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Game Plus/Minus | GT 64, vt 54

I’ve added a column to show each player’s average plus/minus in league play.  And once again, it is very good for C.J. Barksdale and pretty poor for everyone else.

gt Season Wins Losses ACC Avg +/-
Player +/- +/- 11 12 10 Per Game
Barksdale 0 62 7.4 -1.7 1.2 2.8
Brown -8 25 11.5 -9.2 -8.1 1.1
Green -6 17 14.5 -11.8 -6.8 0.7
Eddie -8 1 10.3 -9.3 -5.5 0.0
Wood -10 -5 5.8 -6.4 -8.0 -0.3
Patrick 0 -5 -1.5 0.3 0.0 -0.7
Raines -5 -19 6.8 -7.8 -3.7 -0.8
Johnston -1 -28 0.1 -2.9 -2.8 -1.5
Donlon DNP -7 -4.0 0.5 N/A -1.8
van Zegeren -5 -45 4.0 -7.4 -6.7 -2.0
Racer DNP -20 -9.5 -0.3 -2.0 -2.9
Beyer DNP -47 1.3 -11.9 -1.6 -3.4
Rankin -7 -100 1.3 -10.2 -6.2 -4.8
TEAM -10 -35 11.5 -13.4 -8.7 -1.5

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Game Video | Georgia Tech 64, virginia tech 54

The hokies lose their 6th straight ACC game, their longest streak ever since joining the league.  They also lost to a Georgia Tech team that had lost 11 straight ACC road games and 24 of 26 ACC games away from home, and were 0-7 all time in Blacksburg.  To make matters worse, Erick Green had to be helped off the floor after suffering from exhaustion at the end of the game.


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Game Recap | Georgia Tech (3-7, 13-9) 64, hokies (2-7, 11-12) 54

Box Score

Georgia Tech, Boston College, and virginia tech entered the weekend tied for DFL in the ACC standings. With the Yellow Jackets and hokies squaring off in Blacksburg, something had to give. And it was the hokies.

virginia tech dropped its sixth straight game Saturday afternoon, 64-54, to the Yellow Jackets, who picked up their first-ever win at Cassell Coliseum (1-7). Erick Green scored his usual 28 points, but didn’t get much help. Walk-on Will Johnston was the team’s second leading scorer for most of the game with six points on a pair of three-pointers. Robert Brown and Cadarian Raines scored a few late buckets when the game was already over.

Green had 28 points while the other four starters (Brown 10, Raines 6, Barksdale 1, Eddie 0) combined for a mind-numbing 17 points. Maybe it was the 38-hour turnaround between games. Maybe it was the flu that’s been going around. Maybe it’s that this team just isn’t good this year. Whatever it is, this is about as bad season we’ve seen since the ricky program bomb stokes era.

At least vt has Green, who has now scored at least 20 points in 21 of 23 games this season. The Winchester Rifleman has also led the hokies in scoring in 22 of the team’s 23 games this season. The only game in which he didn’t lead vt in points was against UNC Greensboro – Jarell Eddie had 26 to Green’s 24.

The hokies scored the first point of Saturday’s game; a free throw by C.J. Barksdale (his only point of the game). It was vt’s only lead of the game. Georgia Tech went on an 11-0 run and dominated the hokies the entire first half — leading by 22 at one point — and holding the hokies to a season-low 18 first-half points. vt’s previous half-time low was 22 against, wait for it… Georgia Tech. However, vt ended up winning that game in overtime, so it wasn’t unreasonable to think vt could come back.

Or, maybe it was. As we’ve seen the last four games, came us short, but didn’t quit. The hokies cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead down to 11 midway through the second half, 48-37, but vt couldn’t get any closer, at least when it mattered. The hokies did manage to cut the lead to 60-52, but with only :31 seconds left and Green on the bench, the game was already over.

You know the saying, “leaving it all on the floor”? That’s exactly was Green did in this game. In the final seconds, he had to come off the court with a cramp in his calf. He was completely gassed and looked ill. He sat on the bench with his eyes closed and his head resting on teammate Marshall Wood’s shoulder. When the final horn sounded, his teammates had to carry him off the court with team medical staff in tow.

