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Game Plus/Minus | duke 85, HOKIES 57

It wasn’t pretty for anyone tonight… And as usual, Rankin pulled up the rear…

duke Season Wins Losses ACC Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- 13 16 16 Per Game
Donlon -2 -7 -4.0 0.2 1.3 -1.0
Patrick -2 -2 -1.5 0.7 0.8 -0.2
Racer -5 -23 -9.5 -0.7 -1.3 -2.3
Beyer -6 -48 2.0 -5.5 -1.1 -2.5
Raines -7 -80 6.2 -9.5 -5.8 -2.7
Brown -10 1 10.6 -8.6 -6.1 0.0
Wood -10 -47 4.5 -7.1 -6.9 -2.0
Johnston -12 -79 0.0 -5.3 -4.8 -2.9
Eddie -13 -67 9.4 -11.1 -7.2 -2.2
Barksdale -15 41 8.3 -4.2 -0.6 1.4
van Zegeren -15 -79 3.5 -7.4 -5.9 -2.6
Green -19 -31 14.2 -12.6 -6.8 -1.0
Rankin -23 -154 1.9 -9.6 -6.9 -5.5
TEAM -28 -117 11.1 -15.4 -9.9 -3.9

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Game Highlights | duke (13-4) 85, HOKIES (4-13) 57

The Virginia Tech Hokies drop their 6th straight game to duke in the last 24 months, falling 85-57 on the road to duke. The blue devils beat Tech by a combined 60 points in two games this season. Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer, hit his average exactly with 25 points.

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Game Recap | duke (13-4, 26-4) 85, Hokies (4-13,13-17) 57

The Hokies fall on the road against duke, 85-57, despite 25 points from Erick Green. It was senior night for duke (thank the gods), which finished it’s 2012-13 home schedule a perfect 16-0.

This game was closer than the final score would have you believe. Tech trailed by just three at the half (38-35), and actually led for a large chunk of the first half.

Jarell Eddie got things started on a good now for the Hokies early on, burying back-to-back threes to put Tech up 6-1. Green, however, was the only Tech players to put together a solid game start to finish. Eddie started strong, but duke shut him and everyone else down from then on. Eddie finished with 13 points.

Tech actually played a decent game. They committed only 10 turnovers, which isn’t bad considering some of their previous performances. But, duke only turned it over three times.

But the turnovers weren’t what won this game for the home team. It all came down to shooting percentages and duke was pretty much unstoppable. The little devils hit 52 percent from the field (30/58) and 52 percent from three-point range, connecting on 12 of 23 attempts. The Hokies shot 37 percent from the field (22/57) and 29 percent from three (5/17).

The officiating, as you’d imagine, seemed to favor the home team, but the Hokies did get some calls go their way, which usually sent Coach K into his usual spittle spewing tirades.

Look, no one was disillusioned enough to think the Hokies could actually pull of an upset of the dookies on the road, on senior night, with a healthy Ryan Kelly back in the lineup. What was a little surprising was how close the game was.

Four duke players scored in double digits: Seth Curry has 20, Kelly 18, Quinn Cook and Mason Plumlee both had 14. The Hokies had only two players, Green (25) and Eddie (13), reached double digits.

Not a single Tech player register a plus rating in this game.

Just one more regular season game left for Coach James Johnson and his team.

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Previews (2-for-1) | VT (4-12) @ #3 duke (12-4) on Tuesday at 7 on espnU | VT (4-13) @ wake (5-12) on Sunday at 2

Spread: wake by 5.5.

Updated post-duke: #11 is now 11th on the Hokies’ all time scoring list. Erick Green needs just 15 points to make it into the top 10 on the Virginia Tech all time scoring list! He’ll bump Ace Custis from the top 10 when he does.

The loser of the VT @ wake game will finish as the #12 seed (last) in the ACC Tournament. If VT loses, they will finish all alone in last place.

Spread: duke by 20.

The Hokies close out the regular season with two Tobacco Road games, Tuesday at #3 duke and Sunday at wake forest. The blue devils have owned the Hokies of late, winning 5 in a row and 9 of 10. Conversely, Tech has holds the mortgage on the deacons, paid clean and free. The Hokies are 9-3 against wake since joining the ACC and winners of 9 of 11, including earlier this year in Blacksburg.

duke MATCH-UP:

This is the 7th time these two teams will have met in the last 24 months and one week (each of the last two ACC Tourneys and home and away the last two years). duke won the first meeting just two weeks ago by 32 in Blacksburg (Tech’s worst home loss since their very first ACC home game back in 2004 vs unc)… And that was without Ryan Kelly who just scored 36 against the c-a-n-e-s on Saturday. Seth Curry had 19 in the first half and duke led 48-28 at the break on their way to an 88-56 win. At one point duke was 9/10 from 3-point land and finished the game hitting 12/17 (71%). Tech was 1/16 from deep (6%).

