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HIGHLIGHTS | nc state 70, VT 58


The Hokies fall into a tie for last place at 4-12 with their loss to nc state on Senior Night.  There’s a 1 minute tribute to the seniors at the beginning.

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Recap | nc state (9-7) 70, VT (4-12) 58


Virginia Tech basketball player Dorenzo Hudson alone on the court for his final game at the Cassell Coliseum.

Virginia Tech senior forward Dorenzo Hudson played his final regular season game at the Cassell Coliseum on Sunday, March 4. The Hokies lost to N.C. State.

Well, you didn’t have to sit through another Hokie heartbreaker Sunday night, because Tech played with no heart in their regular season finale.  12 of Tech’s previous 15 ACC games had been decided by 4 points or less or in OT (and that’s not counting the 2-point loss to byu.  VT was just 4-9 in those games including byu.  The students weren’t around Sunday night (Spring Break), and I’m not sure the Hokie players weren’t also somewhere warmer.  This game was over by the 7-minute mark when state went up 58-47.  The Hokies dropped their 2nd straight Senior Night, falling to the nc state wolfpack 70-58.  BOXSCORE

The pack used two big runs to fuel their win, a 16-2 run in the first half to go up 21-12, and an 11-0 run in the 2nd half to bury the Hokies, going ahead 62-49 with 5 minutes left.  Tech went scoreless for almost 6 minutes during that stretch (stop the presses).

Tech finished the ACC regular season at 4-12, tying the 2005-06 season for their worst record in 8 years in the league.  Tech also finished with a losing record at home in ACC play for just the 2nd time, going 3-5.  The Hokies finish tied for last place in the ACC with wake, georgia tech, and boston college, but get the 10th seed due to head-to-head-to-head-to-head record.  This is the first time VT has finished tied for last (in ’05-06 wake was worse than VT).  nc state moved to 9-7 with the win and locked up the #5 seed for the ACC Tournament.  The Hokies also fell to 15-16 on the season, the first time they’ve been below .500 all year (VT was 11-3 entering conference play).

Stat of the Game: In Tech’s last 2 games, they’ve been outscored on Fastbreak Points 32-0, including 19-0 tonight.  The Hokies didn’t score a Fastbreak Point in their final 2 home games (0 against uva).  state regularly got out and run (either off steals/breakaways, or outlets off VT misses), leading to many easy buckets.

The Hokies finish as the #10 seed and will face #7 clemson for the second Thursday in a row, this time in Atlanta in the ACC Tournament.  The game is this coming Thursday at 7 PM.

Erick Green had his 2nd straight sub-par game.  After scoring in double digits in 30 straight games (including his first 25 of this season), Green was held to 8 Thursday at clemson, and while he did score 12 tonight, he went without a field goal in the first half (he was benched to start the 2nd half) and scored 8 of his 12 in garbage time after the outcome was decided.  He was just 4/13 from the field (he started 1/10).

The only bright spots for Tech were Cadarian Raines and Dorian Finney-Smith.  Raines led the Hokies with 15 on 6/10 shooting.  He’s averaged over 12 PPG over his last 5.  Doe Doe also looked sharp, scoring 14 on 5/9 from the field and 3/4 from deep.  He even had a nice drive and left-handed runner.

nc state finished with 18 turnovers compared to just 7 by VT.  But despite the +11 advantage there, the Hokies lost by 12 (see Fastbreak Points… you have to convert TOs to easy points!).

Game Flow:

Things started well for the Hokies with Tech going ahead 10-5 on a Robert Brown 3-pointer with 14:23 to go in the 1st half.  But nc state went on a 9-0/16-2 run after that point to jump on top 21-12.  state would lead by at least 5 the rest of the half, and scored 4 points in the final 10 seconds of the half thanks to another lazy VT pass.

