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Game Breakdown | HOKIES 80, fsu 70


While we are all excited for this Hokie bunch for pulling out a victory tonight, I have to feel bad for Cope, who likely had to re-write his pre-packaged recap (hey, it worked the last nine games).

Lots of positives from tonight:

  1. WE WON! Gotta feel good for JJ, the team, and heck, all us loyal fans who kept supporting us the last five weeks. Hats off to JJ and the guys.
  2. CASSELL RE-CAPTURED: The Hokies moved to 9-7 at home on the season, clinching a winning home record for the 51st time in 52 seasons in the Cassell (the lone losing season was under ricky stokes over 10 years ago). After losing 7 of 8 at home, this streak was in doubt but the Hokies locked it up. Congrats!
  3. FREE THROW SHOW: The Hokies hit 17 straight free throws down the stretch in the final 2:20 to clinch the win. Remember their 1/6 choke-job from the line in Tallahassee last year? Yeah, not tonight. The Hokies put this game on lock down. The 25 made FTs and 83% from the line were ACC season bests.
  4. FIELD GOAL MET: The Hokies hit 50% of their shots for the first time since the bc game (the 2nd ACC game and 12 games ago). This was their 2nd best output from the field in ACC play, and since the iowa game (game #6). The Hokies took advantage of the ACC’s worst defense in terms of FG% Defense. It was actually fun to watch this offense in the 2nd half. Where has that been since early December?
  5. C.J. BARKS-MORE: For the second game in a row, C.J. set a career high in points. He had 14 against duke and then 17 tonight, including a key 9/11 from the foul line. He’s a solid FT shooter, so I’m not sure why fsu picked him to foul late, but C.J. made them pay. Also, Barksdale is the only Hokie with a positive +/- in ACC play or on the season (of the regular 10 guys). Quite simply, the Hokies are better when he is on the floor. He had a team high +14 tonight.
  6. BROWN DID SOMETHING FOR YOU: Coming into tonight Brown was shooting just 25% from the field, 14% from behind the arc, and averaging just 6.5 ppg in ACC play. But Robert went for 11 tonight on 4/8 shooting and hit 1/3 from deep. He hit 3 runners in the paint in a row in the first off the drive instead of settling for an outside shot or penetrating too deep and getting blocked or charging. That got his confidence up, and then he hit that 3-pointer. Progress!
  7. MORE-QUIS RANKIN: Marquis had the worst +/- on the team coming into the game, but had a +11 tonight, trailing only Barksdale. He hit both his triples and scored 8 points, and played solid defense except for one perimeter screen he didn’t fight over which led to a 3 for fsu.
  8. SUPPORT: See those last 3 points — it wasn’t just the Erick Green show tonight! He still went for 26 points, but that was just 33% of the Hokies points. Lately he’s been producing closer to 50% (or more in some cases). That’s all it takes for VT to win — a cast of characters instead of a one-man-band.

Eddie continues to struggle (didn’t score until the final 2 minutes, didn’t make a FG, and had a -9) and this was the smallest VT home crowd ever for an ACC game (5,042 – barely half full), but let’s forget that for now — WE WON! Now let’s go celebrate… for me, that means my going and changing a dirty diaper. Hey, even that is sweeter after a win. Congrats to the squad!

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Game Highlights | HOKIES 80, florida state 70


Commentary is back and better than ever!!! BRRRRAHHHH!  Here are the moving pictures from the Hokies victory over the seminoles…

 

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Game Plus/Minus | HOKIES 80, fsu 70


Here are the +/- numbers from Sunday night, as well as for the season, in wins, losses, ACC games, and per game.  Another great night for Barksdale with a game high +14, and Rankin, who has the worst +/- on the team, had a solid +11.  Eddie had a rough -9.

fsu Season Wins Losses ACC Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- 12 15 14 Per Game
Barksdale +14 40 7.9 -2.9 0.2 1.5
Rankin +11 -131 2.3 -10.2 -5.8 -5.2
Green +11 -25 14.2 -12.3 -7.1 -0.9
Brown +10 1 11.3 -8.9 -6.7 0.0
Beyer +8 -42 2.0 -5.2 0.0 -2.5
Johnston +7 -50 0.7 -3.9 -3.1 -2.2
Wood +7 -34 5.9 -7.3 -7.0 -1.7
Raines -1 -67 6.2 -9.5 -6.1 -2.5
van Zegeren -2 -62 3.5 -7.1 -6.1 -2.3
Eddie -9 -48 8.7 -10.7 -8.1 -1.8
TEAM 10 -89 11.3 -14.3 -9.4 -3.3

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Game Recap | Hokies (3-11, 12-15) 80, fsu (6-8, 14-13) 70


Box Score

UPDATED Feb. 25, 2013, 8:22 a.m. to correct Rankin’s playing time. He played the first 2 minutes and 48 seconds of the second half and then left the game. Earlier, we incorrectly reported that he missed the entire second half. We blame it on Leonard Hamilton’s hack-a-Barksdale strategy that made the second half go on FOREVER.

The nine-game losing streak is over. Virginia Tech, which hadn’t won a game in more than a month, frustrated florida state all day and got balanced scoring and deadly accurate free throw shooting down the stretch to beat the noles 80-70.

The victory prevented the Hokies’ first 10-game losing streak since the 2001-02 season.

Erick Green, the Winchester Rifleman, scored a game-high 26 points on 8/17 shooting and a perfect 9/9 from the free throw line. Ever more impressive, Green finally got some help Sunday evening. For the second straight contest, sophomore C.J. Barksdale scored a career-high 17 points and made 9/11 free throws – eight in the final 2:37. In addition to Barksdale’s big night, the Hokies got 25 points from the bench.

Robert Brown played arguably his best game since he scored 18 points in a 95-79 win over Iowa back on Dec. 7, 2012. Brown was 6/8 from the field and 5/5 from the FT line in that game. Sunday night, he was 4/8 from the field, 1/3 from three-point range, and 2/2 from the charity stripe.

Marquis Rankin played out-of-his-mind defense on Michael Snaer in the first half. Snaer, as you probably recall, killed the Hokies last season with a buzzer beater to win the game. Rankin, who has 8 points in the first half, got sick during halftime, and only played the first 2:48 of the second half. After that, he did not return.

Trailing 6-3 in the opening minutes of the first half, the Hokies reeled off a 6-0 run to take a 9-6 lead. The noles responded with an 8-0 run of their own. Tech was not to be denied, though. Brown scored six straight points for the Hokies to keep the home team within striking distance.

With the score 21-19 in fsu’s favor, the noles’ head coach Leonard Hamilton started screaming at the officials and kept on screaming. He was finally T’ed up and darn near got thrown out of the game. That sent Tech’s Erick Green to the free throw line for a pair of uncontested shots that tied the game at 21.

Green went on to score VT’s last seven points (and 9 of its last 11) in the first half to give the Hokies a slim 28-26 half-time lead.

The second half was all Hokies for the most part, despite not having Rankin and his lockdown defense on Snear. Tech opened the second half with a 14-3 run and while the noles closed the gap a few times, the Hokies weren’t to be denied their first win in more than a month.

Green scored 15 of his 26 points down the stretch to secure the victory, but this was the first total team win in a long time for first-year head coach James Johnson. Though Green played a game-high 38 minutes, he wasn’t the only threat the noles had to worry about tonight. Barksdale played very well, especially crashing the boards and going after loose balls.

