Tech gave up 53 first half points to maryland in the first meeting, but just 24 today (4 in the final 10 minutes)
The Hokies gave up 94 points in the first meeting with maryland, but just 60 today.
Erick Green scored 29 points, including 24 of Tech’s first 41 points. He added 3 steals.
Cadarian Raines had 14 points on 7/13 shooting, most of which was against the 7’1″ Alex Len. He also have 5 blocks, tying a career high.
Tech committed just 7 turnovers for the game (+8 on turnover margin)
VT snagged 18 offensive rebounds in 47 opportunities (38%).
THE GLASS HALF EMPTY:
Tech has led at the half in three straight games and lost all three. They were tied at the break in the game before that and lost that game, too.
2nd Half (Lack of) Adjustments: The Hokies were up 27-24 at the half tonight but the terps jumped out to a 7-0 start to the 2nd half and led the final 19:14 of the game. miami, who also trailed by 3 at the half, used a 9-2 run to take the lead to start the 2nd half and led all but 16 seconds of the final 17:40.
Jarell Eddie was 1/8 tonight for 2 points. He finished 3/20 (15%) on FGs and 0/11 on 3s against maryland with 7 total points in 2 games. Jarell is hitting just 28% of his 3s in ACC games.
Robert Brown was 1/9 on FGs (made his first shot of the game) for 2 points. He’s now shooting 24% in ACC play and 11.5% on 3s in ACC action.
Tech made just 9/16 FTs (56%). They were #1 in the ACC coming into conference play from the line at 73%, but are hitting just 67% in league games.
Jake Layman scored a still career high 20 points vs VT in the first meeting, including 18 in the first half. Tech left him wide open allowing him to score 8 in the first 4 minutes tonight (14 for the game – which was his 2nd highest output of the season). He averaged 17 ppg in 2 games vs VT, and just 6.1 ppg in his other 8 ACC contests. Layman scored 27 points in the first half against VT this year.
In the middle of the second half with the score close, VT went to a half court trap but it was so obvious (the trappers were 20 feet away), maryland easily burned it for two layups.
VT got just 4 second chance points off 18 offensive rebounds (how is that possible?!).
Green and Raines were 17/36 (47%). The rest of the team was 5/29 (17%).
maryland was 10/23 from the line… and won.
Tech was 2/18 (11% from behind their arc; their fewest made 3s and lowest 3-Pt% in ACC play (they had been held to just 2 made 3s twice pre-ACC and were 2/20 on 3s vs byu)
VT is averaging just 60.4 points in regulation over their last 7 ACC games.
The Hokies have lost 5 straight ACC games for just the 2nd time, and first time in 7 years. They have never lost 6 in a row.
The announced crowd tonight was 5,465. That was the 2nd smallest Cassell crowd for an ACC game ever (the smallest was last week vs miami — 5,436).
Virginia Tech loses their 5th straight ACC game (just the 2nd time they’ve ever done that and first time in 7 years), falling 60-55 at the Cassell to be swept by maryland. VT has never lost 6 straight ACC games.
In Tech’s last four games they’ve been tied at the half once and led three times, but lost all four games.
Barksdale continues to lead the team in plus/minus, but was benched for the first 13 minutes of the game. He had a +5 in 26 minutes tonight. Will Johnston did a great job filling in for the flu-ridden Rankin, getting a +6 tonight (best on the team). Rankin is last on the team in terms of plus/minus — you draw your own conclusions.
Make it four straight moral victories for the Hokies and five straight losses.
Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum, Virginia Tech played the visiting maryland terrapins tough, but couldn’t pull it out in the final minutes (sound familiar) and lost 60-55, giving the terps their first ACC road win of the season.
This was a game of streaks. The Hokies fell behind early and trailed by 11 points, before storming back to take a 27-24 half-time lead courtesy of a 17-3 run to end the half.
The terps came out of the break on fire and jumped out to a 9-0 run to take a six-point lead. The Hokies kept it close thanks to Erick “It ain’t easy being” Green and his game-high 29 points.
For the third straight game, Cadarian Raines scored in double-figures, scoring 14 points tonight and played maryland’s Alex Len pretty tough. Do the math (challenging after a few Wild Turkeys) and Green and Raines combined for 43 of VT’s 55 points. Even more math reveals that the rest of the team combined for 12 points.
Jake Layman, who torched the Hokies in College Park earlier this season, earning him a spot in the TechHoops.com Opponent Hall of Fame, led the terps in the game, but with a mere 14 points.
This was an ugly game to watch. The Hokies were 2-of-18 from three-point range (11 percent). The terps were 10-of-23 from the free throw line. VT did manage to keep the turnovers in check, only giving it up seven times.
Though it was painful to watch for the most part, the game did have some exciting moments, including some BRRAAAAAHHHHH dunks by Raines.
As for the Opponent Hall of Fame, I’m not sure we have any worthy nominees. Tech’s defense
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.
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.