumper
— Eddie blocks a shot out of bounds —
— Green called for the foul —
— clemson in the
25-11 – Smith hits fadeaway
— VT misses, clemson rebounds —
— clemson airballs it —
25-13 – Booker dunks it on a fast break
28-13 – Eddie hits a three, with an assist from the top of the backboard
— clemson misses, Davila rebounds —

U8 Score – 28-13 VT

— Barksdale misses jumper, clemson rebounds —
— clemson misses two shots, held ball, possession to VT —
— VT misses three, clemson rebound —
28-15 – Narcisse makes 2 FTs (Green picks up 2nd PF, sits, Rankin comes in)
— clemson goes to full court press, Greenberg calls a timeout —
— clemson misses, but Davila commits 2nd PF, one and one for clemson —
— Davila out, Raines in —
28-15 – Narcisse misses, clemson rebounds
— clemson misses, Eddie rebounds —
30-15 – Hudson drives and shoots
30-17 – McDaniels with the follow slam
33-17 – Eddie hits a 3 points and is fouled by Narcisse, chance for 4-point play

U4 Score – 33-17 VT

34-17 – Eddie makes the FT to complete the 4-point play
34-19 – clemson scores
— VT with only 4 turnovers so far —
36-19 – Eddie playing lights out, underneath layup
— Rankin steals, but has shot blocked by McDaniels —
— foul on Rankin, his 2nd PF —
36-21 – Young makes 2 FTs
38-21 – Eddie scores, assist to Brown (Eddie with 11 points)
— clemson misses three, gets own rebound —
38-23 – 7-2 kid gets the hoop and the foul
38-24 – 7-2 kid makes the FT to complete the 3-point play
40-24 – Brown feeds DFS for the alley-oop dunk!
40-26 – clemson scores at the other end
42-26 – Eddie gets a rebound off a miss and scores (Eddie with 13 points)
42-28 – clemson scores
— clemson commits foul away from the ball with :03 left —
— VT can’t get a shot off before the buzzer —

Halftime Score – 42-28
Eddie – 13, Green – 9, Rankin – 8, Finney-Smith – 4, Raines – 4, Hudson – 2, Brown – 2

42-30 – clemson hits opening shot of the 2nd half
— Davila misses, gets rebound —
44-30 – DFS puts back a miss (has 6 points)
— Eddie commits 2nd PF on Booker —
44-32 – Booker makes 2 FTs
46-32 – Davila scores in the low post
— clemson misses, but Eddie picks up his 3rd PF —
— clemson misses, out of bounds off VT —
46-35 – Young hits a 3 pointer
49-35 – DFS drains a 3 pointer, has 9 points
49-37 – clemson scores
51-37 – Davila turns and jams it home on the 7-footer
— clemson misses a three, VT rebounds —
— VT called for illegal screen, Davila picks up his 3rd PF —

U16 Score – 51-37

— Raines fouls Booker, Raines’ 2nd PF —
51-39 – Booker makes 2 FTs
— Hudson misses, clemson rebounds —
— clemson misses, VT rebounds —
53-39 – Raines scores with an assist from Eddie
— clemson misses, VT rebounds —
— McDanials blocks his fourth shot of the game, on Green —
— clemson misses three, but gets rebound —
53-41 – McDaniels with a Deron-like dunk
— Hudson misses three pointer —
— Green commits his 3rd PF —
— clemson misses, VT rebounds —
— Brown misses 3 pointer, clemson rebound —
— clemson misses 3 pointer, gets the rebound —
— clemson airballs it, VT rebounds, foul on clemson —
— Green misses 3 pointer, clemson rebound —
— Barksdale commits the foul —

U12 Score – 53-41 VT

— clemson misses 3 pointer, Eddie rebounds for VT —
55-41 – Brown to Raines on the pick and roll
— timeout clemson —
55-43 – Hall scores for clemson
— Eddie misses the 3 pointer, clemson rebounds, but travels —
— VT can’t inbound the ball, calls timeout —
— clemson foul (McDaniels) away from the ball —
— Smith fouls Davila —
57-43 – Davila makes 2 FTs
57-45 – Young score at the other end
— Smith fouls, VT to the FT line —
59-45 – Hudson makes 2 FTs
59-47 – clemson scores
— McDaniels with his 5th blocked shot, still VT ball —
— Eddie misses the 3 pointer, Hudson misses putback —
— clemson foul against DFS —
61-47 – Eddie scores (team-leading 15 points)

