Miami 76, Virginia Tech 58

After the Hokies’ win over Florida State, and momentum going in the right direction, they hit a brick wall in Miami and fell to the #5 Hurricanes 76-58.

Some of the same issues from passed games showed up again, but there were a few positives to take away as well. While the Hokies struggled to box out, shoot, and well… play defense, Erick had support from two of the younger guys on the team.

The Hokies were in the game for the first 14 minutes, but a couple missed opportunities cost them. Miami did not make a field goal for OVER 10 minutes, and Tech had multiple chances to take the lead. Miami finished the half on a 23-5 run, which ended all hopes of an upset. The Hurricanes dominated all facets of the game during that run, they shot 54.5% and out rebounded the Hokies 9-5. The Hokies made just one field goal in the last 9:59 of the half.

Tech again got help from C.J. Barksdale, the sophomore had 12 points on 6-9 shooting, and finished with 7 rebounds. At one point he stripped one of the quickest players in the ACC, Shane Larkin. We’re starting to see his potential, and I’m getting excited to see his future successes with the team. He has responded from being benched earlier in the season and looks like he finally “gets it.”

The Hokies star player, Erick Green, was unable to find his legs in the game. He only had 16 (geez, we’ve gotten spoiled!) and was less than stellar on his jump shots. I’m not quite sure how banged up he is, but he still had a wrap on his leg, and from what I saw and heard, looked like he injured his hip, groin, and his ankle (don’t know which is correct). It’s clear he’s warn down from all the minutes he’s played. About 80% of his missed shots were short, and he was 1-4 from deep. It’s nice when your star player struggles and still puts up this stat line: 16 points (6-13), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and a steal.

The third player to score in double-figures was Robert Brown. He scored an ACC career-high 12 points, but was only 3-8 from the floor. All 12 points came in the second half, and 5 came from the free throw line, a place he usually struggles from. His shot selection has improved (it’s still not great), and he looked to find an open teammate before he took a contested shot.

Mike’s Player of the Game: C.J. Barksdale has now had three straight excellent games. He got in the right position, gave effort, and wound up with the ball in his hands. He was able to stretch the court with his jumper and had another efficient game.

Between being on the road and facing a top 5 team coming off a loss, we really had no chance. The Hokies last home game is Saturday at 8 p.m. against Clemson. This is the FINAL time we get to see Erick in Cassell. Enjoy it before it’s over!

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Senior Day

If last year serves as a precursor to this year, then unfortunately it will be an empty Saturday night. Last year NC State dumped Tech by 20 or so if I recall correctly and Tech missed the NIT by a game. This year will no realistic shot at even the CBI, I doubt fans will show up for a Saturday 8 p.m. game. I hope I am proven wrong because Cassell is much more fun to be in when it is packed and rockin. Plus Erick needs to be sent off with some love.

Yes, if you're in Bburg still, please show up to give EG some love. He deserves it!

Last year it was during Spring Break, that's why nobody was there. But I agree, it will be fairly empty. But WEAR GREEN!

Rip his freaking head off!

On the bright side...

... only 51 days until the spring game.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

I just realized I have my April drill that weekend. Damn.

It's all about The VPISU
VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804.
Rockin in The Bakken.
GO: Freeman Rebels, Keydets, Black Knights (the VMI of the North), NY Rangers & Giants, and ATL Braves.

At this point, it doesn't matter if we win or lose this game. Hokies fans still need to show up to send the one, the only, Erick Green off to the NBA with great support.

I read that last sentence in Paul Bettany's voice. "the one, the only, SIR Ulllllllrich von Lichtenstein!"

RIP Stick It In

A thousand thousand turkey legs to you, good sir!

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Thanks Frank!