Eddie struggled again in this game and his frustration caught up with him early in the second half when he slammed a water bottle to the court, causing the bottle to explode and spray water and ice all over the floor. Brown slipped and fell in the mess. James Johnson sat Eddie for the rest of game where the junior sulked.

After starting the season 7-0, the hokies are 4-12 since.

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Previews (2-for-1) | maryland (4-5) @ VT (2-6) – Thursday, 9 PM | ga tech (2-7) @ VT (2-6) – Saturday, 1 PM

Spread: maryland by 4.5 (seems low but Vegas usually knows what they are doing).

The Hokies have a tight slate this week, with two games just 38 hours apart on Thursday and Saturday (both are at the Cassell).  Let’s skip Thursday’s contest for now, because I’m GUARANTEEING A HOKIE VICTORY on Saturday against ‘Groupon’ Udofia and the georgia tech yellow jackets!  How can I do that with a VT team that is 2-6 in the ACC this year and 6-20 in their last 26 ACC regular season games?  Easy…

  • VT is 7-0 all time against georgia tech in the Cassell, including 5-0 in ACC play
  • The Hokies are 8-1 in ACC short-turnaround games (games played less than 48 hours after VT’s last ACC game), including this buzzer beater over gt last year – DORENZO HUDSON BEATS THE buzzER
  • The lesser tech is 8-52 in their last 60 ACC road games.  Paul Hewitt was 7-41, and since winning his first ACC road game at gt, Brian Gregory is now 1-11 away from the ATL.
  • gt is coming off a devastating loss at home as un-bee-lievably they let Michael “Walk-Off” Snaer hit his 5th game winning shot (one thing he could do… is finger roll) in 13 months to sting the jackets 56-54.
  • So, there you have it, I am guaranteeing a Tech victory (just kidding)… a VIRGINIA TECH victory on Saturday*

*Offer not valid in the continental USA and cash value of guarantee is $0.00000001

As for Thursday, well, we shall see.  One thing that always impressed me about Coach Greenberg was his teams got better between Game 1 and Game 2 against an opponent.  For example, VT lost by 35 at duke in 2005, but beat the devils later that year.  In 2008, the Hokies lost by 39 at unc but lost by just 2 on a late Hansbrough putback in the ACC Tourney.  Last year, VT lost by 15 at home to duke, then took them to OT later in the season at Cameron Indoor.  On Thursday we will find out if Coach Johnson can also rally the troops and be more competitive against a team that pasted them by 23 points at maryland just a month ago.  I think we will play them tougher and keep the margin in single digits, but I do expect 7’1″ Alex Len to be too much for the Hokies.


  • Then: @md 94, VT 71 – RECAP – OPP HALL OF FAME – LAYMAN – PLUS MINUS – maryland led 34-31 with 6 minutes to go in the first half, but a 15-2 run helped the terps go into the break up 53-37 behind 18 first half points from Jake Layman (he hit 4 three-pointers).  Green had 28 for VT, including 10/11 FTs.  Brown had 11 but on 4/15 shooting and JvZ tied his career high with 10.  C.J. Barksdale did not play (coach’s decision).
  • Since: After exploding for 53 first half points against Tech and 94 for the game, the terps scored just 92 combined first half points in their next 4 games (23 per) including just 14 points at miami.  And they were held to 52 points or less in 3 of those 4 games (i.e. less in a full game 75% of the time then they had in one half against VT).  maryland had lost 5 of 7 before thumping wake forest 86-60 on Saturday to get to 4-5 in the ACC.
  • The Match-Up: Tech gave up 4 offensive rebounds that resulted in 8 second chance points for maryland in the first 4 minutes, allowing maryland to go up by 9.   The terps would also hit 7 first half 3-pointers.  In this game, the Hokies must do a better job on the defensive glass (having C.J.B. will help) and defend the 3 better.  Given Tech’s improved defense of late (66.5 ppg given up in regulation in their last 6 games after giving up 91.3 in their previous 4) and 3-point defense (unc was just 21% on 5/24 three-pointers… albeit just one game) I expect a much closer game.  Tech must stop Len.
  • Ho-Key: maryland is last in the ACC with a turnover margin of -6.4 (I should point out VT is next to last at -3.1).  If Tech can limit their turnovers as they did against clemson and create live ball turnovers that lead to transition buckets, the Hokies will have a fighting chance.
  • Stat to Watch: maryland is 3-0 in ACC action when Layman, who had a still career high 20 against the Hokies, scores in double digits, but they are 1-5 when he doesn’t.

