Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hokies To Black Out Boise State

Nike unveiled the 2010-2011 set of Nike Pro Combat uniforms, and among the teams to receive a new set of uniforms is Virginia Tech.


View Uniforms Here


Personally I am liking the divergence from the usual orange and maroon uniforms and I think this will provide a big spark to our swagger heading into the Boise State game. A lot of people have vehemently opposed the radical uniforms, but like them or not, they are going to be worn on Monday night at FedEx Field.

Leave a comment and tell us what you think of the uniforms!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Updated Rankings For Virginia Tech Running Backs

After having watched the spring practices, there are some updated scores regarding Virginia Tech's running back situation.

1) Ryan Williams (9.6/10): What can be said about this extraordinary running back? He is explosive and very physical and is only a sophomore. It is pretty safe to say that if Williams has a season like he did last year, he will likely be a first round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

2) David Wilson (8.7/10): Simply put, Wilson is a bullet on the field. He is lightning fast and very elusive and is set to give defenses fits. It is likely he won't be the second string running back for Virginia Tech this year, but he deserves to be. This kid is going to be special.

3) Darren Evans (8.1/10): Evans is a very good running back but will likely play a supporting role to Williams this season. I had Evans ranked ahead of Wilson before the spring practices but after seeing them practice, it's obvious that Evans isn't the same player as before. He is still a good back, but no where near as dominant as he was.

4) Tony Gregory (7.3/10): Gregory is young and still has some time to develop his skills. As a redshirt freshman, he will get time to work on his speed and strength a bit, but he is a decent running back until that point.

5) Zac Evans (6.0/10): The lesser of the two Evans' on the team is a redshirt sophomore and in all honesty probably won't see much playing time in his time at Virginia Tech. With Gregory, Wilson, Evans and Williams all in front of him, Evans will likely be a bench-warmer for the time being unless something big happens.

Monday, August 16, 2010

What We Know So Far About Men's Basketball Schedule

Let me start by saying, I know I should be focusing on football right now but the news of another out of conference game for the Hokies has me very excited.

From what we know currently, Virginia Tech will host Purdue (Ranked number two in Andy Katz's Preseason Poll) as a part of the Big 10/ACC Challenge.

New news though indicates that Virginia Tech will be traveling to Kansas State as a part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Kansas State is ranked number five in Andy Katz's Preseason Poll.

This is exciting because these two games already top the difficulty of any of Virginia Tech's out of conference games last season. I have previously written why Virginia Tech was left out of the NCAA Tournament and that was because of their weak out of conference schedule.

It appears that the higher ups for the Hokies have either read my articles (not likely) or that they have wised up and realized what we have all seen for a while now. This is looking promising for Virginia Tech, especially with the expanded NCAA Tournament.

Here is a link to Andy Katz's Preseason Poll: Click Here

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ranking Virginia Tech's 2010 Football Team By Position-- WR

Time for another installment of the rating system! Today we will cover Wide Receiver!

1) Jarrett Boykin (8.6/10): Boykin is Tech's best returning receiver. The best part is that Boykin was a starter last year so he will already have some experience on the college level, but he is only a junior so there is still room for improvement. Boykin isn't the tallest receiver at 6'2 but his speed makes up for that.

2) Xavier Boyce (8.2/10): Boyce is a redshirt sophomore with a lot of height at 6'4 and again, another returning starter from last year. Tech's receiving core was very young two years ago but they now have two experienced starters. Boyce isn't as fast as Boykin but his height makes him a good second string.

3) D.J. Coles (6.2/10): As you can see, there is huge drop-off from two to three. The reason for this is because Coles is completely foreign to the WR position only playing on special teams last year (and in scarcity too). It remains to be seen whether or not Coles can be a legitimate starter.

4) E.L. Smiling (5.3/10): Smiling is a freshman coming out of prep school so we don't know a lot about Smiling. He is 6'3 and from what I can tell he is pretty darn fast. Smiling will likely not see a lot of balls this year because of the running back situation and Boykin/Boyce.

5) Corey Fuller (???/10): To be honest, I can't find any information on Corey Fuller. He is a junior so I'm going to assume he's a walk on, but until further notice, I can't say anything for sure.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ranking Virginia Tech's 2010 Football Team By Position-- RB

Time for another preview of Virginia Tech's football team. Today, I will go over the running back position!

1) Ryan Williams (9.5/10): What can be said about this extraordinary running back? He is explosive and very physical and is only a sophomore. It is pretty safe to say that if Williams has a season like he did last year, he will likely be a first round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

2) Darren Evans (9.0/10): Evans is a very good running back but will likely play a supporting role to Williams this season. Evans isn't nearly as fast as Williams but shares the same physicality and will probably be the leading rusher for the 2011-2012 season.

3) David Wilson (8.1/10): Simply put, Wilson is a bullet on the field. He is lightning fast and very elusive and is set to give defenses fits. Once he gets a little more age on him, he will likely be a very good running back for Virginia Tech.

4) Tony Gregory (6.9/10): Gregory is young and still has some time to develop his skills. As a redshirt freshman, he will get time to work on his speed and strength a bit, but he is a decent running back until that point.

5) Kenny Lewis Jr. (6.2/10): Lewis had his shot in the big time but he blew it. Lewis has a big fumbling problem and once Evans and Williams came along, Lewis was forced out of the spotlight and out of the action.

6) Zac Evans (5.8/10): The lesser of the two Evans' on the team is a redshirt sophomore and in all honesty probably won't see much playing time in his time at Virginia Tech. With Gregory, Wilson, Evans and Williams all in front of him, Evans will likely be a bench-warmer for the time being unless something big happens.

Stay tuned for the next rating post, Wide Receivers!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Ranking Virginia Tech's 2010 Football Team By Position-- QB

First off let me apologize for the long lapse in articles but the Summer is pretty dry for sports as you all know. I have decided to go position by position and rank Virginia Tech's players.

Today I will start at the head position, quarterback.

1) Tyrod Taylor (8.8/10): Taylor is a very mobile quarterback and coming into his senior season, he has taken huge strides as a passer as well. Taylor has his flaws in decision making and isn't the most accurate quarterback but his dual threat aspect makes him lethal in the backfield.

2) Ju-Ju Clayton (7.1/10): Clayton has issues with his arm strength and accuracy but if Taylor got knocked out, I think Thomas would probably get the nod at quarterback instead. Clayton is a redshirt sophomore and his extra year of experience helps him as far as ratings go.

3) Logan Thomas (6.8/10): Thomas may only be a redshirt freshman but he has a lot of raw potential. Thomas, who played tight-end in high school, has a good bit of speed and his size is ideal for a quarterback. That being said, Thomas has little to know experience as a QB and if asked to step in this season could be beaten around.

4) Mark Leal (5.3/10): Leal is a freshman from this previous class so we don't know much about him. From what I can tell, Leal has a lot of potential as a pocket passer which is different from what Virginia Tech has been used to in the recent past. With some time Leal could prove himself a valuable resource for the Hokies.

