"Green" Party: Sophomore Guard Leads Tech to 74-57 Victory over Maryland

Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. Don't lie, nobody saw this coming. Erick Green had a career game, scoring 24 points as the Hokies rolled over the Maryland Terrapins 74-57 Thursday night. The 17-point defeat was the worst for Maryland in the nine years in the Comcast Center and the biggest margin of defeat at home since an 18-point loss to Duke at Cole Field House in 1999.

Green was fantastic in every aspect of the game. The sophomore was an astounding 12-of-16 (75%) from the field and was hitting shots from wherever he wanted to when he wanted to. The coming-out party also included four steals and two assists. Since moving into the starting lineup, Green has hit double figures in every game, averaging 14 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals per game. Not to mention the Hokies are 8-1 in those games.

The Hokies (12-5, 3-2 ACC) opened up the game on a 12-0 run in the first four minutes and never allowed Maryland (11-7, 1-3) to get back within four points. The Terps had gotten within eight in the last minute of the first half, but Manny Atkins drained a three-pointer with one second remaining to give Tech a 40-29 cushion at halftime.

The lead expanded to as many as 17 in the second half before three trey's from the Terps' Cliff Tucker cut the lead down to eight with nine minutes remaining. However, the Hokies responded with a 13-4 run to close the game and seal a dominating 17-point road victory.

The Rafters

Since my freshman year I've run across a wide variety of Hokies, each with a different perception of and outlook on the football program. Unknowingly, I've mentally cataloged each different type of fan I've encountered. Two days ago I read The Clans. The Factions. Defined. on MVictors.com and thought to myself that it could be fun to dump my memory banks and visualize a clear-(er) picture of our fanbase. I took great caution not to demean their brilliant post, but probably did so anyways and for that I apologize. Here we go.

Maryland Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (11-5, 2-2 ACC) @ Maryland Terrapins (11-6, 1-2 ACC)

When: Thursday, January 21 @ 9:00 p.m.


Where: Comcast Center, College Park, MD

The Opponent: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Bubble Battle Part I. In what is sure to be the first of many key ACC contests, the Hokies travel to College Park to take on the bubblicious Maryland Terrapins tonight. Needing a solid road win, Tech (ranked 75th in the RPI as of Wednesday night) would get a resume booster by beating the Terps (No. 90 RPI) in the Comcast Center.

Maryland’s 11-6 record is a tad deceiving as the six losses have come to Pittsburgh, Illinois, Temple, Boston College, Duke, and Villanova. Four of those teams are currently in the top 25 and UMD has not lost by more than nine to any of them. The Terps are a much better team at home (9-1) than they are away from College Park (2-5). However, the lone home loss was to ACC foe Boston College.

Here’s the projected starting lineups for the Terps:

Hokies Wrestling Team Smashes Clarion at Cassell Coliseum

Sunday night, the #4 ranked Hokies wrestling team took on Clarion at Cassell Coliseum. In my preview of the match I said that the match should be fairly competitive. I said this based on the team I watched lose to #25 ranked Iowa State at the Salem Civic Center in November. The Hokies could not have proven me more wrong. With only a few changes in the lineup and one starter out (Tommy Spellman), the #4 ranked Hokies blew Clarion out of the Cassell with a dominating 39-3 win.

Hokies Wax Wake Forest 94-65

In need of a pick-me-up after Thursday’s loss to North Carolina, the Hokies’ wishes were answered in form of the lifeless Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Tech took the lead with 13 minutes to go in the first half and never looked back, demolishing the Deacs 94-65 to improve to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.

Not even a 7-0 run for Wake Forest to start the night could hold the Hokies back, who responded with a 17-2 run to seize control. The Hokies would add an 11-0 run later in the half for good measure. After missing its first five shots of the night, Tech connected on 17 of its final 27 shots in the first half en route to a 44-24 halftime advantage.

Things would only get worse for the Deacons in the second half, as Tech stretched its lead to as many as 31 points. Remember, this is an ACC opponent. Not North Carolina Central or UMBC. This is Wake Forest, a team that was No. 1 two years ago. Coincidentally, the Hokies knocked off the Deacs when they were No. 1 that year.