But the Hokies did take the devils to OT in Durham last year! With two shots to win it at the end (Green and Raines) before fading in OT. So who knows. Just don’t hold your breath.


wake MATCH-UP:

This might be the last time the Hokies see wake coach Jeff Bzdelik, the worst coach in the ACC. He’s 10-38 in ACC play in 3 seasons (21% win-pct) and 1-23 in ACC road games with a game at nc state pending this week (even Paul Hewitt was better than that… barely – he averaged one road win per year at gt). So Bzdelik is more than on the hot seat.

wake is 0-8 on the road in the ACC this year and Bzdelik is something like 1-42 in conference road games between his time at wake and colorado before that (I’m not making that up). But this game is at wake, where the deacs are 5-3 in ACC play this year including wins over nc state and miami, so this will be a tough draw for the Hokies (aren’t they all?).



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Game Breakdown | The Cassell has been Stormed

Just when you thought Tech had hit rock bottom this, year, they slip through some more sedimentary and find more magma.  Here’s a few moldy nuggets from this 32-point home loss…


  • The Hokies lost their inaugural ACC home game by 34-point points to unc back on 12/19/2004.  They lost to wake at home by 20 later that season.  In the 8 years since, Tech had not lost an ACC game at home by 20 or more points (a reverse Bear Fight)… until the duke game.
  • Tech started this season 7-0 at home.
  • They are now 8-7 at home on the year.
  • The Cassell is 51+ years old and Tech has had a losing record at home just once in those 51 seasons.  With two home games to go, they must win one of those to avoid a second losing home season.  The only one to date was in 2000-01 when Tech went 6-9 at home under ricky “program bomb” stokes.


  • With Tech’s win over #1 duke two years ago, the Hokies were 57-53 in ACC regular season games since joining the league.
  • Since VT beat duke at home two years ago, the Hokies are 6-25 in ACC regular season games.


  • C.J. Barksdale was 6/6 from the field vs duke for 14 points ( a new CAREER HIGH!).
  • Erick Green scored 22 points and has hit 20+ in 24 of 26 games.
  • Cadarian Raines had 10 points on 5/9 shooting.
  • Barksdale/Green/Raines were a combined 19/29 (66%).
  • The rest of the team was 3/22 (14%).


  • VT: 1/16 (6%) and 0/7 in the first half
  • duke: 12/17 (71%) and 8/9 in the first half

The Curry Curse – I think that about says it all.


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Game Highlights | #6 duke 88, HOKIES 56

Virginia Tech basketball loses their 9th in a row, falling by 32 at home to #6 duke. This was VT’s worst ACC home loss since their inaugural ACC home game on 12/19/2004, a 34-point loss to unc. The Hokies are now in danger of just their second losing home record in the 51-year history of the Cassell (VT started 7-0 at home but are 8-7 now with two games to go).

The nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green, led the Hokies with 22.

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Game Plus/Minus | duke 88, VT 56

As you’d expect in a 32-point loss, these numbers weren’t pretty.  Raines and Eddie posted -32’s.  Barksdale had a solid -9 (considering the magnitude of the loss).


duke Season Wins Losses ACC Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- 11 15 13 Per Game
Donlon -2 -5 -4.0 0.8 3.0 -0.8
Patrick 1 0 -1.5 1.2 1.7 0.0
Racer -2 -18 -9.5 0.2 0.7 -2.0
Beyer 1 -42 1.3 -5.8 -0.8 -2.6
Barksdale -9 40 7.4 -2.9 -0.9 1.6
Johnston -7 -50 0.1 -3.9 -3.9 -2.3
van Zegeren -10 -62 4.0 -7.1 -6.5 -2.4
Raines -32 -67 6.8 -9.5 -6.5 -2.6
Rankin -15 -131 1.3 -10.2 -7.3 -5.5
Eddie -32 -48 10.3 -10.7 -8.0 -1.8
Brown -16 1 11.5 -8.9 -8.1 0.0
Green -20 -25 14.5 -12.3 -8.5 -1.0
Wood -17 -34 5.8 -7.3 -8.6 -1.8
TEAM -32 -89 11.5 -14.3 -10.8 -3.4

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Recap | No. 6 duke (10-3) 88, Hokies (2-11) 56

Box Score

The Hokies dropped their ninth straight game Thursday night before a national TV audience, losing to sixth-ranked duke, 88-56, at home. So much for #BEATDUKE. The 32-point loss is VT’s worst ACC loss this season. Their worst loss was a 36-point defeat (88-55) at the hands of colorado state.