5) Ricardo Young (5.0/10): Young is another freshman similar to Leal except he has a weaker arm but is more mobile in and out of the pocket. Young resembles the more prototypical option for Virginia Tech in the future but only time will tell.

6) Trey Gresh (4.6/10): Gresh is yet another freshman, but in my opinion he is the weakest of the four freshmen (Including Logan Thomas). Gresh lacks in mobility and also struggles in arm strength. Gresh has a powerful arm though which could prove useful down the road.

Check back soon for more position ratings! Next up, Running Backs!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Virginia Tech Recruiting Update

Today, Defensive Tackle Corey Marshall announced his decision to attend Virginia Tech and play football.

Marshall is considered one of the top-10 players in Virginia and is rated number 250 nationally by Rivals.com.

The decision came down to UVA and Virginia Tech and on CSN Washington today, Marshall made his decision to come to Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech was among, UVA, West Virginia, Tennessee and Michigan in the running for Marshall.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Could Boise State Be Virginia Tech's Hardest Opening Season Game Ever?

Looking at the past games that Virginia Tech's football team has played, the Hokies have given themselves some tough games to open the season. In recent memory these games consist of: Southern California in 2004, Alabama in 2009 and now on that list comes Boise State in 2010.

The USC team of 2004 and the Alabama team of 2009 both share something in common, both teams went on to win the national title that year.

Despite this fact, Boise State might be the toughest team that Virginia Tech has ever opened a season against.

Boise State is coming off an undefeated season as the defending WAC Champions. Last season, the Broncos defeated two ranked teams, Oregon and TCU. Boise State finished the season ranked number three in the nation last year.

While that is all fine and well, the kicker is that Boise State returns 23 of 24 starters from last season! The only player lost for the Broncos was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Boise State burst onto the football scene in 2006 when Boise State went undefeated and upset Oklahoma in arguably the best game in college football history. Since that season, Boise State has seen seasons of 10-3, 12-1 and most recently 14-0.

The Boise State program is on the up and up and recently switched to the Mountain West Conference starting in 2011, which will only build their reputation.

Boise State is also known for a very explosive offense which puts up a lot of points. Virginia Tech has had a stale and bland offense as of late under offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring. If this game turns into a shootout, advantage Boise State.

The Broncos have the ability to run the most shifty offense in college football and at the same time are physical enough to pound the ball on the ground. This is a very lethal combination.

While the talent might not be up to par with the Alabama and USC teams, the timing couldn't be better for the Broncos against a young and inexperienced defense. This fact alone could make Boise State the toughest team that Virginia Tech has opened with.

Is Boise State the best team Tech has opened against? Debatable. Is Boise State in prime position to do as USC and Bama did and win a national title after playing Virginia Tech? No debate necessary.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Long Live The Queen

Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech track star, made NCAA Track & Field history in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday.

Harrison became the first woman in NCAA history to ever sweep the 100 meter hurdles and the 400 meters hurdles.

Harrison accomplished this milestone at the NCAA Championships, the largest stage in collegiate track & field.

Queen Harrison clocked a time of 12.67 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles and 54.55 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles.

Earlier in the year, during the indoor track & field season, Harrison also claimed the NCAA Championship in the 60 meter hurdles.

Queen Harrison, a senior, has all three of Virginia Tech's Women's Track & Field Championships.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Eight Hokies Taken In MLB Draft

Eight Hokies from the Virginia Tech baseball team will be given a shot in the majors.

The eight drafted were:

Austin Wates
3rd Round - 8th Pick
90th Overall - Houston Astros

Jesse Hahn
6th Round - 16th Pick
191st Overall - Tampa Bay Rays

Mathew Price
8th Round - 28th Pick
263rd Overall - Boston Red Sox

Steve Domecus
9th Round - 27th Pick
292nd Overall - Los Angeles Dodgers

Tim Smalling
14th Round - 1st Pick
416th Overall - Washington Nationals

Ben Rowen
22nd Round - 21st Pick
676th Overall - Texas Rangers

Buddy Sosnoskie
25th Round - 4th Pick
749th Overall - Kansas City Royals

Justin Wright
47th Round - 24th Pick
1429th Overall - St. Louis Cardinals

Let's all wish a big good luck to these eight Hokies!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Historic Season Ends For Virginia Tech Baseball

[I apologize for the lateness of this post, but blogspot was being uncooperative last night when this story was still fresh.]

Virginia Tech's men's baseball team waved farewell to their 2009-2010 baseball season yesterday with a loss against South Carolina.

Steve Domecus was Virginia Tech's lone offensive weapon going 2-4 with two RBI.

On the pitching end, Ben Rowen continued to impress with three innings pitched allowing one run (not earned).

The Hokies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the Gamecocks in the first inning but it was all South Carolina from that point on.

A six-run sixth inning for South Carolina would be enough to force relief pitcher Ben Rowen into the game sooner than the team had hoped.

The Hokies were knocked out by South Carolina: 10-2

The Hokies achieved a couple milestones this season, reaching 40 wins for the first time since 1999 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. Virginia Tech also has multiple top-200 ranked prospects in the upcoming MLB Draft, the highest of which being Austin Wates at #19 overall.

It was a fun and historic season for Pete Hughes and the Virginia Tech Hokies and I appreciate you coming to Orange And Maroon Insider for your Tech baseball.

In the coming weeks, expect more football talk in preparation for the 2010-2011 season!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Hokies Eliminate The Citadel In Regional Of NCAA Tournament

It seems that the two most consistent bats for the Hokies are truly just that. Austin Wates and Buddy Sosnoskie were clutch in Virginia Tech's must win rematch against The Citadel today.

Wates, the cleanup hitter for the Hokies, went 2-4 with two RBI and Sosnoskie, the number seven hitter in the lineup, went 1-4 with 2 RBI.

Joe Mantiply got the win for the Hokies after coming in to relief Jesse Hahn after only three innings.

Ben Rowen, closing pitcher for the Hokies, earned his sixth save of the season pitching 2.1 scoreless innings.

The surprise of the game was the decision of The Citadel to leave starting pitcher Michael Clevinger in for 7.2 innings after giving up four earned runs and allowing nine hits.

The Hokies get the win and eliminate The Citadel: 4-3

Virginia Tech will play South Carolina tonight at 7 p.m. and if the Hokies win tonight, will play South Carolina again tomorrow.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hokies Live To Fight Another Day In NCAA Baseball Tournament

Virginia Tech wouldn't go down without a fight in their first NCAA Baseball Tournament appearance since 2000. The Hokie bats woke up to pummel Bucknell.

The player of the game was easily Buddy Sosnoskie who went 3-5, two of which were home-runs, with two runs scored and a whopping six RBI.

At the end of the second inning, the score was 9-0 in favor of Virginia Tech.

The Hokies continued their dominance into the ninth inning racking up a total of 16 runs.

The Hokies end up with the win against Bucknell: 16-7

The winning pitcher for the Hokies was Manny Martir who had a poor outing all things considered. Martir went for four innings while allowing four runs to score, three of them earned.

[EDIT: My prior information was incorrect. The Hokies will be playing The Citadel again.]

