Spread: clemson by 5.5 (the Hokies have covered in the last 3 games they were ‘dogs in)
March Madness is here again! I’ve got good news/bad news for all you Hokie hoops fans. What do you want first? I heard HipHop say ‘good news’ so let’s start with that (Chuck only wants to hear the bad news… kidding!):
- Good news: You don’t have to sweat out another Selection Sunday this year!
- Bad news: …because Virginia Tech isn’t going to the Big Dance and unless they start winning some games, won’t even be in the NIT and might be relegated to the CBI or some other made up tournament. Technically you don’t have to have a .500 record to make it, but in reality VT will have to be at least .500 to get in, and even then they might not.
On Thursday night Virginia Tech heads to clemson for their final regular season road game. Tech is 2-3 at Littlejohn since joining the ACC, alternating losses then wins (they are due to win this game since clemson won at clemson last year in the regular season finale, effectively knocking the Hokies out of the NCAA Tournament). But winning in Littlejohn will be a challenge — the tigers are 5-2 at home in ACC play this season.
Tech beat clemson a month ago, jumping out to a 17-point first half lead (that’s how you debate!) and going into halftime up 42-28. So we must have reached 70 points, right? Nope. Tech took a knee the final 6 minutes, and despite having a 14-point lead with 5:30 to go, clemson had two opportunities to tie the game at the end. K.J. McDaniels missed two free throws with 3 seconds left, but Tanner Smith grabbed the offensive rebound and missed a 14-foot jumper at the buzzer, and the Hokies won 67-65. Eddie had 15, Doe Doe 12, and Green 10 for Tech. For the tigers, Young had 14, McDaniels had 14 (almost all on dunks — he had 6 dunks), Booker 11, and Smith 10.
Since that point, clemson has gone 4-2, winning 4 of their last 5. They beat uva by 12 at home. Tech has been very mercurial since that clemson game, playing up to their better competition (narrow losses to fsu, uva, and duke where VT led in the 2nd half in all three), while playing down to the level of the poorer teams (should have lost to bc at home and needed a 3 at the buzzer to beat georgia tech who didn’t have their best player). Which Hokie team will show up Thursday? The Hokies are just 1-6 on the road in league action this year, but since clemson is playing well right now, I assume that means the Hokies will rise to the challenge and play well.
- Overall: VT 13-11
- At clemson: clemson 6-5
- At clemson in ACC Play: clemson 3-2
- Overall in ACC Play: clemson 6-5
- Last Meeting: VT 67 clemson 65 RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS
*6’9″ Milton Jennings was suspended for academic reasons for the last meeting, but is back and starting now.
Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY.
|PPG||60.3 (9)||65.4 (7)|
|PPG vs||64.6 (4)||62.2 (2)|
|FT%||71% (6)||67% (11)|
|FG%||40% (12)||43% (6)|
|3-Pt%||36% (2)||32% (9)|
|Made 3s PG||6.1 (t4)||5.5 (7)|
|FG% D||44% (10)||45% (11)|
|3-Pt% D||34% (7)||35% (9)|
|Blocks||2.8 (10)||3.7 (6)|
|Steals||5.4 (8)||8.4 (1)|
|TO Margin||+2.4 (2)||+4.0 (1)|
|Off Reb %||30% (9)||31% (8)|
|Def Reb %||65% (12)||67% (10)|
Tech was #1 in FT% two weeks ago, now they are smack dab in the middle. As for the rest of the stats, you can see that these are two pretty evenly matched teams on paper. clemson gives up a high FG%, but they get a lot of steals to balance that out. Hence, they don’t give up many points.
Let’s give the tigers some more payback for daring to steal our ACC Football Championship!