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Game Highlights | HOKIES 69, clemson 61

Relive Erick Green’s magical Senior Night over and over again – here are the highlights featuring plenty of the Winchester Rifle, including his standing ovation as he was removed from the game!

Oh, and the Hokies won 69-61 to finish their home schedule at 10-7.  The home team has won 6 straight in this series.


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Game Plus/Minus | HOKIES 69, clemson 61

Jarell Eddie, who has had some terrible plus/minus numbers in ACC play, put up a team high +18 tonight!  He had been more than -7 in ACC play until this game.

Erick Green had a solid +14 (VT was -6 in the 1 minute he sat).

And Mr. Barksdale continues to dominate this stat for VT.  He had a +13 tonight.  He has the team’s best average +/- in ACC play at +0.3 (pretty remarkable for a 5-11 team — he’s the only positive Hokie that plays regularly).

Wood and Johnston had rough nights with -8’s.  Johnston just could not guard Sullivan for clemson (6 quick 2nd half points) and had to be taken out.

clemson Season Wins Losses ACC Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- 13 16 16 Per Game
Eddie 18 -54 9.4 -10.6 -6.9 -1.9
Green 14 -12 14.2 -10.8 -6.1 -0.4
Barksdale 13 56 8.3 -1.8 0.3 2.0
Raines 7 -73 6.2 -8.9 -5.7 -2.5
van Zegeren 4 -64 3.5 -6.8 -5.4 -2.2
Brown 2 11 10.6 -7.7 -5.8 0.4
Rankin -2 -131 1.9 -8.8 -5.8 -4.9
Wood -8 -36 4.5 -6.1 -6.6 -1.6
Johnston -8 -67 0.0 -3.1 -4.3 -2.6
TEAM 8 -89 11.1 -12.8 -8.8 -3.1

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Game Recap and Breakdown | HOKIES (4-12) 69, clemson (5-11) 61


The Hokies wrapped up their home schedule with a 69-61 victory over the clemson tigers on SENIOR DAY! And my, what a day it was for Tech’s senior starter, Erick Green. Erick scored 17 first half points on his way to 29 points in his final game at the Cassell and chants of “Green Machine” filled the Coliseum as he iced the game away from the line. Green was 8/12 from the field and an amazing 5/7 from behind the arc. Erick now has 1,667 career points. He is just 40 points away from surpassing Ace Custis and entering the VT Top 10 scoring list.

HATS OFF TO YOU, MR. GREEN! It has been a pleasure watching you these last six years (since he committed to VT during his junior year at Millbrook HS on his way to a state title).

And major props to the hundreds of fans that wore green to honor Erick Green! That was awesome. It was a great crowd tonight (although a small crowd – just 5,100) from start to buzzer from the fans that were there.

C.J. Barksdale had another great game with 14 points. He’s averaged over 14 ppg in his last 4 games (he had scored just 21 total points in his previous 9 games).

Robert Brown added an ACC career high of 13 points on 6/8 FGs (11 points in the first half).

The Hokies shot an amazing 63% from the field in the first half on their way to an 11-point lead at the break, 36-25. That was thanks in part to a 14-4 run that turned a 15-11 deficit into a 25-19 lead with 7:30 left in the first half. The 11-point halftime lead was Tech’s largest halftime lead in ACC play and their biggest lead at the break since the vmi game (game #3 back in November).

They led by as many as 15 in the second half until clemson utilized a full court trap-press. Tech started turning the ball over at will and the tigers took advantage, going on an 8-0 run to cut the VT lead to 3 at 46-43 with 11:30 to go. clemson would score on 7 straight possessions and get within 2, but no closer and the Hokies held on to win.

Once again free throws were key for VT. They hit 9/10 in the final 2:12 to keep clemson in the rear view mirror (it was a 3-point game most of the final 2 minutes).

Tech shot 55% from the field for the game and 6/13 (46%) on 3s. The only negative for the Hokies was their inability to handle the clemson press in the 2nd half, and as a result, committing 16 turnovers (5 by Brown and 4 by Green).

The home team has now won 6 straight in this series (and VT won at a neutral site, the ACC Tourney, last year).

clemson was without stud K.J. McDaniels who had 5 dunks at VT last year and 17 points in the first meeting at clemson, including 5/7 on 3s.

Milton Jennings, who had 28 in the game at clemson, was held to 13 tonight. Devin Booker led clemson with 17.

Tech finishes the season 10-7 at the Cassell (3-6 in ACC play). They have two ACC road games remaining with duke on Tuesday and wake on Sunday.

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Previews (2-for-1) | Wednesday @ #5 miami (13-1) at 7 PM | Saturday vs clemson (5-10) at 8 PM – Senior Night!


Update: clemson lost to unc by a 68-59 margin on Thursday night. Booker had 25 points and 11 boards. The tigers were down 14 at home but battled back to make it respectable. clemson has now lost 6 of 7 and have to play the Hokies less than 48 hours after the loss to the heels.

Spread: miami by 17.

Forget miami for now, Saturday is SENIOR NIGHT at the Cassell! This means it will be the final home game for the nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green, and walk-on Joey Racer. PLEASE – LET’S PACK THE CASSELL! And we are encouraging all fans to wear GREEN. That’s no disrespect to Joey, or the rest of the Hokies, but think it is a fitting tribute to one of the all time greatest in the history of Virginia Tech hoops, who is having one of the five best seasons in school history (more on him later this week). So get out that Kermit the frog outfit or that St. Pat’s shirt and be green for a night!

Ok, back to the games. The Hokies will have an opportunity at revenge against two of the top defense in the nation (miami is 7th in the land out of 347 teams and clemson is also top 50 in defensive efficiency).