Rankin, as we mentioned, was incredible on defense. Walk-on Christian Beyer even got in on the action with a pretty reverse layup (that didn’t get blocked) that gave the Hokies a 23-21 lead. And Will Johnston (aka Willy-J), another walk-on making his third career start, had a career-high three steals.

This was a must-win game. This team, and in particular, this coach, did not need the dubious distinction of being the first Virginia Tech squad in 11 years to lose 10 straight games.

Earlier in the day, on the same court, the Virginia Tech women defeated the 19th-ranked fsu women’s team, 71-52. When the men followed with their win over the noles, it marked the first time since March 6, 2004, that both the Virginia Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams beat the same opponent on the same day.

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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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HIGHLIGHTS | fsu 48, VT 47


Virginia Tech loses a heartbreaker on a last second 3-pointer by Snaer to give florida state a 48-47 win, dropping the Hokies to 0-6 at fsu in ACC play. Tech blew a 15-point 2nd half lead.

And yes, I know I botched the final score at the end but it would take too much time to edit that and I’m more focused on Turkey at this point.

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Recap | #21 fsu (9-2) 48, VT (3-8) 47


The Hokies did everything they needed to do to win on the road against No. 21 florida state. Everything but hit free throws. Instead, the Hokies blew a 15-point second half lead and missed seven critical free throws in the final 90 seconds that could have sealed the victory.

The noles, despite getting outplayed badly the entire game, were able to hang around just long enough. Trailing by 2 points, 47-45, with 10.2 seconds to play, Jarrell Eddie was fouled, but could not go the free throw line because of cramping. So, Seth Greenberg sent freshman Robert Brown to the line where he missed both free throws. fsu got the rebound, sprinted down the court and hit a game-winning three pointer.

Erick Green, who had a game-high 18 points, got a weak desperation shot off, but it never had a prayer and the Hokies lose an absolute heartbreaker, 48-47, on the road.

There are bad losses and then there’s this kind of loss.

The Hokies fell behind early, yet again, but played solid defense and took advantage of a bevy of fsu turnovers to keep the game low-scoring and close. Tech actually took a first-half lead, but the noles hit a pair of three pointers in the closing seconds to take a 25-23 halftime lead.

Tech came out fired up in the second half and opened up with a 15-0 run and looked to be running away with it. But with Victor Davila (groin) and C.J. Barksdale (ankle) already on the bench in street clothes, the Hokies lost their only big man, Cadarian Raines, to an ankle injury and that changed the remainder of the game as the Hokies had zero post presence.

The noles answers with a 12-2 run and while the Hokies held on to a 6-point lead with 1:29 to play, they missed seven free throws and that’s what eventually did them in.

Heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to describe this loss. To outplay a team by such a wide margin and then lose like that because you can’t hit free throws is beyond devastating.

What makes the collapse even more surprising is that some of Tech’s most reliable free throw shooters – Green, Hudson and Eddie – are the ones that missed the majority of the free throws. To be fair, Brown should have never been in a position where his free throws could decide the game.

Unbelievable. Unreal. I need a drink.

Play-by-Play (accuracy never guaranteed)

– fsu wins the tip, but called for travel, turnover fsu
– Erick Green pass goes out of bounds, turnover VT
2-0 Loucks layup to take the early lead for fsu
– Hudson travels, turnover VT
– Green fouls Gibson
3-0 Gibson makes 1/2 FTs
– Eddie misses a three
5-0 James scores on the nice feed from Loucks
– DFS has his shot blocked, then commits the foul
– fsu miss, VT defensive rebound
– fsu foul away from the ball
– Brown misses a shot, fsu rebounds
– fsu misses a fastbreak layup, then called for a technical foul
5-2 Erick Green makes both technical FTs
– Gibson fouls Raines in the act of shooting
5-2 Raines misses both FTs
– fsu misses, VT defensive rebound
– VT misses, fsu defensive rebound
7-2 Miller to Pope for in the lane
– Green misses the layup, fsu rebounds
– fsu turnover

U16 – 7-2 fsu

– Brown misses the three pointer
– fsu bad pass, turnover
7-4 Green scores off the steal and fast break
9-4 Snaer scores
– VT turns it over
– Snaer misses a three, VT commits a foul
11-4 fsu dunk by No. 50
– timeout VT
– Green misses a jumper
– fsu turnover on the inbounds pass
11-7 Eddie buries a three from the left wing
– fsu misses a runner badly
– Rankin misses a wide open 7-footer

U12 – 11-7 fsu

11-9 Raines follows a Green miss with a 2-handed tip-in
13-9 Loucks answers with a bucket
– Hudson misses a jumper
– Snaer called for an offensive foul, his 2nd foul
– DFS on the bench with 2 fouls as well
– fsu gets away with a goaltending
– fsu turnover
13-11 Raines gets the offensive rebound and puts it back up and in

U8 – 13-11 fsu

– fsu has 8 turnovers, the only reason VT still in the game
– fsu commits 9th turnover
14-13 (vt) Hudson hits a three pointer to give VT its first lead of the game
– color guy wouldn’t shut up and they didn’t even mention tech’s three pointer
16-14 (fsu) answers with a three of its own
18-16 (vt) Hudson hits a three in the corner and gets fouled, completed the 4-point play
– fsu misses, VT rebound
– Hudson misses a three
– fsu misses, VT rebounds
20-16 Green completes a fastbreak layup
– fsu misses, VT rebounds
– Green called for the travel

U4 – 20-16 VT

20-19 fsu hits a three pointer
– this color commentator just won’t effing shut up
23-19 Green answers with a three pointer (Green has 9 points)
– Eddie called for 2nd personal foul
23-19 James misses both FTs
– VT rebounds the miss
– Raines misses underneath
23-22 Dulkys makes a three pointer
– Brown has his shot blocked
25-23 (fsu) Miller hits a three off the fast break
– 6-0 run for FSU
– Green misses a three, but Hudson with the off. rebound
– Loucks fouls Green away from the ball
– Green takes a bad last shot, no one got open

Halftime – fsu 26, VT 23

25-25 Eddie with the baseline jumper (6 points for Eddie)
– fsu bad pass, turnover
27-25 (vt) Green converts off the fast break
30-25 Green drains a three (14 points for Green)
– VT open 2nd half with a 7-0 run
30-25 James misses both FTs
– VT rebounds missed FT
33-25 Eddie buries a three from the corner near the VT bench
– VT on a 10-0 run to open the 2nd half
– fsu timeout
– another fsu turnover
– Green misses a long jumper
– fsu miss, VT rebound
35-25 Green drives from the top of the key, draws the double, feeds DFS for the uncontested two-hand flush
– VT extends run to 12-0
– fsu miss, VT rebounds, fsu fans booing
37-25 DFS gets the feed from Raines off the give and go, gets the hoop and the harm!