After 2 free throws by C.J. Leslie, Tech had the ball with 10 seconds to go.  But a lazy pass by Marquis Rankin was intercepted by C.J. Williams who laid in a layup just before the buzzer to put the pack up 38-29 at the break.

state shot over 50% for the first half.  Tech’s defense looked slow (or disinterested), allowing Scott Wood to go for 14 and Leslie to tally 12.  Raines had another great half, leading Tech with 9 points.

In the second half it seemed like the Whistle Song for a while, at least on the Hokies.  Tech was called for 8 fouls before the Under-12 media timeout, the last of which was the 5th foul on Jarell Eddie.  Eddie ‘fouled’ Wood on a 3-point attempt, disqualifying Jarell with just 5 points and 11:49 to go.

Tech would cut the state lead to 51-47 with 10:30 to go on Green’s 4th point, but that’s when the pack went on that 11-0 run to put the game away, with Tech going scoreless for almost 6 minutes (has their been an ACC game yet VT hasn’t gone scoreless for at least 5 minutes at some point???).

LEADING SCORERS:

VA TECH:

  • Raines – 15
  • Finney-Smith – 14
  • Green – 12 (8 in garbage time)

nc state:

  • Wood – 19
  • Leslie – 18 (and 11 rebounds)
  • Brown – 10

SCORES AT MEDIA TIMEOUTS:

1ST HALF:

  • Under-16: VT 7-5
  • U12: nc state 14-10
  • U8: nc state 26-16
  • U4: nc state 32-24

HALF: nc state 38-29

2ND HALF:

  • Under-16: nc state 44-35
  • U12: nc state 48-42
  • U8: nc state 56-47
  • U4: nc state 64-52

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SENIOR DAY Preview | nc state (8-7) @ HOKIES (4-11) | Sunday, 6 PM | espnU


Spread: VT by 1.5 – VT hasn’t covered in a game they’ve been favored in during 2012.

Every year it is both a thrilling and sad day. A day of rejoice, and a day of remembrance. Sunday might be our final glimpse at Hokies 2G*, as redshirt senior Dorenzo Hudson plays his final game at the Cassell. Senior Victor Davila will also be in the Cassell for the final time, but it remains to be seen if he can even play. He’s missed 5 straight games with a groin injury. Senior walk-on Joey Racer, who has scored 2 points in 5 games this year, will also dress for the final time in the Cassell.

Here’s some factoids on the seniors:

  • 79-24: Tech’s record in games Zo’s played in.
  • 192: Combined starts by Davila (102) and Hudson (90).
  • 1890: Combined points by Zo (1170) and Davila (720).
  • 32nd: Hudson’s rank on the VT career scoring list.
  • 49-19: Tech’s record at the Cassell in games Hudson has played in. Victor has also been a part of 49 home wins. Let’s get 50!

*Hokies 2G (Coach Greenberg’s 2nd Generation of players) was comprised of the 2007 VT Recruiting Class, which included Zo, Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen, Terrell Bell, JT Thompson, and Hank Thorns — it is possible JT will keep 2G in play next year if he decides to return for a 6th season.

For the Hokies, they still have something to play for. While they aren’t fighting for a NCAA Tournament bid this year on Senior Night, they are playing for a few things:

  • NIT: Tech must win to stay over .500 and have any shot at an NIT bid.
  • 3-4: Tech is 3-4 in ACC games at the Cassell this year. They have had just one losing ACC home campaign in 7 previous seasons (2005-06 — 2-6).
  • Tech would avoid tying their worst ACC finish with a win (they were 4-12 in 05-06).
  • 50 career home wins for VD and Zo with a win.

