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HIGHLIGHTS | VT (1-4, 12-7) 47, #17 uva (2-2, 15-3) 45


Just like in football, the Hokies head up the road to uva and take down the cavaliers, winning 47-45 to pick up Tech’s first ACC win of the season and first win of 2012. ┬áHere are the highlights with commentary from yours truly (minus the pink hat and homemade shirt)…

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Recap | VT (1-4) 47, #17 uva (2-2) 45


Highlights | Boxscore

The Hokies survived their all-too-common 2nd half slump and knocked off the #17 cavs by a soccer-like 47-45 margin in charlottesville, giving VT its first ACC win of the season and first win of 2012. Tech swept the hoos in ch’ville in the two major sports this year, and it marked the third time in five years VT has won at uva in hoops after a 40-year drought. Although at times I wasn’t sure the Hokies hoops team would score more points than the football team did two months ago.

Junior guard Erick Green led the Hokies with 15 points, 12 of which were in the 2nd half. Green played the final 5 minutes with 4 fouls. But Old Man River, Dorenzo Hudson, hit the shots of the game; first a hook with 1:11 to go to put Tech ahead 44-41, then after an Evans jumper to make it 44-43, Zo swished a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to put VT up 47-43 and all but salt the game away. Zo finished with 12, giving him 28 points in two games since he started coming off the bench.

uva would get the ball back with 0.7 seconds left down 2 at the far end of the court. But the wahoos full court pass deflected off Mike Scott’s hand and went out of bounds, ending any chance for the hoos.

Both teams struggled out of the gates on offense. The Hokies had just 10 points with 6:05 to go in the first half and 13 with less than 3 minutes to go. But Tech finally got going thanks to two 3-pointers in a row by Jarell Eddie. That helped propel the Hokies to a 23-19 halftime lead.

Tech would stretch their lead out to 32-25 with 15:20 to go and they had several chances to make it even more but saw the turnover bug start to bite. The Hokies would go more than 5 minutes without scoring and uva took advantage with an 8-0 run to take the lead 33-32 at the halfway point of the 2nd half. Tech would score just 5 points over the next 11 minutes (VT had 37 with less than 4 minutes to go), committing nine 2nd half turnovers.

Down the stretch the game went back and forth with several lead changes. It looked bleak for the good guys after Mike Scott rocked a one-handed dunk to put uva up 40-37 with 4:22 to go. At that point Tech had gone another 4+ minutes without scoring since leading 37-35 with 8:40 to go. The hoos, who play excellent defense, forced Tech to shoot a lot of fallaways and deep 3s.

Erick Green put the Hokies ahead to stay at 42-41 with just under two minutes left. That set the stage for Zo’s hook and game-clinching shot from the left corner. The 3-pointer swished through, sending the Hokie faithful and one idiot in a homemade uva shirt into a frenzy.

The Hokies managed just 4 offensive rebounds while uva snagged 13. This is becoming a concern for Tech who gave up 19 offensive rebounds to unc.

The story of the game was a contrast of 3-point shooting versus free throw shooting. If you know Hokie games (at least ones not involving unc), it is all about 3-point shooting. The Hokies shot a very respectable 5/13 from deep while the hoos hit a pathetic 1/14, including an 0-for the 2nd half. VT shot 45% from the field overall while the hoos finished under 33%.

So how did the wahoos make it close? Easy. Free throws. uva had 22 FT attempts to just 7 for the Hokies. In fact, at one point, the difference was 20-2. Tech had just 2 free throw attempts until 2:20 was left in the game. The hoos only made 14/22 though, as VT hit 4/7.

The Hokies did a fantastic job limited Mike Scott, uva’s star. He had 100 career points against VT coming in, but had just 2 points in the 2nd half and just 10 for the game. Scott, Joe Harris, and Jontel Evans all had 10 to lead the wahoos. Victor Davila deserves a lot of credit for Scott’s struggles, and Barksdale and Raines also did well.

uva played without their starting center, 7-foot Assane Sene, who was out with an ankle injury suffered in their previous game.

Jarell Eddie just missed a double-double. He had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Dorian Finney-Smith put up another goose egg. He’s now scored 2 points or less in 4 of 5 ACC games.

The Hokies return to the Cassell Wednesday to take on byu. The game is at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

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Preview | VT (0-4, 11-7) @ #17 uva (2-1, 15-2) | 6 PM | ESPNU


Spread: uva by 7.5

Who can play the role of spoiler this year? WE CAN! uva swept the Hokies last year, effectively knocking the Hokies out of the Big Dance. Well, revenge is a dish best served cold, and the forecast calls for pretty cold weather on Sunday. We are 0-4… boo who. Let’s kick their butts!