U16 – 37-25 VT (fsu has yet to score in the 2nd half)

38-25 – DFS makes the FT to complete the 3-point play
– VT on a 15-0 run
– fsu blocks a Rankin layup, no foul, but ball out of bounds on fsu, still VT ball
– shot clock violation on VT because of a loose ball
– fsu turnover, still hasn’t scored more than 5 minutes into the half
40-25 Brown hits the rainbow jumper from the free throw line
– VT on a 17-0 run
40-27 fsu finally scores its first bucket of the 2nd half at the 13:58 mark, James rebound and put back
– Hudson misses a three, DFS with the rebound and gets fouled
– DFS loses the ball out of bounds, VT turnover
– fsu bad shot, VT rebound
– VT misses, fsu rebound
– fsu takes a long and bad three pointer, misses
– DFS misses the jumper
– fsu misses baseline layup, VT rebounds

U12 – 40-27 VT (Hokies have outscored fsu 17-2 so far in the 2nd half)

– Hudson misses a jumper
40-29 Snaer off the glass
– Raines comes up limping, VT going very small
– Hudson misses a long three as the SC expired
– fsu misses two short shots, VT rebounds
– Eddie misses a three
– Snaer fouled
– Snaer misses a quick shot off the inbounds, VT rebounds
42-29 Green gets a shot to go after bouncing around the rim for an eternity (16 points for Green)
42-31 Gibson follows a misses with a two-hand slam
– DFS airballs a three pointer
42-33 fsu converts off the DFS miss and gets the layup

U8 – 42-33 VT

– VT has gone pretty cold with no big bodies in the post
– Hudson misses a jumper, fsu rebound
– Eddie called for a foul on Snaer
42-35 Snaer scores again off the inbounds pass
– VT misses, but gets rebound
– fsu on a 10-2 run
– VT can’t buy a bucket now
42-37 Miller hits a jumper
– fsu on a 12-2 run
– VT has to use a timeout because it can’t inbound the ball
– foul on fsu’s miller on the inbounds pass
44-37 Green drives the lane and gets the high floater to go (18 points)
– foul on VT
– foul on VT
44-37 Peterson misses both FTs
– DFS gets the rebound
– fsu 1/8 free throws
– Green drives and has hit shot blocked
– DFS block, VT fights hard for the loose gall
– 3:11 left to play
– Hudson misses a shot at the buzzer, fsu rebound
– fsu misses a three, VT rebounds
– fsu called for the foul

U4 – 44-37 VT

– fsu’s white called for a foul
44-37 Green misses front end of a 1-and-1
– Loucks called for offensive foul, 2:02 left
– Snaer fouls Green, 3rd PF for Snaer
44-37 Green misses another front end of a 1-and-1
– fsu rebounds the miss, but Green steals the ball!
– VT timeout
– fsu’s white picks up 4th PF, VT in the double bonus
46-37 Eddie makes both FTs – 1:29 left (10 points for Eddie)
46-40 Peterson hits a three (1:12 left)
– fsu foul
46-40 Hudson misses both FTs
46-42 White gets an easy bucket underneath
– Eddie gets fouled, but came up limping b/c of cramps, White fouls out for fsu
47-42 Eddie makes 1/2 FTs
47-45 fsu makes a three
– VT’s Eddie gets rebound with 10.2 seconds, but Eddie is cramping bad
– fsu crowd is booing Eddie, stay classy fsu fans
47-45 Brown misses both FTs
48-47 Snaer hits a three to win the game
– Green misses a desperation three

Final Score: fsu 48, VT 47

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2 Previews for the Price of 1 | VT (3-7) @ #21 fsu (8-2) on Thursday at 7 PM on ESPN2 | gt (2-9) @ VT (3-8) on Saturday at 3 PM


Update: Glen Rice, Jr., gt’s leading scorer, rebounder, steals, 3-pointers, 2nd in assists, and 2nd in blocks, has been suspended and will not play Saturday against VT.

Spread: fsu by 9.5 (Vegas is finally starting to adjust)

ACC SCHEDULING: How bad has the ACC screwed VT this year in scheduling?

  1. Tech didn’t get a single weekend home game in January, playing on the road all 4 weekends.
  2. The Hokies have to play two sets of Short Turnaround games this year for the first time since joining the league (2 games within 48 hours of each other).

The good news about the latter of those two is Tech is now 7-1 all time in ACC Short Turnaround tail end games. In other words, after playing a game on Day 1, the Hokies have won 88% of the games played on Day 3, less than 48 hours later. The last win came two weeks ago when VT took down clemson at home after losing to duke. VT has won 4 in a row in this situation. Add to the fact they are playing the worst team in the ACC, and you have to like our odds!… on Saturday, that is.

f-l-o-r-i-d-a s-t-a-t-e florida state florida state florida state… WOOOO: I’m not gonna lie to you — I’m not going to spend a lot of time on the florida state preview. I debated about putting VT at 3-8 up above and calling it a day (but then I’d be resorting to Cope’s tactics… did you know he pre-writes our recaps as if we’d already lost?).

Here’s how the first game went down:

  • Recap – fsu 63 at VT 59
  • Highlights
  • fsu opened ACC play with a 20 point loss at clemson, but including their win at VT, they’ve won 8/9 (their lone loss was at bc… go figure… they beat unc by 33 and won at duke, but couldn’t beat bc).
  • Bernard James, the 27-year-old real American hero, was a man in this game. He scored 18 points, snagged 15 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots. He dominated the paint in the 2nd half to help fsu prevent blowing a double digit lead.

BUT THIS IS A BIG GAME FOR THE HOKIES! Tech has won at every other ACC school since joining the league. Actually, to take that a step further, VT has won at every other school in basketball AND football, but hasn’t won at fsu in either (although they’ve only played there once in pigskin). Hokie hoops is 0-5 in Tallahassee since entering the league.

Here’s how long it took VT to win at the other ACC sites:

  • 1st try: 4 (georgia tech, miami, wake forest, unc)
  • 2nd try: 1 (clemson)
  • 3rd try: 3 (duke, maryland, bc)
  • 4th try: 2 (uva, nc state)
  • 6th times the charm at fsu!
I’d love to get the win Thursday and complete the Tour de ACC. But I have a feeling we are looking at a loss by a baker’s dozen, with Tech falling to 0-6 at fsu. Please don’t tell me this is going to become a clemson @ unc situation.

So let’s fast forward to Saturday…

ramblin’ wreck: Update: The question is, will VT have any healthy players on Saturday?  There are injury concerns about Davila, Barksdale, Eddie, and Raines, and with less than 48 hours between games, who knows who will be ready.  That leaves VT with just 5 healthy scholarship guys.

You have a better chance of playing pick up sticks with your butt checks than seeing georgia tech win an ACC road game. Over the past 7 seasons, gt is 8-46 (15%) away from the ATL in league play. I could accentuate that stat in a couple of ways: the jackets have won just 2 of their last 19 ACC road games… or I could say they’ve won 2 of their last 7! Both statements are true since they lost 13 in a row on the road before winning at wake to end last season (Update: georgia tech lost 59-50 at 2-9 wake… well, now 3-9 wake… The loss means georgia tech is in dead last in the ACC all by themselves). They are 1-5 on the road this year, with the lone win at 7-3 nc state (go figure, it’s been that kind of a year).

Tech has owned tech since joining the ACC. VT is 8-3 in ACC games, their best mark against any program (they are also 8-3 against wake).

Between VT’s success in Short Turnaround games, gt’s road record, and VT’s history with gt, I’m going to go ahead and pencil in a ‘W’ for the Hokies (notice I said pencil and did NOT mention wearing skirts or uva gear).

Talk about a contrast in styles — florida state, as usual, has a great front court with James the enforcer inside and 6’11″ Gibson also a talented shot blocker and athlete. georgia tech, meanwhile, has zero post talent. They have just 3 low post players on their roster. Freshman Julian Royal was supposed to help as a stud recruit, but he’s been a bust so far averaging just 4.6 ppg and 2.3 rebounds in 16 minutes per contest (though he does shoot 45% from the field).

