Quick Start: It was great to see the Hokies come out pushing the ball and not looking like they were asleep for the first 5 minutes. After not scoring in the first 5 minutes of the previous two games, Tech tallied 10 points in the first 3:34. And Tech had 22 points (8 for Brown, Green 7, Eddie 5) in the first 10:34.
Shooting: miami came into the game #1 in the ACC in FG% Defense and 3-Pt% Defense at 34% and 26% respectively. The Hokies torched the canes for 54% shooting from the field in the first half and 45% for the game. From behind the arc, Tech was exactly 5/10 in both halves for an eye-popping 50% (10/20) for the game. It was Tech’s most made 3-pointers since hitting 14 against unc-g-spot in Game #4 of the season, and only the second time VT has shot better than 37.5% from 3-point range since that game (they were 7/14 – 50% against bc).
Robert Brown: He was 1/18 on 3-pointers in ACC play coming in and had missed 16 in a row, but nailed two quick 3-pointers to start the game! You almost wish he hadn’t shot that 3 in the second half (which he bricked and was way off-line). Hopefully that didn’t shake his confidence.
Jarell Eddie: Jarell hit all three of his 3-pointers and converted 3 FTs after getting fouled on a long ball. He’s now 9/17 (53%) on 3-pointers since the start of OT at georgia tech.
Erick Green: What can you say about him? That step back jumper is deadly. But how about 5/8 from behind the arc?! He continues to find ways to get it done.
C.J. Barksdale: Only Hokie with a positive +/- yesterday, putting up a +7.
THE GLASS HALF EMPTY:
3-Pt Defense: 7 for 7. 7 ACC games, 7 opponents have shot a higher % from behind the arc then they average AND made more 3s then they average. miami came in at 35% on 3s and 6.5 3s made per game. On Wednesday they hit 9/24 for 37.5%. That isn’t much higher than they average, but it was higher. In other words, not one team has had an ‘off’ night from deep against the Hokies. And 9 made 3s was 2.5 above their average and continues to torment the Hokies. Lots of points coming from long range.
Robert Brown: Scored 8 points in his first five minutes of play last night but then didn’t score in his final 27 minutes of action.
Jarell Eddie: That’s great that he hit all 3 of his 3s and was 4/5 from the field… but why only 5 shots? How, with a guard like EG, can we not get him more open looks on the perimeter? It’s good he wasn’t forcing shots but we have to get him more looks.
Marshall Wood: Had a -10 plus/minus in just 6 minutes of play. It was like they had a power play of sorts when he was on the court filling in for bigs in foul trouble. He just couldn’t handle miami’s size.
Turnovers: 17. Awful. 10 in the first half, 7 in the second. That killed the Hokies. After just 5 turnovers against clemson, this was a real step backwards.
The moving pictures (from when the Comcast Network was kind enough to share them with us) from the tough 73-64 loss to #14 miami. VT blew a 12-point first half lead and led at the half for the first time in ACC play.
Make it two in a row! Two “moral” victories in a row, that is.
It was a valiant effort and the Hokies certainly gave the 14th-ranked hurricanes all they could handle tonight, but it wasn’t enough. miami overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to beat the Hokies 73-64.
All-intergalactic guard Erick Green scored 30 points to lead all scorers. He hit a career-high five three-pointers. Surprisingly, Green didn’t have to carry the entire load in the first half. Jarell Eddie and Robert Brown each scored eight points in the first 20 minutes to help the Hokies take a 12-point lead.
The second half? Not so much. Green scored 16 of the Hokies’ 32 second-half points. Brown was shut out and Eddie didn’t score a second-half field goal until he hit a three-pointer with :33 left. He did hit three free throws with 2:14 remaining to cut Miami’s lead to 60-56. Eddie finished with 14 points.
Cadarian Raines, who has struggled to put points on the board, added six points in the second and had 10 for the game. Brown finished with eight and Joey van Zegeren was the only other player to score; he had two points.
