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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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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)

Highlights are up | Boxscore

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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Highlights / Commentary | Hokies 3G.1 59, oklahoma state 57

Highlights and commentary as the Hokies capture the NIT bronze with a 59-57 win over okie state in the first of two meetings this year between the schools. Tech’s freshmen class had a big day with 21 points total and 14 rebounds from Dorian Finney-Smith.

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Preview | Hokies (3-1) vs. oklahoma state (3-1) | MSG/NYC | 2:30 PM on Friday | ESPN

HAPPY HOKIE DAY!  Tech will try and lock up 3rd Place in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday when they play the oklahoma state cowboys.  As fate would have it, Virginia Tech also plays okie state on New Year’s Eve in Stillwater.  Yep, the Hokies play osu twice this regular season but play six of the ACC teams just once.  Go figure.  Add in the fact VT played osu in the 76 Classic last year, also on the day after Thanksgiving, and that means the Hokies will have played the pokes three times in just over 13 months.

This is a critical game for the Hokies.  While it is disappointing for the team to have played so hard Wednesday against #5 syracuse, and led the entire first 27 minutes, but lost, Tech has to rinse that from their minds.  It’s easy to say ‘this is just a 3rd place game’ and take it for granted, but it is much bigger than that.  Virginia Tech needs to stockpile quality out of conference wins, something they haven’t been able to do the last four years.  While okie state is not a great team, and certainly not a lock for the Big Dance (they also lost in the 2nd Round of the NIT last year), it would be a quality win and almost certainly a top 100 win, if not better.  VT cannot afford to leave the Big Apple 0-2.  So eat your turkey and re-focus on tomorrow.

oklahoma state lost to stanford in the first NIT semi-final on Wednesday.  The game was tied at 29-29 before the cardinal used a 17-6 run to close the half and lead 46-35 at the break.  stanford then scored the first 12 points of the second half to go up 58-35, and it was a laugher after that.  The cardinal led by as many as 28 before a late, meaningless, osu run made the final score stanford 82, osu 67.

Tech will not have to deal with Marshall Moses this year for the okie pokeys.  The big man has graduated, taking away their leading scorer from a year ago.  Moses had 14 points and 11 boards against VT last year.  Jean-Paul Olekemi, who led osu with 17 against VT last year, is back.  As is sharpshooting Keiton Page, though he comes off the bench now and really struggled against the Hokies last year.

None of the returning Hokies reached double digits in points last year (Erick Green was out with an injury).  But Davila chipped in 9 points and Tyrone Garland had a key 6 points and a steal to help VT win 56-51.  The game was tied with 2 minutes to go when Seth switched to a 1-3-1 half court trap that gave osu fits, leading to turnovers and a Hokie win.

VT 56, osu 51 – Recap  |  Boxscore


This year, okie state is young just like the Hokies.  The cowboys’ two leading scorers are freshmen – Cezar Guerrero (14 ppg) and Le’Bryan Nash (13 ppg).  Guerrero is a 6′ guard who can hit from deep and slash to the hoop.  Nash is a 6’7″ wing who does most of his damage from 16′ in, and gets to the line a lot.

osu has some size inside, but not like they usually do.  Their big men, other than Nash who is a specimen for a freshman, are mostly space-eaters and don’t produce a lot in terms of points or rebounds.  Markel Brown is their best rebounder and he’s a 6’3″ guard.

This is a solid match-up for the Hokies.  If VT comes out and plays hard, I think they are the slightly better team.  Tech needs a win and needs to play that way… this game isn’t for a NIT title, but it could be for a NCAA bid.

Last of all, let me say my thoughts and prayers go out to the osu community and the victims and families of their latest air disaster that took their women’s basketball head coach.  It is the second time in 10 years their basketball programs have been badly hit with an air disaster.

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