Seth called it a separation game, so we felt it was worthy of a live blog. If you're not going to be at the Cassell join us here at 8:00 PM. The chat is after the jump.
It's not even the start of spring practice but I'm already chomping at the bit for start of football season which is exactly 200 days away. VT has just gotten two big V-day gifts in Shane Beamer coming back home as well as the schedule coming out. I personally love the schedule and it's relieving to not have an early tough out of conference game this year for this young Tyrod-less squad.
Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (16-7, 6-4 ACC) vs Maryland Terrapins (16-9, 5-5 ACC)
When: Tuesday, February 15 @ 8:00 p.m.
TV: ACC Network
Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
The Opponent: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Bubble Battle Part II. The Hokies took Bubble Battle Part I back on January 21 against the Terps 74-57 and have won four of six since. In what is sure to be a wild environment, the Hokies have the potential to dampen Maryland's NCAA tournament chances and solidify fourth place in the ACC with a victory in Blacksburg tonight
The Terps have won five of seven since playing the Hokies, but are coming off a 76-72 loss at Boston College on Saturday. Maryland is one game back of Tech, but sits in seventh place as Boston College and Clemson stand in between the two at 6-5 in conference play. Obviously, this game has massive implications on how the conference race will shakeout in the final three weeks.
Here’s the projected starting lineups for the Terps:
Our sources are telling us Coach Hite is going to retire.
September 3rd - APPALACHIAN STATE
September 10th - @East Carolina
September 17th -ARKANSAS STATE
September 24th - @Marshall
October 1st - CLEMSON
October 8th - MIAMI
October 15th @Wake Forest
October 22nd BOSTON COLLEGE
October 29th @Duke
November 10th @ Georgia Tech
November 17th UNC
November 26th at Virginia
We don't have a single Thursday night game. It's time to riot. Whoops, we can't do math. We have two of them @GT and home against UNC. We guess the ACC reused the 2009 template.
Jeff Allen went ham against Georgia Tech and we pop some digital Champagne in his honor.
Virginia Tech opened up the game with a 9-0 run in the first two minutes and never looked back, steamrolling Georgia Tech 102-77 Sunday at Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies were dominant from start to finish, hitting 14 of their first 17 shots from the field en route a 44-19 advantage 14 minutes into the game. The victory pushed Tech's ACC record to 6-4 and was their 12th win in their last 15 games.
Malcolm Delaney came out on fire, hitting his first six shots en route to a 33-point performance, four points short of his career high. The senior guard hit 9-of-14 from the field, including three-of-four from beyond the arc, and nailed 12-of-14 from the charity stripe. Delaney scored 22 of his 33 in the first half, including four straight free throws as a result of two technical fouls on Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt. The two T's during a media timeout resulted in Hewitt's ejection from the game with less than eight minutes remaining in the first half.
The Hokies ended up shooting 68 percent (17 of 25) from the field in the first half for a 53-37 halftime advantage. The Jackets got within 13 on a Glen Rice three-pointer at 56-43, but the Hokies went on a 22-5 run to open up a 30-point lead halfway through the second half. The only question remaining was whether the Hokies would surpass the century mark, which they did on a Ty Garland three-pointer with 37 seconds remaining.
Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (15-7, 5-4 ACC) vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-13, 3-7 ACC)
When: Sunday, February 13 @ 1:00 p.m.
TV: ACC Network
Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA
The Opponent: The Hokies return to action after a week off for their first rematch game of the season against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The last time these two met, the Jackets used a late run and pulled away from the Hokies late in a 72-57 victory. As of now, that loss is the worst loss of the season for the Hokies as GT currently sits at No. 175 in the RPI.
Since the two teams last met, Georgia Tech is winless, losing four straight to Maryland, Miami, Clemson, and Florida State with all but the Miami game coming at home. Needless to say, the Hokies need to win this one as they can ill afford to fall to the hapless Jackets yet again.