The best way to summarize this game was that Tech’s three walk-on’s, Paul Debnam, Prince Parker, and Andrew Griffin, played a combined eight minutes and scored six points. Yes, Paul Debnam scored four points and a walk-on football player (Parker) made a bucket. That just shouldn’t happen against an ACC team.

Here’s the obligatory Paul Debnam highlight:

Wake Forest Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (10-5, 1-2 ACC) vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-10, 0-2 ACC)

When: Saturday, January 15 @ 8:00 p.m.

TV: ACC Network

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA

The Opponent: As is sometimes life in the ACC, the Hokies face a quick turnaround (45 hours) after Thursday’s heartbreaking loss to UNC with a visit from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Deacs have dropped their first two ACC games by a combined 40 points and have lost seven of their last nine. This young Wake squad has lost to Stetson by 10, Winthrop by 10, UNC Wilmington by 12, and Presbyterian by 2. Plus, they barely squeaked by winless UNC Greensboro 69-67. Their best win? Probably Hampton in November.

Wake doesn’t have any problem scoring, as they average nearly 72 ppg. However, when you give up 75 ppg, and have the worst rebounding team in the league, you’re not going to win a lot of games. The Deacs rank dead last in the ACC in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, as well as turnover margin and scoring defense.

Here’s a look at Wake Forest’s starting lineup:

We've Seen This Before: UNC 64, Hokies 61

With 6:23 to go in the first half, Malcolm Delaney canned his fifth three-pointer of the first half and the Hokies were looking good up 31-15 at North Carolina. From there, the offense went dormant and Tech scored just 30 points the rest of the way in a 64-61 heartbreaker to the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-0) Thursday night, ending the Elite Eight's six-game winning streak.

The Hokies (10-5, 1-2) came out on fire, quieting the 21,000+ at the Dean Dome with a 12-0 run after an early UNC basket. Tech would hit 10 of its first 16 shots, opening up the 16-point lead with Delaney's three-pointer. The Hokies were great defensively once again, creating 12 first half Carolina turnovers. But the shots stopped falling, the stingy defense weakened, and UNC went on a 9-0 run at the end of the first half to close the lead to seven and you could see it coming.

After Tech extended the lead to 40-31 with 15:29 remaining, the Heels went on a 12-2 run, punctuated by two ferocious dunks by John Henson to give Carolina the lead at 43-42. The Hokies didn't fold, however, battling foul trouble and injuries. At one point, Erick Green and Manny Atkins were on the bench with cramps and Terrell Bell had 4 fouls, leaving Tech with just five players they could honestly use. Both Atkins and Green ended up coming back in and it was Atkins three-pointer with five minutes remaining that gave Tech a five-point lead at 52-47.

North Carolina Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (10-4, 1-1 ACC) @ North Carolina Tar Heels (11-4, 1-0 ACC)

When: Thursday, January 13 @ 9:00 p.m.


Where: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC

The Opponent: Fresh off their 71-59 victory over Florida State Saturday, the Hokies put their six-game winning streak to the test in Chapel Hill against North Carolina. The Tar Heels, ranked eighth in the preseason poll, lost early in the season to Minnesota and Vanderbilt to fall out of the top 25 polls. Carolina is coming off a 62-56 victory over Virginia on Saturday, a game in which they trailed by as many as 11 in the second half.

Unlike the Seminoles on Saturday, UNC is a pretty good offensive team. The Heels rank third in the ACC in scoring with 79.8 points per game and are fifth nationally in rebounding with 42.3 boards per game. Carolina is also sixth in the nation in offensive rebounding with nearly 13.5 per game. On the flip side, Tech leads the ACC in scoring defense, allowing just 59.7 points per game.

UNC has had the same starting lineup in each of its 15 games. Here’s a look at the Tar Heel starting five:

Looking Ahead After the National Championship

After watching the National Championship Monday night, I woke up Tuesday morning already looking ahead to what next football season is going to bring us Hokie fans. Some may say this is too early to start talking next season, but, I beg to differ. While we are losing a few key pieces to our offense and defense, I feel that the players behind them have been prepared and are ready to step in and do a good job for the Hokies next year. We are losing our leader and quarterback in Tyrod Taylor; we are also losing Ryan Williams, Darren Evans, Beau Warren, and Andre Davis as starters on offense. We are losing Stephen Friday, John Graves, Rashad Carmichael, and Davon Morgan on defense.