Also, Tech’s ACC Tournament seed is on the line: Note: bc got waxed at miami and ga tech pulled away from wake late, so wake, gt, and bc are 4-12 in the clubhouse

  • #9: If the Hokies win Sunday, they are the #9 seed and play the #8, maryland, at noon on Thursday.
  • #10: If VT loses to state, they’ll be the #10 seed and play the #7 seed (could be miami, uva, or clemson). wake would be the #9, gt #11, and bc #12.

nc state: The pack-backers are trying to forget the last 5 years under Sidney Lowe, their ricky stokes. They won just 25 regular season ACC games in that time, never more than 6 in a season. Mark Gottfried has already led them to 2 more win they they ever had under Lowe (8), and can lock up their first winning season since they ran Sendek out of town.

state started out 7-3 in ACC play and led at duke by 20. But then the pack reverted back to their Lowe ways, blowing that lead, the game, and losing 4 in a row to drop to 7-7 in the ACC. But they swept miami, winning on Leap Day over the canes, and find themselves in a 4-way tie with uva, miami, and clemson. To get the #4 seed and a bye in the ACC Tourney, state would need to beat VT, and have uva and clemson lose. uva needs to win and not finish in a 2-way tie with clemson.

Things are looking up for state, though. They are bringing in perhaps the top recruiting class in the nation for next year. Gottfried does have a history of shadiness, though (where there’s smoke…???).

SERIES:

  • Overall: state 34-14
  • At VT: state 10-7
  • At VT in ACC Play: VT 3-2 (VT 2 in a row)
  • Overall in ACC Play: state 6-5
  • Last Meeting (2/2/11): VT 77, @ nc state 69

STARTERS:

VIRGINIA TECH
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 15.4
SG 5 HUDSON 6-5 SR 11.0
G 24 RACER 6-1 SR 0.4
PF 4 Raines 6-9 r-So 5.5
C 14 DAVILA 6-8 SR 7.5
Bench 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 6.7
15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 6.0
31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.5
nc state
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
G 2 Brown 6-5 So 12.6
G 21 Williams 6-5 Sr 11.3
F 15 Wood 6-6 Jr 12.4
F 5 Leslie 6-8 So 14.2
F 1 Howell 6-8 Jr 10.9
Bench 0 Painter^ 6-9 Jr 4.1

*I’m listing Davila as the starter since it is Senior Day. Finney-Smith will start in his place if he can’t go.

^ Painter is a cousin of VT’s offensive lineman, Vinston Painter

state will only go about 2-deep on their bench. They have no depth and they get just 11 bench points per game. But they are extremely balanced in their starting lineup – all 5 starters average in double figures.

  • Scott Wood has the muscles of a pencil. He loves to shoot the 3 and hasn’t added the drive like Ryan Kelly has for duke. Wood hits 42% of his 3s (78 makes), both of which are #1 or tied for #1 in the ACC. Wood made 66 consecutive FTs this season, an ACC record (he’s 92% for the year).
  • C.J. Leslie is their most athletic and most talented player.
  • Howell is #4 in the ACC in rebounds per game (9.2)

STATS:

Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY.

VT nc state
ACC RANKING IN PARENTHESIS
PPG 60.0 (9) 70.3 (3)
PPG vs 64.1 (4) 68.7 (10)
FT% 70% (7) 68% (9)
FG% 40% (12) 44% (3)
3-Pt% 37% (1) 35% (4)
Made 3s PG 6.2 (4) 5.2 (8)
FG% D 44% (10) 42% (6)
3-Pt% D 32% (5) 32% (4)
Blocks 2.7 (t11) 3.8 (6)
Steals 5.4 (t7) 7.3 (3)
TO Margin +2.1 (2) +0.9 (5)
Off Reb % 29% (9) 34% (3)
Def Reb % 65% (12) 67% (10)

BORING FACTS ABOUT nc state:

  • Founded: 1887
  • Enrollment: 23.7 undergrad, 7.4 postgrad
  • National Titles (Basketball): 1974 and 1983
  • ACC Titles (Basketball): 10 – last was in 1987 – 3rd most in the ACC
  • ACC Football Titles: 7 (tied for 4th most) – none since 1979 – in fact, the two state schools (unc and nc state) haven’t won an ACC football title, or even tied for one, since 1980. There’s no pigskin on Tobacco Road.

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