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Game Highlights | VT 95, iowa 79

Here are the moving pictures from Tech’s 95-79 win in the ACC/Big(14)Ten Challenge filled with Niemo’s typical trademark ‘BRRRRAHHH’s and ‘Turkey’s. The Hokies roll to their 6th straight win to start the season as Erick Green hits the 20+ mark for the 6th straight time.

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Game Plus/Minus | VT 95, iowa 79

C.J. barks back at his critics again – not only did he have 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks against iowa (they incorrectly gave 1 block to Raines), he had an eye-popping +23 on the night! That’s legit, sports fans. Fellow sophomore Robert Brown added a +21 of his own. Green had “just” a +10, one of the few times this season his +/- has been below the margin of victory. He still has the highest +/- per game on the season (+18.3) while Raines has the lowest of the starters (+7.8).

Here’s the tale of the tape:

iowa Season Avg +/- Minutes
Player +/- +/- Per Game Per Game
Green 10 110 18.3 35.7
Brown 21 96 16.0 30.2
Eddie 12 82 13.7 33.8
Barksdale 23 80 13.3 20.8
Raines 13 47 7.8 23.7
van Zegeren 3 33 5.5 13.8
Wood -7 32 5.3 20.7
Johnston 4 6 1.0 9.8
Rankin 1 0 0.0 9.8
Beyer -8 -2.0 1.0
Patrick -13 -4.3 6.7
Donlon -5 -5.0 1.0
Racer -18 -6.0 1.7
TEAM 16 88 14.7

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Game Recap | Woodshed! VT 95 (6-0), iowa 79 (5-2)


If you had doubts about this Hokie team because of a soft schedule after five games, Tech should have made you a believer tonight. Virginia Tech picked up its third win in eight tries in the ACC/Big(14)Ten Challenge, all against iowa, with a 95-79 win at the Cassell, narrowly missing their first Jon King Bear Fight of the season.

The Hokies exploded late in the first half and early in the second half to go on a 19-1 run to turn a 37-36 deficit into a 55-38 lead. The hawkeyes promptly went on a 14-0 run of their own to make it a nervous 55-52 game. But Tech kept battling and got the lead back up to double digits. After VT went ahead 78-68 with 5:53 to go on a JvZ dunk, iowa never got back within single digits and Tech even lead by as many as 21 points before the hawkeyes salvaged the Bear Fight in garbage time.

Erick Green had a huge game — Stop the presses! The senior, who leads the ACC in scoring, tallied 24 points – his sixth straight game over 20 points to start the season (the record is 9 by Bimbo Coles). Erick did see his consecutive free throw streak end at 37 straight though. He was 8/9 tonight from the stripe and 8/15 from the floor.

Robert Brown also had a big game, scoring 18 on 6/8 shooting and 5/5 from the line (he was 57% coming in). Brown was one point from his career high of 19, which came against Monmouth last year.

Jarell Eddie, who was 9/10 on 3s in his last two games, was just 1/4 from deep and 4/11 from the field, but did add 11 points and 7 rebounds.

The player of the game might have been C.J. Barksdale. The sophomore had really struggled on offense coming in but picked up 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. He has put together a couple of solid games in a row.

Joey van Zegeren (aka: Stone Hands) easily surpassed his previous career high of 6 points with 10 points tonight.

Tech, who I thought would be dominated on the glass, actually had 9 offensive rebounds to just 8 for iowa. But the bigger deal was second chance points; VT had a 13-2 advantage there.

The Hokies also were +12 from the foul line, shooting an amazing 27/30 (90%) while iowa was just 13/18. Tech also had a 17-8 advantage on fast break points, as you’d expect against the slower hawkeyes. I expected Tech would win on the break, but winning on the glass and getting to the line is why the Hokies won easily.

VT was just 4/15 from deep (27%) but held iowa to 4/22 from behind the arc (18%).

The Hokies return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. against a very good oklahoma state team at the Cassell. I know, I know, it’s the fourth time we’ve played the cowboys in three years, and we’ve won all three, but let’s go for the golden sombrero!

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Preview | iowa (5-1) @ VT (5-0) | Tuesday, 7:15 | ESPNU

Spread: VT by 3.

The bad news is VT is just 2-5 all time in the ACC/Big(12)Ten Challenge.  The good news is both wins came against iowa.  The Hokies will look for the hat trick Tuesday night in the Cassell.

Tech has gotten off to a great start at 5-0, but they really haven’t been tested.  That changes over the next two weeks as VT plays iowa and oklahoma state at home, then at wvu.  This will show us whether we really are solid, or if we’ve just been feasting on weaker competition and still can’t win a big out of conference game.  Having Tuesday at home will surely help.

Both teams have similar tempo-free numbers.  They average approximately 105.5 points per 100 possessions, a very good average, and hold opponents to less than a point per possession (iowa is 50th best in the nation in this stat).

The hawkeyes have mostly played cupcakes, too, except they did play wichita state in the Cancun Challenge title game and lost by 12 (the shockers were a #5 seed in the Big Dance last year and are undefeated this season).

iowa will really challenge the Hokies with their length.  Of iowa’s top eight players, all but one are 6’5″ or taller.  The Hokies must all get after the defensive glass to help reduce second chance opportunities for the hawkeyes.  iowa averages 14 offensive rebounds per game led by White, Basabe, and 7’1″ Woodbury.  Tech, meanwhile, averages less than 8 offensive rebounds per game.  They’ve been outrebounded on the offensive glass 61-39 by their opponents.  Plain and simple, rebounding could decide this game.

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