U8 Score – 61-47

— clemson misses first FT of a one-and-one —
— clemson foul, Booker’s 2nd, both teams in bonus from here on out —
— clemson steals the ball —
61-50 – Smith hits a 3 pointer
64-50 – DFS drains his second 3 pointer of the game (12 points for Doe Doe)
— VT is a perfect 10/10 from the FT line at this point —
— clemson is 2/17 from 3 point range —
64-52 – clemson scores
— Green airballs a 3 pointer, clemson rebound —
— clemson turns it over, VT ball —
— Hokies called for 10 second violation, clemson ball —

** Radio Broadcast went out at this point **

Clemson apparently on a 7-0 run, cuts VT’s lead in half, from 14 to 7 (3:11 to play)

U4 Score – 64-57

66-57 – VT hits both FTs (perfect on the day)
— clemson misses 3 pointer, Eddie blocks a second attempt —
— 2:30 to play —
— VT misses, clemson rebound —
— 2:00 to play —
66-59 – clemson scores
— 1:40 to play —
— Eddie misses three pointer, clemson rebound —
66-61 – clemson scores on the fast break, McDaniels with 12 points
— 1:12 to play —
— Hudson throws the ball away, clemson ball —
— 1:03 to play —
— clemson misses, McDaniels rams home the miss —
66-63 – McDaniels with the follow slam off the miss (career-high 14 points)
67-63 – Green at the FT line, makes 1/2 FTs (first missed FT of the game for VT)
— Hokies with just one FG in the last 8 minutes —
67-65 – clemson scores
— timeout Hokies —
— :26.4 left to play —
— clemson on a 15-2 run in last 4 minutes —
— clemson fouls Davila —
67-65 – Davila missed the front end of a 1-and-1
— clemson rebounds Davila’s miss —
— :11 left to play —
— Eddie commits the foul and fouls out —
67-65 – McDaniels at the FT line, missed the first
— McDaniels missed the second FT on purpose, clemson gets the rebound and misses a shot at the buzzer, Hokies hold on to win —

Final Score – Hokies 67, clemson 65

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Previews | #5 duke (5-1) and clemson (3-4) @ VT (1-5) | Th., 7 PM on ESPN and Sat., 4 PM on RSN

Spread: VT by 4 over clemson (is Vegas not watching our games)
duke was favored by 4.5 (seriously, Vegas seems to have a lofty opinion of us… yet we are 1-7 against the spread in 2012).

It’s two previews for the price of one! Double your pleasure! (“Normally you pay extra for that, Cotton.” – Dodgeball) Since the Hokies play two full games in less than 48 hours, I figured kill two previews with one post. Each year each ACC team plays a back-to-back in approximately 48 hours (the Short Turnaround Sequence, as I call it). This year, the Hokies have to do it twice (again in mid-February). Yep, our schedule keeps getting better and better (sarcasm). At least both of these games are at home. In fact, Saturdays game against clemson is Virginia Tech’s first weekend ACC home game. That’s right, we didn’t get a weekend home game until February (see my note above about our schedule).

The Hokies have actually been dominant in the back end of their ACC Short Turnarounds. While Tech is just 3-4 in the first game (3 of which have been against duke), VT is 6-1 in the second game of a Short Turnaround. Keep in mind their opponent usually doesn’t have the same turnaround. That tells you the Hokies have been able to quickly recover and focus on the back end. I also think the short turnaround boosts your shooting — you tend to get into the flow of the game more quickly since you played so recently.

So what does this all mean? I’m not predicting anything in the duke game, but I fully expect to see the Hokies beat clemson on Saturday and push their record to 7-1 in these ‘doubleheaders’, so to speak. Oh, by the way, Hokie Guru has GUARANTEED A WIN OVER duke! No, he hasn’t promised to wear pink uva stuff if we lose. And no, he hasn’t gone crazy (at least any more so than usual — just messin’ with ya).