georgia tech:

  • Then: VT 70, @gt 65 (OT) – RECAP – HIGHLIGHTS – PLUS MINUS – The Hokies trailed the entire second half but overcame an 11-point deficit with 14 minutes to go to tie the game with 24 seconds left.  In overtime, VT jumped out to a 7-point lead and then held off the jackets thanks to two baskets from Robert Brown and 4/4 from line in the final minute.  Erick Green had 28 points, 24 in the final 26 minutes of this 45 minute game.  Barksdale chipped in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Brown had 10 although he was 0/9 from the field in regulation.
  • Since: gt started 0-5 in ACC play but have since won 2 of 4 (both at home – 82-62 over wake and then shocking uva on Sunday 66-60, outscoring uva 18-3 in the final 8 minutes to come back from 9 down).  But the jackets just lost a heartbreaker on Tuesday night at home to florida state as Michael “Walk-Off” Snaer scored on a finger-roll as time expired to give fsu a 56-54 win.  It was Snaer’s 5th buzzer beater to win a game in the last 13 months (all ACC games).  fsu jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the game but gt battled back to take a 5-point 2nd half lead thanks to an 18-4 run before the noles battled back to win.
  • The Match-Up: Virginia Tech has owned the jackets in football and basketball since joining the league.  While the jackets are an improved team this year, they still can’t win on the road, and until they do, I’m picking against them.  Robert Carter can be a force at times inside but then gt forgets about him for a while.  Plus, I don’t see gt making 8 three-pointers in this game – they are the worst shooting team in the ACC from the field and deep, and aren’t much better from the line.  VT has a pretty good offense, gt has a really good defense.  VT has a horrible defense, and gt has an atrocious offense.  Whichever teams’ weakness steps up should win, and I think it will be the Hokies and their improved defense.
  • Stats to Watch: VT is 8-1 in ACC short-turnaround games, VT is 7-0 all time at home vs gt, and georgia tech has lost 11 straight ACC road games.

Note: Tech clinches a winning home record with just one more win in the Cassell this season.  Despite losing 4 of 5 at home, VT is 8-4 in the Cassell with 5 to play.  The Hokies have had just one home losing record in 51+ years in the Cassell.  That came in 2001 under ricky “program bomb” stokes, as Tech went 6-9 at home.

Preview-md gt VT

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The Ben Floyd Breakdown | VT 70, gt 65 (OT)

Special shout out to Ben Floyd, one of our generous donors!

Stat of the day: VT is 12-3 in ACC overtime games.

This was a tale of two games:

  1. How the Hokies got to overtime
  2. How VT played in overtime

The first one is a bit of mystery and partially luck (that we were playing an equally poor offensive team). The Hokies, on offense, looked just as they had in the previous 8 games in regulation. Check out these offensive numbers/data:

  • VT shot just 36% from the field during regulation
  • They were 2/14 (14%) on 3-pointers
  • Tech did not make a FG for over 10 minutes during the last part of the first half
  • VT did not score period for 5-1/2 minutes late in the second half
  • Eddie was 2/7 on FGs and 0/3 on 3s
  • Brown was 0/9 on FGs and 0/2 on 3s

So how the heck did Tech take tech to overtime? Simple:

  • We actually played defense
  • We own the other, lesser tech

VT showed the 2-3 zone in the first half and georgia tech immediately burned it with a 3. Keep in mind georgia tech is the worst 3-point shooting team in the ACC at 30%. So VT scrapped the zone until late in the 2nd half, but then used it exclusively down the stretch. And the zone worked very well. It allowed the Hokies to pack it in down low against Carter, who was killing VT early in the 2nd half (he didn’t score in the final 22 minutes of the game). The zone allowed the Hokies to collapse inside without losing spacing in the rest of their defense, which prevented guys from getting wide open looks or bigs passing for wide open layups because the help D never showed up (in the zone they were already there). And VT dared the jackets to shoot it from outside, which they did not do all that well until they were down big in OT. Also, the jackets’ bigs had to shoot jumpers from outside their comfort zone.

Equally important is what the Hokies didn’t do on defense all game – and that’s not doubling the post and not pressing when VT got behind. Time and time again the Hokies have been burned with both those strategies on defense, so it was good to see VT stick with something else, and have success with it. Kudos to JJ for the zone and avoiding going to things that haven’t worked.

Rebounding was also fantastic for the Hokies on the defensive end — gt grabbed just 9 offensive boards in 41 opportunities (that’s 22% — average is 33%). Great job by Barksdale (tied a career high with 10 boards), Eddie (7), Raines (6), and even Green (5 defensive rebounds) getting on the glass and limiting gt to 6 second chance points.

Then, in overtime, VT remembered they own the other tech.

  • 10-3 vs gt since joining the ACC in basketball
  • 7-2 in football

Plus, we saw the Jarell Eddie and Robert Brown of the first 7 games. Brown used penetration and then a kick-out to get Eddie a wide open, in rhythm 3-pointer… and he made it! Eddie had been just 11/50 (22%) from deep over his last 9 games. But most of those were rushed, off balance 3s. Penetration and the kick got him a nice look and that looked like the Eddie of old – nothing but net.

Then, when gt got the lead down to 2, Brown drove twice and got two nice runners for his only two made FGs of the game. He was pressing in the 2nd half trying to get the crowd to shut up about his airball, and was making things worse. But he didn’t force things and let the game come to him in OT and it paid off. He was the key guy in the extra frame and helped the Hokies salt things away. Plus, he was 6/6 from the line for the game (just a 61% FT shooter coming in.

Special shout out to EG and C.J. Barksdale, too. EG keeps getting it done with 21 in the 2nd half and regulation. We finally got him loose in transition after some missed gt shots, VT rebounds (Tech’s rebounding was fantastic), and outlet passes to Erick who burned the gt defense. He really looks like a NBA guy right now.

Barksdale, who was benched just a week ago, tied his career highs in points (11) and rebounds (10). It was the first double-double of his career.

There are obviously still glaring problems on offense, but at least Tech was fun to watch again for 5 minutes (in OT). And the defense was much better, albeit against the worst shooting team in the ACC. Still, a win is a win and it was nice to see the guys fight on the road and pull it out after falling down by 11. Great win!

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Game Highlights | VT (1-2) 70, gt (0-3) 65 (OT)

James Johnson picks up his first ACC win and the Hokies go to 1-2 in the ACC with a 70-65 win over georgia tech in overtime.  Virginia Tech is now 10-3 against the jackets since joining the ACC.  The NCAA’s leading scorer, Erick Green, had 28 points.


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Game Recap | VT (10-6, 1-2) 70, gt (10-5, 0-3) 65 in OT

UPDATED: 1.12.13 at 7:45 p.m. to include more stats from the game.

The Hokies snapped their four-game losing streak and picked up their first ACC win of the season by beating georgia tech on the road, 70-65, in overtime. It is head coach James Johnson’s first ACC win as a head coach.

Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer, led the way with 28 points. And it would appear that C.J. Barksdale, also known as “the transfer from GW” by the announcers, has learned his lesson about dogging it in practice. He had a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Overtime was the most exciting five minutes of the game. Virginia Tech did nothing in the first half and scored a season-low 22 points. At one point, they went 10:10 without a field goal. The Hokies took a 12-11 lead on a jumper by Green with 10:44 left and didn’t score another field goal until Green scored again on a fast break with 34 seconds left in the half. Tech did manage eight free throws during that stretch.

