Game Preview: Virginia Tech
The Virginia Tech Hokies started the year surprisingly strong before deciding to take a fat nose dive into cellar dweller status. First year and first time head coach James Johnson didn’t inherit much talent from the perennial bubble teams of Seth Greenberg, but he did inherit his knack for building a gaudy early-season record before crashing after New Year’s. After pulling off a big upset over a 15th ranked Oklahoma State team that had recently blown out NC State, VT has gone 4-9 including a loss to Georgia Southern. The Hokie Way!
- Despite their dreadful record, the Hokies are actually fourth in the conference in scoring, mostly due to the fact that they have senior Erick Green, who leads the NATION in scoring at 25.5 points per game. It’s not all Green in Blacksburg though (see what I did there). Junior Jarell Eddie is tenth in the ACC with 14.4 per game. Tech does not lack in scoring power.
- Even though he gets some help from Eddie, Green (25.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.2 apg) is certainly the guy who will give Carolina the most trouble on Saturday. The Cousey Award finalist dropped 30 in a losing effort to Miami in the Hokies’ last game, and if despite his 12-point outing against BYU, his second lowest total is 21. He’s going to score. We think the best thing for the Heels to do is stick Reggie on him but focus on stopping the rest of the team. He can’t beat us by himself, right?
- While they are fourth in scoring in the ACC, there isn’t much else Tech can tout about it’s conference statistical prowess. To wit, of the 12 teams in the ACC, Tech is:
- Last in scoring defense, giving up 72.4 per game
- 11th in scoring margin
- 10th in FG percentage
- 10th in FG percentage D
- 11th in 3PT percentage
- 10th in blocked shots
- Last in assists
- 11th in steals
- 11th in turnover margin
- 10th in assist to turnover ratio
- Seriously though, look at the ACC’s website. They’re bad at almost everything.
With this game coming at home we’re expecting a Carolina victory. If you listened to our last podcast, you know that we’re expecting, nay, NEEDing the Heels to get this one, with a tough conference slate ahead. On paper, it looks like things should turn out that way.
Prediction: UNC 79, Va. Tech 69