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Highlights and Commentary | Hokies 3G.1 67, oklahoma state 61

Throw out the records!  In one of the greatest rivalries in sports, the Hokies sweep the cowboys, beating them for the 3rd time in 13 months, this time in Stillwater, OK.  For the 3rd time in a row it was the Hokies up, Hokies collapse, Hokies win…

Here are the highlights and commentary…

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SWEEP! | Recap | Hokies 3G.1 (11-3) 67, oklahoma state 61 (7-6)

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The Hokies went to Stillwater, OK and beat the cowboys for the 2nd time in a month and 3rd time in 13 months, prevailing 67-61. History was made as Dorenzo Hudson reached the 1,000 point mark and Tech snapped osu’s 37 game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.

In a game that was all but an exact duplicate of the first meeting a month ago in Madison Square Garden, Tech once again couldn’t score from the field down the stretch but just barely hung on to win. In the 59-57 win a month ago, VT didn’t hit a field goal in the final 6:50. Today they didn’t knock down a field goal in the final 5:30 and blew a 61-51 lead with 5 minutes to play. oklahoma state tied the game on a Williams 3-pointer at 61 with 2 minutes to play, but the Hokies scored the final 6 points of the game, all from the line, all by the seniors. Victor Davila calmly drained 2 FTs to put VT up 63-61 with 90 seconds to go (VD is 16 for his last 21 from the line!), and Dorenzo Hudson iced the game with 4 late free throws.

Tech, who had 20 offensive rebounds in the first meeting, dominated on the glass again. They outscored osu 24-4 (by my count) on 2nd chance points. They once again had 10+ more offensive rebounds than the cowboys (18-6 today, 20-10 last time). Doe Doe had 10 rebounds, while surprisingly Green and Eddie chipped in 7 boards each. Dorian had 24 total rebounds in the 2 games against okie state. This marked the first time he reached 10 boards since the last osu game.

The problem for the Hokies, and why they didn’t win by more, was 16 turnovers, including 10 in the first half. But Tech used their FT skills, hitting 15/17 from the line, including 13/15 in the 2nd half.

Zo was the man for the Hokies today, 5/10 from the field, 2/4 from deep, and 6/6 from the line to lead the Hokies with 18 points. Dorenzo reached 1,000 points for his career with a 3-pointer that put VT ahead 50-47 with 8:30 to go. Erick Green added 16 as the only other Hokie in double digits. Robert Brown did have a big 8 off the bench for Tech. Jarell Eddie had 9 for VT, all in the first half, and Victor Davila tallied 8. Doe Doe was held to 2 points but once again played terrific defense on 5-star osu recruit Le’Bryan Nash.

Speaking of Nash, he was held scoreless in the first meeting, put up a goose egg in the first half today, and finished with just 4 points and 1 FG. Great defense by Dorian and C.J. Barksdale gave him fits.

Keiton Page was another story. The senior, who looks like Ollie’s twin from Hoosiers, started 2/10 from the field but went ape after hitting a Hail Mary 3-pointer at the end of the first half. That gave him 7 at the break but he’d go on to score 14 in the 2nd half (and that’s despite missing most of the final 5 minutes with 4 fouls) on 5 3-pointers. Tech did an awful job of help defense on the perimeter in the 2nd half. In fact, Page outscored VT 11-9 all by himself during a stretch to end the 1st half and start the 2nd.

This was a game of runs. After okie state hit a 3 to go up 3-0, VT ran off 11 straight to take an 11-3 lead. The cowboys got within 1 at 21-20, but Tech scored 7 straight, culminating with a Jarell Eddie 3-pointer to go up 28-20 with 30 seconds to go in the half. Page’s ‘pull the horseshoe out of his rear’ 3 to close the half made the margin 28-23 Hokies at the break. Tech has lead at the half in every game this year.

Starting with the 3 by osu to end the half, the cowboys went on a 13-2 run to go ahead 33-30 with 16 minutes to go in the game. Green tied the game with a 3 to make it 33-all, but okie state pushed out to a 44-37 lead on a Williams dunk after a great pass from Page with 13 minutes to go. But everything changed at that moment…

Jean-Paul Olukemi, who had earlier hurt his knee on a non-contact play, blew his knee out inbounding the ball that led to the Williams dunk. With Olukemi out, Virginia Tech stormed to a 19-3 run to go up 56-47 with 6:18 to go.