Friday, June 4, 2010

Hokies Fall In Opening Game Of NCAA Baseball Tournament

Virginia Tech (16th nationally) lost their first game in the NCAA Baseball Tournament to The Citadel (30th nationally).

The Hokies starting pitcher was Justin Wright who pitched a complete game against Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament. Wright had a rough outing against the Bulldogs giving up six earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched.

The Hokies' bats were silent the whole night batting .250 as a team. The only bright spots were Austin Wates who went 3-4, Tony Balisteri who went 3-4 with a run scored and Sean Ryan who went 1-5 and hit a two-run homerun.

The final score of the game was 7-2 in favor of The Citadel.

The Hokies will now play an elimination game against the loser of the South Carolina/Bucknell game.

Virginia Tech will have to win both of their games to have a shot at playing in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Hokies Are On The Road To Omaha

The NCAA Baseball Bracket has been released and Virginia Tech is among the teams on the list of 64.

Virginia Tech is in the region of South Carolina who comes in at 43-15. Also in the region are The Citadel (42-20) and Bucknell (25-33).

The format of the tournament is double elimination and looking at the group that Virginia Tech was given, the odds are pretty good that Virginia Tech will survive this region.

The Regional round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament lasts from June 4-7.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hokies Hold Destiny In Their Hands After Clutch Win Against Clemson

After Justin Wright's stellar pitching performance in the first round of the ACC Tournament, Virginia Tech looked to their offense to get them past the number two seed Clemson.

Scott Weisman, starting pitcher for Clemson, lasted only three innings after giving up five runs in the first inning to the Hokie bats.

Buddy "Hot-Sauce" Sosnoskie (I made up that nick-name for him, it just fits) went 2-3 with 3 huge RBI for Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech crushed four home-runs in the game against Clemson. Sean Ryan, Austin Wates, Buddy Sosnoskie and Andrew Rash all belted homers against the Tigers.

The starting pitcher for the Hokies was Matthew Price who went 4.1 innings while giving up three earned runs. Virginia Tech ace, Ben Rowen, came in during the eighth inning and pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings while getting the win.

Virginia Tech got the win against Clemson with a final score of 9-8. Virginia Tech moves to 2-0 in the ACC Tournament and with a win over NC State will play Florida State or Miami for the ACC Championship.

As a side note, this is Virginia Tech's first trip to the ACC Tournament since joining the ACC, and would be an excellent sign for the future if the Hokies won the ACC Championship.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Justin Wright Strikes Out 15 In Win Against Georgia Tech

Justin Wright, pitcher for Virginia Tech, had a historic night on the mound. Justin Wright pitched a complete game in the first game for the Hokies in the ACC Tournament against Georgia Tech, the number six team in the nation.

Justin Wright's stats are as followed: 9.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 ER, 2 BB, 15 K, 2.00 ERA

The only two runs given up by Wright were both solo home-runs by the Yellow Jackets.

On the offensive side, home-runs by Austin Wates and Michael Seaborn gave the Hokies a much needed boost at the plate. Both were two-run home-runs.

With the great pitching performance and solid offensive showing, Virginia Tech beats Georgia Tech, 6-2.

Virginia Tech moves to 1-0 in pool play in Group B while Georgia Tech moves to 0-1 in pool play in Group B.

Virginia Tech will play #16 Clemson on Friday at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Network.

Virginia Tech Begins ACC Baseball Tournament Play Tonight

Virginia Tech will begin their run in the ACC Tournament tonight at 8 p.m. against Georgia Tech. Virginia Tech is coming into the ACC Tournament as the number six seed while Georgia Tech is coming in as the number three seed.

The game will be played in Greensboro, NC tonight and the ACC Tournament will run through Sunday.

You can listen to the game online via All Access on Hokiesports.com

The Hokies are playing for a bid in the NCAA Regionals, looking to play in the College World Series in Omaha.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Virginia Tech Baseball Prepares For The ACC Tournament

Virginia Tech's men's baseball team is on the verge of potentially making the NCAA Regionals in baseball. Coming off of a sweep by North Carolina, the Hammerin' Hokies will take on Georgia Tech in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.

Virginia Tech is coming into the tournament as the number six seed while Georgia Tech is coming in as the number three seed.

The Hokies are counting on the solid pitching of Ben Rowen and the big bats of Buddy Sosnoskie and Austin Wates to keep their post-season hopes alive.

Virginia Tech is entering the ACC Tournament with an overall record of 36-19 with an ACC record of 16-14.

The Hokies will play the first game this Thursday at 8 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Delaney To Stay For Senior Year

Great news came for the Virginia Tech men's basketball team yesterday as Malcolm Delaney announced that he would be returning for his senior year.

“I have decided to come back to Virginia Tech for my senior season,” Delaney said. “I learned that I would not have been a first round pick and I want to work hard to become a better basketball player. I am coming back because I have the opportunity to earn my degree at the end of the first semester and, I want to, along with my fellow seniors, help lead Virginia Tech to a Final Four."

Delaney was Virginia Tech's leading scorer last year and according to most reports, would not have been a first round draft pick. Delaney had declared for the draft but did not hire an agent so he could opt out of the draft and return for his senior year.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Grind Time: Can The Hammerin' Hokies Make It To Omaha?

Virginia Tech’s baseball team is currently flirting with uncharted territory for the program, a potential bid at making the College World Series. The Hokies find themselves in the top-25 on three different major college baseball polls around the nation. The baseball team has their hardest games behind them, but are the Hokies deserving of a bid for a chance to play in Omaha?


As far as quality wins go, Virginia Tech has quite a few. Virginia Tech has beaten #1 ranked UVA once, #3 Georgia Tech twice, #4 Florida State twice, #9 Miami twice, #25 North Carolina Central once and #29 VMI once. Virginia Tech won the series against Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Miami while having only played NCC and VMI once a piece. The only series the Hokies didn’t win was against the #1 ranked Cavaliers.


The Hokies’ overall record is 29-14 at this point in the season. The Hokies are 11-10 in ACC play. The conference record doesn’t seem that impressive but after a slow start to the season, the Hokies have gone 9-6 against top-10 teams in the nation. The Atlantic Coast Conference is consistently strong in baseball and this record is actually quite good for a program that hasn’t known success in the sport of baseball.

To help the Hokies, they still have 13 games, all against unranked teams. It isn’t too farfetched to see Virginia Tech crack 40 wins on the season. On top of the easy remaining schedule, the Hokies still have the ACC Tournament to pad their already impressive resume.


The downside for the Hokies is the fact that only eight teams make the College World Series. In order to make the College World Series, the Hokies would have to win the NCAA Regional and then go on and win the NCAA Super Regional. There is a good chance that the Hokies will be invited to play in the NCAA Regional, but a deep run in the ACC Tournament would do the Hokies a world of good.