Tech trailed gt 25-22 at the break and trailed the entire second half. After falling behind by 11 points midway through the second half, Green took over and led the Hokies to an ugly comeback that saw VT score the final five points of the game to tie it and send it to overtime.

Trailing 47-40 with 9:54 to play in the game, Green scored the next 10 points for the Hokies to keep the visiting team in the game and cut gt’s lead to 53-50 with 6:51 to go. From that point on, game was almost unwatchable as both teams struggled.

The yellow jackets went to the free throw line and hit 2-of-4 shots over the next three minutes to take a 55-50 lead. Tech scored the final five points of regulation. Barksdale made 1-of-2 free throws to cut the lead to four; Cadarian Raines got a nice offensive rebound and putback to make it a 2-point game; and then georgia tech, rather than let the Hokies take a shot, fouled Green and sent him to the line where he made both free throws to tie the game with :24 left.

Bad tech managed to get a shot off, but missed badly and Jarell Eddie grabbed the defensive rebound with :03 left. VT called a timeout and set up a play in which Green got off a half-court shot that missed, sending the game into OT.

There the Hokies scored the first seven points to take a 62-55 lead. gt called a timeout and staged a comeback, cutting Tech’s lead to 62-60 and then again to 64-63, but poor shot selection and rebounding allowed the Hokies to hold on, hit some free throws down the stretch and pull out a hard fought win.

Robert Brown missed the last game because of the flu and played poorly during regulation missing on all nine of his field goal attempts. OT, however, was a different story. He was a perfect 2-for-2 and scored four of the Hokies 15 points in the extra session. And while he con

The Hokies, despite giving up size up front, won the rebounding battle, 43-32, thanks in large part to Barksdale who had nearly a fourth of all rebounds for Good Tech.

Niemo will swoop in and provide some analysis and breakdowns, so stay tuned. In the meantime, below you’ll find my blow-by-blow of the game.

First Half

Rankin hurts shoulder in first minute
Green misses open three
Eddie scores in the lane, 2-2
Brown back, but misses open three on the left side
Eddie misses open three, left of the key
JVZ nice move inside, 4-3 VT
Bad shot by Green, trying to do too much
JVZ gets rejected, nice feed from Brown driving the lane
Rankin back in (16:39)
CJ hit long jumper, top of key, 6-3 VT
Ranking turns it over, fast break points, 6-5 VT
Raines, left handed hook shot, 1-on-1 in the paint, 8-5 VT
Under 16 media time out, 8-5 VT (14:45)

Can’t guard Miller 1-on-1, need to double him
Will Johnston in the game
Johnston airballs misses three, but forced the shot with clock running out, not his fault
Green with his first points, fast break points off turnover, 10-7 VT
GT can’t hit a shot – looks like VT
Raines misses underneath, GT with rebound
Good defense in the paint
Johnston misses from three
Under 12 media time out, 10-9 VT

GT takes 11-10 lead on FTs
Christian Beyer in the game
Green gets a shot with two guys on him, 12-11 VT
Nice pass, Eddie to Rankin to Beyer, but took too long, got rejected
Robert Carter Jr. airballs a shot from inside the top of the key
Green takes a really long 3 pointer, misses
GT turns it over, Green gets rejected, Brown gets rebound, called for offensive foul
Poole hits a three, 14-12 GT
Beyer misses open baseline jumper
Raines with a nice reound
Under 8 media timeout, Hokies trail 14-12 7:28

Brown hits two FTs to tie the game, 14-14
GT hits a three, 17-14 GT
Raines misses hook shot
Brown hits two more FTs, 17-16 GT
GT bails out Green (bailed out Brown twice)
Green misses the first FT, what? Makes the secod, 19-17 GT
GT hits a three, 22-17
VT hits two FTs, 22-19
Under 4 media timeout, 3:30

Hokies playing man-to-man, Beyer on No. 4 for GT, mismatch
Raines misses another hook shot, no finesse
JVZ gets blocked AGAIN
Green trying to do too much
Green misses another FT, makes the second, 22-20 GT
Brown to Green on the fast break, dunk, 22-22 (:35.1 seconds left)
It’s amazing that VT is even remotely in this game
Carter Jr. hits a three off the glass at the buzzer, GT leads 25-22 at the half.