Erick Green just about got his, as we figured he would, scoring 22 points (3.3 points below his average) to maintain his status as the nation’s leading scorer with 25.1 ppg — creighton’s Craig McDermott is second in the nation with 22.9 ppg.

Green did get some help tonight, but as usual, it was not enough. C.J. Barksdale scored a career-high 14 points and added 8 rebounds. Cadarian Raines also reached double-digits with 10 points.

The Hokies jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and then it all went downhill. Actually, that’s putting it nicely. The fit hit the shan. The flood gates opened. The four horsemen road into the Cassell. And death followed. Well, not exactly death, but really embarrassing loss.

The dookies reeled off 11 unanswered points including three 3-pointers from Seth Curry. Not surprisingly, duke shot lights out from everywhere on the court. In the first half, duke hit 8 of 9 three-pointers, all 10 free throw attempts, and 60 percent from the field. Curry had 19 at the half. Green had 13.

Once the blue devils went on their 11-0 run, this game was never close. Ever. And here’s why: duke made 12 of 17 three-pointers – that’s 70 percent. SEVENTY PERCENT. The Hokies, on the other hand, made just 1 of 16 three attempts for a mind-numbing 6 percent. Green hit a three in the second half to avoid the shutout.

The Hokies didn’t really have a shot in this game. They played nc state tough, so duke knew not to take them lightly. Plus, the dookies lost to maryland and Coach K was non too happy, so duke came to Blacksburg to lay the lumber to the DFL team in the league. And that’s exactly what they did.

Seth Curry, the son of Virginia Tech legend Dell Curry, torched the Hokies for 22 points, scoring 19 of those in the first half. Of course, duke didn’t need him in the second half; the game was already over.

At this point in the season, I think it’s safe to say that every team we play doesn’t just happen to have a hot shooting night against us. There’s something wrong with the way we defend — some would argue that we don’t defend at all and they’d be right in many respects — but Coach James Johnson needs to do something. Anything. You can’t let a team hit 70 percent of threes (12 of 17!!) on your home court.

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Previews (2-for-1) | florida st (6-7) @ VT (2-11) on Sunday at 6 PM on ESPNU | #6 duke (9-3) @ VT (2-10) on Thursday at 9 PM on ESPN

Spread: fsu by 1.

Update: florida state lost by 18 at nc state on Tuesday while the Hokies will look to snap their 9-game losing streak (all ACC games) on Sunday.

Spread: duke by 13.

The Hokies should be well rested for their two home games this week, having played just once in nine days. Obviously the Hokies have a tough road to hoe on Thursday night, though, taking on the duke blue devils. duke is currently #1 in the RPI and are #6 in the polls since their loss at maryland on Saturday (so you know Coach K will have them focused on this game). But duke is, in my opinion, not the first or second most talented team in the nation by a long stretch. They aren’t the most talented duke team of recent years, either. And this game is in the Cassell, where Tech took down the dukies in 2005 and again in 2011. duke will be without Ryan Kelly, a good inside-out threat. So it is possible (and Curry has struggled in the home where his dad’s jersey hangs).

The Hokies can beat florida state. No, I’m not guaranteeing a victory, but this is the worst fsu team in about five years. They are tall, as always, with three 7-footers on their roster, but they are SOFT. I said it — pillow soft. They are last in the ACC in rebounding margin at -7.5. So their bigs are not a force. But if the game is close at the end, look out for Michael Snaer. He’s hit 5 game-winning shots in the final 5 seconds, including 3 at the buzzer, in the last 13 months. And we all remember the 3 he hit last year in Tallahassee that sunk the Hokies (VT still has never won there).

VT has to travel to duke in a few weeks but this will be the only regular season meeting between VT and fsu.

Hopefully Thursday will be a great atmosphere instead of the typical 6,000 fans of late, and Sunday will probably have plenty of good seats available, but I’m predicting (not guaranteeing) a VicTory.