Here’s a look at GT’s projected starting lineup:
Inspired by Joe's post about Logan Thomas, I expounded on his first-year QB stats. However, I did mine a little differently and went with each QB's first year as the primary starter. The arbitrary number I set for this was starting 75 percent of the Hokies' games. Then, I grabbed the stats for every first-year starter under Frank Beamer.
This doesn't include Beamer's first starting quarterback in 1987, Erik Chapman, who started the previous season.
For the first time, in what seems like forever, the Hokies are going to enter the football season uncertain of what to expect from their quarterback. Historically, the Hokies have had a difficult time transitioning between quarterbacks. In 2002 Grant Noel tweaked the ACL in his left knee that he tore in spring ball to give way to starter Bryan Randall. A "convenient" season ending injury. In '05 Marcus Vick drew unfair comparisons and expectations cast by the shadow of his older brother Michael and his career was nothing short of a spectacular disaster.
Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor's careers got off to slow starts in '06 and '07 respectively before sharing playing time in 2008. That was like one of those awkward episodes of elimiDATE where both of the guys in the hot tub compliment each other while taking turns making out with the broad. It worked out in the end for them, and her.
Erick Green missed a potential game winning three-pointer with less than two seconds to go, capping off a terrible shooting day, as the Hokies fell at Boston College 58-56 on Saturday afternoon. The loss denied Tech an opportunity for a top 50 RPI win and pushed them back into a pack of 5-4 teams in the ACC.
Green's three-pointer was the end result of a frantic last 25 seconds for the Hokies. Trailing by two, Malcolm Delaney was fouled with 24 seconds remaining, sending him to the free throw line with an opportunity to tie the game. However, Delaney missed the front end of the 1-and-1, but Jeff Allen got the offensive rebound and found Delaney for a layup that was blocked by Joe Trapani. Terrell Bell then got another offensive rebound for the Hokies, who then reset and found a wide open Green on the left wing with three seconds remaining. His three-pointer clanked off the back rim and Bell was called for a questionable over the back foul, sealing the victory for Boston College.
The fact that the Hokies were in the contest in the at the end was simply amazing and 100 percent because of Allen. The senior forward continued his torrid pace, recording a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the FIRST HALF. The rest of the team had 11 points total in the first 20 minutes. The Hokies did face a 22-12 deficit before finishing the first half on a 12-5 run to get within three.
Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (15-6, 5-3 ACC) @ Boston College Eagles (14-8, 4-4 ACC)
When: Saturday, February 5 @ 1:00 p.m.
TV: None (Online Stream: http://www.theacc.com/allaccess/?media=221477)
Where: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA
The Opponent: The Hokies head up to Boston on Saturday to take on a Boston College team in desperate need of a victory. The Eagles have lost three games in a row by an average of 21 points to Florida State, Duke, and North Carolina. BC gave up 106 to UNC on Tuesday in a 32-point defeat.
Despite their recent slump, the Eagles are still 41st in the RPI as of Friday night. That high mark comes despite home losses to Yale (by eight) and Harvard (by nine). BC’s recent problem has been defense, as they’re giving up 76.5 ppg in ACC contests, which is the second worst in the conference. The Eagles also allow opponents to shoot over 48 percent in conference games, the highest among the 12 ACC schools.
Here’s a look at their projected starting lineup:
Editor's Note: Because we all could use a little humor on Friday.
Micheal Holmes : Devastating hook, can be slow with the jab and lacks a go-to combination
Kevin Asante: Too much velour
Dimitri Knowles: Cossack prick
Robert Lockhart: Rocket Lockhart? Lockhart Rocket? Robhart Locket? You decide
Christian Reeves: Seriously?
Jake Goins: Will immediately compete for best legs on team
Chris Hall: Screams ‘intangibles’
Ryan Malleck: Walking Axe commercial
Darius Redman: Legitimate shot at making 1st team all Wu-Tang Clan as a freshman
Kris Harley: Must’ve sucked growing up in a commune
ON THINGS HE LIKES ABOUT THIS CLASS: “Any time you can get four defensive ends and four tight ends, I think that’s good. They’ve got that height to them. They’re 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-5. They can play a lot of positions, they can help you a lot on special teams. I like that particularly about this class. I like a lot of things about this class. And then I’ll say this: We hit on a couple late that I think are really good players. We had some changes in our scholarship situation with a couple kids coming out early (for the NFL) and so forth. When we started out, we had a very limited number of scholarships, so that kind of held us back as far as who we could offer (early). But the end result, I think it’s been a good year in recruiting.”