*Lowest first-half point total for the Hokies this season

Second Half

GT jumps out 31-24 lead, JJ calls timeout
Eddie fouls Robert Carter Jr., who makes 1/2 FT, 32-24 GT
Eddie scores in transition, 32-26 GT
GT gets the bucket and the foul, 34-26 GT
GT makes the FT, 35-26 GT
Barksdale nice basket inside, 35-28 GT
GT hook shot, 37-28 GT
Brown airballs a three
Under 16 media timeout, 37-28 GT 15:25

Raines with the putback, 37-30 GT
Georges-Hunt scores, 39-30 GT
Nice pass by Green to Barksdale underneath, fouled
CJ makes 2 FTs, 39-32 GT
Easy bucket for GT, 41-32 GT
Brown turns it over, GT scores on the break, 43-32
Green makes 2 FTs, 43-34 GT
Green takes it end-to-end for the off-balanced layup, 43-36 GT
Green has 11 points
GT misses a three, Green rebounds
GT fouls Green at the other end (non shooting foul)
Barksdale has it stolen
GT called for the walk
Green comes out of the game to rest (12:20)
Brown nearly turns it over again
Brown misses bad shot, Rankin gets the rebound, new shot clock
Raines airballs a hook shot
Brown has his shot rejected by Miller
Under 12 media timeout, 43-36 GT 11:24

Raines gets a tip in, 43-38 GT
Raines called for the foul at the other end
Miller misses the first FT, makes the 2nd, 44-38 GT
GT called for a foul away from the ball
Green drives and feeds Barksdale down low, gets the basket and the foul, 44-40 GT
Barksdale missed the FT
GT hits a three, 47-40 GT
Green hits a nice pull up jumpber, has 14, 47-42 GT
Raines picks up his third personal foul
GT misses first FT, makes the second, 48-42 GT
Green drains a three from the corner off the screen, has 17, 48-45 GT (first three of the game for VT)
GT with the runner, 50-45 GT
Foul called on GT
VT turns it over on the inbounds
VT hasn’t committed its usuall double digit turnovers thus far
GT bricks a three attempt, VT rebounds
Green hits another shot, 50-47 GT (Green with 19)
GT hits a three, 53-47 GT
“Green’s going to need some help.”
Green DRAINS a three from the top of the key, has 22, 53-50 GT
GT misses, Green rebounds, gets fouled at the other end
Under 8 media timeout, GT leads 53-50 6:19

Green at the line, misses the front end of a 1 and 1
GT airballs a three
VT wasting chances to cut the lead
GT called for the travel
Beyer back in the game
Eddie turns it over and then commits the foul, bad sequence
Green dishes to Raines, turns it over.
VT gets called for a flagrant foul at the other end by Eddie
GT gets 1 FT, 54-50 GT
Barksdale called for foul
Under 4 media timeout, 54-50 GT 3:44
Miller misses first FT, makes the second, 55-50 GT
“I think they [VT] needs a basket.”
VT misses, GT rebounds
Miller fouls Barksdale, but it looked like a clean block, payback?
CJ misses the first, makes the second, 55-51 GT
Miller misses for VT, Eddie reboudns
VT misses at the other end, GT rebounds
timeout by GT

Raines goes strong the basket, 55-53 GT (:60 to play)
GT misses, Eddie rebounds
VT calls timeout
Reed fouls Green
Green at the line with a chance to tie
Makes the first one (55-54), makes the second to tie the game at 55
VT on 10-2 run
GT calls a timeout
GT misses three, VT gets the rebound with :03 left

