Virginia Tech Basketball Predictions
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.
Other Returning Players
Joey van Zegeren
Seth Greenberg, ninth year
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.
|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|
|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 *|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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