With 5 minutes to go, Page fouled Erick Green on a 3-point attempt (Page’s 4th foul) and Green hit all 3 go put VT up 61-51, setting up osu’s run with Page on the bench.

After the cowpokes tied things at 61 and VD put VT up 63-61, Nash and Page would miss 3-pointers and Zo got fouled with 22 seconds left. His 2 FTs gave VT a 65-61 lead. Page missed another 3, Zo hit 2 more FTs, and Page bricked a 3 at the buzzer and Tech wins 67-61.

The win by Virginia Tech snapped oklahoma state’s 37 game winning streak at home versus non-conference foes. How’s that for the baby Hokies 3G?! Tech could have rolled over and quit after blowing the big lead, but showed grit in winning.

The Hokies have off until next Saturday when they open ACC play at wake forest at noon. Tech has 2 winnable ACC road games upcoming: @wake, home vs fsu (who is 0-2 vs Ivy League teams), and @bc who is AWFUL. Tech has just 1 out of conference game left, home vs. byu in late January. 11-3 is pretty darn good for this largely young team! Have a Hokie New Year!

Scores at the Media Timeouts:

  • Under-16: VT 9-3
  • Under-12: VT 15-11
  • Under-8: VT 19-17
  • Under-4: VT 23-20
  • HALF: VT 28-23
  • Under-16: okla st 37-35
  • Under-12: okla st 44-39
  • Under-8: VT 52-47
  • Under-4: VT 61-58
  • FINAL: VT 67-61

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Preview | VT (10-3) @ oklahoma state (7-5) | Sat., Noon | ESPN2

On Saturday the Hokies play… wait, this has to be a typo… the oklahoma state cowboys?!  Seriously?!  Didn’t we just play them?  Well, that should make this preview easy.  The Hokies took down okie state 59-57 to capture the NIT Bronze Medal a month ago (RECAP).

On New Year’s Eve the Hokies will head to Stillwater to battle the pokes for the 2nd time in 5 weeks and 3rd time in 13 months.  As luck would have it, the two teams met in the Preseason NIT 3rd Place Game over Thanksgiving and already had a game on the schedule at osu for this month.  By comparison, VT will only play wake, unc, maryland, miami, georgia tech, and nc state once this season, but will face the cowboys twice.

This will be the Hokies last out of conference tune-up before starting ACC play next Saturday, January 7th, at wake forest.  Tech has one more out of conference game, home versus byu later in January, after ACC action has geared up.

Can the Hokies get the 3-game sweep of the pokes?  We’ll see.  This will be a tough road challenge at what used to be a very tough place to play.  But with the pokes recent success in football, struggles in basketball, and the fact it is during a holiday on New Year’s Eve, we’ll see how tough the environment actually is at the 13,000-seat Gallagher-Iba Arena (wear your ponchos and look out for sledgehammered fruits!).


VT 2-0

Can a team actually break the 60 point mark in this one?  We’ll see.  The Hokies offense has been in high gear of late, averaging 78 ppg during their 5-game winning streak.


Position Virginia Tech okla state
Guard 11 Green 6-3 (Jr) 12 Page 5-9 (Jr)
Guard 5 Hudson 6-5 (Sr) 22 Brown 6-3 (So)
Forward/Guard 31 Eddie 6-7 (So) 0 Olukemi 6-5 (Jr)
Forward 15 Finney-Smith 6-8 (Fr) 2 Nash 6-7 (Fr)
Center 14 Davila 6-8 (Sr) 44 Jurick 6-11 (Jr)


Virginia Tech okla state
Record 8-3 7-5 (lost 3 of 4)
Top 100 RPI Wins (VT #57, osu #113) norfolk st (41), st bonnie (97) None
Leaders (this season):
Scorer Green 15.4 Page 13.1
Rebounder Finney-Smith 8.1 Jurick 6.4
Assists Green 3.3 Brown 1.9
Steals Green 1.6 Brown 1.9
Blocks Finney-Smith 1.1 Jurick 2.3

THE opponent:

okie state is yet another offensively challenged team.  They average 68 points per game, but had just 49 at the end of regulation against smu on Wednesday before their 68-58 2 OT win.  alabama held them to 52 the game before that, new mexico held them to 56 before that.  They’ve scored less than 60 points in regulation in 5 of their last 8 games.