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Hokies end season with 60-56 loss to duke

Erick Green and Robert Brown both scored 16 points and Dorian Finney-Smith had 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the depth and talent of the dookies. The Hokies lost 56-60 in the ACC quarterfinals Friday night in Atlanta.

The loss effectively ends Virginia Tech’s season, their first losing season since the 2005-2006 campaign. This year’s team finished 16-17.

While there was a lot to be unhappy about during the season, on the whole, there is room for optimism going into next year. You get Green back to lead the team as a senior, four rising sophomores that saw significant minutes as true freshmen, and an established big man in Cadarian Raines, who came on strong down the stretch.

As for tonight’s game against duke, the Hokies suffered through their usual scoring drought, going nearly 15 minutes in the second half only scoring two field goals. And that ultimately cost them the game as we’ve seen so often this season.

Tee time for tomorrow with ample supply of JD.

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Doe Doe’s Development and #10 HOKIES vs #2 duke ACC Tourney Preview | Friday at 7 PM

Spread: duke by 8.5

Doe Doe: Everyone has been talking about how good Cadarian Raines has been the last 3 weeks, and rightfully so (averaging just under 12 PPG over the last 6 games), but Dorian Finney-Smith has quietly turned things around, too.  Look at the tale of his three seasons, so to speak.

First 13 Games 8.4 8.1
Next 9 Games 1.6 5.3
Last 10 Games 8.4 6.7
TOTAL 6.3 6.8

Dorian is also 11/28 from behind the arc in those last 10 games, a 39% clip (remember when he missed 25 straight shots at one point, from inside and outside the arc?).  So congrats to him on finding his stroke again.  The disappointment has been his foul shooting, he’s 6/17 in his last 4 games and hasn’t made both in a 2-shot situation in 8 opportunities.  But all in all, he’s at least gotten back to the player he was early in the season.

Random: At one point on Thursday I gave Doe Doe a new nickname — Bambi — for how timid he is on the drive.  Then he showed me up by getting two nice drive-and-finishes.

VT vs duke:

duke will not have Ryan Kelly on Friday night (so you’re sayin’ there’s a chance)… but VT had just 7 scholarship players on Thursday, forcing 5 guys to play 30+ minutes.  There is some good news on Rankin, though, there’s a solid chance he’ll play Friday.

First Meeting – 2/2 at VT – #5 duke 75, VT 60

Second Meeting – 2/25 at duke – #5 duke 70, VT 65 (OT)

  • Tech stayed in this game thanks to fantastic defense (duke was getting no transition opportunities which keep the score down) and great days from Raines, Green, and Hudson – 16 points each
  • Green and Raines had shots at the end of regulation to win it for VT
  • Rivers was too much off the dribble for Tech (and the refs treated him like Lebron — he had 17 FTAs leading to 23 points… Curry added 19)
  • Ryan Kelly had 8 in this game (He’s out)
  • VT was called for 25 fouls while duke just 13 (typical)

The Hokies stayed in that game at duke, and had a chance to win it, because of their transition defense.  They made this it a half court game, and with Raines dominating inside, Green in the midrange, and Zo outside, VT had a chance to win.  But with Tech likely tired after everyone playing so many minutes Thursday night, will the 7 or 8 scholarship guys have enough in the tank and their legs to slow down duke again?

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Recap | #5 duke (12-2) 70, Hokies (4-10) 65

If you’re being honest with yourself, the Hokies exceeded expectation today. They were on the road against duke, the No. 5 ranked team in the country that just beat ACC-leading florida state in Tallahassee. Tech was missing Victor Davila, who sat out his fourth straight game with a groin injury. And still, the Hokies (4-10, 15-14) took the blue devils to overtime before falling 70-65.

Cadarian Raines powered the Hokies this afternoon with a career-high 16 points and seemed as comfortable as he’s ever been in the low post. He didn’t seem to have any trouble against Duke’s big men, who didn’t seem to have any real answer for him.

Erick Green extended his ACC-leading double digit scoring streak to 30 games with 16 points, all of which came in the second half. Dorenzo “Old Man Zo” Hudson also got hot late in the game to keep the Hokies in it – the senior scored 16 points.

Raines, Green and Hudson combined for 48 of the Hokies’ 65 points. True freshman Dorian Finney-Smith played a respectable game made even more impressive by the fact it was his first trip to duke where the visiting team automatically spots the dookies 4-5 fouls per half. Doe Doe had 6 points and 12 rebounds, which led Tech.

