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Video Highlights | Hokies 3G.1 64, etsu 53

Highlights from the Hokies’ season opening win.


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Recap | Hokies 3G.1 (1-0) 64, etsu (0-1) 53

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As expected, it was far from a Picasso, and the Hokies nearly blew a 51-37 lead.  But Hokies 3G.1 got things rolling on the 2011-12 season with a 64-53 win over a pesky east tennessee state buc bunch.

Erick Green, arguably Tech’s best player, did not play while nursing an Achilles injury.  That forced Tyrone Garland to start at the point, with Dorenzo Hudson moving from shooting guard to provide relief.  And believe me, Green’s presence was missed as the Hokies committed 15 turnovers against the buccaneers 2-2-1 full court press and 2-3 half court defense.  The Hokies will have to clean things up to beat a team like george mason, likely their opponent on Tuesday night in the NIT Preseason Quarterfinals.

The good news was Hokie fans got their first taste of star recruit Dorian Finney-Smith.  And that first taste was as delicious as a McRib.  Dorian tallied… now get this… 10 points (6/8 FTs), 16 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocked shots.  Yeah, he’s good.  Doe Doe still needs to find his game on offense (he’s very unselfish and doesn’t yet seem able to create his own shots), but the Bird works very hard on defense.  He held etsu’s second leading returning scorer to just 2 first half points, and then shut down their best shooter in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Tech started the game colder than the Atlanta weather Thursday night.  The Hokies were 2/12 from the field to start the contest, and finished the first half 8/24 (33%).  Tech also had 3 turnovers in the first 4 minutes, all by Garland.  Luckily, the bucs were even worse at 6/30 (20%) in the first half.  And 3-point shooting?  VT was 1/10 in the first half while etsu finished 0/11.  The Hokies led 24-21 at the break despite the fact they committed 7 turnovers (Garland had 5 of them) and the bucs had a 10-4 advantage in offensive rebounds.

In the second half, the Hokies finally got things going and attacked the etsu press.  Freshman Robert Brown showed why he is considered Tech’s best 3-point shooter already, hitting 3 straight 3-pointers to help VT jump to a 51-37 lead with 7:44 to play.  To make matters worse, etsu’s best player, Isiah Brown, fouled out with 10 points.  But the bucs battled back, going on a 10-2 run to cut the VT lead to 53-47.  etsu would get within 4 at 55-51 with 1:49 to play, but the Hokies hit 9/10 free throws after that and pulled away to the 64-53 win.

On the game Tech would nail 21/30 FTs (70%).  And after shooting just 33% in the first half, VT hit 11/24 in the second half to shoot 40% for the game.  etsu hit just under 30% of their shots, and finished 2/17 (12%) on 3s.  Tech was 4/8 from behind the arc in the second half, including 3/4 by Brown, to finish 5/18 (28%).  Expect that to be the norm this season.

Seth Greenberg’s Third Generation was well represented today.  At one point in the first half, Tech had 4 true freshmen on the court with Dorian Finney-Smith, Robert Brown, C.J. Barksdale, and Joey van Zegeren… and the fifth player was sophomore Tyrone Garland.

Garland led all scorers with 13 points, though he also produced 7 turnovers.  Adam Sollazzo had 13 for etsu, 11 of which were in the second half.  Robert Brown had 12 (all in the second half) and DFS had 10.  Dorenzo Hudson scored 9 in the first half but did not score in the second half.  Jarell Eddie also chipped in 8.  The Hokies got just 12 points from their low post players (Davila – 7, Barksdale – 5, Raines – 0).  But Barksdale did snag 7 rebounds and Davila added 6.

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Starting Lineup Posted for Saturday

In the Hokiesports.com Notes for the game Saturday, this starting lineup was posted for the Hokies:

  • G – Erick Green – Jr. (so maybe he is playing)
  • G – Dorenzo Hudson – r-Sr
  • F – Jarell Eddie – So
  • F – Dorian Finney-Smith – Fr
  • C – Victor Davila – Sr
Both Eddie and Finney-Smith are small forwards in terms of bulk.  But against a team like east tennessee state, the Hokies can afford to go thin.  And considering the full court press the Hokies will likely see, going more athletic is better anyway.
We’ll see if Erick Green does in fact play.  It sounded very unlikely when the injury occurred last weekend, but he must be a quick healer… or VT is keeping things under their hat.