Just like last week against duke, miami is coming off a loss – their first in ACC play at wake this past Saturday, so they should be focused and not overlooking the last place Hokies. wake dominated the canes at home, jumping out to a 19-point first half lead and winning by 15 in Winston-Salem. However, they are still #2 in the RPI (behind duke).

clemson will be playing their short turnaround game against the Hokies Saturday. They play the tar holes at home Thursday night, then have to travel to Blacksburg to play the Hokies less than 48 hours later. The tigers have lost 6 of 7 heading into the VT game. Obviously this is a great opportunity for the Hokies to jump on the tigers, who should be tired and more focused on their contest with unc.

Here are all the goodies from the first meetings with each team:

miami 73, @Hokies 64 (January 30th):

  • The Hokies stunned the 6-0 (in the ACC) canes by jumping to a 28-16 lead with less than 6 minutes left in the first half, but a 7-0 run to close the half by miami closed the gap to 3, 32-29 (Marshall Wood missed 3 FTs and a dunk and Green missed a layup). miami continued their run in the 2nd half, starting it with a 9-2 run to go up by 4. They took the lead for good with 11:14 to go as a 10-0 run in the middle of the 2nd half put them up 9. The Hokies were down 4 with 2 minutes left but could get no closer. Shane Larkin, who is Green’s stiffest competition for ACC POTY (and Barry Larkin’s son), paced the u with 25 points and Kenny Kadji added 18 (VT has no one that can guard the 6’11” inside-outside threat). Erick Green had 30 (11/20 shooting and 5/8 on 3s) to lead VT. Eddie had 14 (4/5 FGs, 3/3 on 3s) and Raines 10.

@clemson 77, Hokies 70 (January 27th):

  • Unlike the miami game, Tech fell behind big early in this game. clemson was up 12-0 before the Hokies scored with over 6 minutes and 30 seconds gone. Tech battled back to tie the game at the half (33-all). The second half was back and forth but after VT took a 1-point lead with 4 minutes left, clemson took the lead for good with 3:20 to go. Milton Jenning led all scorers with 28 points (20 in the 2nd half including 16/18 from the line). Erick Green had 25 for Tech. clemson, the 2nd worst 3-point % shooting team in the ACC, hit 10/21 from deep including 5/7 by K.J. McDaniels (just a 32% shooter). Note he had 5 dunks at VT last year, he’s a freak athlete.


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Wild Turkey Breakdown | The clemson Game and VT’s ACC Play to Date

I realized I was too negative after the uva game so I’m going to make a conscious effort to accentuate the positives Tech displays, and there were some real positives on Sunday…


  • Tech battled until the end.  It would have been easy to warm up the bus after falling behind 12-0 and not scoring for the first 6:38 of the game.  But VT stayed after it and hung in there on the road until the bitter end.  I was proud of our effort.
  • The Hokies committed just 5 turnovers on Sunday against a team that usually causes quite a few.  That’s a fantastic number, less than half of their season average.  And VT committed 14 turnovers against uva and had accumulated 11+ turnovers in 9 of their last 10 games, so it was good to see them clean that up.
  • Jarell Eddie tallied 19 points on 5/11 FGs and 2/5 on 3s.  He’s 6/14 on 3-pointers since the start of OT at georgia tech, a 43% clip and much more Eddie-like.
  • Erick Green continues to lead the nation in scoring.  That brings attention to the program and helps JJ sell us to recruits (as opposed to uva who has to sell guys on playing a hockey-penalty-kill style system).
  • Christian Beyer played a solid 16 minutes, with a +7 and 4 points and 4 rebounds.  Tech really has to feel they are 9 deep now with Wood back — 8 scholarship guys plus Beyer.  You can live with that.  Most teams don’t have more than 9 in their rotation.
  • Tech is through the ‘easy’ part of their ACC schedule.  Tech has played each of the other 5 teams in the bottom half of the ACC standings.  They’ve played just one team in the top 6 (uva, who is tied for 3rd).  8 of their next 11 are against teams in the top half of the league, plus they have to play maryland again who throttled VT in the ACC opener in that stretch.  That may not sound like good news, but look at it this way — Tech will be double digit underdogs in almost every game, as they were Sunday.  The Hokies have nothing to lose at this point.  No expectations.  They can play loose and free.  And if they lose by 16?  Big deal, they were supposed to.  While it isn’t the situation you want to be in, it can be liberating.  Hopefully the Hokies start to relax and just have fun again, and be aggressive.  Tech has some depth now and can push the tempo and pressure on defense, testing out JJ’s style.  What is there to lose.
  • Finally, at least we aren’t northern illinois.  They scored 5 in a half earlier this year, and scored a pathetic 4 yesterday in the first half.  They went 1/31 from the floor, missing their final 29 shots of the half.  They scored just 25 points in the game.


  • As I mentioned in the positives, the Hokies are just now getting to the tough part of their ACC schedule.  They have 12 games left and half of those are against the top 4 in the ACC (miami, nc state, duke, and uva).  They also have to play unc, fsu, and maryland again.  Expect Tech to be heavy underdogs in every game except gt at home, maybe clemson at home, and wake on the road.
  • I’d call 2-4 in the ACC a slight disappointment considering the Hokies just played the other five teams picked to finish at the bottom of the ACC, and three of those games were at home (Tech went 1-2 in those games).  But hey, they aren’t in last place, or even 11th, we are in 10th.  It could be worse.
  • Robert Brown is 1/18 on 3-pointers in ACC play and has missed 16 straight (he’s just 1/28 since georgia southern).  He’s also just 12/53 on FGs in ACC play (23%).

Slow Starts:

If you are faint of heart, don’t read this:

  • Tech has been shut out at the first media timeout two games in a row.
  • Against uva, didn’t score for the first 4 minutes and 30 seconds, and didn’t hit a FG until 6:15 was off the clock.
  • Today Tech didn’t score for the first 6:48, missing their first 10 shots.

Note this is not unique to JJ.  The Hokies regularly came out of the blocks ice cold under Greenberg.  Not sure what it is, but it is very real and continues to plague the Hokies.

Second Half Struggles:

Here’s a look at how much Tech has (led, been tied, trailed, trailed by 10+) in the 2nd half of ACC games.  Note that includes 120 minutes of action and does not include the OT vs georgia tech.

  • Led: 2 minutes and 28 seconds (i.e. 5:39)
  • Tied: 5:37
  • Trailed: 108:44
  • Trailed by 10+ points: 42:41
  • Trailed by 20+ points: 7:27

Tech has led in the second half of just 2 games – today vs clemson and against wake (VT never led in the 2nd half at georgia tech and were tied for just the final 24 seconds of regulation).  The Hokies’ biggest lead in the 2nd half of an ACC game is 2 points.  In fact, that’s their biggest 2nd half lead in their last 10 games (they also led bradley by 2 over a month ago along with wake and clemson).

The Hokies have trailed for almost 10-times the amount of time that they’ve led in the 2nd half, they’ve trailed by 10+ points for almost 4-times longer than they’ve led or been tied, and they’ve trailed by 20+ points for more time to date than they’ve led.  Not good.  It shows they’ve dug themselves into holes in the 1st half, as we noted above in the Slow Starts section.  It is tough playing up-hill all game.

Three Point Defense:

Seriously, how bad is Tech’s 3-point defense?  Check out these numbers since the start of the wvu game (this includes their average makes and 3-Point % to date, not the time of the game, so it includes them going off against the Hokies and shows how bad Tech’s 3-point defense is).

OPP Made 3s vs VT 3Pt % vs VT Avg Made 3s Per Game Season 3Pt %
wvu 10 42% 4.9 29%
mvsu 4 14% 5.1 27%
ga south 11 42% 5.9 37%
bradley 8 35% 4.4 29%
co state 11 46% 5.2 35%
byu 7 37% 6.2 33%
maryland 10 44% 5.7 33%
bc 8 36% 7.3 34%
ga tech 8 33% 5.5 31%
wake 7 37% 5.2 36%
uva 11 48% 5.7 39%
clemson 10 48% 5.1 32%

[ACC games in italics]

As you can see, every ACC opponent has shot a higher 3-point percentage and made more 3s against VT than their season averages.  In Tech’s four ACC losses, the opponent has been well above their average 3s made (39 made compared to 23.9) and the percentages were well above average except against bc, who was pretty much on par.

The Hokies tried to go zone Sunday and it backfired – clemson, who shot 32% from deep coming in and made just 5.1 per game, hit 10/21 and K.J. McDaniels, a 31% shooter from deep, when 5/7.  Unreal.  Game after game someone torches Tech from deep.

Through 6 ACC games on 3-pointers:

  • VT: 28/93 (30%) — 11th in the ACC
  • opponents: 54/132 (41%) — Last in the ACC

Dunk You Very Little:

  • Tech’s been out-dunked 19-10 in ACC play


I like JJ.  I really hope he succeeds.  But I stand by my comments Thursday night (or more like Friday morning) that said this was a bad hire.  That’s not his fault, that’s our administration’s fault for going bargain basement.  You can’t learn on the job in the ACC.  I think JJ will have a tough time here given the situation, and given that he is having to figure out how to balance recruiting, game prep, lineups, in-game adjustments, dealing with the media, etc.  I think it will be tough for him to last here more than a few seasons given the situation.  Maybe we’ll turn it around either this year or in the next few, but you just can’t hire a guy with no track record to judge them on, in my opinion.  Again, not his fault, of course he took the job (as I would if offered it), this is on our A.D.

I do think he’s a good man and will be successful, but if I was to guess, I would say the results won’t come until his next head coaching gig when he gets to apply what he’s learned.  Or maybe he’ll turn into the next John Calipari… although even Coach Cal started at a mid-major.

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Game Plus/Minus | clemson 77, VT 70

Here’s the plus/minus for the Hokies from Sunday (I left up the uva +/-, I also have averages in wins, losses, and overall).

Of Note:

  • Rankin had a -20 on Sunday and Raines had a -14, easily the two worst totals for the Hokies.  Tech was -35 combined on the day, so if you take out those two, the other eight Hokies were just -1.
  • Beyer had a +7 and Brown a +5, both solid numbers in a 7 point loss.  Especially for Beyer who had to play more minutes (16) than normal with all the foul trouble in the post.
uva clemson Season Wins Losses Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- +/- 11 8 Per Game
Brown -11 5 59 11.5 -9.6 3.3
Wood -8 -6 29 5.8 -4.3 2.4
Green -16 -7 42 14.5 -14.6 2.2
Barksdale -9 0 39 7.4 -6.0 2.2
Eddie -4 -2 38 10.3 -9.4 2.0
Raines -3 -14 -2 6.8 -9.6 -0.1
van Zegeren -13 1 -12 4.0 -7.0 -0.6
Patrick DNP DNP -5 -1.5 0.5 -0.8
Donlon DNP DNP -7 -4.0 0.5 -1.8
Johnston -5 1 -33 0.1 -4.9 -1.9
Racer DNP DNP -18 -9.5 0.5 -3.0
Beyer 0 7 -43 1.3 -13.3 -3.3
Rankin -11 -20 -78 1.3 -11.3 -4.6
TEAM -16 -7 1 11.5 -15.6 0.1

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Opponent Hall of Fame | clemson

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

Today’s inductee is clemson sophomore K.J. McDaniels.

  • Tied his career high with 17 points
  • 5/7 from 3-point range (came into the game shooting 31% from behind the arc, averaging 1.1 makes per game, and had made more than two 3-pointers in a game just once in his career with a previous high of 4)

Past entries:

  • uva: Evan Nolte – Career high 18 points (previous high was 15 points and he hadn’t reached double digits in an ACC game before tonight).  5/9 on 3-pointers (hadn’t made more than 3 in a game before tonight but was 42% from behind the arc coming in)
  • bc: Lonnie Jackson.  He was 23/74 (31% from behind the arc before tonight, but went 5/8 tonight (63% – doubling his %).  He finished with 22 points, 8 more than his previous season high of 14.
  • maryland: Jake Layman – 18 points in the 1st half on 6/7 FGs and 4/5 3-Pointers (he came in shooting 17% from behind the arc – 5/29).  20 points for the game, doubling his previous career high.  He averaged 3.2 ppg before this game.
  • byu: Tyler Haws – 42 points on 14/25 shooting (6/8 from 3-point range).  Averages less than half that per game – 20.9 ppg.  Has made more than 2 three-pointers in just 2 other games.
  • csu: Dorian Green – 18 points on 5/6 from 3-point range.  Green was a 30% 3-point shooter coming into the game, but found his stroke against the Hokies, going 5/6 from deep and is now a 37% 3-point shooter on the season.
  • wvu: Kevin Noreen – averaging 2.5 ppg as of 1/8/13, had 14 points on 6/10 shooting and 2/3 on 3-Pointers. He also had 12 rebounds (he has just 41 total rebounds on the season after 12 games played).  FYI: these are his only 3 three-point attempts all season, and he only has 1 other in his previous 2 seasons.

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Game Recap | clemson (3-4) 77, Hokies (2-4) 70

Box Score

Most coaches don’t believe in moral victories because they almost always come at the expense of an actual loss on your schedule. Still, moral victories do have some benefits, such as knowing that your team, despite not scoring for the first 6 minutes and 48 seconds of the game and trailing 12-0, didn’t quit.

The Hokies (2-4) lost their second straight game, 77-70, on the road against clemson. Senior all-universe guard Erick Green scored his average, 25 points, to lead Virginia Tech. Jarell Eddie had a solid game with 19 points, but it wasn’t enough.

The Hokies got off to about as bad of a start as you could possibly imagine (excluding injuries). Virginia Tech fell behind 12-0 and missed its first 10 shots of the game. The Hokies didn’t get on the board until Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer, converted fast-break layup with 13:22 to play in the first half, nearly seven minutes into the game.

It appeared that the Hokies would get blown out of the gym, but somehow, they fought and scratched and clawed their way back into the game and used a 13-4 run to tie the game at 33 going into the half. tiger fans had to be wondering how this could be given that VT went scoreless for the first seven minutes.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair. Tech took its first lead of the game just 40 seconds into the second half when Eddie buried a three. But in the end, clemson simply had more depth and better players and wore the Hokies down with its perimeter shooting.

Eddie was 5-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Green was 7-of-17 from the field and 11-of-14 from the line. Together, Green and Eddie shot 12-of-28 (42 percent), while the rest of the Hokies shot just 9-of-32 (28 percent).

For the fifth time this season, Green went 0-for- from behind the arc. The first two times he didn’t make a three, the Hokies won. The last three times he hasn’t scored a trey, they’ve lost. Today, he was 0-for-3.

Tech was out-rebounded 42-33 and had a season-high nine shots blocked. The Hokies committed 25 fouls, the second most this season (they had 26 in the home loss to bc). Fifteen of those fouls against clemson came from Joey van Zegeren, C.J. Barksdale, and Cadarian Raines, all three of whom fouled out.

@hiphop_hokie pointed out another demoralizing fact from today’s game in a Tweet:

@TechHoops Barksdale & Raines – who I watched battle in the VHSL AAA qtrs – 1 point. Walk-on Beyer, 4 points. Unreal lack of post presence

As for the TechHoops.com Opponent Hall of Fame, you can expect three nominees this week: senior Milton Jennings, who averages 9.8 points per game, but had a career-best 28 points today. There’s also K.J. McDaniels, a sophomore who averages 10.8 a game and scored 17 today thanks to a career-best FIVE three pointers. And last but not least we have Damarcus Harrison, another sophomore that averages less than 5 points per game, but had a… wait for it… career-high 19 points today against the Hokies.

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Previews (2-for-1) | uva (2-2) @ VT (2-2) – Thursday at 8 PM | VT @ clemson – Sunday at 1 PM

clemson Update: Spread – clemson by 10.5. clemson lost to fsu by 3 on Thursday 70-67 on a shot at the buzzer by Michael Snaer (we can relate). The tigers fell to 2-4 in the ACC.
They are near the bottom of the ACC in terms of 3-point % and 3s made per game, which is good for Tech. VT beat the #9 and 10 3-point shooting teams in the league, wake and gt. Expect to see the Hokies play zone and dare clemson to beat them from deep (gotta guard Jennings out there). The tigers are good at blocking shots and have a very turnover margin, so we’ll see if Tech can get points inside and protect the ball.

Spread: uva by 4 (at our place?!). FYI: It’s a Maroon Monsoon, people! Greenberg could never figure out we should wear ‘maroon’ for this game (or black for the blackout), but JJ’s got it figured out already! Maroon it up, peeps!

The Magnificent Seven (plus two walk-ons) have won two in a row but will face two stiff challenges this week. If you were hoping to watch some fun, exciting ACC contests, this is not the week for you. Tech takes on two of the most boring, offensively averse teams in the nation this week, with uva coming to the Cassell on Thursday and then heading down to Littlejohn on Sunday for a match-up with the c-l-e-m-s-ohhhhh-n tigers. Watching these two teams play is a lot like going to the dentist – and you should opt for the eye protection to shield your eyes.