While I will not guarantee a win, this duke team is beatable… and yes, by the Hokies. They are mostly roll players, not stars. Granted, they are very good roll players, some of which are McDonald’s All-Americans, but they are simply not as talented as in past years. Yes, they are #5 in the country, but ohio state blew them out by 22 at osu, and temple won by 5 over the blue devils at temple. duke struggled at clemson, although they did pull away at maryland late in the game last week. Still, we all know the Hokies can take down a highly ranked duke team in the Cassell, we’ve done it twice:

  • 2/26/11 – VT 64, #1 duke 60 – HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2/17/05 – VT 67, #7 duke 65 (maybe my favorite win of all time after losing by 35 at duke a month earlier)

The question is, can the Hokies slow down the duke attack and keep pace with them on the scoreboard? We shall see. To beat a dead horse, the key is getting off to a decent start. Since the Hokies will no doubt be juiced playing the #5 blue devils, we might see the level of energy we’d like to have seen all year, and that could help at the get-go.

clemson simply isn’t that good. Yes, they are 3-3 and we are 1-5, but I’m telling you, they aren’t that good (yes, I realize neither are we… but we are at home and we are NOT falling to 1-7). c-l-e-m-s-ohhhhh-n is just 11-9 on the season overall. They also lost by 2 at bc, so they have the same black eye VT does. They have lost 3 games to teams from south carolina — the gamecocks, of course, but also college of charleston and coastal carolina (the latter two were at home). They also lost to utep and hawaii. In the ACC, two of their wins are over wake and georgia tech, both at home against ACC bottom-feeders. The one good win they have is a 20-point win over fsu in their ACC opener. Yep, you read that right, they blew out fsu by 20. And it wasn’t even that close — it was 32-10 with 6 minutes to go in the first half… but that was apparently before the noles figured things out.

Update: I watched clemson lose to uva by 4 on Tuesday night, and I’ve seen them play several times this year now. They just don’t impress me offensively. They don’t have good jumpshooters other than Smith. Young shoots for a decent percentage but he’s so short he has to be wide open. The game itself was very similar to the VT @ uva game — clemson led by 4 at the half just like the Hokies, only scored 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half just like the Hokies, but couldn’t contain Mike Scott or Joe Harris like VT did. The tigers battled back but still lost. But they can pressure the ball out by half court and that could give the Hokies fits (especially Rankin). clemson gets 3 days of rest before facing VT.

Did you know… VT was favored on Saturday at maryland? In fact, Tech has been favored in every game but the unc and uva games this year.


vs duke –

  • All Time: duke 37-8
  • At VT: duke 8-6
  • In ACC Play: duke 8-3
  • At VT in ACC Play: duke 3-2
  • Last Year: VT won at VT, duke won in the ACC Tournament Semi-Finals

vs c-l-e-m-s-ohhh-n –

  • All Time: VT 12-11
  • At VT: VT 7-5
  • In ACC Play: clemson 6-4
  • At VT in ACC Play: clemson 3-2
  • VT’s first ACC win game on 1/15/05 against clemson at the Cassell (59-57)
  • Last Year: clemson won 69-60 at clemson in the ACC regular season finale, locking up the #4 seed for clemson and dropping VT to the #6 seed.


Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.9
SG 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 7.7
SF 31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.9
PF 4 Raines 6-9 r-So 4.6
C 14 Davila 6-8 Sr 6.8
Bench 5 Hudson 6-5 r-Sr 11.9
15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 5.6
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
G 20 Dawkins 6-4 Jr 10.2
G 0 Rivers 6-4 Fr 14.1
G 30 Curry 6-2 Jr 12.2
F 34 Kelly 6-11 Jr 12.7
F 5 Mas. Plumlee 6-10 Jr 12.0
Bench 21 Mi. Plumlee 6-10 Sr 6.7
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
G 11 Young 5-9 Sr 13.9
G 5 Smith 6-5 Sr 11.1
G 1 Sapp* 6-2 Fr 4.7
F 21 Narcisse 6-6 Sr 3.1
F/C 31 Booker 6-8 Jr 10.7
Bench Hall 6-1 Fr 4.7

*6’9″ Milton Jennings had started up until the uva game Tuesday. He has been suspended for academic reasons and is doubtful for Saturday. He was averaging 8.9 ppg and was good in transition, though he’s a lousy shot like most of the tigers.