I’m trying to find something to pin this loss on; missed free throws, a 13-minute scoreless drought, something. But I can’t. The Hokies lost to a better team with more depth. I won’t go as far to say that they have better players, because Tech proved their players were equal to the task. Rather, duke has better depth.

This was a close game from start to finish. The Hokies were in it from the get go and even held off a surge by duke in the first half to keep the game close, and survived a 9-0 run by the dookies in the second half.

Tech’s last five games have been decided by 10 points, five of those were the difference in today’s game. The Hokies had their chances to win today, but couldn’t get the shots to go.

Next up for the Hokies is a road trip to clemson on Thursday, March 1. Tipoff is at 9 p.m.

Play-by-Play (picking things up in the 2nd half)

34-34 Green scores in the lane and the foul, missed the FT
36-34 Green steal and fast break dunk
36-35 Plumlee FT
38-35 Barksdale with the baby hook
— Rivers fouled by Eddie
38-37 Rivers makes 2 FTs
— Brown misses for VT, duke rebound
— duke miss, loose ball, Barksdale saves it
— Green fouled, will shoot 2 FTs
40-37 Green makes 2 FTs
40-40 Curry hits a three
— 10th tie of the game
— DFS misses, duke rebound
40-42 Curry drives the lane, take four steps, no call, layup
— Green misses a 3-pointer
— Rankin called for the foul, duke in the bonus, shocker
— duke misses the front end of the 1-and-1
— Raines called for the offensive foul
— Green called for the foul (lots of fouls called against VT)
40-44 Rivers makes 2 FTs

U12 Media Timeout – 40-44 duke

40-46 Hokies turn it over, Curry steals and lays it in
— duke on a 9-0 run
41-46 DFS makes 1/2 FTs
— duke misses, Hokies rebound an airball
43-46 Green pulls up and buries a long jumper from the top of the key, 30th straight game in double digit scoring for Green
— Eddie called for the foul

U8 Media Timeout Score – 43-46 duke

43-48 Kelly makes 2 FTs
45-48 DFS nice drive and dish to Raines, who shot fakes and then puts it up and in
— Kelly called for the foul on a duke miss, his 4th pf
— Raines misses a hook, but Plumlee called for an over the back, Hudson to the line
47-48 Hudson makes 2 FTs
49-49 Green hits a transition jumper off the duke miss (Green has 12 points, all in the 2nd half)
— duke timeout
49-51 Kelly hits an open shot from the win
51-51 Raines is working Plumlee down low, another nice more, 14 for CR
53-51 Raines follows a miss with a put back, 16 for CR (career high)
53-52 Rivers makes 1/2 FTs
— VT turns it over
— Kelly misses a 3-poiner, Raines rebounds
— Hudson airballs a baseline shot, wanted a foul, but not on duke’s home court
— Kelly called for offensive foul, fouls out, fans boo because duke does not wrong
— VT misses wide open 3-pointer
53-55 Rivers hits a 3-pointer (Rivers with 19 points)
55-55 Green with the tough shot in the lane
— 1:50 left —
58-55 Hudson banks a 3-pointer off the glass
58-57 Plumlee gets an offensive board, puts it back
— VT turns it over (as I predicted)
— 40.3 seconds left
58-58 Rivers makes 1/2 FTs
— VT ball with 30 seconds
— Green misses a shot at the buzzer
— Going to OT

— DFS missed twice, duke rebound
58-60 duke scores in the low post
— VT misses, knocks rebound out of bounds, duke ball
— Raines fouls Rivers, to the line to shoot two, Raines’ 3rd PF
58-61 Rivers makes 1/2 FTs
— Eddie misses, VT scoreless through first 2+ minutes
58-63 Curry goes untouched through the lane
61-63 Hudson buries a three pointer off the screen
— DFS called for the foul
61-64 Rivers makes 1/2 FTs (22 points)
63-64 Hudson step back 2-pointer (foot on the line)
— Eddie fouls Plumlee, good foul, 4th PF
63-65 Plumlee makes 1/2 FTs
— 47 seconds left
— Hudson airballs baseline jumper
— Eddie fouls out, 19.4 seconds left
63-66 Rivers 1/2 FTs
— Green misses the layup, duke rebounds, game over
— VT fouls, sending duke to the FT line
— 9.6 seconds left
63-68 Plumlee makes 2 FTs
65-68 Green lays its up
— Thorton of duke gets LAID OUT by Raines on the screen, Jeff Allen-esque!
— 2.9 seconds left
65-70 Curry hits 2 FTs

Final Score – duke 70, Hokies 65

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Preview | VT (4-9) @ #5 duke (11-2) | Saturday – Noon

Spread: duke by 12.