Hokies Wrestling Program Has a Huge Weekend

Edit: Moved to the front because I know nothing about wrestling.

In his fifth season as the Hokies head wrestling coach, Coach Kevin Dresser picked up what he called the biggest win in the history of the Virginia Tech wrestling program. In just five years he has put the Hokies wrestling team on the map and he is now competing with the ELITE, yes I said ELITE, wrestling programs in the country.


I have to believe we'll get there one day, because if we're standing outside knocking at the door long enough someone will answer. But, if we never arrive that's not a bad thing either, because we'll be able to go on the ride forever.

Why Hokie Nation should support the Ducks

Edit: Bumped to the front, because the last two paragraphs were calming after the Orange Bowl loss.

Couldn't sleep last night and looking at the title coverage it came to me why I should pick Oregon to win in my bowl pick'em and why Hokie nation should be rooting on Oregon.


A source close to Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster confirmed about an hour ago Foster interviewed today for Pittsburgh's vacant head football coach position.

via: Norm Wood

Sound the alarm, blow the air horn, ding the gong because the apocalypse is nearing in Blacksburg. At any moment, the new Chipotle will inexplicably combust. Woody's will reopen putting Sharkeys out of business while simultaneously sucking all the attractive coeds out of any other tolerable bar and filling Main Street with loud, irritating music. Slusher Tower will become all male.

After the Stanford loss I wrote how our program has become stale, content and comfortable with winning 10 plus games a season. As of late, a good portion of the chatter on the Twitter, boards and blogs has been conjuring up hypothetical coaching changes; Stinespring to associate head coach/offensive line, hire the Fridge or Kevin Rodgers as offensive coordinator, poach Shane Beamer from South Carolina as recruiting coordinator and hope that a couple of coaches decide to call it quits. See I can play too. However, my scenario, just like your's isn't going to happen unless Beamer is not the catalyst. That is to stay the Frankinator isn't going to make any staff changes unless a coach retires, resigns or takes another job.

Hokies Shut Down Seminoles 71-59

Jeff Allen had his best offensive game of the year and the Hokies took advantage of the free throw line en route to a 71-59 ACC victory over the Florida State Seminoles. The win was Tech’s sixth in a row and improved the Hokies’ ACC record to 1-1 while FSU fell to 1-1.

Trailing 19-17 with 6:43 remaining in the first half, the Hokies shut out the Seminoles for the remainder of the half in a 12-0 run to take a 29-19 lead into the locker room. The run coincided with a trapping Virginia Tech defense that forced six FSU turnovers and 11 straight empty possessions for the visitors. The ‘Noles committed 13 first half turnovers overall, erasing their 24-13 rebounding edge.

Florida State came out in the second half on a 12-5 run to cut the Hokies lead to three with 13 minutes remaining. But Tech immediately responded with a 9-2 run of their own to push the lead back up to 10. The ‘Noles wouldn’t go away, though, cutting the lead to four on a Luke Loucks three-pointer with 7:33 remaining. That was as close as FSU would get for the rest of the contest, as the Tech lead swelled to as many as 12, the final margin of victory.

Allen was the main reason for Tech’s offensive success, scoring 18 of his season-high 24 points in the second half. The senior added 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and even made 10-of-12 from the free throw line.

Florida State Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (9-4, 0-1 ACC) vs Florida State Seminoles (11-4, 1-0 ACC)

When: Saturday, January 8 @ 3:00 p.m.


Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA

The Opponent: Fresh off a 65-point victory over Mt. St. Mary’s on Sunday, the Hokies return to ACC action against the Florida State Seminoles. Leonard Hamilton’s squad enters Saturday’s action with an 11-4 record, but is coming off a shocking 65-60 loss to Auburn. However, FSU already has a 1-0 record in the ACC, thanks to a 75-69 win over Clemson on December 12.

The ‘Noles are built around defense and love to wear other teams down and force turnovers and bad shots late in possessions. FSU is currently seventh in the nation with 42.1 rebounds per game and leads the nation in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to just 34.7% shooting.