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Game Highlights | VT 81, #15 okie state 71

This says it all – VT basketball has more wins on 12/1 than VT football. Here are the highlights from Tech’s 81-71 win over #15 oklahoma state!  Watch the Hokies pick up the Golden Sombrero (4th win over osu in 2 years + 1 week)!  Time for some Victory Scotch…


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Game Plus/Minus | VT 81, #15 okie state 71

Here’s the breakdown of plus/minus from the Hokies’ 7th straight win to start the season.

okie st Season Avg +/- Minutes
Player +/- +/- Per Game Per Game
Green 21 131 18.7 34.3
Brown 13 109 15.6 30.3
Eddie 8 90 12.9 33.9
Barksdale -1 79 11.3 19.7
Raines 13 60 8.6 24.9
van Zegeren -5 28 4.0 13.0
Wood 5 37 5.3 21.4
Johnston -3 3 0.4 9.9
Rankin -1 -1 -0.2 11.8
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 10 98 14.0


As you’d expect, another huge game from Erick Green in plus/minus.  Tech was +8 when he was in during the first half, -12 when he wasn’t.  With him playing almost all of the second half, you saw the results — Tech came back and won.  He netted a career high 28 points while playing just 26 minutes today (he had 20 points just 3-1/2 minutes into the second half and he had sat half the first half).

Solid games from Brown and Raines, too.  Barksdale took a step backwards today after a great last few games.

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Game Recap | Hokies (7-0) 81, #15 oklahoma state (5-1) 71


The Hokies did it. For the first time in 30 years, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team has started a season 7-0 after handing No. 15 oklahoma state its first loss of the season, 81-71.

For the third time this season, senior guard Erick Green scored a career-high, notching 28 in today’s win over the cowboys, despite missing big chunks of time in the first half because of foul trouble.

Junior forward Jarrell Eddie continues to be solid as he recorded a his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Robert Brown also had another good game, dropping 18 points for the second contest in a row. What can Brown do for you? How about score in double figures in six of seven games this season and average 13.4 points a game? Not too shabby, huh?

Things got off to an auspicious start for the Hokies when Green got called for a foul a mere :10 after the opening tip. Then, as if he were channeling his inner Jeff Allen, Green was called for his second foul at the 2:16 mark and immediately went to the bench, with Tech leading 7-4.

Prior to Green’s second foul, the Hokies lead 7-2, but the cowpokes got on their horses and galloped to a 12-7 lead by virtue of a 12-2 run. Green re-entered the game and stopped the osu run with a jumper to cut the deficit to 12-9. From there, it was a back and forth battle.

Tech used a 7-0 run to take a 16-14 lead, but osu came right back and led for most of the first half, twice taking 8-point leads. Brown bailed out the Hokies with four points in the final minute to cut the cowpoke’s lead to four at the break, 36-32.

Green came out strong in the second half scoring the Hokies’ first 10 points and tying the game at 42 to keep osu from pulling away. And while the score was relatively close for the entire half, the Hokies took the lead with 15 minutes to play and never trailed again.

With the game tied at 46, Eddie drilled a three pointer to put Tech ahead for good, though it was a nailbiter the rest of the way.

Having already channeled his inner Big Donut (Jeff Allen), Green also channeled his inner Malcolm Delaney and sealed the victory with ruthless free throw shooting, going 8-for-8 in the final 1:16.

True freshman Marshall Wood scored 8 points, his second highest total of the season, and six of those points came from the charity stripe. Wood hit three crucial free throws in the final three minutes after having drawn a pair of blocking fouls against osu.

This was a team win if there ever was one. While the young guys made a few mistakes, they also made significant contributions in this game.

I noted this in one of my many (many) Tweet (@TechHoops), but it bears repeating: someone get Wood and Joey vanZegeren some red meat and show them where the weight room is! Those guys are capable of making plays in the paint, but more often than not, they’re getting pushed around or outmuscled for loose balls.

They’re young and they’ll hopefully fill out, but right now they’re almost too frail to play a grueling ACC schedule.

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Preview | #15 oklahoma state (5-0) @ VT (6-0) | Saturday, 2 PM | ESPN3

Spread: oklahoma state by 2.

Who’d have thunk it.  Who’d have thought before this season that if Tech beats the oklahoma state cowpokes for the fourth time in three seasons, they just might be ranked come Monday.  But that’s likely the case as the re-loaded osu team comes to Blacksburg for the first time ever.

We all remember Le’Bryan Nash for oklahoma state.  He was the cowboys’ top 10 recruit last year that went head to head with Doo-Doo Finney-Smith, with Doo-Doo getting the upper hand.  Well, Nash is still there, and he’s been joined by Marcus Smart, a top 10 recruit this past year from Marcus HS in Dallas, TX.

Virginia Tech forward Jarrell Eddie drives against Iowa defenders

Photo by Rachel Franks – Virginia Tech forward drives against Iowa defenders during the Hokies’ 75-79 win over the Hawkeyes.

Nash is turning into the star you’d expect – 19.2 ppg and 6.4 rebounds.  But check out Smart’s stat stuffers – 13.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg (this is a guard!), 5.8 apg, 2.4 steals, 1.4 blocks.  That’s nuts, and from a freshman.  He had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 blocks, and 4 steals in their 20 point win over then #6 nc state.  Yeah, he can play.  Brown will need to bring his A game on defense Saturday.  Eddie will likely draw Nash.

And remember Keiton Page, their 3-point bomber?  He’s gone, but they now have Phil Forte, a Page clone.  You will swear that’s Page on the court when you see him just with a different name on his back.  Forte loves to bomb treys and he’s quite good (50%).  Forte helped Smart lead Marcus HS to the Texas State title last year.

The cowboys beat akron (in OT), tennessee and nc state on their way to the Puerto Rico title.

osu is NOT a deep team.  They really only play two off their bench significant minutes since losing Jean-Paul Olukemi for the second straight season to injury (he got hurt against VT last year).

The cowpokes are a very solid defensive team thanks to their abundance of great athletes (except Jurick and Forte).  They allow less than 90 points per 100 possessions (100-to-100 is average).  So they are insanely good there.  They allow less than 60 ppg, but iowa had a similarly low average and we saw what VT did to them.  We’ll see though, this is a more athletic club.

So let’s pack the Cassell and try and propel the Hokies into the rankings!  Let’s go for a perfect Golden Sombrero (4-0) against the cowpokes!

Final thought: how odd is it to play an OOO team 4 times in 3 seasons?  Over the same stretch, VT have only played ACC foes unc and nc state twice!

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