Glen Rice, Jr. is the only offensive player you have to worry about, but he scored just 13 points in the 2 games against VT last year so the Hokies know something about defending him. Rice has scored 19+ on 7 occasions this year, including 28 against duke, so he can light it up. But if he’s off, the jackets have no prayer.

Even though Paul Hewitt is gone, now at george mason, this gt team looks a lot like the past teams — they don’t play patient defense (a lot of steals but dead last in FG% Defense) and they turn the ball over a lot (-3.0 turnover margin per game). Maybe… maybe… VT can get some fast break points off turnovers.

Hmm… I’m really tempted to guarantee a win on Saturday. Let’s see how I feel that morning and whether or not I feel like potentially wearing a skirt.

TANGENT: How low has VT fallen? I was watching uva lose at clemson on Tuesday and they posted uva’s NCAA resume. They listed VT as a ‘bad loss’. Uh, we’re a Top 100 RPI team. That’s a bad loss?!

STARTERS*:

*Note: Greenberg has announced that for the 2nd game in a row Tech’s starters will be determined by who practices the hardest the day before the game. Last game that was Rankin, Green, Hudson, Barksdale, and Davila, so the starters are TBD.

VIRGINIA TECH
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.5
5 Hudson 6-5 r-Sr 11.2
31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.5
4 Raines 6-9 r-So 4.6
14 Davila 6-8 Sr 7.5
1 Brown 6-5 Fr 7.1
15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 6.0
10 Rankin 6-1 Fr 2.6
florida state
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 3 Loucks 6-5 Sr 7.0
G 21 Snaer 6-5 Jr 13.8
G 4 Dulkys 6-5 Sr 7.3
F 5 James 6-10 Sr 10.6
C 1 Gibson 6-11 Sr 7.5
Bench 30 Miller 6-3 So 9.9
georgia tech
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
G 0 Udofia 6-2 Jr 10.0
G 23 Reed 6-3 So 7.5
G/F 41 Rice Jr.* 6-5 Jr 13.1
F 24 Holsey 6-8 So 8.9
C 5 Miller 6-11 So 7.8
Bench 14 Morris 6-5 So 7.8

*Rice has been suspended, expect Morris to start in his place and Royal to play more minutes.

STATS:

Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY. georgia tech’s stats do not include their 59-50 loss at wake on Wednesday.

VT florida state ga tech
PPG 59.9 (8) 69.7 (4) 59.3 (9)
PPG vs 65.2 (5) 62.2 (2) 68.0 (9)
FT% 76% (1) 73% (4) 68% (10)
FG% 39% (11) 46% (1) 40% (10)
3-Pt% 33% (5) 39% (1) 33% (7)
Made 3s PG 5.6 (6) 6.5 (3) 5.3 (9)
FG% D 43% (7) 41% (3) 45% (12)
Off Reb % 32% (7) 33% (4) 32% (6)
Def Reb % 63% (12) 70% (4) 72% (3)
Turnover Margin +1.3 (4) +1.1 (6) -3.0 (10)
Steals 5.2 (10) 8.5 (1) 6.1 (6)
Blocks 3.0 (9t) 4.7 (3) 3.8 (6)

How sad is it that VT is 8th in the ACC in scoring offense while averaging less than 60 points per ACC game?

BORING FACTS ABOUT florida state (“Strength, skill, character”):

Location Tallahassee, FL
Type Public
Enrollment 31k undergrad, 8.5k post-grad
Established 1851
NCAA Tournament Appearances 13 (1972 Final Four and runner-up), made NCAAs 3 years in a row
ACC Titles 5 (Last in ’97)
Famous Students/Alums Burt Reynolds, Christine Lahti, Mac Brown, 2 Heismans (Chris Weinke/Charlie Ward), Jim Morrison, Richard Simmons, Lee Corso, Fred Biletnikoff
History Was florida state college for women until 1947, when it became coed and allowed men

BORING FACTS ABOUT gt:

  • Established: 1885
  • Type: Public
  • Mascot: Buzz
  • The term ‘ramblin’ wreck’ comes from the makeshift motor vehicles gt engineers were using for projects in South American jungles in the late 19th century.
  • Students: 13,750 undergrad (NERDS!) and 7,000 postgrad (NERDS!)
  • Notable Alums/Students: President Jimmy Carter, Jeff Foxworthy, several astronauts, Chris Bosh, Matt Price, Dennis Scott, Stephon Marbury, John Salley, Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra, Kenny Anderson, and Stewark Cink. John Heisman coached gt.
  • ACC Basketball Titles: 3 (last in 1993)
  • ACC Football Titles: 3 (one less than the real Tech who has been in the league 25 fewer years) — last – ’09
  • I hate the stat where they say ‘The winner of the VT/gt football game has won the Coastal Division every year… uh, that’s true, but we’ve won 5 of those 7 games, capturing 5 of 7 Coastal titles… so it isn’t comparing apples to apples. That’s like the winner of the VT/uva game has won the Commonwealth Cup over the last 8 years.

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Recap | fsu (1-1, 10-6) 63, VT (0-2, 11-5) 59


Box Score

There’s ugly and then there’s the way the Hokies played Tuesday night in their 2012 ACC home opener against florida state. It was about as ugly as you can imagine. The final score, 63-59, wasn’t indicative of how poorly the Hokies played, but all you needed to do was look at the box score and wonder how it wasn’t much much worse.

Tech shot a dismal 30 percent from the field on 18 of 59 shooting. They shot the ball 59 times and made just 18 of them. And their three-point shooting was even worse – just 16 percent, or 2 of 12. The noles weren’t much better at 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from behind the arc.

Junior guard Erick Green led all scorers with 21 points, but it was fsu’s Bernard James and his 18 points and 15 rebounds that killed the Hokies. That and the 15 blocked shot fsu put up against Tech. That was the difference in the game.

The Hokies actually won the turnover battle, but couldn’t buy a bucket. If they’d shot 35 percent, they’d have won this game. Instead, Tech falls to 0-2 in ACC play and are looking at long road ahead. Niemo suggested Tech needed an 11-5 ACC record to get into the tourney, so at 0-2, that means Tech would need to go 11-3 from here on out. Based on what we’ve seen so far, that looks very doubtful.

Tech looked sloppy and out of sync. They just couldn’t get it going it looks like frustration is setting in. To make matters worse, people can’t give their tickets away to these games. The university opened up public sale of tickets to the UNC game next Thursday. Based on actual attendance thusfar, the fans are losing interest and support is waning.

Earlier today, ESPN’s Jason King put Seth Greenberg on his list of college coaches “who are on the hot seat (or should be).”

Tech will lick its wounds for a few days before it heads north to take on the boston college iggles for a Saturday, 3 p.m., matchup. Niemo already has the highlights up and will likely chime in with his thoughts on the game, but from what I can see, this team is on the brink and needs something good to happen very soon, or I worry that this season could spiral out of control very quickly.

SCORES AT EACH MEDIA TIMEOUT:

1st Half:

  • Under 16: fsu 6-2
  • U12: fsu 13-4
  • U8: fsu 17-11
  • U4: fsu 26-16

Half: fsu 30-21

2nd Half:

  • U16: fsu 35-27
  • U12: fsu 42-36
  • U8: fsu 50-43
  • U4: fsu 57-51

FINAL: fsu 63, VT 59

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HIGHLIGHTS | fsu (1-1, 10-6) 63, VT (0-2, 11-5) 59


Merry Christmas — here are your highlights from Tech’s ACC home opener… hope you like crap!

The Hokies fall to 0-2 in the ACC for the first time since 2006.