The Hokies get the blue devils at a good time. Well, sort of. The blue devils must play at florida state just 40 hours before the Hokies and nerds meet in Cameron Indoor Stadium. That game with the noles is huge for duke. This game is sandwiched between duke’s win at fsu then the devils have to play unc next week. So there’s a chance duke could be looking past this game, and they certainly won’t have much time to prepare… but we also know how good VT is in Short Turnaround games (8-1 all time, 2-0 this year), and duke is a heck of a lot better.

Reality is the two teams have already played and despite a solid start from the Hokies at home (the game was tied at 21), duke blew Tech out of their own arena, jumping to a 10-point halftime lead and getting up by as many as 23 in the 2nd half before settling for a 75-60 win.

First Meeting:

Ryan Kelly had 7 points while duke went on an 13-2 run to turn a 21-21 tie with 7 minutes to go in the first half into a 34-23 blue devil lead. His ability to shoot the ball outside, coupled with his shot-fake and ability to drive and score in the paint, was too much for VT. He finished with 15 points.

Austin Rivers had 18 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. He’s shooting the ball much better from deep of late and we already knew he could kill you off the dribble.

Seth Curry added 11 after being shut out in the House Dell Built last year, but Curry was just 2/7 on FGs. He has been playing much better of late (see below). Mason Plumlee added 10 points, 8 in the first half.

Tech was -6 on turnovers in the first meeting (7-13), and duke was +5 on 3-pointers made (8-3). Green had 17 for the Hokies (the more he scores, the more VT loses) and tied a career high with 7 rebounds. Davila tied his career high with 16 points, but he’s missed VT’s last 3 games and could be out Saturday.


vs duke:

  • All Time: duke 38-8
  • At duke: duke 17-1
  • In ACC Play: duke 9-3
  • At duke in ACC Play: duke 4-1


Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.7
SG 5 Hudson 6-5 r-Sr 10.8
SF 31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.4
PF 15 Finney-Smith 6-9 Fr 4.6
C 4 Raines 6-9 r-So 4.9
Bench 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 6.9
10 Rankin 6-1 Fr 3.0
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
G 3 Thornton 6-1 So 3.5
G 0 Rivers 6-4 Fr 15.0
G 30 Curry 6-2 Jr 13.6
F 34 Kelly 6-11 Jr 11.9
F 5 Mas. Plumlee 6-10 Jr 11.2
Bench 21 Mi. Plumlee 6-10 Sr 6.5
20 Dawkins 6-4 Jr 9.4

A lot of the duke’s starters averages have been dropping except for Rivers (29 points against unc, including the game winning 3-pointer) and Curry (20 ppg over the last 5 games).


Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY.

VT duke
PPG 59.9 (8) 76.1 (2)
PPG vs 64.2 (4) 67.3 (8)
FT% 73% (3) 71% (7)
FG% 40% (11) 44% (4)
3-Pt% 36% (2) 35% (3)
Made 3s PG 6.2 (5) 8.4 (1)
FG% D 45% (12) 43% (7)
3-Pt% D 35% (9) 29% (1)
Blocks 2.8 (11) 3.3 (8)
Steals 5.5 (t8) 5.6 (7)
TO Margin +2.4 (2) +1.4 (4)
Off Reb % 30% (9) 36% (2)
Def Reb % 64% (12) 67% (8)


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HIGHLIGHTS | duke (6-1) 75, VT (1-6) 60

The Hokies lose their 4th straight at home for the first time in the Seth Greenberg era and fall to 1-6 in ACC play, falling 75-60 to duke.

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Recap | duke (6-1, 19-3) 75, Hokies (1-6, 12-10) 60

Box Score

Fresh off a vote of confidence from Virginia Tech Athletics Director Jim Weaver, Seth Greenberg and his struggling Hokies hosted fifth-ranked duke Thursday night in front of a national TV audience. The game presented a wonderful opportunity for this talented, but young team to turn its season around.

But duke had too much depth, experience and talent for the Hokies to hang for a full 40 minutes. As a result, the Hokies lost for the seventh time in their last eight games, 75-60, at home to duke.