I guess another way to say it is that both uva and clemson are really good on defense (and not pushing the ball). Both rank in the top 10 in the NATION in terms of points allowed per game (uva at #2, giving up just 50.6 ppg, and clemson at #9). uva is also in the top 10 in terms of defensive efficiency – allowing just 85.8 points per 100 possessions for their opponents (VT is 18 points higher).

In ACC play, no one has reached the 60-point mark against uva and they held florida state to 36 (yes, you read that right) this weekend. 15 in the first half, and the noles ‘exploded’ for 21 in the 2nd half. The wahoos have held opponents to 45 or fewer points 7 times this year, and in the 30s on four occasions.

clemson held uva and wake to 44 points each in back-to-back wins and have held three other teams in the 40s. clemson beat uva 59-44 at Littlejohn a week ago.

But, part of being a good defense also means taking the air out of the ball on offense (along with good transition defense). uva ranks 344th out of 347 teams in Division 1 in terms of tempo (less than 60 possessions per game, which is 10 less than Tech averages) and clemson checks in at 325th at 62 possessions per game. So don’t expect a shootout at the OK Corral, these are much more likely to be a drag’em out, sock’em game.

In the Post: Luckily for Virginia “what’s a defensive rebound” Tech, neither uva nor clemson has much size in the post, which will help the rebounding-challenged Hokies. uva does not have a single starter over 6’8″ and clemson’s only starter over 6’8″ (Milton Jennings – 10.1 ppg) is as soft as they come. He’s even more of a perimeter player than Jarell Eddie. He has just 22 offensive rebounds. More on him below in the 3-point shooting section.

uva does have a 6’11” freshman in Mike Tobey, but he has all the athleticism of Tobey Keith. He gives them 6 ppg but not many rebounds or blocks.

The real threat inside for uva is 6’8″ junior Akil Mitchell. With Mike Scott gone after seemingly haunting the Hokies for 10 years (it was actually five — yes, five — and more than 100 career points vs VT), Mitchell has really blossomed. He’s tripled his PPG from 4.1 last year to 12.3 this year, and his rebounds have more than doubled from 4.4 to 9.1 per game. Akil does all his work in the trenches and shoots 54% from the floor. He grabs a lot of offensive rebounds, too.

Darion Atkins, a 6’8″ sophomore, is their best shot-blocker inside, though he didn’t play against fsu due to a shin injury. Not sure of his status for this game.

For clemson, 6’8″ senior Devin Booker has seen the light switch go on this year. He’s playing a lot tougher inside, and leads clemson with 13 ppg and 8 rebounds. He had 27 points in their close loss at nc state, and 12 points and 15 rebounds at duke recently. Still, he is just a shadow of his brother.

The most dangerous ‘big’ for clemson isn’t even a big man. 6’6″ sophomore K.J. McDaniels has Dominique Wilkins-like hops. You may remember him from his dunk contest he put on in Blacksburg last year, scoring 14 points on SIX DUNKS and blocking 5 shots. Against wake last week he had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and SEVEN BLOCKS. He’s like Josh Smith in that he’ll come from across the arena out of nowhere to reject a shot. McDaniels puts up 10.6 ppg, 5 boards, and 2.2. blocks per contest.

3-Point Shooting: Tech has had issues defending the three-point shot of late and both teams present challenges for the Hokies. For uva it is junior Joe Harris (who has torched Tech in the past). He’s leading uva in ppg at 15.2 and is shooting 46% from behind the arc with 37 makes (more than 2 per game), second best in terms of 3-point % in the ACC. For clemson, more than half of Jennings’s shots and makes are 3-pointers, and. That said, he is a deadly outside shooter, hitting 45% of his 60 3-point attempts.

Bench: clemson really only goes two deep on their bench (in terms of meaningful minutes), so they have the same depth issues as Tech. Filer will give them 8 points off the bench, though, and Roper is a good 3-point shooter as a 6th man. Anderson is a decent scorer off the bench for uva and Jones has some quickness to contend with.

Other Factors: Senior Jontel Evans missed the first part of the season with injury and is missing in action right now. He’s averging just 3 ppg over the 8 games he’s played. Jontel is probably the only PG in America that hasn’t attempted a 3-point shot all season (he’s never been a good 3-point shooter anyway). His game is to drive to the hoop, and he is still averaging almost 4 assists per game. Mitchell has been a big beneficiary of that, and another fear is him driving and kicking out to Harris. I’d dare Jontel to beat Tech and force him to finish off the drive. That said, Tech’s guards (including EG) are not good on-ball defenders (Rankin is the best), and Evans likely will beat them like a rented mule off the dribble. Tech will need better help defense after he gets by the first line of defense with quick rotations and not leaving Harris.

Other than Harris and Mitchell, no one is averaging even 7 ppg for uva. Not a surprise since they only score 62 per game. Harris and Mitchell account for 44% of that.

Rod Hall is another mighty might for clemson and is their playmaker. He puts up almost 4 assists per game, just like Evans. He is also a pass-first guy who never shoots the 3 (just 2 attempts all season).

Erick Green is still the nation’s leading scorer — 0.5 ahead of McDermott from creighton barrel.


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HIGHLIGHTS | ACC Tourney 1st Round | #10 HOKIES 68, #7 clemson 63

The Hokies take the rubber match of their 3-game series with the clemson tigers, knocking off the higher seed in the First Round of the ACC Tournament 68-63 in Atlanta.  This exacted some measure of revenge for the tigers taking down the Hokies in this season’s ACC Football Championship Game.