My quick breakdown of the teams:


  • Rivers is no Irving. The son of Doc is a good slasher and a solid 3-point shooter (38%), but he can’t pick you apart like Irving could and isn’t as good of a passer. He averages more turnovers than assists. He’s averaged less than 8 ppg in 3 ACC road games.
  • Kelly isn’t as soft as in past years. Still, he’s a 6’11” guy that can burn you from the outside. But he’s getting to the line a lot more this year than in past years. He can kill you with the shot-fake, and drive to the hoop. And he is a solid rebounder on the offensive end, using his height (and ACC officials have NOT been calling over the back this year).
  • Mason Plumlee is a beast inside. But he is AWFUL from the foul line. He makes Shaq look like Reggie Miller. He went 2/11 from the line in one game, and 2/10 in another. He hits 62% from the field and 48% from the line… so foul him (“Thumb a Plum”???)
  • Curry likely wants to avenge the goose egg he posted in Blacksburg last year with his father, VT legend Dell Curry watching. He did have 10 against the Hokies in the ACC Tourney, but can he step up in the arena where his dad’s jersey hangs?
  • Dawkins is a lot like Moseley was for maryland.
  • Bench: Miles Plumlee, Thornton, Cook, and Hairston provide minutes off the bench, but none of them are spectacular. Thornton is good defensively and can drill 3-pointers when open, Miles is soft, Cook is learning how to play in the ACC, and Hairston just provides depth inside.


  • Milton Jennings, the former 5-star recruit and current huge bust, has been suspended for academic reasons. Don’t expect him to play Saturday. He missed the uva game.
  • Young is what you expect/want from a 5-9 guy – loves to bomb treys (36%, 45 makes) and can really drive and dish (he has an almost 3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio… that’s awesome).
  • Smith is a solid outside shooter who has really developed his mid-range game.
  • Booker is no Booker… as in even though Devin’s improved over the years, he just even close to the talent Trevor (with the Wizards, I believe) is/was.
  • Narcisse is JT Thompson without the talent. High energy, and that’s it.
  • Hall and Sapp are freshmen guards in the ACC, which means lots of mistakes and learning on the job.
  • Yes, they do have a 7-footer like every other VT opponent (he’s actually 7’2″). Catalin Baciu averages 4 points and 2 rebounds in 10 minutes… oh, and he isn’t much of a shot-blocker.
  • clemson has a veteran lineup but they simply aren’t that talented. They have the type of veterans where you hope your stud recruits take over for them… but the tigers don’t really have any big recruits in the last few classes. Their only 4-star from the past 2 years is freshman Bernard Sullivan, who averages 1.3 ppg. Jennings was a 5-star and Booker a 4-star, both of which appear to be a joke (especially with Jennings). This is a team that way overachieved last year and is coming back to reality this year.


Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY.

VT duke clemson
PPG 59.5 (10) 75.5 (2) 68.3 (5)
PPG vs 63.7 (3) 68.0 (7) 64.8 (4)
FT% 76% (3) 75% (4) 67% (8)
FG% 38% (12) 47% (1) 44% (6)
3-Pt% 33% (6) 34% (5) 32% (8)
Made 3s PG 6.0 (4) 7.2 (1) 5.3 (8)
FG% D 42% (3) 44% (10) 44% (9)
Rebound Margin -8.0 (12) -0.2 (7) -1.7 (9)

The ACC quit showing a lot of the stats they used to show, so that’s why this is a bit leaner than in the past. Not sure why they changed it mid-season.


Take the biggest nerd from your school, then from 4,999 other schools, and you have duke. I’m still waiting for Fox to produce a reality show where they take a florida state frat and move them to duke for a semester and let them run wild. Those nerds wouldn’t leave their dorm rooms for three months.


They beat us in the ACC Championship Game in football back in December. They beat us in our ACC regular season finale last basketball season, effectively driving a stake into our NCAA Tournament hearts. I saw it is time to exact some revenge. Who’s with me?!

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