As usual, junior guard Erick Green led the Hokies with 17 points, while Victor Davila played a solid game and added 16 points. Marquis Rankin was Tech’s third-leading scorer, but he scored all 8 of his points in the final minutes, at which point the game was well in hand for the dookies.

Statistically speaking, the game came down to three-pointers, rebounding, and turnovers. And the blue devils outrebounded the Hokies 31-26, hit more threes (8/18) than the Hokies (3/13), and committed fewer turnovers (7) than did Tech (13).

Tech trailed the entire game, save for a 21-21 tie with less than 8 minutes to play in the first half. After Dorenzo Hudson hit a pair of free throws to tie the game, duke got away with an apparent shot clock violation on the next possession and got credit for the basket. From there, they went on a 17-4 run to take a 13-point lead.

The Hokies stole a little of that momentum with Green’s buzzer-beating three to cut duke’s lead to 10 at the break.

The second half was all duke as it stretched its lead to 22 points and cruised from there. Tech got absolutely owned on the boards in the second half. The blue devils didn’t even really need an outside shot (though they seemed to his everything) because they had free range in the lane.

Poor Doe Doe (Dorian Finney-Smith) struggled again, but he did manage to come up with a couple of big blocks, so hopefully he can build on that. At least he’s still getting quality minutes, but you hope that it’s not going to damage his confidence.

I finally figured out what’s missing with this team… JT Thompson. His fire and intensity is what’s missing from this team. Even if he were healthy, he may not be enough to beat a team like duke or unc, but he would certainly be enough of a spark and talent to help win games against bc, wake and georgia tech.

Next up for the Hokies is clemson on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Below is my stream of consciousness during the game. Accuracy not guaranteed.

— Doe Doe misses twice —
— Good defense by Green, forces turnover —
— DFS steps on baseline —
— DFS commits foul —
— Moving screen on Davila —
2-0 duke – Plumlee wide open underneath for the easy dunk
— duke foul, non shooting —
2-2 Eddie hits the pullup jumper
— duke foul, non shooting —
— Rankin misses, duke rebound —
5-2 duke 3-pointer
— Green misses jumper —
7-2 Plumlee easy hook over Davila
7-4 Davila works hard for the bucket underneath

Under 16 media timeout – 7-4

— DFS commits foul, his second —
9-4 Kelly hits 2 FTs
9-6 Eddie drives and dishes to Raines for the layup
— Green steals, but can’t get the layup —
— duke foul after great effort by Hokies —
9-8 Hudson with the crazy fall-away jumper of the inbounds pass
— Hokies called for blocking call, clearly looked like a charge —
11-8 Curry hits 2 FTs
11-10 Raines with some nifty double move underneath for the bucket
— Plumlee misses badly —
— Blocking call against duke, kinda surprised we got that consider it’s duke —
— Hokies turn it over and Dawkins celebrates like it’s the national title
14-10 duke’s Dawkins gets called for a technical foul for taunting

Under 12 media timeout – 14-10

14-12 Green makes two Technical FTs
— Stupid foul by duke’s Plumlee, his second —
14-13 Davila makes 1/2 FTs
16-13 Rivers drives empty lane for layup
16-15 Davila picks up rebound off Eddie’s miss, puts it back up for the bucket
18-15 duke scores
— Hokies turn it over, but duke gives it right back —
18-17 Davila backs down Plumlee, knocks him down (he flopped) and Davile DUNKS IT!
— duke misses three, VT rebounds —
— Eddie misses three, duke rebounds —
— duke misses, VT rebounds —
— Eddie misses, duke rebounds —
21-17 Curry buries a wide open three
21-19 Green drives the lane for the layup
— Kelly called for a foul —

Under 8 media timeout – 21-19

— Ranking comes in at PG —
— Hudson called for foul away from the ball —
— Hudson fouled in the act of shooting —
21-21 Hudson makes 2 FTs
23-21 duke gets away with a walk, plus shot clock expired
— Hokies turn it over —
— Foul on Raines —
25-21 Kelly dunks it
— Green misses three —
27-21 Kelly goes down the lane untouched
— Thorton picks up 2nd PF —
27-23 Green hits 2 FTs
29-23 duke scores down the lane … again (8-2 run)
— Rankin misses —
32-23 Kelly hits the three pointer
— Eddie misses —
34-23 Dawkins make another easy bucket in the lane
34-25 Davila cleans up Brown’s miss with a beautiful bucket

Under 4 media timeout – 34-25

36-25 Plumlee makes 2 FTs
— Raines misses hook shot —
— Brown commits foul —
— Jump ball, possession to duke —
— Duke on 15-4 run —
— Green bad pass, turns it over —
38-25 duke did something amazing
— DFS turns it over again, VT’s 8th turnover —
38-28 Green hits a three-pointer at the buzzer!