Barksdale scores to open OT, 57-55 VT (First lead since early in the first half)
GT misses, VT rebounds (Raines)
Eddie buries a three from the corner, 60-55 VT
Eddie with 10 points
GT misses a three, VT rebounds
Green with the runner, has 24 points, 62-55
VT on a 12-0 run!
GT scores, 62-57 VT (2:25)
Nice play by Raines to save the ball, but Eddie airballs a three
Green bleeding on both arms from scratches
GT hits a three, 62-60 VT
GT on a 5-0 run, time out helped
Brown hits the pull up jumpber, 64-60 (his first FG of the game, has 8 points)
GT heating up, hits a three, 64-63 VT (:43)
Brown goes strong to the hoop via the baseline, 66-63 VT (24.9 seconds left)
GT misses two shots, Barksdale rebounds, Eddie fouled
Eddie at the line, makes the first, makes the second, 68-63 VT
GT scores with :03 left, 68-65 VT
GT called for a foul, Georges-Hunt fouls out
:02.4 left
Green makes 2 FTs (26 points), 70-65 VT

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Preview | VT (9-6, 0-2) @ gt (10-4, 0-2) | Saturday at 2:30 | ACC Network and ESPN3

Spread: ga tech by 9.5 (yikes!)

Tech did not get their ‘easy part of the ACC schedule’ off to a good start, losing at home to the team picked to finish last.  Saturday will mark the 2nd of 5 straight games against the other 5 teams picked to finish in the bottom half of the ACC.  And in case you didn’t know it, WE OWE THE OTHER tech.  Check this out…

  • VT is 13-4 all time against georgia tech
  • The Hokies are 9-3 in ACC games vs the jackets
  • VT is 3-2 at gt in ACC play, though those games were at the old Thrillerdome (or dump is more like it), not the brand newly renovated Hank Mccamish Pavilion (same site but complete face lift)
  • Oh, and in case you forgot, the Hokies are 7-2 in ACC play in football against the lesser tech (at least now we won’t have to hear that stupid ‘the winner of this game wins the Coastal’ stat anymore which was so dumb because we have so many more Coastal titles than them)

But I digress.

Now, I would normally say the Hokies have a favorable match-up because gt is the worst shooting team in the ACC – dead last in FG% and 3-Point%.  But we all know that hasn’t mattered for squat, especially behind the arc.  So I’m just going to keep my mouth shut (the jackets are 2nd to last in FT%, too — VT is now 1st).

The key stat to watch is turnover margin — VT was -12 against bc and that led to a 29-0 advantage in points off turnovers for bc (they had 9 steals to 0 for VT — live ball turnovers are much easier to turn into points).  gt is 3rd in the ACC with an almost +2 turnover margin, while VT is -1.4.  The Hokies must clean that up, and hope the jackets are their typical ice cold from the field.

Another interesting discrepancy between the teams is offensive vs defensive efficiency.  The jackets are 2nd in the ACC in PPG allowed and 20th in the nation in defensive efficiency (87.5 points per 100 possessions, compared to 103.9 for VT (253rd nationally)).  But gt scores just 96.8 points per 100 possessions, 215th in the land, as you’d expect from a poor shooting team that is just so-so on the offensive glass.  Can the Hokies find some ways to get easy buckets?  That will be key… but hasn’t happened much lately.  And Paul “Let’em by on defense” Hewitt isn’t there anymore.

Scoring nuggets:

  • gt has no one in the top 25 in the ACC in scoring – 6’5″ freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt is their only scorer averaging double digits (10.9)
  • Erick Green is still #1 in the nation at 24.6 ppg
  • Momo Jones in now #3 in the land in PPG at 22.7


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HIGHLIGHTS | VT 74, gt 73 (OT)

Here are the highlights, commentary, and extras as the Hokies win the Mega Bowl to move to 8-1 in the tail end of ACC Short Turnaround games (less than 48 hours since the last game) and 7-0 in the Cassell against georgia tech with their 74-73 win in overtime on Dorenzo Hudson’s game-winning 3-pointer.

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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?!


*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.

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.


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


  • 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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