The 5-point victory was Tech’s largest margin of victory this calendar year (their previous high was 2-points).

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ACC First Round Recap | #10 HOKIES 68, #7 clemson 63


Cancel your tee times for Friday, the Hokies used their expansive close game experience and pulled away from the clemson tigers down the stretch, winning 68-63 in the First Round of the ACC Tournament.  Tech moves back to .500 at 16-16 on the season and will face #2-seed duke (without Ryan Kelly) at 7 PM on Friday night in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals.

The Hokies captured the season series, winning for the 2nd time in 3 games against clemson this season.  And how crazy is this — Tech’s 5-point margin of victory is their largest of 2012… by 3 points (their previous largest win this calendar year was by 2 points).

Erick Green led the Hokies with 24 points.  clemson held him to just 8 last Thursday at clemson, snapping his string of 30 consecutive double digit games.  In fact, Green had scored just 25 total points in his previous 3 games against the tigers, which he almost equaled tonight.  The 2nd-Team All-ACCer hit 7/11 from the field, 2/4 from deep, and 8/8 from the line (including 4/4 in one-and-one situations).

Stat of the Game: Don’t Go Green… Until Tonight – Green (24 points) hadn’t scored more than 16 points in any of Tech’s previous 9 wins before tonight.  But he had scored 17 or more in 8 Tech’s last 13 losses.

Tech’s best player was the best player on the floor tonight, and carried the Hokies.  After clemson cut a 61-52 VT lead to 61-57 in a span of 15 seconds with 1:50 to go, Green drove the floor and laid in an acrobatic layup to put the Hokies back up 6 with 100 seconds to go.

Old Man River (Dorenzo Hudson) also stepped up, decided his career wouldn’t end tonight.  Zo hit 6/12 FGs, 3/7 3-pointers, and 4/4 from the stripe to tally 19 points.

The Hokies played without point guard Marquis Rankin, who is out with a knee injury, and Victor Davila, dropping them to 7 scholarship players (deja vu all over again).  5 Hokies played 30 minutes or more, including 36 from Doe Doe.

Dorian Finney-Smith had another solid game (he’s on a nice 10 game stretch), scoring 8 points and snagging 8 boards, including 4 on the offensive end to extend possessions.  He also ran the point some with Rankin out and Young (ACC steals leader) on Green.  Doe Doe showed some nice drives, getting to the rack for tough layups twice, including a runner at the end of the shot clock that put VT up 61-52 with 2:25 to go.  Doe Doe added 3 steals, too.

Cadarian Raines had a solid game with 9 points on 4/6 shooting, but clemson really focused on keeping the ball away from him.  Booker did a solid job defending Raines in the post, but that led to Devin’s 4 fouls.

clemson got average games from their stars — Freshman Devin Coleman was the surprising scoring leader for the tigers with 15, most on drives to the rack.  It was his career high, in fact, he had never reached double digits before.  He even hit a 3-pointer despite being 2/17 on the year from long range.

Senior Andre Young and junior Milton Jennings had 13 each, while senior Tanner Smith had 12.  Tech limited Devin Booker to just 7 points (only 4 FG attempts).  Booker was also hit with a flagrant-1 foul when he elbowed Cadarian Raines with 4 minutes to go, allowing the Hokies to hit 1/2 FTs and get the ball (Tech converted).

clemson came into this game averaging 8.8 steals per game, but Virginia Tech did an excellent job of protecting the ball, allowing just 2 steals for the tigers (VT had 5 steals).  The Hokies even got some transition buckets — two layups on fastbreaks off turnovers (they actually passed the ball once on the break!!!  EG to Zo!) and two 3-pointers in transition by Hudson.

The whistles were much more prevalent in the 2nd half.  clemson was called for just 1 foul in the first half, and just two FTs were attempted (by clemson).  But Tech was aggressive getting to the rack in the 2nd half and drew 12 fouls on the tigers and hit 17/20 FTs (that’s more like it — Tech had been just 58% from the line since the start of the @florida state game).

The surprise was clemson’s 3-point shooting.  The tigers were 0/10 from behind the arc at clemson last week, and just 2/27 in the 2 games vs VT.  But the tigers hit 5/9 from deep in the first half and started 6/10 from 3-point range… then they went back to being clemson, hitting just 2/12 from deep in the final 18 minutes.

The Hokies just missed 70 points (they still have not reached 70 in regulation in 18 games in 2012).

VT shot 42% from the field, 30% on 3s (7/23), and 85% on FTs (17/20).  Tech had 11 offensive rebounds to just 9 by clemson (clemson had 33 offensive rebounds in the previous 2 games vs VT).

clemson shot over 50% in the first half, but just 46% from the game.  They were 36% on 3s (8/22 – – but 2/12 to end the game), and 9/15 from the line (60%).


  • clemson jumped ahead 8-2
  • VT went on a 14-3 run to go ahead 16-11
  • clemson closed the half on a 14-3 run of their own to go into the break up 35-30
  • VT scored just 3 points in the final 5:15 of the 1st half (all on a Brown 3)
  • Tech started the 2nd half on a 7-1 run to go ahead 37-36, then went almost 6 minutes without a FG (but 5 FTs)
  • The game stayed tight from 46-44 (clemson) to 52-52 with under 6 minutes to go
  • Hudson and Green hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put VT up 58-52 with 4 minutes to go and the game never got closer than 4 after that
  • The Hokies went on a 13-2 run after trailing 50-48 with 7 minutes to go to lead 61-52 with 2:05 left
  • VT hit 5/6 FTs in the final 2 minutes, clemson went just 3/6 from the line (and that’s not counting a FT Tanner Smith missed on a lane violation)
1st Half:
  • Under-16: clemson 8-4
  • Under-12: VT 16-11
  • U8: VT 21-18
  • U4: Tied 27-27

HALF: clemson 35-30

2nd Half:

  • Under-16: clemson 42-40
  • U12: Tied at 46
  • U8: clemson 50-48
  • U4: VT 58-52

FINAL: VT 68-63

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ACC Tournament First Round Preview | #10 HOKIES (4-12) vs #7 clemson (8-8) | Thursday, 7 PM | ATL

Spread: clemson by 3.5 (Spread has moved a point up from 2.5 — people are betting on clemson!)

