Virginia Tech Basketball Predictions

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2010-11 Results:

Overall: 22-12 (12-4 H, 4-6 A, 6-2 N)
ACC: 9-7 (6-2 H, 3-5 A)
Conference Tournament: 2-1, lost in semifinals
Postseason: 1-1, lost in 2nd round of NIT

The Hokies had a competitive year, one that resulted in a fourth-place finish in the ACC, a run to the ACC tournament semifinals and a second-round game in the NIT, where it lost to eventual tourney champion Wichita State. The team went 9-1 during one stretch of the season en route to a 13-5 start, but finished 3-4. With some significant losses from the roster, Virginia Tech will have to find its identity early on to try to stay in the top-third of an improving conference.

Returning Starters

Victor Davila
Erick Green

Returning Lettermen

Jarell Eddie
Tyrone Garland
Dorenzo Hudson

Other Returning Players

Cadarian Raines
JT Thompson

Newcomers

C.J. Barksdale
Robert Brown
Dorian Finney-Smith
Marquis Rankin
Erik Sorenson
Joey van Zegeren

Head Coach

Seth Greenberg, ninth year

Key Losses

The Hokies lose three starters and four major contributors overall, a quartet that accounted for 62 percent of the team’s scoring, 60 percent of the rebounding and 63 percent of assists on last year’s team.

Malcolm Delaney led the team in scoring (18.7 ppg), assists (137), steals (56), 3-pointers made (84), attempted (206) and percentage (41 percent), as well as free throws made (181) and attempted (213) and was fourth in rebounding (3.5 pg). Jeff Allen was the top rebounder (9.7 pg), finished second in scoring (13.4 ppg), third in steals (44) and blocks (25), while shooting 50 percent from the floor. Terrell Bell averaged 6.9 ppg, was second in rebounding (5.6 pg) and blocks (31), third in assists (63) and fourth in steals (26). Manny Atkins averaged 4.9 ppg and 2.0 rpg over 33 games.

Schedule

Date Opponent
Sat., Nov 12, 2011 East Tennessee State
NIT Season Tip-Off
Mon., Nov 14, 2011 Monmouth
Mon., Nov 14, 2011 George Mason vs. Florida International
Tue., Nov 15, 2011 George Mason/Florida International
Tue., Nov 15, 2011 Monmouth vs. FIU/GMU
Wed., Nov 23, 2011 @ Semifinal
Fri., Nov 25, 2011 @ Final
Sun., Nov 27, 2011 St. Bonaventure
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Wed., Nov 30, 2011 @ Minnesota
Regular Season
Sun., Dec 4, 2011 Kansas State
Wed., Dec 7, 2011 @ Rhode Island
Sun., Dec 11, 2011 Norfolk State
Sat., Dec 17, 2011 Campbell
Mon., Dec 19, 2011 North Florida
Thu., Dec 22, 2011 Eastern Michigan
Sat., Dec 31, 2011 @ Oklahoma State
Sat., Jan 7, 2012 @ Wake Forest *
Tue., Jan 10, 2012 Florida State *
Sat., Jan 14, 2012 @ Boston College *
Thu., Jan 19, 2012 North Carolina *
Sun., Jan 22, 2012 @ Virginia *
Wed., Jan 25, 2012 BYU
Sat., Jan 28, 2012 @ Maryland *
Thu., Feb 2, 2012 Duke *
Sat., Feb 4, 2012 Clemson *
Thu., Feb 9, 2012 @ Miami *
Sun., Feb 12, 2012 Boston College *
Thu., Feb 16, 2012 @ Florida State *
Sat., Feb 18, 2012 Georgia Tech *
Tue., Feb 21, 2012 Virginia *
Sat., Feb 25, 2012 @ Duke *
Thu., Mar 1, 2012 @ Clemson *
Sun., Mar 4, 2012 NC State *
ACC Tournament
Thu., Mar 8, 2012 vs. First Round
Fri., Mar 9, 2012 vs. Quarterfinal
Sat., Mar 10, 2012 vs. Semifinal
Sun., Mar 11, 2012 vs. Final
*Conference Game

2011-12 Preview

While so much is gone from last year’s team, coach Seth Greenberg has been adept at plugging in holes. There are two returning starters and three other significant contributors returning that should provide adequate experience to keep the Hokies competitive while the newcomers and redshirts work their way into the rotation.

Backcourt

Of the five most significant contributors last year, four of them are in the backcourt, which should make this the strength of this program in 2011-12.

Junior Erick Green is the lone returning starter in the backcourt and is the teams’ top returning scorer (11.6 ppg) and leads all returners in assists (86) and steals (56)

Senior Dorenzo Hudson played in only nine games last season, but started eight times, averaging 10.4 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 32 minutes per contest.

Sophomore Jarell Eddie played 11 minutes per game, averaging 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while sophomore Tyrone Garland averaged 2.7 points over about 7 minutes per contest.

Frontcourt

The Hokie frontline is relatively inexperienced in that only one starter returns and one other player had any playing time last year.

Senior Victor Davila is the lone returning regular on the frontline, as he led the team in blocked shots (41), was third in rebounding (5.1 pg) and fifth in scoring (7.4 ppg) while shooting 57 percent from the floor.

Sophomore Cadarian Raines played in four games last season, tallying two points and two rebounds in 21 minutes.

Senior JT Thompson missed the 2010-11 season due to a knee injury, but averaged 7.3 ppg and 4.6 rpg as a junior in 2009-10.

Other Resources on Hokie Basketball:

Techhoops.com
Gobblercountry.com
Techsideline.com

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