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Preview | east tennessee state (0-0) @ VT (0-0) | Sat., 2 PM | ESPN3

The day many Hokie hoops fans have been waiting for, in some cases for over a year, is almost here.  You’ll need a program Saturday to recognize this squad, as the Hokies welcome several diaper dandies and also welcome back a couple of guys from injury (assuming they don’t get hurt between now and then).

We’ve dubbed this squad Hokies 3G.1, the third generation of players/major recruiting classes under Head Coach Seth Greenberg.  And like with gadgets, this new release promises to be the best bet.  That’s high praise compared to the senior class that just wrapped up their orange and maroon days, winning 87 games (tied for the most ever in a 4-year span), but also failed to get a NCAA Tournament bid.  This game reminds me a lot of that first game in the 2007-08 season – lots of excitement and promise.  But the guys will still be getting to know each other and likely this Beta version will have some bugs.


  • VT 13-3
  • At Home: VT 9-1
  • Trend: VT has lost 2 of 3, but the teams haven’t played in 10 years (yes, ricky “program bomb” stokes was the coach for one of those losses)


Position Virginia Tech etsu
Guard 11 Green 6-3 5 Cooley 6-3
Guard 5 Hudson 6-5 43 Sollazzo 6-6 or 2 Jones 6-2
Wing/Forward 15 Finney-Smith 6-8 13 Hubbard 6-4
Forward 31 Eddie 6-7 41 Brown 6-8
Forward 14 Davila 6-8 34 Poderis 6-8 or 44 Ward 6-6

Hokie Notes:

  • Erick Green, Tech’s starting point guard and (IMO) their best player, may miss this game with an Achilles injury.  VT is already without freshman point guard Marquis Rankin, whom Seth called the team’s best on-ball defender.  And forward JT Thompson is out the year (again) with an ACL injury.  Tech could have Dorenzo Hudson play point, as he did in relief of an injured Malcolm Delaney two years ago (all he did was score 41 points in that game).  Sophomore Tyrone Garland will also see minutes at the point.  Garland, to be frank, did not demonstrate the ballhandling skills necessary to run the point last year, but does have confidence and is strong off the dribble drive.  And if you need a 3-pointer banked in, he’s your man.  Tech could use Hudson, and freshman Robert Brown, at the same time at the guard position.
  • Both the Hokies and the bucs return less than 40% of their scoring from a year ago.
  • VT can, and needs to, dominate the glass.  etsu is not a good defensive rebounding team, a by-product of their  press (see below).  The Hokies need to limit turnovers via the press, something they always did really well against clemson’s Purnell press (though those guys are gone), and extend possessions with second chance opportunities.

etsu Notes:

  • etsu was without three key players in their final exhibition game this past Saturday: two projected starters, Adam Sollazzo (9.2 ppg) and Lukas Poderis (1.3 ppg), and a Juco transfer that averaged 24 ppg last year and had 30 in their first exhibition game – Marcus Dubose.  Their status is unknown for Saturday but having Sollazzo and/or Dubose would be a big lift to the buccaneers.
  • etsu likes to use a very aggressive full court press.  We’ll see how the Hokies respond to this.  etsu outscored their first exhibition opponent 40-6 in points off turnovers.  This has been a key stat to Tech in the past and they must protect the ball Saturday, while also exploiting their press.  With Green possibly out for this game, the Hokies will have a lot of question marks at the point.  This will be the key for VT if Green cannot play — can they limit their turnovers and advance the ball into their offense?
  • etsu lost their top three scorers from last season, who combined for 42 ppg.  That was over 60% of their scoring.  So similar to Tech, they will be rebuilding to an extent.
  • Cooley averaged 16 ppg and Brown 15 ppg in their two exhibitions.  Brown is their leading returning scorer.
  • Isiah Brown is a Preseason First Team Atlantic Sun pick.
  • etsu is picked to finish 4th in the Atlantic Sun this year.


Virginia Tech etsu
2010-11 Record 22-12 24-12
Conference ACC 9-7 (t4) Atlantic Sun 16-4 (2)
Final 10-11 RPI 62 91
% of Pts Returning 37% 39%
Leading Returning…
Scorer Green 11.6 Brown 10.3
Rebounder Davila 5.1 Brown 7.2
Assists Green 2.7 Sollazzo 4.0
Steals Green 1.8 Sollazzo 1.3
Blocks Davila 1.2 Brown 2.0


Hokies win, but it will be sloppy.  Tech will turn the ball over more than we’d like and fall into the bucs’ game of run and gun too much.  In the end, Tech has too much talent compared to the also inexperienced etsu team, and will get lots of second chance points.  I see a win in the range of 8-12 points.


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