For the second Thursday in a row the Hokies and c-l-e-m-s-ohhhhh-n will do battle, but this time with survival at stake.  If the Hokies lose, their season is over in all likelihood.  It is not believed that Tech will accept a bid to a tournament lower than the NIT, and VT would likely have to win 3 games in the Dirty, Dirty to have any shot at the NIT for a 5th year in a row.  The Hokies come in at 15-16 overall, so they must win at least 2 games to avoid finishing with a losing record.

But enough about anything other than Thursday.  The Hokies come into this game struggling, having lost 4 in a row, while the tigers have won 5 of 7, including that meeting last Thursday at clemson.  If the Hokies play like they did Sunday against nc state, you can go ahead and make a tee time for Friday, Tech will be done for the season.

These two teams are evenly matched.  In fact, each team won by exactly two points at home this year.  And in both games the road team had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with a couple of seconds left, and in both cases, missed both.

Note: Erick Green was named to the All-ACC Second Team and Dorian Finney-Smith was selected to the All Freshman Team for the ACC.


  • Overall Record: 5-7
  • Record in the First Round: 2-1 (beat georgia tech last year)
  • First Meeting between VT and clemson in the ACC Tournament


Feb. 4 at Virginia Tech – VT 67-65

Mar. 1 at clemson – clemson 58-56

Tech jumped out to big leads in both games.  In Blacksburg, VT led by as many as 17 in the 1st half and took a 42-28 lead to the break.  The Hokies led by 14 with 5:30 to go, but took a knee the rest of the game and needed K.J. McDaniels (14 points and 6 dunks) to miss 2 free throws with 3 seconds left, and Tanner Smith to miss a wide open 15-footer at the buzzer from the corner to secure the win.  The tigers snagged 22 offensive rebounds but where just 2/17 on 3-pointers.

At clemson, the Hokies jumped ahead 16-6 but went scoreless for more than 6-1/2 minutes and trailed at the break 33-31.  The tigers threatened to pull away in the 2nd half, leading by as many as 8, but VT tied it with 3 minutes to go.  Neither team scored in the final 2:45 and 2 missed free throws by Cadarian Raines that could have tied the game with 5 seconds left sent the Hokies to defeat (although Raines was the VT player of the game with 12 points and 8 rebounds).  clemson outscored VT on the fastbreak 13-0, but went 0/10 from behind the arc.

Jarell Eddie scored exactly 15 points in both meetings and is 5/12 from deep against the tigers.

clemson is 2/27 from 3-point range against VT this year.


  • Overall: VT 13-12
  • Overall in ACC Play: clemson 7-5


Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.3
SG 5 Hudson 6-5 r-Sr 10.8
SF 31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.3
PF 15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 6.3
C 4 Raines 6-8 r-So 5.8
Bench 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 6.6
42 Barksdale 6-8 Fr 2.9
10 Rankin 6-1 Fr 2.7
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
G 11 Young 5-9 Sr 13.3
G 5 Smith 6-5 Sr 11.1
F 24 Jennings 6-9 Jr 9.6
F 21 Narcisse 6-6 Sr 2.6
F/C 31 Booker 6-8 Jr 10.7
Bench 4 Hall 6-1 Fr 3.9
10 Baciu 7-2 Sr 4.1
32 McDaniels 6-6 Fr 4.0


Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY.

VT clemson
PPG 59.9 (t9) 65.4 (7)
PPG vs 64.5 (4) 62.9 (2)
FT% 68% (8) 67% (10)
FG% 40% (12) 43% (6)
3-Pt% 36% (3) 30% (12)
Made 3s PG 6.1 (5) 5.2 (8)
FG% D 45% (10) 45% (12)
3-Pt% D 32% (5) 38% (10)
Blocks 2.7 (t10) 3.5 (7)
Steals 5.3 (t9) 8.8 (1)
TO Margin +2.4 (2) +4.0 (1)
Off Reb % 29% (9) 32% (8)
Def Reb % 64% (12) 68% (7)

Let’s win the season series!  Let’s take the rubber match!

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Recap | clemson (8-7) 58, Hokies (4-11) 56

Box Score — Another close game. Another close loss. This time the culprit was a combination of a long second-half scoring drought, poor ball handling, and the inability to hit clutch free throws. Sound familiar?

Virginia Tech lost another nail-biter Thursday night in Clemson, S.C., 58-56. The Hokies led for much of the first half, but clemson came roaring back and eventually took the lead and held on for the win.

Trailing 56-58 with 11 seconds to play, Clemson’s Andre Young was called for an offensive foul, giving the Hokies the ball with plenty of time. Tech got the ball across mid court where Seth Greenberg called a timeout.

Dorenzo Hudson inbounded the ball to Erick Green, who hesitated near half court before exploding down the right win and then cut to the basket where he fed a wide open Cadarian Raines in the lane for what appeared to be a game-tying dunk.

But Milton Jennings came from the back side and blocked the shot, but was called for the foul. Raines, a 55 percent free throw shooter, missed the first shot. clemson called a timeout. Raines then missed the second and clemson gathered the rebound as the final 2.2 seconds ticked off.

