Boston College Preview

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:

Recruiting by the Names

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

REGARDING THE TIGHT ENDS

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.”

via: KT

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?"

The 2011 Hokies

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.


Kris Harley

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.

Board Meeting: Hokies 77, NC State 69

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.

After Major Recruiting Misses, Time For Changes

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.

North Carolina State Preview

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.

TV: ESPN2

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:

Hokies Survive Hurricanes 72-68

Garrius Adams missed a potential game-tying three pointer with three seconds remaining and the Hokies escaped a Miami team that would never go away in a 72-68 victory in Cassell Coliseum Sunday. The victory put Tech back up above .500 in ACC play at 4-3, while the Hurricanes lost their fourth straight conference contest (by a combined 11 points) to fall to 1-6.

The Hokies seemed comfortable up nine with just under eight minutes to go, but the Canes utilized a 13-5 run to get back to within 62-61 with less than three minutes remaining. Tech responded with a three-point play from Erick Green to push its lead to four before Durand Scott countered with a jumper of his own. Malcolm Delaney followed with his first points of the second half, a crucial three-pointer that gave Tech a five-point cushion at 68-63.

After an exchange of free throws, Adams hit his third trey in the span of three minutes to get the Canes within two. An ill-advised shot from Delaney with 52 seconds left gave Miami a chance to tie or take the lead, but Adrian Johnson missed two wide open three's before Tech regained possession. Delaney was then fouled with 16.5 seconds remaining, but only made one of the two free throws, leaving the door open for the Canes to tie the game. However, Adams shot clanked off the iron and Terrell Bell secured the rebound to give Tech the victory.

Miami Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (13-6, 3-3 ACC) vs Miami Hurricanes (12-8, 1-5 ACC)

When: Sunday, January 30 @ 5:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Net

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA

The Opponent: The Hurricanes blow into town losers of five of this last six, including their last three. However, that stat is a little misleading as the ‘Canes last three losses (FSU by 2, NC State by 2, UNC by 3) have been decided by a total of seven points. Miami had a 14-points lead against Carolina due to some hot three-point shooting only to see the Heels come back and win on a Harrison Barnes shot in the final seconds.

Despite what their record indicates, the Canes are a pretty good team despite their relative youth. Miami is 57th in the RPI and could easily be higher than that. The Hokies should know not to underestimate these guys, as they did in the ACC Tournament last year when the 12th-seeded Hurricanes knocked 4th-seeded Tech out of the tourney and most likely the NCAA Tournament as well.

Here’s a look at Miami’s projected starting five:

218. The Year of the Tough.

Let 2011 be the year of the tough. Tough enough to knock a man on his ass, courteous enough to help him up and tough enough to do it again.


Keep staring at me and you'll enjoy a bumpy mustache ride right to the dentist's office.

As you can tell I'm still hung up on the Stanford loss. Are you?

Changes in the off-season

I initially wrote this article a few weeks back, but lost it to the HTML sharks.

The hot topic around Hokie Town and its blog-o-sphere has been what changes should/need to be made in light of the thrashing we experienced at the Orange Bowl. Posts have run the gamut from “Fire Frank Beamer” to “Spread Offense FTW” to “Why the hell does Coach Newsome have a job”. What I’d like to do is take a second to address the potential changes we could see in the off-season and determine just how likely they are.

Turnovers Doom Hokies in 72-57 Loss at Georgia Tech

Virginia Tech committed 18 turnovers and shot just 39% in a 72-57 at Georgia Tech Tuesday night. The Jackets blew open a close game with a 15-2 run in the game's final 4:29, forcing five VT turnovers.

Surprisingly, the Hokies (13-6, 3-3) led for most of the game before GT (10-9, 3-3) took the lead for good at 55-52 on a three-pointer by Brian Oliver. Oliver was outstanding for the Jackets, scoring 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Oliver sliced through Tech's zone on nearly every occasion, rarely having his shot contested. However, his performance was overshadowed by point guard Iman Shumpert. The junior registered a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. He also came just three steals short of a quadruple-double!

However, the best part of Shumpert's game was shutting down Malcolm Delaney. Shumpert played swarming defense, limiting Delaney to 3-of-11 shooting and just eight points. Delaney didn't even make it to the free throw line, his specialty, until there was 2:47 left in the game. Erick Green had his first off night in awhile, missing his final 11 shots after connecting on three of his first four. The sophomore guard tallied nine points, failing to reach double digits for the first time since entering the starting lineup on December 12.

Georgia Tech Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (13-5, 3-2 ACC) @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-9, 2-3 ACC)

When: Tuesday, January 25 @ 9:00 p.m.

TV: Regional Sports Network

Where: Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta, GA

The Opponent: The Hokies resume ACC play with their final visit ever to the Alexander Memorial Coliseum to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. I say ever because the “Thriller Dome” is being torn down after this year. As for the home team in the AMC, the Jackets are coming off a 62-54 defeat at Virginia on Saturday.

This GT squad has some questionable losses along with some good wins. The Jackets have lost at Kennessaw State by 17, at Northwestern by 20, at Siena by five, and at home against UNC-Charlotte by three in double overtime. However, their last two home games were a 20-point victory over UNC and a 35-point drubbing of Wake Forest. Overall, they are a much better team at home than on the road, going 7-2 in the friendly confines of the AMC.

Here’s a look at GT’s projected starting lineup:

Fatigued Hokies Outlast Lancers 70-52

It didn't look pretty, but the Hokies did what they had to do in a 70-52 win over the visiting Longwood Lancers Saturday. Just 44 hours after an emotional victory on the road against Maryland, Tech (13-5) didn't come out with the type of energy they had in recent games. However, a strong shooting second half surged the Hokies to their ninth win in the last 10 games.

Longwood came out ready to play in the first half jumping out to a 15-10 lead in the games first 10 minutes.. However, the Lancers would miss 10 of their final 11 shots in the half, allowing Tech to go on a 19-4 run to take a 10-point cushion into the locker room. Neither team shot the ball well in the low-scoring half, with Tech going 9-for-30 (30%) and Longwood shooting just 7-of-21 (33%).

The Lancers were able to cut the Tech deficit down to five on a jumper by Aaron Mitchell with 12:38 remaining, but LU couldn't keep pace with the Hokies down the stretch. Tech went on a 29-9 run in the next eight minutes, punctuated by a high-flying Terrell Bell dunk and Erick Green fast-break layup to push the Hokies' lead to a game-high 25. Tech would then coast down the stretch to the 18-point victory.

Longwood Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (12-5, 6-2 home) vs Longwood Lancers (7-14, 0-10 road)

When: Saturday, January 22 @ 7:00 p.m.

TV: Hokies All-Access

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA

The Opponent: The Hokies wrap up their non-conference slate with a visit from the well-traveled Longwood Lancers. One of just six independent teams in Division I, the Lancers have already played 21 games, only nine of which were at home. LU has faced the likes of Kansas, Marquette, Seton Hall, New Mexico, and Colorado and has been outscored by an average of 96-61 in those five games.

Tech leads the series with the Lancers 2-0, with both meetings coming in Blacksburg the last two years. An 85-50 Hokie victory last year was marred by Malcolm Delaney being injured in the game’s first minute. The Hokies won 79-57 back in December of 2008.

Here’s a look at Longwood’s projected lineup:

"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.

TV: ESPN2

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:

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