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Preview | florida state (0-1, 9-6) @ VT (0-1, 11-4) | Tu., 7 PM | ESPNU


Spread: Hokies by 4.

The Hokies play their ACC home opener on Tuesday in a critical match-up between two desperate teams.  The loser will fall to 0-2 in league play and face a tough hole to climb out of to get back in the ACC race for a First Round bye.  The winner will gain a measure of confidence.

The Hokies swept the noles last year, but were just 2-6 before that against free shoes u.  Tech dominated florida state in early January in Blacksburg, then beat them in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinal on the infamous good/no-good shot by Derwin Kitchen.

The noles have finished in the ACC top four three years in a row (3rd place the last two years).  But Kitchen is gone, and more importantly so is Chris Singleton – he finished Third Team All ACC last year and was the runner up for Defensive Player of the Year despite missing the last month of the regular season.  Singleton is now slummin’ for the winless Wizards.

While the Hokies stink in ACC openers, falling to 1-7 with the loss at wake, Tech has been money in ACC Game #2.  The previous 4 years Tech started 0-1, but rebounded to win Game #2 to get back to .500.  And the Hokies have won 4 of their past 5 ACC openers (they lost last year to uva).

THE SERIES:

  • Overall: fsu 25-19
  • At VT All Time: VT 12-7
  • In ACC Play: fsu 6-4
  • At VT in ACC Games: VT 3-1

Last Year:

STARTERS:

VIRGINIA TECH
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.7
SG 5 Hudson 6-5 Sr 11.5
SF 31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.7
F 15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 7.1
C 14 Davila 6-8 Sr 7.1
Bench 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 8.4
florida state
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 3 Loucks 6-5 Sr 7.2
G 21 Snaer 6-5 Jr 13.2
G 4 Dulkys 6-5 Sr 6.3
F 5 James 6-10 Sr 9.7
C 1 Gibson 6-11 Sr 8.3
Bench 30 Miller 6-3 So 13.8

STATS:

VT fsu
Record 11-4 9-6
ACC 0-1 0-1
RPI 37 73
vs RPI Top 50 1-3 (W-nsu) 0-4
vs RPI Top 100 4-3 (W-sbu, osuX2) 2-4 (W-umass, ucf)
ACC STATS
PPG 70.1 (6) 70.6 (5)
PPG vs 59.3 (3) 61.9 (5)
FT% 74% (2) 69% (7)
FG% 45% (6) 45% (8)
3-Pt% 37% (4) 30% (12)
Made 3s PG 6.3 (4) 5.5 (8)
FG% D 39% (5) 36% (1)
3-Pt% D 26% (1) 27% (3)
Blocks 4.3 (9) 6.6 (1)
Steals 6.5 (5) 8.8 (1)
TO Margin -0.2 (7) -1.7 (9)
Off Reb % 37% (5) 39% (3)
Def Reb % 67% (8) 67% (10)
Scoring: Green 15.7 (6) Snaer 13.2 (14)
Rebounding: DFS 8.1 (7) James 8.7 (6)
FG% Green 49% (9) James 58% (DNQ)
Assists: Green 3.4 (8) Loucks 3.8 (4)
Steals: Green 1.6 (9) Dulkys 1.7 (2)
Blocks: Raines 1.0 (-) James 2.4 (4)

THE MATCH-UP:

As usual, the noles are built around defense.  They bring a tremendous length into Blacksburg (that didn’t come out right).  What I mean is they are exceptionally tall as usual. That presents challenges trying to shoot over them.  The result, as usual, is florida state leads the ACC in FG% Defense.  They also lead in blocked shots and steals.

The other problem the noles’ length presents is rebounding.  Tech just played the 2nd-worst rebounding team in the league and got thoroughly beaten on the glass (largely because they did not attack the 2-3 zone on offense and tried to go small against wake on defense).  I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Hokies play two of their big men (Davila, Raines, Barksdale) at the same time to combat the size of the noles.  Tech must do a better job on the glass then they did in Winston-Salem.

So, if the noles are so good defensively as usual, why aren’t they winning more?  Heck, they are 0-2 against the Ivy League with losses to a good harvard team (fsu didn’t score for the first 11 minutes of the game) and they lost to princeton.  And they just lost by 20 at a very bad clemson team on Saturday in their ACC opener.  Here’s why I think they are down…

They aren’t as athletic as they usually are, meaning the Hokies can push the ball on them… yeah, maybe.  VT really struggled to get transition points Saturday except for the back-to-back dunks to tie the game at 50 late.  But with how good fsu is defensively, the Hokies must find ways to get easy baskets.

On offense, Ian Miller has been their best scorer since being cleared to play at the end of the first semester.  I assume that means he didn’t have the grades to play in the fall semester.  The sophomore guard has averaged 13.8 ppg in the 4 games he’s played.  But Ian is shooting under 40% from the field and just 25% on 3s, so his scoring is unproductive scoring.

In fact, the noles are just plain awful from deep.  They are just 30% from deep on the year despite the fact they have two guys, Loucks and Dulkys, who are supposed to be 3-point shooting specialists.  The two are both shooting around 33% from deep.  Michael Snaer, a junior guard, has been their best shooter.  He’s shooting 35% from long range with 25 makes.  He is the most athletic guard and can drive, too.  Snaer and Miller will both challenge Tech’s perimeter guards off the dribble.

The big problem for the noles has been turnovers.  They have a -1.7 turnover margin, in the bottom third of the ACC.  They had 4 more turnovers than the tigers Saturday.  Considering the fact fsu leads the ACC in steals (which count as turnovers for the other team), that tells you fsu is giving up a LOT of possessions.  Can the Hokies turn those turnovers into points, specifically easy transition points?  That will be a big key…

HO-KEYS TO THE GAME:

  • Rebounding: Edge (on paper) florida state.  The Hokies need to hustle more than they did Saturday for 50/50 balls.
  • 3-Pt Shooting: Edge Hokies.  Tech is 10-1 when they shoot for a higher percentage from deep than their opponent.  They didn’t Saturday (wake 44%, VT 27%), and now the Hokies are 1-3 when the opponent shoots better.  Considering VT is 4th in the league in 3-Pt% and fsu is last, let’s hope that’s a good omen.
  • Turnovers: Slight Edge VT.  wake had 16 turnovers to just 10 by VT Saturday and yet the Hokies still lost.  But against the noles with their size advantage, Tech must win this stat to have a chance.  They need more quality possessions than the noles, and need fsu turnovers to fuel the transition game.

BORING FACTS ABOUT florida state (“Strength, skill, character”):

Location Tallahassee, FL
Type Public
Enrollment 31k undergrad, 8.5k post-grad
Established 1851
NCAA Tournament Appearances 13 (1972 Final Four and runner-up), made NCAAs 3 years in a row
ACC Titles 5 (Last in ’97)
Famous Students/Alums Burt Reynolds, Christine Lahti, Mac Brown, 2 Heismans (Chris Weinke/Charlie Ward), Jim Morrison, Richard Simmons, Lee Corso, Fred Biletnikoff
History Was florida state college for women until 1947, when it became coed and allowed men

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Game Highlights | VT 52, fsu 51


Here are the highlights from the final 30 seconds of last night’s miracle win…

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There is a God | Hokies (11-7, 21-10) 52, florida state (11-6, 21-10) 51


Box Score

The Virginia Tech Hokies’ NCAA tournament hopes got a huge boost Friday night as Tech beat the No. 3 seed fsu in the 2011 ACC Tournament, 52-51, in a sloppy, low-scoring game, that for at least one half set the sport back a half century.