Coming into the game, the Hokies could not afford a slow start like the one that cost them a loss to clemson on Sunday. Thursday night, at home against No. 14 ranked miami, Tech got off to fantastic start with Green and Eddie hitting back-to-back three pointers.
The hot start got the crowd into the game early and helped push Virginia Tech to a surprising 12-point lead, 28-16, with just under six minutes to play in the first half.
But miami’s NBA-sized front court and lightning quick backcourt shook off the unexpectedly good start by the Hokies and used an 18-3 run to cut VT’s lead to three at the half.
The Hokies hung with the canes for the first nine minutes of the second half, but miami went on a 10-0 run midway through the second to surge past the tired Hokies and take a 9-point lead. That was the ball game.
Shane Larkin is a shoe-in for the Opponent Hall of Fame. He came in averaging just over 12 point a game ended up with 25 points, a new career-high in an ACC contest and two shy of tying his career-best (vs. Jacksonville). He also hit a career-high five three-pointers tonight vs. the Hokies.
Erick Green score 30 points while the remaining four starters combined for 16 points (Eddie had 14, JVZ 2, Barksale 0, Rankin 0)
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Let’s just say this isn’t a favorable match-up for the Hokies. The canes blow into the ‘Burg riding the gravy train with biscuit wheels.
miami is #3 in the RPI, #14 in the AP Poll, #15 in the Coaches Poll and feature the nation’s toughest schedule.
They lead the ACC standings by two games.
They’ve won 7 in a row and are 6-0 in the ACC, including wins at unc, over then #1 duke (by 27 points, no less — their first ever win over a #1), and over fsu. They also beat #13 michigan state and held former Hokie JT Thompson to 2 points in a 77-46 win over charlotte earlier in the year.
They have 4 senior starters, and the first guy off their bench is a redshirt senior. Barry Larkin’s son is their sophomore PG and he has become a star this year (12.3 ppg, 4.4 rebounds at 5’11”, 4.1 assists, and 2.2 steals).
They have great balance with 5 guys averaging double digit points (all between 10.1 and 14.3), 5 guys averaging 4.4 rebounds or more, 3 guys averaging 1.8 steals or more (all above VT’s leader at 1.4, second is 0.4), and 3 guys averaging 1.6 blocks or more (all above VT’s leader at 1.0). Durand Scott, who we all remember from single-handedly beating us in the 2010 ACC Tournament, is now a senior and leads the canes with 14.3 ppg.
They have 5 guys averaging a 3-pointer made per game, and are 4th in the league in 3-point % in ACC play (Larkin and McKinney Jones shoot 40%).
They have four guys over 6’10” that play mega minutes (reminds me of fsu’s squads of years past) and Reggie Johnson, a 6’10” 292 lbs. r-senior, is back from injury (10.6 ppg, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks). 6’11” Kenny Kadji (a 5th-year senior transfer from florida) averages 13 ppg/7 rebounds/1.6 blocks, and shoots 34% on 3s. He’s the toughest match-up in the ACC.
They have the best FG% defense in the ACC (even better than uva) and the 4th most efficient defense in the nation at 83.9 points given up per 100 possessions (VT gives up 106.0).
Their offense is in the top 50 in the nation in efficiency at 109.0 (VT is at 106.8 — 65th in the land).
But, all hope is not lost!
Tech has the nation’s leading scorer in Erick Green at 25.2 ppg, 1.5 points ahead of McDermott of creighton Barrel.
VT is 4-1 at home against the canes since joining the ACC. And Tech is 9-5 against the canes overall in ACC play.
miami lost to florida gulf coast earlier in the year, so they do take nights off.
Could the canes be looking past the Hokies? They just beat #1 duke and arch-rival fsu at home last week, and play at #19 nc state this weekend. This is a classic let-down situation. Can the Hokies take advantage? Can the Hokies score before the first media timeout and not dig a huge hole? We’ll see late night (9 PM) Wednesday. Go Hokies!
Note: The game is being carried by RSN and ESPN3. In DC, the game is on The Comcast Network (not the same as Comcast SportsNet).