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2013-14 ACC Post-Mortem

by - Published May 27, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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With Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse entering, much was expected of the ACC this year. The end result? Well, the ACC was still pretty good, but it wasn’t exactly the super conference some expected it to be. In fact, even before the NCAA Tournament came and went with just one team making the Sweet 16 and going no further, it seemed clear that the conference underachieved relative to expectations this season.

The truth, as is often the case, is a bit more complicated than that. That’s especially true when you realize that ACC teams won five in-season tournaments in non-conference play. It was also a nice year for the conference in terms of individual talents.

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Virginia Tech having a rough go of it lately

by - Published January 30, 2014 in Columns
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – James Johnson summed it all up fairly quickly and concisely to begin the press conference.

“It was a very disappointing night at both ends of the floor for us,” the Virginia Tech head coach said.

A quick look at the scoreboard would be all you need to know, as Boston College blew out the Hokies 76-52. This is just the latest setback, however, and it’s not a good time for the team right now.

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Quick hitters from the past weekend of tournaments

by - Published November 27, 2013 in Columns
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The past weekend was quite a stretch with some early-season tournaments, and now we’re into another week full of them. It’s a fun time of the year as we form some early impressions of many teams and some pick up wins that can have shelf life later in the season.

Here are some quick hitters coming out of the weekend:

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2011-12 ACC Post-Mortem

by - Published May 19, 2012 in Conference Notes
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Kendall Marshall, Leslie McDonald, Dexter Strickland.

Those three Tar Heels were supposed to anchor the North Carolina backcourt entering the 2011-12 season. With Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston, the Tar Heels figured to have one of the deepest set of guards in the country to pair with a great front line led by Tyler Zeller and John Henson. And that’s before accounting for Harrison Barnes, projected to be one of the best wing players in the country.

But injuries decimated North Carolina’s backcourt, forcing coach Roy Williams to run with little-used freshman Stilman White and jack-of-all-trades Justin Watts in the team’s most important game of the season, an Elite Eight clash with Williams’ old squad, the Kansas Jawhawks, in St. Louis. … Continue Reading

2012 ACC Tournament – First Round Notes

by - Published March 9, 2012 in Columns
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ATLANTA – The first day of the ACC Tournament is in the books. The seeds held to form in the afternoon with a pair of double-digit games, then we had the first upset right away in the evening as Virginia Tech held off Clemson after breaking a 52-52 tie with nine unanswered points.  Miami finished the night by knocking off Georgia Tech.

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Virginia Tech needs to improve offensively with a key stretch ahead

by - Published January 15, 2012 in Columns
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Over a week earlier, Seth Greenberg felt great about his team. Virginia Tech’s 0-3 start in the ACC hasn’t changed that, but it certainly hasn’t put the Hokies in a good position as they head into a stretch where the schedule doesn’t get any easier. That’s where the Hokies stand after a 61-59 loss at Boston College on Saturday, and it leaves them needing to do some things better surrounding their offense.

It didn’t help that the Hokies were without their top player, point guard Erick Green, who missed the game with a sprained LCL in his left knee. The Hokies had a pretty good idea that he might not be able to go, although he wound up being a game-time decision. That left them with Marquis Rankin as the only point guard and left players like Dorenzo Hudson and Robert Brown to have to handle the ball more than they are accustomed to. It showed, as Virginia Tech struggled mightily to score in the halfcourt offense with 17 turnovers and poor shooting for much of the second half.

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Pre-Season NIT: A Final Analysis

by - Published November 28, 2011 in Columns

NEW YORK – Syracuse captured the Pre-Season NIT title with a thrilling 69-63 victory over Stanford. A few notes on the consolation/championship doubleheader…

1. Tempo Free gives us a better look. Following the victory over Stanford, Jim Boeheim said his Syracuse team played 35 minutes of “horrendous offense” and five (in the stretch) of good. A tempo free look shows the Orange had 72 possessions and a 96 offensive efficiency (points per possession times 100). The 96 is a bit below average. Boeheim lamented that his offense needed work and thankfully the defense was good both days.

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Despite injuries, Virginia Tech is developing depth

by - Published November 26, 2011 in Columns
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NEW YORK – Once again, Virginia Tech has been bit badly by the injury bug this season. It seems to be an annual occurrence, and this season the Hokies have lost Allan Chaney and J.T. Thompson, both frontcourt players. Thompson already missed a season with the same injury – a torn ACL – to his other knee. In other words, it seems like business as usual for a team that seems to be snakebit every season.

 

While depth, especially in the frontcourt, would seem to be a concern as a result, thus far that doesn’t appear to be the case. That was evident in Virginia Tech’s 59-57 win over Oklahoma State on Friday in the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation game.

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Hokies hope Green gets plenty of rest before clash with the Cuse

by - Published November 16, 2011 in Conference Notes

Virginia Tech beat back Isiah Thomas’ Florida International team with ease Nov. 15, despite losing Erick Green midway through the game.

The junior guard aggravated an Achilles’ tendon that forced him to miss Virginia Tech’s first game of the season, a 64-53 win against East Tennessee State Nov. 12. Green told the Washington Post’s Mark Giannotto after the Florida International game that he would be fine by the time Virginia Tech travels to New York next Wednesday to face Syracuse in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals.

The Hokies will need Green to be at full strength because he’s been hot from long range to start this season, making 4-of-5 3-pointers. Virginia Tech has shot 22-of-52 from deep range as a team this season, and the Hokies will need that sharpshooting to continue to stretch out Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. That would create more room for Dorenzo Hudson to operate off the ball and slash to the hoop. Green would be important in getting Hudson some good looks because he has five assists in 48 minutes.

In addition to Hudson, the Hokies will need Dorian Finney-Smith to continue playing like the ACC’s rookie of the year. The highly touted recruit has been a monster in his first three games, averaging about eight points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game.

Virginia Tech Hokies 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 4, 2011 in Conference Notes

Virginia Tech Hokies (22-12, 9-7)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Jr. G Erick Green
Sr. G Dorenzo Hudson
So. F Jarell Eddie
Sr. F Victor Davila
Sr. F JT Thompson

Important departures:

Malcolm Delaney: 18.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.0 apg
Jeff Allen: 13.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.8 apg
Allan Chaney: Not cleared to play because of heart condition.

Percent returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 37.1 percent
Rebounding: 38.4 percent

Additions:

Dorian Finney-Smith, No. 31 Rivals.com and ESPNU five-star small forward from Portsmouth, Va.
Robert Brown, No. 82 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star power forward from Chatham, Va.
C.J. Barksdale, No. 99 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star shooting guard from Danville, Va.

Schedule highlights:

Best non-conference game: vs. Kansas State
Toughest conference stretch: Jan. 19-22 (vs. North Carolina, at Virginia)

Outlook:

Last season was supposed to be a special year for the Hokies, with Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen, Dorenzo Hudson and JT Thompson leading a deep, seasoned squad to a deep NCAA Tournament run. But it just didn’t work out for coach Seth Greenberg’s squad. Hudson and Thompson went down to season-ending injuries, and Florida transfer Allan Chaney never suited up because of a heart condition.

Despite last season’s tribulations, the Hokies remained competitive, narrowly missing the Big Dance. This season, Hudson and Thompson return with their sights set on taking Virginia Tech further into the NCAA Tournament. Erick Green and Jarell Eddie return along with Victor Davila to give Greenberg another veteran lineup. The question is whether the team can replace the interior dominance of Allen and the relentless desire to win that Delaney possessed.

Prediction: Seventh

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