The Hokies overcame a 10-point, second-half deficit and tied the game at 49 on a Manny Atkins three pointer from near the Virginia Tech bench with three minutes to play. The noles retook the lead, 51-49, before Malcolm Delaney hit 1/2 free throws with :41 seconds left to cut the lead to one, 50-51.

Erick Green was just 2/13 on the night, but he hit his biggest shot of the game, a long two from the top of the key, with 4.7 seconds to play to give the Hokies their first lead, 52-51, since early in the opening half when they lead 4-3.

fsu still had a shot, though. Derwin Kitchen got the ball in the far corner and appeared to hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer as the noles’ bench and about a dozen fans erupted in celebration. But after nearly five minutes of reviewing the shot, it was clear that the ball was still on his fingertips when the clock hit 00:00:00. The officials left the scorer’s table and waived off the basket, thus giving the win to the Hokies.

Aside from the thrilling end, this game was ugly; something Hokie fans have witnessed so often this season. Everything that could go wrong, practically did. Things got off to an ominous start when head coach Seth Greenberg called a timeout just 41 seconds into the game and got into a verbal argument with first-team All-ACC guard Malcolm Delaney, whom Greenberg promptly benched for :32 seconds.

Greenberg could be seen trying to talk to Delaney, but the star player turned his head away from the coach, clearly not interested in what he had to say.

It got worse. Jeff Allen picked up two fouls less than five minutes into the game, while Davila finished the first half with three fouls and Delaney was called for two fouls. The Hokies couldn’t hit a free throw, or a field goal for that matter, the entire first half. It took Virginia Tech six and a half minutes to register their first field goal and were under 50 percent from the charity stripe until Delaney hit a pair with less than a second left in the half. The finished the half 7/13 from the FT line and trailed 19-27 at the break.

The Hokies shot a pathetic 17.9 percent from the field on 5/28 shooting in the first half. They had only 19 points and two of those came on a pair of Delaney free throws with less than a second to play in the half. The 19 points is the lowest first-half total by the Hokies all season. Their lowest scoring output in a half was 18 in a 72-57 road loss to georgia tech.

The second half didn’t get off to a particularly great start either. After a quick 4-0 run by the Hokies, Davila picked up his fourth foul, while Delaney and Allen picked their third less than five minutes into the second half. It was all downhill from there.

From there, the noles pushed their lead to 10 points, 28-38, with 13:25 to play. Then, the Hokies finally found some rhythm. Tech used an 11-3 run to cut fsu’s lead to one, 39-40 with nine minutes to play and it was a decent game from then on out.

With 3:05 remaining and Tech trailing 49-46, Manny Atkins came of a screen near the Hokies’ bench and drained a three pointer to tie the game at 49. The Noles regained the lead with a minute to play, 51-49. Delaney was fouled in the act with :41 to play, but missed the first and made the second, to cut the lead to 50-51.

The noles had the ball and the shot clock off when fsu called a timeout. On the inbounds pass, Allen stripped the ball giving the Hokies the ball. Green hit the eventual game winner, but only after replays showed that fsu’s would-be game-winner did not count.

Foul trouble nearly killed the Hokies Friday night. Delaney, Davila and Allen all played with four fouls each for the critical final five minutes of the second half, which hindered their ability to play aggressive basketball. Despite that, Tech kept the game close and allowed them to hang with the noles before overcoming the adversity.

The Hokies will face No. 2 seed duke tomorrow in the ACC semifinals.

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Preview | #6 VT (10-7, 20-10) vs #3 florida state (11-5, 21-9) | Friday ~9:20 PM


Spread: VT by 1.5 (wow, wasn’t expecting that — clearly Vegas doesn’t think Singleton is playing).

The Hokies kept themselves firmly on the bubble Thursday by beating georgia tech, now they have a chance to punch their ticket to the Big Dance with a win over florida state.   A loss means a lot of anxiety between now and Sunday evening.

The big question is: will Chris Singleton play?  fsu’s lone star (he’s to the noles what Toney Douglas was two years ago) has been out since February 12th when he suffered a foot stress fracture against uva.  He’s been shooting and warming up lately before games.  Personally, I don’t think he’ll play.  I think they’ll save him for the NCAA Tournament next week (they have a bid locked up) to protect his future and give him more time to heal.

Even if Singleton cannot play, don’t think this game will be a walkover.  The noles have been playing surprisingly well since their franchise man went down.  They beat uva despite the fact Chris went down early in the game while fsu was behind, and they’ve won three of five since.  One of those losses was to unc (yes, the unc that has won 12 of 13) where fsu led with under 10 seconds left before Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer to win it for the heels.  So these guys can still play… though I’m not sure how.  And to be fair, five of the six teams they played without Singleton (including uva) had losing ACC records.  Friday will be a test for the noles, who won’t have the hunger VT should have.

Note that teams playing on consecutive days tend to have an advantage early in games since they tend to be in the flow more quickly.  All you have to do is look at Tech’s record on short turnarounds (6-1) in ACC regular season games to see that.  Or look at the Big East marathon ( I mean Tournament) — there have been tons of upsets where teams that played the previous day upset a higher seed that was resting.  That will be key to Tech to jump up early.

HO-KEYS TO WINNING:

  • 3-Pt%: In VT’s last 15 games, the team that shot a higher percentage from behind the arc won.  (Though in the first meeting between these clubs, VT was just 1/8 from deep — FTs won them that game).
  • Transition: fsu plays great defense.  That’s how they win with or without Singleton.  They aren’t going to drop 80 or 90 on you.  So the Hokies have to find ways to get easy buckets.  Push the ball like they did against georgia tech and attack the rim, Green and Delaney.
  • Protect the ball: The noles need turnovers to fuel their offense.  They are good in transition.  The Hokies need to make smart passes, and avoid giving up a lot of steals (fsu is #2 in the league in steals).
  • Urgency: Tech needs to play like they did Thursday, or like they did against duke — like they were playing for a NCAA Tournament bid.  In many ways, they are.  Win Friday and I feel they are a lock.  Lose, and again, they are the mercy of the Committee, which hasn’t worked out too well the last 3 years.
  • Battle Inside: The noles aren’t a team that’s going to bomb you out of the gym from deep (8th in the league in 3s made per game).  They want to penetrate.  VT has to work hard to cut off noles on the dribble, while being smart and not fouling, then box out and deny fsu second chance opportunities.

SERIES:

  • All-time: fsu 25-18
  • In ACC Play: fsu 6-3

EARLIER MEETING:

Jeff Allen scored 24 and snagged 11 boards on his way to ACC Player of the Week honors.  VT hit 34/37 free throws to fuel the win.  Chris Singleton had 22 points and 8 rebounds for fsu.

STARTERS:

Position Virginia Tech florida state
Guard 11 Green – 6-4 22 Kitchen – 6-4
Guard 23 Delaney – 6-3 21 Snaer – 6-5
Wing/Guard 1 Bell – 6-7 4 Dulkys – 6-5
Forward 0 Allen – 6-7 10 White* – 6-8
Forward 14 Davila – 6-8 5 James – 6-10

*Singleton would play for White if he plays.