My how the tide has turned. Over the last four years, the Hokies have finished fourth or tied for fourth in three of those years. uva, meanwhile, has been in the bottom half of the league each of the last four seasons. But now Tech sits at 0-4, and the hoos are ranked and well on their way to a first round bye.

uva is led by Mike Scott. Yep, the same Mike Scott that has been around since the dawn of time…

  • Mike Scott’s so old, he had a class with Thomas Jefferson
  • Mike Scott’s so old, he babysat Doe Doe
  • Mike Scott’s so old, his birth certificate is in Roman numerals
  • Mike Scott’s so old, he can remember the last time uva made the ACC Tournament Semi-Finals (1995)
  • Mike Scott’s so old, over 100 current, active NBA players are younger than him (that’s an actual fact)

All kidding aside, Mike Scott is probably the MVP of the ACC this year. He may not be the best player in the league, but he means the most to his team. He’s averaging 16.9 ppg and 8.9 rebounds per game, both top 5 in the ACC. Oh, and have I mentioned he owns the Hokies?

Mike Scott has 100 career points and 52 career rebounds against VT in 7 previous appearances. He’s scored at least 20 in the last 3 meetings and snagged over 30 total rebounds.

Is it all bad for the Hokies? Well, Assane Sene, uva’s 7-footer (yep, every team except for VT has a serviceable 7-footer) rolled his ankle at the end of the 1st half against georgia tech and, based on what I saw, won’t play Sunday (not confirmed).

If you are wondering about uva’s playing style, my buddy said it best… “You’ll want to walk down on the court, over to their bench, and punch Tony Bennett (their head coach) in the face.” And he went to wazzu, (aka: washington state), the last place he coached at.

If Bennett’s style was an animal, it would be a python. Like his dad, they love to milk the clock and keep everything in the half court. They won’t attack the offensive glass with more than a couple of guys, falling back and forcing you to beat their man defense in the half court. That said, Scott is so talented they’ll still get offensive rebounds. And uva is one of the top teams in the nation at Defensive Rebounding, while VT is the worst team in the ACC in that stat (largely thanks to unc’s 19 offensive rebounds in 36 opportunities Thursday).

They really only have 2 1/2 guys that scare you on offense, with everyone else focused on defense.

PG Jontel Evans can’t shoot, but runs the O and is great on D. Sene is their force inside with no post moves what-so-ever. Meanwhile, Scott is extremely talented, both with his back to the basket in the low post and he can go out and hit midrange jumpers. Joe Harris can shoot the lights out (as he did against Tech last year). He’s a tough match-up because of his height (6’6″). 50% of his shots are 3s, but he also shoots over 50% inside the arc. But you worry more about him on the perimeter. And Sammy Zeglinski is dangerous from 3-point range (he also won’t buy Callahan Auto Parts!).

FYI: Yes, I plan to man-up on my personal bet — I guaranteed a win against bc or I’d wear uva stuff to this game… stay tuned.

THE SERIES:

  • All Time: uva 81-52
  • At uva: uva 32-12 (but VT has won 2 of the last 4 after a 40 year drought)
  • In ACC Play: uva 8-7
  • At uva in ACC Play: uva 5-2

STARTERS:

VIRGINIA TECH
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 11 Green 6-3 Jr 16.1
SG 5 Hudson 6-5 Sr 11.7
SF 31 Eddie 6-7 So 9.8
F 15 Finney-Smith 6-8 Fr 6.5
C 14 Davila 6-8 Sr 6.8
Bench 1 Brown 6-5 Fr 8.1
uva
Pos # Player Height Year PPG
PG 1 Evans 5-11 Jr 5.6
G 13 Zeglinski 6-1 Sr 9.2
G 12 Harris 6-6 So 12.4
PF 23 Scott 6-8 Sr 16.9
C 5 Sene* 7-0 Sr 5.1
Bench 22 Brogdon 6-5 Fr 6.7

*Sene rolled his ankle against ga tech and did not return. If he’s out, Akil Mitchell (6’8″, Sophomore, 3.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg) will likely start.

uva does not have much depth due to transfers so this could be a big issue for them.

STATS:

Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY (4 for VT, 3 for uva). uva’s defense is allowing the 2nd fewest points per game in the nation (not good news with our inept offense).

VT uva
ACC RANKING IN PARENTHESIS
PPG 60.2 (10) 60.0 (11)
PPG vs 59.4 (3) 50.0 (1)
FT% 78% (3) 69% (7)
FG% 36% (12) 42 (8)
3-Pt% 32% (7) 27% (9)
Made 3s PG 6.3 (4) 4.0 (11)
FG% D 43% (6) 39% (1)
3-Pt% D 35% (9) 21% (1)
Blocks 3.3 (9) 2.3 (10)
Steals 6.3 (6) 4.0 (10)
TO Margin +5.25 (1) +1.67 (4)
Off Reb % 29% (10) 37% (3)
Def Reb % 60% (12) 75% (1)

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