The Hokies have put together an impressive season so far and they should certainly be rewarded for it. The fact of the matter though is that if the Hokies don’t win at least eight of their last 13 games, the odds don’t look good for the Hokies. However, if the Hokies can win at least eight of those games and (the ‘and’ here is key) make a good run in the ACC Tournament, they should receive an invitation to play for a trip to Omaha.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Next Generation Of Virginia Tech (Pro)kies

Today concluded the 2010 NFL Draft and among the 255 picks were five Hokies. The Hokies chosen today were as followed:

Jason Worilds -- 52th overall pick -- Pittsburgh Steelers

Kam Chancellor -- 133rd overall pick -- Seattle Seahawks

Ed Wang -- 140th overall pick -- Buffalo Bills

Brent Bowden -- 172nd overall pick -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cody Grimm -- 211th overall pick -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hokie Baseball Team Overcomes Sloppy Defense To Defeat #9 Miami

The Virginia Tech baseball team accomplished two huge goals this week. First off they cracked the Top-25 rankings for NCAA baseball and today on a cold, windy Blacksburg night, the Hokies took down #9 Miami in the first game of a three game series.

Steve Domecus started off the scoring for the Hokies with a solo homerun in the bottom of the 3rd.

Pitcher Justin Wright found himself in a jam in the top of the 6th after some sloppy defense and errors galore put Virginia Tech in a 6-1 hole. Wright finished with a no decision on 6 innings pitched with 8 hits and 6 runs (3 earned).

The Hokies rallied back in the bottom of the 6th rallying to score 5 runs. The inning was capped with a 2-run homerun off the bat of Sean Ryan.

After giving up a run in the top of the 7th, the Hokies' Ronni Shaban cracked a 3-run homerun to extend the Hokies' lead to 9-7.

The game would end with Ben Rowen pitching 2.1 innings allowing 0 runs. The Hokies would hold on to win 9-7 despite giving up 6 errors.

The winning pitcher was Ben Rowen (2-0) and the losing pitcher was Eric Whaley (3-1).

Friday, March 26, 2010

Men's Basketball Season Recap 2009-2010

The season has come to an end for the Hokie basketball team and I feel it is my duty to give an adequate season recap to all of my loyal readers.

RECAP

The Hokies had one of their best seasons to date amassing 25 wins and finished third in the ACC. The season started fast for Virginia Tech as they jumped out to a 12-1 record out of conference.

Virginia Tech stayed pretty dominant in the ACC until the Hokies hit a rough patch losing back to back to back to Duke, Boston College, and then Maryland at home. This stretch pushed Virginia Tech to the bubble to make the NCAA Tournaments.

During the final 12 games of the season, Virginia Tech managed to lose twice to Miami, the last place team in the ACC. The latter of the losses came in second round of the ACC Tournament. This loss to Miami securely pushed Virginia Tech off of the bubble and into the NIT.

During the NIT, Virginia Tech started by dominating Quinnipiac. The Hokies then took on the Huskies from UConn and beat them in a nail-biter. Their NIT run ended though at the hands of Rhode Island, another NCAA bubble team.

AWARDS

Best Game: Virginia Tech vs. UConn. The sheer importance of this game in the NIT makes this the top candidate for game of the year. UConn is usually a powerhouse in the Big East, and despite the down year, they still gave the Hokies a fight to the end. The Hokies needed some clutch defense with less than seven seconds left to pull out the two-point win.

Worst Game: Virginia Tech vs. Boston College. This game was painful to watch. In a stadium which literally looked like it had a crowd of 500, Virginia Tech was embarrassed from start to finish. The Hokies looked tired and sluggish and it seemed like they had no interest in being there. The 20-point loss to Boston College killed the Hokies in RPI and left a bad taste in the mouths of the NCAA Selection Committee.

MVP: Malcolm Delaney. It's hard to pick anyone but Malcolm for this award seeing as he led the ACC in points per game while contributing four rebounds and four assists per game. Delaney was the central point for Virginia Tech's offense and without him this season wouldn't have been nearly as successful.

Most Improved Player: Dorenzo Hudson. Once again, it's hard to pick anyone but Hudson for this award. Down the stretch, Dorenzo Hudson was the epitome of clutch, and without him Virginia Tech wouldn't have made their late run in the NIT.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hokies Claim NIT Win In Instant Virginia Tech Classic

The Virginia Tech Hokies may have been snubbed from the NCAA Tournament, but don't tell them they don't have anything to play for. The Hokies took on the Connecticut Huskies in the second round of the NIT this Monday night.

In a nearly packed house, students, alums and other Tech fans eagerly awaited the opening tip-off for what was to be a stellar game.

For the third straight game Malcolm Delaney failed to deliver for the Hokies, leaving Dorenzo Hudson in charge of the Hokie offense. Delaney finished with six points and only two field-goals made. Hudson stepped up in place of Delaney with 27 points all while staying out of foul trouble.

Connecticut was not short on firepower with players like Kemba Walker(18 points) and Jerome Dyson(15 points). Dyson found himself with four fouls late in the game so his playing time was reduced slightly.

After being down by five points at the half, the Hokies came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. 17 of Hudson's points came in the second half which sparked the Hokie offense and defense.

With 11 seconds left, the Hokies managed to make a series of key defensive plays against the Huskies. With .7 seconds left, the Hokies hit a clutch free-throw to extend the lead to two points. The Huskies missed a last second halfcourt shot and the Hokies rally past the Huskies in the second round of the NIT: 65-63

The Hokies match their season high total for wins in school history with 25. The Hokies will take on the Rhode Island Rams in the next round of the NIT at Cassell Coliseum.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament: Tough Love

Many Hokie fans have been upset recently over the 'snuffing' of Virginia Tech in the big dance, aka March Madness aka the NCAA Tournament. I am a die hard Virginia Tech fan, but let me tell you why we DIDN'T deserve to make it!

1) Strength Of Schedule: Out of conference, Virginia Tech had a strength of schedule in the 300's. That is flat out embarrassing. As for our total strength of schedule, it was 132. The only teams with a strength of schedule over 200 in the NCAA Tournament are conference winners.

2) Inability To Finish Down The Stretch: Over the last 12 games, Virginia Tech went 7-5 in conference play. This is pretty rough anyway, add in the two losses to last place ACC team Miami and a 20 point loss to Boston College and you can understand why the selection committee was a little hesitant on vaulting the Hokies past the bubble.

3) The Lack Of Big Wins: Let me now read the short list of Tech's 'quality wins:' Seton Hall (NIT team), Wake Forest (NCAA Tournament team #9 seed), Georgia Tech (NCAA Tournament team #10 seed) and Clemson (NCAA Tournament team #7 seed). That's it.

Some people want to question the selection committee's decision to take Wake Forest over Virginia Tech, and let me now present Wake Forest's 'quality wins:' Gonzaga (NCAA Tournament team #8 seed), Richmond (NCAA Tournament team #7 seed), Xavier (NCAA Tournament team #6 seed), Maryland (NCAA Tournament team #4 seed), Georgia Tech (NCAA Tournament team #10 seed), and Clemson (NCAA Tournament team # 7 seed).

If any of you even think that there is a comparison, you are simply in a heavy case of denial. Also, note that half of those wins for Wake Forest are out of conference. It's easier to beat teams that you see on a yearly basis, Wake was able to beat good teams that they rarely see.