STATS*:

Virginia Tech fsu#
RPI 64 45
PPG 70.2 (4) 68.2 (7)
Pts Against 66.1 (5) 65.2 (4)
FG % 44% (2) 44% (3)
3-Pt % 36% (4) 34% (7)
FT % 74% (3) 68% (10)
Leading
Scorer Delaney 18.3 Singleton 13.8, Kitchen 10.1
Rebounder Allen 10.0 Singleton 7.1, James 5.6
Assists Delaney 4.3 Kitchen 3.6
Steals Green 1.9 Singleton 2.1, Kitchen 1.8
Blocks Bell 1.1 James 2.3

*Team stats are from ACC games only (and ACC rank), player stats are for all games.

# Since my thought is Singleton won’t play, I’ve listed their second leading ‘whatever’.

BORING FACTS ABOUT fsu:

  • f-l-o-r-i-d-a s-t-a-t-e! florida state, florida state, florida state… WOOOOO! [Sorry, but guys should not be yelling 'Woooo' at the end of your school cheer]
  • Established in 1851
  • 31,000 undergrads, 8,500 post-grads
  • Was an all women’s school from 1906 to 1947 when it became coed. Lee Corso (ESPN Gameday personality) joked that when he went on his recruiting visit to the florida gators, he barely saw any women, but when he went to fsu, he barely saw any men… he went to fsu.
  • Burt Reynolds went to fsu.
  • Jim Morrison attended fsu for a stretch and got arrested for a prank after a football game.
  • Richard Simmons went to fsu (chuckle)
  • Ted Bundy killed two fsu Chi Omegans during his serial killing spree back in the late ’70s.
  • fsu has 2 titles in football (as Hokies know all too well) and 3 title game appearances in the College World Series, but lost all 3.
  • 2 Heismans – Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke
  • florida state is the only school VT hasn’t beaten on the road in football OR basketball.  0-1 in pigskin, 0-4 in hoops.

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Big Donut Powers Big Win | Hokies 71, fsu 59


The Hokies beat florida state 71-59 on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

The Hokies beat florida state 71-59 on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

What if we told you before today’s game against fsu that Malcolm Delaney would shoot just 3/10 from the field and 0/3 from 3-point range against the noles? And that the Hokies would be outrebounded 39-30? And that Seth Greenberg would get a meager nine points from his bench? Chances are you’d expect the Hokies to get slapped around by the noles on their home court en route to an 0-2 start in conference play? But, we didn’t tell you those things and had we, you’d have been wrong.

Jeff Allen powered the Hokies (1-1, 10-4) with 24 points and 11 rebounds and hit a mind-boggling 10/12 free throws. The senior scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half. Sophomore point guard Erick Green was the other key to the Hokies’ sixth straight win, this one a 71-59 victory over ACC foe florida state (1-1, 11-5), despite 22 points and eight rebounds from future NBA first-round pick Chris Singleton.

Green had 12 points, three assists, four steals and was a perfect 8/8 from the free throw line. Since being installed as a starter six games ago in place of Dorenzo Hudson, who is out for the year, Green has shined during the six-game winning streak.

While the bench — Manny Atkins, Jarell Eddie and Tyrone Garland — only scored nine points, they were all key baskets. With only eight scholarship players, there are no wasted minutes for the Hokies in games like this. Shortly after checking into the game with 11:28 to play, Garland came up big with a three pointer that put Tech in front, 15-14, halting a short 6-2 run by fsu. Garland also had a beautiful layup in the second half and a great baseline assist to Allen.

Atkins didn’t score from the field, but he hit all four of his free throws attempts and pulled down three big time defensive rebounds. As a team, the Hokies shot an impressive 92 percent from the charity stripe (34/37).

Tech began the game with a 2-3 zone defense to try and keep the noles in check and it work fabulously. The Hokies held fsu to 19 first-half points, their second lowest total of the season. The noles’ Michael Snaer hit a three pointer with 6:43 to play in the first half to give fsu a 19-17 lead. The Hokies responded with a 12-0 run to end the half, holding the noles scoreless for nearly seven minutes as they slowly built a 29-19 lead.

The Hokies struggled for the first six minutes of the second half, allowing fsu to get within three points, 34-31, with 13:25 to play in the game. But that’s when Allen took over, beginning with a layup along the baseline. Allen was fouled and completed the three-point play to put the Hokies back in front 37-31. fsu answered with a break-away dunk, but again Allen answered with a layup off a beautiful feed from Garland.

On fsu’s next trip down the floor, Terrance Shannon missed a jump and Atkins pulled down one of his three defensive rebounds that led to Garland’s lightning quick slash through the lane for a nifty layup and an 8-point Hokies lead.

Allen, clearly in a different zone, used his quick hands to snatch the ball from Snaer, sprint to the other end and hit a pull-up jumper to push Tech’s lead back to 10. It was all Hokies from there.

The Hokies return to the court on Thursday, Jan. 13, against unc in Chapel Hill. The tar heels (1-0, 11-4) beat uva (1-1, 10-6) in Charlottesville, 62-56, on Saturday.

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Preview | fsu (1-0, 11-4) @ VT (0-1, 9-4) | 3 PM Saturday | ESPN2


The Hokies find themselves in a familiar hole on Saturday.  For the fourth consecutive year, and sixth time in seven years, Tech is 0-1 in the ACC.  But Tech has won five straight since that loss to uva.  And VT has answered the bell each of the last three years after losing their ACC opener by winning their second ACC game.  While the ACC should be the wild wild west this year where anything can happen, Tech cannot afford to drop to 0-2 in league play with both losses at home and a date with a lady in powder blue in Chapel Hill looming on Thursday night next week.  The Hokies don’t need to play perfect, they don’t need to look pretty, they just need to find a way to claw out a victory against a good seminole team.  The noles are 1-0 in the ACC, having beaten clemson a month ago in Tallahassee (but that was with Xavier Gibson).

This game will be a match-up of two similar teams.  To put it nicely, these two teams wouldn’t win any beauty contests for their style of play.  To put it in Head Coach Greenberg’s terms, they play ugly.  Both teams have enjoyed success in the ACC lately, but it is the noles that have reaped the benefits.  fsu has earned an ACC Tournament First Round bye the last two years, and have made the NCAA Tournament both years while the Hokies have been sent to the NIT the last two times they’ve finished in the top four of the ACC.

Of course the panic button hit fevered pitch when news of Jeff Allen’s groin injury went public.  But as Jeff showed Sunday against the mount, he’s playing through it and hopefully a week of no games will help.  Quite simply, VT desperately needs him against the big fsu lineup.

SERIES:

To put it mildly, Tech has not fared well against the noles since joining the league.  Just like in football, it has been a struggle.  Check these records out:

  • VT is 2-6 vs fsu in ACC play
  • VT is 17-25 all time
  • fsu has won 3 in a row

The bad news is Tech has never won at fsu, the only place VT hasn’t won at since joining the league [they also haven't won their in football -- also the only ACC venue they haven't won at].  The good news is this game isn’t at fsu.  The bad news is fsu has won three straight in the series and are 11-2 against the Hokies over the last 20 years.  The good news is VT is 2-1 against the noles at home in ACC play.  And that one loss was a heartbreaker on a late jumper by Toney Douglas two years ago.  Tech has not looked good the last two years against fsu, held under 60 both times.  The Hokies lost by just five at florida state last year, but that was only because of a late rally in the final minute.

The most famous game in series history was almost exactly 30 years ago when Les Henson launched the famous “Henson Heave” for a 79-77 win at fsu on 1/21/80.  THIS was a full court shot.

