Posted on 05 January 2013.
After starting the season 7-0, the Hokies are just 2-5 since and have lost their last three games in blowout fashion (first time in 75+ years VT has lost 3 in a row by 20+). Today, Virginia Tech lost on the road to the terps, 94-71, in their ACC opener. The Hokies are now 1-8 all time in ACC openers, losers of 6 openers in a row.
Senior guard Erick Green returned to form, scoring a game-high 28 points, though, the terps head coach Mark Turgeon seemed content allowing Green his points because no one else on Tech’s team has been scoring lately.
Stop me if this sounds familiar: the Hokies gave up a three pointer to start the game and gave up 10 total for the game. The terps, as have so many teams this season against the Hokies, shot nearly 50 percent from behind the arc. maryland was 10 of 22.
Meanwhile, the Hokies continue to struggle shooting the ball from anywhere on the court. Tech was a paltry 21 percent from three (4 of 19), 37 percent from the field (25 of 67), and 70 percent (17 of 24) from the free throw line.
Cadarian Raines finally scored more points than he had fouls and had a game-high 13 rebonds, but both he and Joey Van Zegeren were in foul trouble. That led to walk-on Christian Beyer guarding maryland’s 7-1 center Alex Len during a crucial stretch in the second half. You could see James Johnson on the Hokies’ bench mouthing the words, “That’s not going to work.”
The Hokies trailed by 16 at the half and fell behind by 22 points early in the second half, but made a run to cut the lead to 11. The terps pulled away, though, and went on to win their 13th straight game, which is a school record.
All those high hopes Hokie fans had after wins over iowa and oklahoma state are gone. Virginia Tech is exactly who we thought they’d be – a team with one very good player, seven scholarship players and a bunch of walkons.
With the exception of Green, the Hokies seem to have lost all confidence in their abilities. Jarell Eddie has been inconsistent and is constantly frustrated with himself during games. Robert Brown’s shooting is way off. Hopefully they can get their confidence back, because then Brown and Eddie are on, the Hokies have a shot.
Niemo will likely chime in on this game. Once he sobers up. Our sources are reporting that Niemo was at the game. No word on whether he made it out alive or without being detained.