That's it. Those are the facts; they aren't pretty but that's what they are. Perhaps if Virginia Tech would quit scheduling teams like Brown, North Carolina Central and UMBC (whoever they are), we would get a chance to play the big teams which we are scared to play.

It's not that I don't enjoy watching Quinnipiac basketball, it's just that I would rather watch Tech actually challenge themselves like the football team does.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Live Updates From The Quarterfinals Of The ACC Tournament

2:23 p.m.- Almost tip-off, pretty excited right now. Duke played a tough game against UVA just about 20 minutes ago. Hopefully this is another good game.

2:27 p.m.- Tip-off lost by the Hokies. Tech starts on defense by double-teaming a Miami player and forces a turnover. Good start for Virginia Tech. Victor Davila picks up an offensive foul early.

2:29 p.m.- Another great defensive play by Virginia Tech, Delaney ends up with the ball and hits a lay-up and draws the foul. Sadly, Delaney misses the free-throw. 18:18 left in the first, 2-2.

2:31 p.m.- Great shot by Dorenzo Hudson for the 3-pointer. Tech needs him to get hot early. 16:53 left in the first, 5-4 Virginia Tech.

2:32 p.m.- Hudson hits another deep 3-pointer. Hudson has 6 points early, as I write this he hits a short jumper and draws the foul too. Hudson now has 8 points, awaiting the free-throw. 16:08 left in the first, 10-4 Virginia Tech.

2:34 p.m.- First break in the action right now, great start for the Hokies. Hudson has 8 points early and the Hokie defense is forcing a lot of turnovers. Virginia Tech is up right now 12-7.

2:37 p.m.- Dorenzo Hudson is fouled while taking a 3-point shot. With 15:00 left in the first, Hudson already has 11 points. Virginia Tech leading, 15-9.

2:42 p.m.- Another intermission, and I have to say, Dorenzo Hudson is playing like a stud right now. He has 13 points already and we aren't even halfway through the first half. Delaney has been pretty quiet so far but he really hasn't been needed so far, though he has done a good job of drawing fouls.

2:48 p.m.- The game has gotten a little bit sloppy but the Hokies are still getting the ball inside pretty well. Miami is missing a lot of open shots which could bite them later on. 9:04 left in the first half, Virginia Tech up 24-16.

2:53 p.m.- Another intermission which has this game just a bit closer than it was. Virginia Tech has cooled off since their hot start and the shots aren't falling like they were.

2:57 p.m.- Virginia Tech is ice cold right now. The Hokies are only up by 5 now with 5:08 left in the first half. Score is 28-23.

2:59 p.m.- Intermission time yet again with under 5 minutes to play in the first half. Virginia Tech could use a run at this point to give them a spark going into halftime. Miami has stayed resilient despite being down early, kudos to them for that.

3:04 p.m.- With 2:17 left in the first, Miami just went on a run and now leads the Hokies 33-32. Virginia Tech is unable to rebound right now and can't hit a shot. The fast start has worn off fast and Miami is looking like they have all the momentum right now.

3:08 p.m.- There are 48 seconds left in the first half and Virginia Tech just found their shot again. Virginia Tech is now back up 37-35. I wanted a good game, I certainly have it so far.

3:10 p.m.- Halftime right now, Virginia Tech had the last shot of the half but Hudson couldn't hit the 3-pointer. Virginia Tech is leading right now 37-35. Hudson has 15 points right now, J.T. Thompson has 8 and Delaney has 5. The Hokie's defense has forced 12 turnovers so far which is impressive.

3:27 p.m.- The second half has started! The Hokies start with a quick basket and are playing good defense again. The defense has switched to a man-to-man from that zone they were running in the first half.

3:31 p.m.- Game is tied up again at 39 apiece. Virginia Tech just cannot hit a shot from outside the paint -- of course as I type that Bell hits a three ball. Virginia Tech is now up 42-41 with 16:00 left in the game.

3:34 p.m.- Bell hits another 3-pointer and now Virginia Tech seems to have some momentum. Jeff Allen is calling for a break from the court and seems a bit winded.

3:39 p.m.- Reggie Johnson for Miami has been held to only 3 points so far with 13:45 left in the game. Johnson put up 22 last round so this is a major positive for the Tech defense. With 13:20 left in the game Virginia Tech leads Miami barely 48-46.

3:40 p.m.- I am happy to report a Witcher sighting in this game and Lewis put up a layup for two points. Nice to see Lewis getting some playing time in this ACC Tournament.

3:48 p.m.- The game is still tight with under 10 minutes to play in the game. The Hokies lead by three right now up 51-48 but Virginia Tech is having trouble rebounding. Miami is getting too many second chance opportunities.

3:53 p.m.- Jeff Allen just made a very acrobatic falling shot. Allen is obviously tired but he is playing with a lot of heart right now. With 7:35 left to play, the score is 57-54 Virginia Tech.

3:58 p.m.- Virginia Tech has lost their lead and the game is now tied up with just under 7 minutes left. The score is 57-57.

4:04 p.m.- The momentum is 100 percent towards Miami right now. After the fast start, the Hokies have hit the brakes hard and are having trouble getting back into their rhythm. Miami leads Virginia Tech now 59-57 with 4:30 left.

4:11 p.m.- Jeff Allen just hit the double-double mark getting an offensive rebound. J.T. Thompson just drained a free-throw giving Virginia Tech a lead of 61-59 with 2:50 left.

4:16 p.m.- 1:31 left to play, Miami is up 66-65 on the Hokies. This is crunch time at it's highest right now. Delaney has been completely silent all game due to the zone that Miami has been running so it seems that the game is going to rest on Jeff Allen or Dorenzo Hudson.

4:19 p.m.- 46.7 seconds left, Virginia Tech ball and the possession arrow goes to the Hokies. Jeff Allen and Durand Scott are named the players of the game. The score is still 66-65.

4:20 p.m.- After a scramble underneath the Miami basket Virginia Tech has to foul Miami as the shot clock turns off. Jeff Allen fouls out with 25.7 seconds left in the game. Miami will shoot free-throws. Delaney missed about three shots underneath the basket, really struggling today.

4:22 p.m.- Miami makes both free-throws, Miami is up 68-65. Timeout Virginia Tech.

4:23 p.m.- After the VT timeout, the Hokies go with a questionable playcall to shoot a 3-pointer with Bell. Bell missed it way short and the Hokies have to foul again. Miami is now up 4 points, the game outcome looks bleak for the Hokies.

4:25 p.m.- Delaney throws up an airball with 12 seconds left, that about sums up the day for Malcolm. The Hokies lose to the 12th seeded Hurricanes: 70-65.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Q&A With Men's Basketball Coach Seth Greenberg

In the newly built basketball facility, men’s basketball head coach Seth Greenberg is busy game planning for the Hokies’ final regular season game against Georgia Tech.

Greenberg was a collegiate athlete for four years at Fairleigh Dickinson and has been in a head coaching position for 20 years. He is in his seventh season coaching at Virginia Tech.

The Hokies’ vocal head coach took a quick break from his game planning to sit down with the Collegiate Times.

COLLEGIATE TIMES: Wednesday was senior night for the team and it celebrated with a win over NC State. What is it like every year to lose seniors with whom you have spent so much time?

SETH GREENBERG: It’s emotional. I’m an emotional coach. I love my players. It’s a culmination of four years of hard work and growth of a relationship. To see Lewis and Paul, and especially Lewis who has been with us for four years, and see him grow and mature, not just in basketball, but as a person, and to see him have such a special night. I’m so happy for him.

CT: During the NC State game, you actually had to pump the crowd up. How weird was it for you to actually have to get Hokie fans loud for a change?

GREENBERG: I do that, I don’t know. I have these out-of-body experiences every once in a while. I just want to try and get them involved in the game and get them to take ownership in the game. I know our players feed off of that and it’s just something every once in a while that I seem to do, and most times they respond pretty favorably.

To read the entire interview, head over to the Collegiate Times website: http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/15173/qa-tech-head-coach-prepares-for-postseason

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hokies Celebrate Senior Night With Win Over NC State

Hokie Nation said goodbye tonight to the two seniors on the men's basketball team. Lewis Witcher and Paul Debnam were honored before the game began and both got the nod to start their final home game.

The first half was incredibly slow with NC State putting up only 22 points. At the half Virginia Tech had a nine point lead.

The second half was much more energetic with Virginia Tech making their only three-pointers during the half. At one point during the second half, head coach Seth Greenberg actually had to pump the crowd up. It was odd to see on my end but the crowd lit up instantly.

Almost 85 percent of Virginia Tech's points were from three players: Malcolm Delaney with 21, Jeff Allen with 18 and Dorenzo Hudson with 21.

Late in the second half with the game nearly wrapped up, Paul Debnam was put back into the game shortly after an emphatic chant of "We want Paul!" began. Debnam not only fouled out Scott Wood for NC State, but he also got his only point of the night from a free throw; both sent the crowd roaring.

Virginia Tech snaps a three-game losing streak: 71-59

Virginia Tech moves to 22-7 on the season and 9-6 in ACC play while NC State falls to 16-14 on the season and 4-11 in ACC play.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Back To Back Losses Hurt Hokie Dreams Of Dancing

I have two games to make a reference to in this post, but I am only going to go into detail about one of them. The Boston College game was too embarrassing for me to talk about so I'll move on the the game that just finished against Maryland.

Virginia Tech had a six point lead going into halftime tonight against Maryland with things looking pretty good. Greivis Vasquez, Maryland superstar, made sure that the Terps wouldn't be outdone. Vasquez finished the game with 41 points.

For once, Virginia Tech didn't shoot well from the free-throw line. The Hokies shot a mere 71 percent from the foul line. Malcolm Delaney also missed two late free-throws which would have tied the game up.

All of the Hokie starters finished in double digit points except for Victor Davila (who continues to start for some reason). Delaney had 27, Dorenzo Hudson had 21, Jeff Allen had 25 and Terrell Bell had 10.

The Hokie bench contributed nothing with the exception of JT Thompson who had 15 points off the bench.

Some late back and forth scoring made the game go into overtime and eventually into double overtime. A late attempt at a game winning three-pointer by the Hokies went just long as Maryland pulled in the rebound.

Maryland pulls out the thriller: 104-100.

With these back to back ACC losses, Virginia Tech's hopes of making the NCAA Tournament seem to be all but gone. At this point it will likely take Virginia Tech making the ACC Finals or winning the ACC Tournament in order for them to have a good enough resume to make the Big Dance.

Virginia Tech falls to 21-7 on the season and 8-6 in ACC play while Maryland moves to 21-7 on the season and 11-3 in ACC play.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hokies Fall Short Against Duke

Virginia Tech looked to take down the ACC's top dog, the Duke Blue Devils. Unfortunately, Duke was who we all thought they were -- Duke.

Virginia Tech got down early in the first half. Foul trouble plagued Jeff Allen once again as he was limited in his playing time.

Looking back at the stats, Virginia Tech should have been able to win this game. Duke accumulated only one point off the bench. Had Virginia Tech been able to get the starters into foul trouble, the Hokies might have been able to be more aggressive.

The Hokies would storm back in the second half taking the lead but a late 14-4 run by Duke, including two three-pointers in the last minute, locked up the game.

Duke beat Virginia Tech: 67-55

Seth Greenberg couldn't have been happy with the performance. The Hokies struggled to get points from behind the arc and the bench provided almost nothing. Victor Davila and Terrell Bell started hot but then remained quiet for the rest of the game. Dorenzo Hudson struggled shooting the ball, missing two wide open three-pointers which could have shifted the momentum.

Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith for Duke couldn't be stopped, both scoring 25 and 23 respectively. Jon Scheyer also added 15 points of his own.

Virginia Tech falls to 21-5 on the season and 8-4 in ACC play while Duke moves to 23-4 on the season and 11-2 in the ACC.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Determined Hokies Fight Back Against Wake In Enormous ACC Victory

As I type this right now my voice is all but gone. The atmosphere in Cassell Coliseum tonight was electric and it reminds me why I love this school so much. Enough of my musings though, on to the recap.

Early in the game it looked as though Wake Forest was going to run train on Virginia Tech. Al-Farouq Aminu for Wake Forest was having a monster game amassing over 17 points in the first half.

Virginia Tech couldn't shoot the ball in the first half, shooting just over 60 percent from the foul line and missed every three-pointer attempted.

Heading into halftime the Hokies were obviously shaken, as well as the fans who were painfully silent (myself included). Once the second half started though, things picked up in a big way.

About halfway through the second half, Malcolm Delaney went down with an injury. The crowd sat looking on in silence, but their worries were eased as J.T. Thompson stepped up big with six points while Delaney was out.

Delaney came back in the game shortly thereafter and proceeded to put on a clinic. Delaney finished the game with 31 points. Delaney would foul out late in the game.

Luckily for the Hokies, Dorenzo Hudson somehow stayed out of foul trouble while able to put up 21 points. Dorenzo gave the Hokies someone to turn to once Delaney fouled out.

Late in the game when Virginia Tech was up just four, in an attempt to put up a three-pointer, Wake Forest committed a traveling violation which sealed the game for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech beats Wake Forest: 87-83

This win against #23 Wake Forest should push Virginia Tech into the NCAA tournament with a decent run in the ACC Tournament. Virginia Tech moves to 21-4 and 8-3 in the ACC. The Hokies are now 2nd in the ACC right behind Duke. Wake Forest drops to 18-6 on the season and 8-4 in conference play.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

"Just Like Football!"

It was a true nail biter last night at Cassell Coliseum . Virginia Tech took on their in-state rival UVA in what was a huge ACC game for these two bubble teams.

As the game went back and forth in the first half, UVA went up at the half by four. After a much comic relief via a giant "Simon Says" game at halftime, Virginia Tech came out flying in the second half.

While Mike Scott for UVA led all scorers with 20 points, Dorenzo Hudson, Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen all amassed over 13 points. Jeff Allen was arguably player of the game with 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks.

With under 1:30 left to play in the second half, Jeff Allen hit a clutch 3-pointer to break the tie. With some late fouls and clutch shooting, Virginia Tech was able to pull out the win: 61-55

And as the clock ticked to 0:00, the chant of "Just like football!" rang around the entire coliseum.

Virginia Tech moves to 20-4 on the season and 7-3 in ACC play. UVA falls to 14-8 on the season and 5-4 in ACC play.

The Hokies play Wake Forest at home this Tuesday. With a win over Wake Forest, Virginia Tech might finally push themselves past the bubble into the NCAA tournament.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hokies Hunt Down Wolf Pack In Brutal ACC Victory

The Hokies claimed a very convincing win last night going to NC State and destroying the Wolf Pack.

The Hokies were led in scoring by Dorenzo Hudson who put up 23 points. Malcolm Delaney contributed 15 of his own and Jeff Allen put up 14.

The story of the night was Virginia Tech's defense which continues to stifle offenses and cause miscues among opponents. NC State was held to 52 points and shot 28.6 percent from the field and a pathetic 0.0 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

There isn't really a lot to say about this game simply because there wasn't a lot of a game being played last night. One thing I would like to touch on though is at the end of the first half, Virginia Tech seemed to become a little complacent in their lead of 19 points. In all fairness, it's very easy to become complacent with a lead that big but it still worried me when NC State pulled the game within 8 points and went on a very impressive run.

Virginia Tech returns to Cassell Coliseum to face UVA and Wake Forest before going to Duke.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Back To Back ACC Wins Gives Hope To Hokie Hoops

This past week was immensely important for the Hokies in terms of establishing a resume for the NCAA Tournament. To the delight of Hokie Nation, the Hokies came through in the clutch with two major wins.

On Thursday the Hokies took on the North Carolina Tarheels.

The Hokies ran into some foul trouble early in the game; by games end, the Hokies only had one starter who had not committed four personal fouls.

Once again the Hokies had limited contribution from the bench with eight of ten points coming from J.T. Thompson. Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 21 points.

North Carolina would essentially lose the game from the free-throw line, shooting only 67 percent. Those 10 points would be the difference in the game.

With a strong surge in the second half the Hokies came back to win the game: 74-70

This past Saturday the Hokies took on Clemson, another ACC contender. Because of the mass amounts of snow on the ground students gained admission free, and let me just say, that was a long and cold line. Once inside though the action begun and Cassell was packed.

This game was interesting in the fact that over half of Virginia Tech's points came off of free throws, 20 of those from Malcolm Delaney. Virginia Tech shot 46 free throws and made 38 of them, a season for both.

Speaking of Delaney, he recorded a humble 30 points in 40 minutes of playing time. As is the trend with Virginia Tech basketball, there was little to no production from the bench with only nine points.

Both the Clemson Tigers and the Virginia Tech Hokies shot a poor 30.6 percent from the field. This percent is a season low for Clemson.

Virginia Tech was able to use this to their advantage though by driving the lane and getting Clemson into heavy foul trouble. Two of the Tiger starters fouled out late in the game with three other players having four personal fouls.

Virginia Tech pulled out the win over Clemson: 70-59.

Over the weekend Virginia Tech moved to 18-4 on the season and 5-3 in ACC play. Clemson fell to 16-7 on the season with a 4-5 record in the ACC. Virginia Tech takes on NC State Feb. 10.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sizing Up Virginia Tech's Recruiting Class For Football 2010

Signing day is an important step in building any respectable college football program. As national signing day comes to a close, I'm going to shed a little more light on Virginia Tech's 2010 recruiting class.

Top 3 Players To Watch:

1:
Zack McCray, DE, Brookville. McCray, in my opinion, is the best player Virginia Tech locked up this year. He is a fast and strong defensive end and I could see him starting as a sophomore. At 6'5" he has the ability to be a good pass deflector and at 235 pounds he has the ability to be very fast off the edge. Most sites I have seen have McCray as either a 3-star or 4-star recruit, but I would place him in the 4-star range.

2: Brian Laiti, LB, Robinson. Laiti is a solid 3-star recruit, but what stands out to me is the resemblance that he has with Cody Grimm. Laiti was recruited by Bud Foster himself, so you have to think Bud saw something special in this kid. Laiti is a solid 6'3", 230 pounds so he has the size needed to play at the Division I level. With a little more work on the fundamentals, Laiti could be a big play maker like Grimm was this past season.

3: Nick Dew, S/OLB, First Colonial. Nick Dew is Virginia Tech's highest rated player according to most major recruiting websites. He is a 4-star recruit on most sites, but I have seen a couple 3-star ratings. Dew is an ESPN top 150 player and is ranked 201 in the country according to Scouts.com. Dew has the potential to play strong safety or outside line backer, depending on how Foster sees fit. Dew lacks top end speed but has a very physical presence.

Possible Sleepers

1:
Mark Leal, QB, Atlantic. Leal is small for a Division I quarterback at 6'0" and 190 pounds, but he has a lot of upside to him. Leal is a solid 3-star recruit and is the 28th ranked dual-threat quarterback according to Rivals. Leal is pretty fast for a quarterback and Virginia Tech could use him in the future as a good scrambling quarterback (Something Virginia Tech is known for). With some more work on mechanics, Leal could pan out to be a pretty good pick-up.

2: E.L. Smiling, WR, Brooke Point. Smiling is an overlooked player in this years draft class because wide receiver isn't a top priority for Virginia Tech right now. In spite of this, Smiling is a well built, well rounded receiver. At 6'3", Smiling has the ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point, a skill very useful for receivers. Smiling isn't the fastest player on the field, but he could make a good possession receiver.

3: Jerome Lewis, TE, Bishop Kearney. Lewis is another overlooked player in this years class. Jerome is the 21st best tight end according to Rivals and is the 3rd best player in the state of New York. Lewis can be a good receiving tight end and has the possibility to be a good blocker if he puts on some more weight. Lewis should be a very good player in about two to three years.

Overall Grade: B

This isn't the best recruiting class that Virginia Tech has had, but it's not bad. Tech locked up three to four 4-star recruits depending on who you listen to and has quite a bit of 3-star talent. With some good coaching like Virginia Tech can provide, this should be a good group of players moving forward.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hokies Stormed Out Of Miami In Loss To Hurricanes

I recently posted about how Virginia Tech would need to avoid a bad loss in order to make the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately for Hokie Nation, that loss came today at Miami.

The Hurricanes came out blazing in the first half shooting 70 percent from the floor. Virginia Tech was held to 30 points in the first half. All 30 points were spread around three players--Malcolm Delaney, Dorenzo Hudson and Jeff Allen who scored 10 points apiece.

With a 17 point deficit heading into the second half, the Hokies rebounded and JT Thompson woke up. Thompson finished with 14 points in the contest.

The Hokies would get the game within five points midway through the second half but the Hokies could get no closer. It seemed like every time Virginia Tech would get close, Miami would respond with a clutch 3-pointer.

In the end, Miami prevailed with their second ACC win: 75-82

Virginia Tech falls to 16-4 on the season and 3-3 in ACC play while Miami moves to 16-5 on the season and 2-5 in ACC play.