STATS:

Virginia Tech florida state
PPG 70.8 72.1
Pts Against 59.8 60.2
FG % 47% 43%
3-Pt % 32% 33%
FT % 68% 66%
Leading …
Scorer Delaney – 19.1 Singleton – 15.2
Rebounder Allen – 9.7 Singleton – 8.3
Assists Delaney – 4.0 Kitchen – 3.7
Steals Green – 1.8 Singleton – 2.4
Blocks Bell/Davila – 1.4 James – 2.3 (Singleton – 2.1)

STARTERS:

Position Virginia Tech florida state
Guard 11 Green – 6-4 22 Kitchen – 6-4
Guard 23 Delaney – 6-3 21 Snaer – 6-5
Wing/Guard 1 Bell – 6-7 4 Dulkys – 6-5
Forward 0 Allen – 6-7 31 Singleton – 6-9
Forward 14 Davila – 6-8 5 James – 6-10

ALL ABOUT f-l-o-r-i-d-a s-t-a-t-e florida state florida state florida state WOOOOOO!

The tables have evened up a bit.  By that I mean the injury bug has hit the seminoles and in the one place that helps the Hokies the most – inside.  Their 6’11″ center, Xavier Gibson, suffered a knee injury and a broken hand in a Hawaiian tournament around Christmas and should be out another month or so [No, he was not fighting a teammate - it was in a game].  The noles are still big, but don’t have the depth they did.

While the Hokies blew out the mount on Sunday, the noles lost to a very bad auburn team on Monday.  The bad news is even the auburn coach called fsu out on their mistake — he mentioned if they had fed the ball inside more instead of launching threes (5/26), they’d have given the tigers trouble.  I’m guessing Leonard Hamilton won’t let them make that mistake this game.

fsu does still have 6’10″ Bernard James inside.  He’s not going to create his own offense, his points come from offensive rebounds or dishes for easy dunks (he shoots 62%).  James is a force inside and blocks 2.3 shots per game (fourth best in the league).

The noles’ star is Chris Singleton, last year’s defensive player of the year and just about a lock for FIrst Team All-ACC this year.  He’s eighth in the league in scoring at 15.2, fifth in rebounding at 8.3, second in steals at 2.4, and sixth in blocks at 2.1.  But he’s a bit out of position at the 4 in the low post.  I would imagine Davila and James will match up, while Allen and Singleton will be paired.  Chris likes to drift out and will draw Jeff away from the hoop.  He’s always loved the three-point shot way too much, but he’s actually hitting them this year (21/53 – 40%).  Chris is a tremendous athlete — he got a triple double earlier this year with points, rebounds, and STEALS.  He plays like Deron Washington but with a better outside shot and more bulk to him.  I’d expect T-Bell will draw the assignment of guarding him some to protect Allen from fouls and because they are similar athletes.

Derwin Kitchen is a three year starter at point guard after transferring.  Normally senior PGs concern me, but Kitchen is a very average player on offense.  He does get a lot of steals and has shot well this year, but cannot hit threes.

Deividas Dulkys is out on the floor to shoot first and ask questions later.  He’s hit 27 threes at a 36% clip.  If he’s hot, you’re in trouble since he’s a bit player.  But lately he hasn’t been – he’s scored just 8 points total in the last 4 games and is just 2/20 from deep (he was shooting almost 50% on threes before then).

Michael Snaer was a huge recruit for fsu two years ago, but had a lousy freshman year.  He’s producing even less this year – shooting under 35% from the field.  He’s also been poor in their last four games, scoring just 25 points and is 7/28 from the field.  Snaer can hit the three though.

Their bench doesn’t offer much with Gibson out and Snaer in the starting lineup.  They do have a 7-footer, Jon Kreft, who can eat up a few minutes but isn’t very athletic.  He has just 2 blocks and 3 offensive rebounds in 6 games which should tell you something.

HO-KEYS TO WINNING:

  • Attack the Glass: fsu is #1 in the ACC in offensive rebounds and percentage.  They shoot the second most threes per game in the league, which create a lot of long rebounds.  Tech must box out and expect them to send four or more guys to the glass.
  • Exploit their Aggression: fsu will cheat for steals – they are #3 in the ACC with 9 per game, and will send a lot of guys for offensive rebounds.  Tech doesn’t want this to just be a half court game.  The Hokies need to take advantage of the noles’ style and secure the defensive rebound, feed it to Green or Delaney to push the ball, try and get easy buckets before fsu can setup their defense.  Because if this is a half court game, the noles are #1 in the ACC in blocks (7), FG% defense (35%), and 3-Pt% defense (29%).  Easier said then done and Singleton is very good at getting back for blocks in transition.
  • Allen-town: Will Jeff’s groin hold up?  Will he be able to avoid foul trouble?  The answer must be yes to hang in this game.  Jeff has 34 career double-doubles, but just 11 of those have been in ACC play despite the fact about half of VT’s games are ACC games.  He needs to start being the man, not just against the mount st. mary’s of the world, but against good, big competition.  Saturday would be a good day to start.
  • Call the M.D.: Malcolm has been willing to take a back seat of late as Erick Green has run the show.  You cannot argue with the results – VT has won five in a row.  But the ACC’s leading scorer needs to be a star Saturday.  He needs to hit some early three-pointers and draw the defense out.  I’m not suggesting he change what he’s done that has been successful.  Malcolm’s had 27 assists to just 11 turnovers in the last five.  That’s great.  Don’t do too much against the noles, but do more.  Be more of a force.  Be aggressive and don’t be afraid to take control of the game at times.
  • 40 Marks the Spot: fsu has shot under 40% in all four of their losses and under 35% in three of those four games.  They’ve shot under 40% in just two of their 11 wins.  They’ve averaged just 55 ppg in their losses and 78 in their wins.  Don’t let them get easy buckets.  Just like the key to the Hokie offense is finding easy points in transition or by making the extra pass after someone cheats for a steal, Tech has to limit the noles easy points on defense.  Get back and force the fsu to beat you in the half court.  fsu loves to shoot the three.  Tech needs to do a good job of getting a hand in the face of the fsu outside shooter, and then locking down the rebounds.  Limit second chance points and the noles have almost no chance to win unless they get extremely hot from deep.
  • Six Pack: In honor of what hopefully will be Tech’s sixth straight victory, grab a six pack of Miller High Life, the champagne of beers!  Heck, you’ve earned it!  Enjoy some (beer) champagne to ring in the new year.

BORING FACTS ABOUT fsu:

  • f-l-o-r-i-d-a s-t-a-t-e! florida state, florida state, florida state… WOOOOO! [Sorry, but guys should not be yelling 'Woooo' at the end of your school cheer]
  • Established in 1851
  • 31,000 undergrads, 8,500 post-grads
  • Was an all women’s school from 1906 to 1947 when it became coed. Lee Corso (ESPN Gameday personality) joked that when he went on his recruiting visit to the florida gators, he barely saw any women, but when he went to fsu, he barely saw any men… he went to fsu.
  • Burt Reynolds went to fsu.
  • Jim Morrison attended fsu for a stretch and got arrested for a prank after a football game.
  • Richard Simmons went to fsu (chuckle)
  • Ted Bundy killed two fsu Chi Omegans during his serial killing spree back in the late ’70s.
  • fsu has 2 titles in football (as Hokies know all too well) and 3 title game appearances in the College World Series, but lost all 3.
  • 2 Heismans – Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke
  • florida state is the only school VT hasn’t beaten on the road in football OR basketball.  0-1 in pigskin, 0-4 in hoops.

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