I fully expect the pokes to attack the Hokies off the dribble drive on Saturday.  After struggling offensively in the first half, Markel Brown just destroyed Tech in the second half.  The 6-3 guard helped okie state score their first 28 points of the 2nd half either in the paint (20 points) or from the line (8).

Markel Brown is the cowboys glue guy.  While 5-star stud freshman Le’Bryan Nash is their 2nd leading scorer at 12.3 ppg and senior Keiton Page leads them with 13.1, Brown fuels a lot of that with the ball in his hands.  He is a freak athlete.  Brown is a terrible 3-point shooter (under 22%).

Keiton Page is their best outside shooter.  But at 5’9″, he has had trouble shooting over the tall Hokie lineup.  He had 11 points in the first meeting this year, but 5 of those were in the final 11 seconds after the game was decided (he had just 3 points in the first 35 minutes of the game).  Page had just 2 points last year against VT.  If he can get hot from deep, he can light it up (he’s 26/74 – 35%) and had 27 in their 2 OT win over smu on Wednesday.  But again, big teams give him fits.  Expect him to shoot from deeper than normal to get his shot off.

Le’Bryan Nash was rated a better recruit than Dorian Finney-Smith.  Nash put up a big goose egg vs VT in the first meeting in the scoring and rebounding columns.  Expect him to have a chip on his shoulder in this game and really attack the hoop, with Doe Doe likely guarding him.  Doe Doe had a great game with 10 points and 14 rebounds the first go-around.

Jean-Paul Olukemi also beat up the Hokies inside in the 2nd half of the first meeting.  He’s an undersized, but physical 6’5″ forward.  Jarell Eddie needs to do a better job on him than he did the first time.

Philip Jurick is a goon inside.  The 6’11” center’s job is to rebound (6.4) and block shots (2.3).  In fact, he averages more blocks than points (1.9) per game.  Tech does not have to respect him on offense.  The post players need to rotate off him to help when guards get beat off the dribble, or to double Nash or Olukemi in the post.

Freshman Cezar Guerrero is their best bench player.  He’s a decent 3-point shooter and likes to drive with aggression, but scored just 3 points in the first meeting.  Tech really shut down their diaper dandies.

Unfortunately, Tech isn’t playing osu at the Garden.  okie state is 0-3 at MSG this year, but 7-2 away from the self-proclaimed ‘Most Famous Arena in the World’.  That said, they are 0-5 against RPI top 100 teams.  VT obviously can win this game, but the cowboys have an idea how to beat the Hokies now and have the advantage of playing at home.


  • Dominate the Glass: VT killed osu on the boards in the first meeting, snagging 20 offensive rebounds.  The cowboys are undersized inside, with Brown (a guard) their 2nd leading rebounder.  osu plays solid defense so Tech needs to get 2nd chance points to win this game.
  • Protect the Paint: Expect Marquis Rankin to get Markel Brown at times (Rankin was injured for the first meeting).  If Rankin can keep Brown from driving and either getting easy buckets, or dishing for easy buckets, that will limit what osu did successfully on offense in the first meeting.
  • Change the Diaper Dandies: The Hokies held Nash and Guerrero, who average over 20 ppg, to just 3 combined points in the first meeting.  If Tech can shut them down again, it will really limit the pokes offensively.
  • Green: Erick had 18 points in the first meeting but has scored exactly 12 in each of the last 4 games.  Tech does well when their scoring is balanced, but I think the Winchester Rifle has to have a good game, and start hitting 3s again, to stretch out the osu defense.

BORING FACTS ABOUT oklahoma state:

Location Stillwater, OK
Type Public
Enrollment 23.5k
Established 1890
NCAA Tournament Appearances 24 (won the 45 and 46 titles, 6 Final Fours – last in 2004)
Famous Students/Alums Garth Brooks, Gary Busey, Dout Gottlieb (super annoying), T. Boone Pickens! (favorite name other than Phillip McCandies), Dez Bryant, Rickie Fowler, Don Haskins, Matt Holliday, Barry Sanders, Thurmon Thomas
Name Originally was oklahoma a&m

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