Halftime score – 38-28

40-28 – duke opens the scoring
40-30 Davila makes 2 FTs
42-30 Reverse layup
— Foul on Hairston, his second —
42-32 Davila with a two-handed slam
45-32 Rives buries a three, quiets the crowd
45-34 Hudson hits a jumper off the screen, top of the key
— Green called for a handcheck —
— Kelly called for offensive foul —
— Hudson called for a moving screen —
— VT with near steal, jump ball called —
47-34 Curry driving layup
— VT sloppy pass, turns it over –
49-34 Duke fast break dunk
— Rankin fouled by Kelly —
49-35 Rankin makes 1/2 FTs
51-35 Plumlee misses twice, third time a charm, VT getting owned on the boards
51-38 Brown buries a three from the top of the key

Under 16 media timeout – 51-38

— Raines called for his 3rd PF —
— Brown called for the PF —
52-38 Kelly makes 1/2 FTs —
— Brown misses —
— duke turns it over, bad pass —
— Barksdale in the game —
— Plumlee called for reach-in foul —
52-40 Green hits a tough jumper with defender in his face off the dribble
55-40 Rivers buries a deep three
— VT misses, duke rebounds —
57-40 Cook to Plumlee dunk
59-40 duke on 7-0 run
— VT misses, duke rebounds —
62-40 Kelly drains a three, 12-0 run
— VT turns it over —
— God, just make this end —
62-42 Green with the floater
— Kelly picks up 4th PF —
62-43 Davila makes 1/2 FTs
64-43 Rivers to Hairston for the alleyoop dunk
64-45 Green with the circus shot, he has 15 points
— Brown misses dunk —
66-45 Hairston gets the hoop and the harm (DFS with the foul), misses FT
66-47 Eddie with the baseline jumper
66-49 Green drives untouched for the layup (17 points)
66-51 Davila gets a rebound off DFS missed three, puts it back
— DFS with two blocks, YAY! —
— Brown with the steal, but Green got fouled, but no call, out of bounds on VT —

Under 8 media timeout – 66-61

68-51 Curry hits 2 FTs
— Brown with the foul —
70-51 Curry hits 2 FTs
— duke steals it from Davila —
— Green travels, turnover VT —
70-54 Rankin hits a three
70-56 Eddie with a fast break jumper in the lane
72-56 Thorton hits 2 FTs
72-58 Rankin gets the bucket
75-58 Why the hell is duke shooting three pointers up 14 with 1:35 to play?
— Davila airballs a hook shot —
— Duke misses another three pointer attempt, why are they shooting threes? —
75-60 Rankin with another jumper

Final Score – duke 75, Hokies 60

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Hokies fall in semis | duke (15-3, 29-4) 77, Hokies (11-8, 21-11) 63

The Hokies’ NCAA tournament hopes now rest in the hands of the selection committee. Virginia Tech lost in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC tournament, 77-63, to the No. 2 seed duke.

Senior guard Malcolm Delaney led? Tech with 17 points, while sophomore Erick Green also scored 17. Victor Davila was the only other Hokie in double figures with 11. Jeff Allen was a non-factor, registering just two points and seven rebounds and fouling out in the second half.

Despite only 15 hours of rest since their gut-wrenching and near heart-breaking win over fsu, the Hokies came out strong against the defending national champs and kept it close for most of the first half.

But, with the game tied at 14-14, duke went on a 14-2 run to take a 12-point lead, 28-16, and led 39-28 at the break.

Tech fought stay in the game, but the devils didn’t have the same kind of off-day shooting-wise that they had in a loss in Blacksburg earlier this season, and managed to keep at least a 10-point lead for most of the second half.

Meanwhile, the Hokies played with a great deal of intensity and heart. They wanted this game and it showed. But they were clearly running on empty and struggled from the field, especially from behind the arc. Tech was 0/5 from three point range in the first half.

Tech stands at 21-11 overall and 11-8 in the ACC. Their chances are good for an at-large bid, but there are no guarantees.

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