Erick Green’s streak of consecutive games with at least 10 points came to an end. After scoring only 2 points in the first half, Green hit a pair of three pointers in the second half and that was it.

Virginia Tech is now 4-11 in ACC play and 15-14 overall. The Hokies need a win Sunday against n.c. state to secure a winning record in the regular season and prevent a losing record at home versus ACC teams. Tech is currently 3-4 at home against the ACC this season.

Jarrell Eddie led the Hokies in scoring with 15 points. Raines had another good game with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Old Man Zo added 11 points including a trio of big three pointers that kept the Hokies in the game.

Eddie, despite leading Tech in scoring, had a really bad stretch in the second half. Trailing 39-45 Eddie turned it over leading to a Tanner Smith layup off the fast break at the other end giving the tigers an 8-point lead.

Hudson hit a jumper to keep the Hokies within striking distance, 41-47, but after a series of misses by both teams, Eddie delivered another lazy pass that was intercepted and turned into a fast break score made worse by the fact that Eddie fouled Smith from behind for the “and one.”

Smith missed the free throw and Eddie got the rebound, but then immediately turned it over with another lazy pass, his fifth turnover of the game. This time Eddie didn’t wait to foul, he fouled immediately after turning it over. It was his fourth personal and he went to bench.

Tech didn’t play very smart this evening and a prolonged (5+ minutes) scoring drought in the second half, which has become the norm as of late, doomed the Hokies.

Statistically, the Hokies played a whale of a game, shooting 50 percent from three-point range; 43 percent from the field; and while 55 percent at the free throw line is not particularly good, clemson managed just 56 percent. Not to mention the tigers were 0 for 10 from behind the arc.

But, the tigers made more free throws (14) than Virginia Tech attempted (11). Once again, if the Hokies had made just three more free throws, this game likely would have ended much differently.

Play-by-Play – We pick things up early in the 2nd half

39-40 Eddie hits a three at the shot clock buzzer

U16 Media Timeout Score 39-40 clemson

39-41 Clemson makes 1/2 FTs
— held ball, possession to VT
— Raines air balls off the inbounds pass
— clemson miss, rebound to CR
— Raines called for foul going for the rebound, his 2nd PF
— Green misses a three from the right win
— VT steal, clemson fouls
— Eddie misses a three
39-43 Dreadlocked kid scores for clemson
— Hokies 4+ minutes without a FG (here we go again)

U12 Media Timeout Score 39-43

— Hokies turn it over
— clemson turns it over
— another held ball, possession arrow to clemson (VT can’t hold onto the ball)
39-45 Booker hooks a shot over Raines
— Eddie turns it over
39-47 Smith scores off the VT turnover
41-47 Hudson breaks the 5+ minute FG drought with a jumper
— clemson miss, VT rebounds
— DFS bricks a three (bad, horrible shot)
— clemson misses, VT rebounds
— Hudson misses, VT rebounds
— Eddie commits ANOTHER bad pass turnover, then fouls at the other end, count the bucket
41-49 Smith scores AND gets fouled by Eddie (dumb plays at both ends by Eddie)
41-49 Smith misses the FT
— Eddie gets the rebound off the missed FT and then TURNS IT OVER AGAIN
— Eddie then gets called for his 4th personal foul (just not playing smart)
— Eddie has 5 turnovers
41-49 clemson misses 2 FTs
44-49 Green finally hits a three pointer (5 points)
— Timeout clemson
44-51 Young layup on the inbounds pass, VT standing around doing nothing
47-51 Hudson buries a three pointer
— VT 7/14 from three, 50 percent
— Young misses a three pointer
50-51 DFS gets a big offensive rebound, kicks out to Green for the three pointer
50-53 Young scores and gets fouled, will shoot a FT after the media timeout

U8 Media Timeout Score – 50-53 clemson

— Fastbreak point: VT 0, clemson 13
50-54 Young makes FT
— Eddie back in with 4 PFs
52-54 Raines scores with the hook shot in the lane
— Hudson misses the layup off the fast break off the Brown steal
— Clemson knocks loose ball out of bounds
— DFS and Eddie with 4 PFs
— Booker fouls, VT in the bonus

U4 Media Timeout Score 52-54 clemson

54-54 Eddie hits the tough shot off the dribble
54-56 Booker goes inside for the bucket over Raines
— Brown draws the foul
56-56 Brown makes 2 FTs
— 6th tie of the game, 2:50 left
— Hudson called for the block along the baseline
56-58 Smith makes 2 FTs
— Timeout VT, 2:13 left
— Eddie misses a three, Raines can’t put it back
— clemson misses, VT nearly steals, ball out of bounds on clemson
— Brown can’t control the ball, loses control while dribbling, turns it over, and commits the foul
— clemson misses the front end, VT rebound
— Raines misses, clemson rebound
— timeout clemson (19.6 seconds left)
— WOW! Offensive foul on clemson’s Young for pushing off (11.7 seconds left)
— Hokies ball with 11.7 seconds to play
— timeout VT, 7.5 seconds left
— Clemson fouls Raines after blocking his shot, 2.2 seconds
— Why Green passed, I don’t know. Green should have gone up and drawn the foul
56-58 Raines misses the first,
— timeout clemson
— Raines misses the 2nd, rebound to clemson, game over

Final Score: 56-58 clemson


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Preview | VT (4-10) @ clemson (7-7) | Thursday, 9 PM | ACC Network

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


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 11 Young 5-9 Sr 13.3
G 5 Smith 6-5 Sr 11.1
F 24 Jennings* 6-9 Jr 9.8
F 21 Narcisse 6-6 Sr 2.6
F/C 31 Booker 6-8 Jr 10.7
Bench Hall 6-1 Fr 4.1

*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.

VT clemson
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!

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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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