Well what do you say to the people who say, "Well they 21 good tight ends, but none of the top six tight ends in the state?"
Lets get this out of the way, our Hokies recruited a solid class at best including some very good players, though almost all on defense. With that said, it's not what it could have been... not even close. It lacks star power and beef and perception wise, it looks bad. It's a B class, that looks like a C class. Realize that all things recruiting are not equal, VT isn't going to recruit like FSU, Florida, Texas or USC, but by realistic standards, this is a B.
I am not going to try and come off as a guru evaluator of high school talent. I am not. I have seen most of the highlight films and they are pretty awesome, but then again all highlight films are usually awesome. What is impossible to gauge is how good the kids are based off of supposed blue chip ability and how much is due to exploiting subpar high school competition. The game changes that first day of practice when these kids are going against the same talent level. So with that I will leave the minute details of the positives and negatives to others, but I caution everyone to think about the variables too. Is the kid a grinder, is he motivated on the field and in the classroom, will he get homesick, is this his first structured meal plan and weight training? I came to college as a 6'2" 160 lb freshman, by the end of the year I was 6'3" 190 and this was all Owens Dining Hall, 4 Star Pizza and beer workouts! All I am trying to say, is these kids aren't finished products, their physical peak is a good 7 years down the line by the time they make it to Blacksburg.
In one of the most impressive rebounding displays in recent memory, the Hokies grabbed 19 offensive boards and fought through a second half State rally to earn a 77-69 win in Raleigh Wednesday night. The victory improved Tech's ACC record to 5-3 at the halfway point of conference play, while the Wolfpack fell to 2-6. Tech now sits alone in 4th place in the conference, behind Duke, North Carolina, and Florida State.
After trailing in the early moments 7-3, the Hokies went on a 31-11 run spanning 13 minutes to open up their largest lead of the night at 34-18. Tech utilized 10 offensive rebounds in the run, while holding NC State to just 5-of-18 from the field. The Hokies ended up with 14 offensive rebounds in the first half alone, and went in to halftime holding a 39-26 lead. Tech's defense was also great, holding NC State to just 37 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.
The Hokies' lead hovered between 11 and 15 for the majority of the second half until the six minute mark when an 11-2 Wolfpack run got State within six at 63-57 at the final media timeout. However, they would get no closer as Tech hit some crucial jumpers and made its free throws en route to the nine-point victory.
David Wilson -- A gentlemen's gentleman.
Editor's Note: A lot of Hokies are feeling frustrated today after all the recruiting misses and this sums most of it up. We'll never endorse any of our coaches to be fired, but as long as their goals remain to recruit the best players in Virginia and win a National Championship then they must step up and do that.
A few weeks ago I was at work having a conversation with an Oregon alum who was fired up for his upcoming trip to Arizona.
He wore Oregon gear to the office literally two weeks in a row, and who could blame him? I was oozing jealousy.
Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (14-6, 4-3 ACC) @ NC State Wolfpack (12-9, 2-5 ACC)
When: Wednesday, February 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
The Opponent: The Hokies head down to Raleigh Wednesday to face a young NC State squad full of raw talent. The Wolfpack had a great recruiting class this year, but have yet to do anything with it. State has lost five of its last six, with the lone win being a two-point victory over Miami at home.
State fans have been agitated with head coach Sidney Lowe, with some even calling for him to be fired. Losing by 20 at North Carolina Saturday and blowing a 19-point advantage at Clemson last Tuesday obviously didn’t help Lowe’s credibility. The Pack haven’t played in awhile and this is basically a must-win game for them.
Here’s a look at their probable starting lineup: