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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