Virginia Tech plays back to back home games against UNC and Clemson in this upcoming week.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Inside March Madness: Virginia Tech's Current Resume

March Madness is a great time of year for me. The excitement of Selection Sunday, filling out roughly 20 brackets and watching every game which I never thought I would ever care about.

Getting into the field of 65 is a very tough feat, one that Virginia Tech hasn't been able to do for some time. The basketball season is about halfway done now and I think this would be a good time to examine Virginia Tech's March Madness resume.

Let's check out some key statistics:
RPI: 65
SOS: 222
Record: 16-3 (3-2)

Now, Virginia Tech's RPI is pretty solid but their strength of schedule is really weak. Their record as of now is very good, and it actually surprises me that Virginia Tech isn't really being discussed for the tourny at this point.

Virginia Tech has about five good wins at this point in the season. These wins are:
1) Georgia at home
2) Seton Hall at a neutral site
3) At Miami
4) Boston College at home
5) At UVA

Virginia Tech doesn't really have any bad losses to speak of. Temple is a top 25 team and is very good and definitely a tournament team. North Carolina is iffy at this point, and if they continue to skid they could be considered a bad loss. The loss at Florida State isn't awful due to Florida State being a solid ACC team.

Right now, I would say Virginia Tech deserves to get in. They still need a couple quality wins yet, but they have a lot of chances still to go. UNC at home and Clemson at home are the first two to pop up. If Virginia Tech could get one of those two wins, it would be a huge boost of confidence. If the Hokies could steal a win either at Duke or at Georgia Tech and lose about two to three more games, I would say that Tech deserves to get into the field.

Who knows though? There is a lot of time left in the season, not to consider the ACC Tournament after the regular-season is finished. Virginia Tech should have what it takes, and since March Madness is one of my favorite times of year and Virginia Tech is my favorite team, this would be a match made in heaven.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is The Virginia Tech Men's Tennis Team For Real? They Look Like It!

For the longest time, Virginia Tech has been known simply for football. This year might prove that Virginia Tech is more than a one trick pony.

Today the Virginia Tech Men's Tennis Team upset the #14 team in the nation, Kentucky.

Virginia Tech came into the contest ranked #27 in the nation. Virginia Tech showed promise in singles beating some of the best players in the nation.

Yoann Re, Virginia Tech's #1 singles player, defeated Eric Quigley, Kentucky's #1 singles player and the #8 singles player in the nation.

Luka Somen, Virginia Tech's #2 doubles player, had a come from behind victory over Kentucky's #2, Alexi Musialek.

Virginia Tech's #4 singles player, Patrick Daciek (Ranked #75 in the nation) also had a come from behind victory over Alberto Gonzalez.

Virginia Tech ended up winning all but one singles match and took 1 doubles match from Kentucky. The end result was the Hokies upsetting the Wildcats: 5-2

Virginia Tech faces another tough task January 29th when they head on the road to face #15 Illinois.

If Virginia Tech can take care of business against Illinois, the Hokies may start to gain some national attention in tennis. Needless to say though, this win is huge, not only for moral, but for legitimacy. There are a lot of programs in the ACC that are good at tennis, and it is nice to see that Virginia Tech may begin to fall into that group.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Women's Basketball Team Gets Big ACC Win Over Miami

The Virginia Tech women's basketball team scored a big road ACC win in Florida against Miami.

Utahya Drye was an absolute beast on the floor going 10-12 for 20 points and 9 rebounds. Nikki Davis was also money, but she made her bank from the 3-point line going 5-6 from behind the arc. Davis finished with 29 points in the contest.

The Hokies ended the first half down six points but came back strong in the 2nd half. Virginia Tech came out shooting 55% from the field in the 2nd half and began to pull away late.

Despite having three players in double digit points, the Lady Hurricanes shot only 29 percent in the second half.

The Hokies end up with the victory: 73-69

Virginia Tech moves to 12-7 on the season and 2-3 in ACC play.
Miami moves to 14-5 on the season and also falls to 2-3 in ACC play.

Virginia Tech plays the Lady Terrapins of Maryland at home on January 28th at 7:00 pm.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Virginia Tech Steals Victory From The Jaws Of Defeat In Cassell Against Boston College

The Virginia Tech men's basketball team stole an ACC win in the last seconds against ACC contender Boston College.

After a very strong first half the Hokies held a 9 point lead going into halftime.

I want to take a moment to congratulate the winner of $10,000 at halftime who drained a half court shot. It is these moments that make college sports great, but I digress.

The second half started off hot for BC as they drained 3-pointer after 3-pointer. The game was back and forth for the next seven minutes as the Hokies and Eagles traded baskets. The game saver was Dorenzo Hudson for the Hokies who scooped up a last second rebound and scored on a layup with 5 seconds left.

The Eagles got the ball back and took it the entire length of the court before some stifling Tech defense forced a strip on the ball to close out the game.

Virginia Tech: 63 Boston College: 62

Virginia Tech moves to 15-3 on the season and 2-2 in ACC play. The Hokies play the University of Virginia Cavaliers at UVA this Thursday, January 28th.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bud Foster Gets Lucrative Contract, But What Does It Mean Moving Forward?

Bud Foster, defensive coordinator for the Virginia Tech Hokies, has been on the Hokie football staff for 23 seasons, and has been the defensive coordinator for the past 15 years.

Foster has been noticeably successful as a defensive coordinator, and the Virginia Tech Athletic Department has surely taken notice. The details of this revamped contract are as followed:

1) The new contract includes a deferred compensation in the amount of $800,000 if Foster remains on the Virginia Tech staff through the 2014 season.
2) If Foster leaves at any point before the 2014 season, the compensation will be null and void.
3) On the same note, if Beamer retires at any point before 2014 and Foster is still on staff, he will receive the $800,000 compensation on the day of Beamer's retirement.

What does this all mean though?

What this does is simply establish a silent "coach in waiting" scenario. Rumors have circulated about this scenario for a while now, but the university publicly apposes the idea.

"We do not believe in a head-coach-in-waiting concept here at Virginia Tech." Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said in an interview with ESPN's Heather Dinich.

Despite these comments, it is pretty apparent around the Blacksburg area that this is not really the case. The Virginia Tech Athletic Department would be out of their minds to let Foster go to another school.

This contract is a good first step in retaining Foster for when Beamer leaves, but who knows when that will be.

This is where the situation gets tricky. If the university were to come out and publicly state that Foster is the head coach in waiting it would put some pressure on head coach Frank Beamer. Beamer is great friends with his staff, whom he hand-picked himself, and has a great deal of respect for them, no bigger than Foster.

The university would be extremely heartless to put any sort of pressure on Beamer considering all that he has done for Virginia Tech athletics. If this were the case, it could also end roughly like at Florida State with legendary coach Bobby Bowden. Many people think that Bowden was forced out and the residents of Blacksburg and Hokie Nation do not want to see that happen to Beamer.

It is speculated by some that Beamer will coach his last season within the next 3-5 years. If this were the case, Foster would more than likely become the next head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies. If Beamer stays longer though past the 2014 season, what happens next is a toss-up.
 
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