Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech basketball preview:

#174 R.P.I. Georgia Tech @ #64 R.P.I. Virginia Tech:

TV coverage: Sunday 1pm, on Raycom

Vegas line: VT-10.5

Yes, I do sit in an O&M flavored chair; and yet from where I sit VT has a fair to middling shot at going 3-1 (or better) in its next four basketball games. Such would vault a gutted Virginia Tech 2010-2011 men’s hoops team to 18-8 overall and perhaps more importantly in Selection Committee terms, 8-5 in A.C.C. intra-league play. 4-0 is within reach with two games at home, a revenge rematch in paris with likewise hurting france and a visit to A.C.C. bottom dwelling Wake at the tail end of this four-fer.

In the meantime however, we host a rather upsetting Georgia Tech squad who somewhat surprisingly got the best of us a couple of weeks ago in a Hot’lanta A.C.C. visiting ambush.

Gah.Tech has won one game since January 22nd and it just so happens that it was vs. VT. Be real nice to get some get-back and return of serve this Sunday afternoon inside the Cassell.

To mix my sporting metaphors a bit, right now is the time to mount Lombardi’s fabled “big push”. Seth is right; the season “is a marathon, not spirit” though I would so love to see the famous 1980’s Eamonn Coghlan kick as we are precisely one month removed from the A.C.C. championship game.

Time to make that big push and dash right on through the A.C.C. finish line on our way to what we all hope will be a very meritoriously well deserved NC2A big to March Madness! [Read more…]

Virginia Tech @ NC.State basketball preview:

# R.P.I. Virginia Tech @ # R.P.I. NC.State:

TV coverage: Wednesday ESPN2, 7pm
Vegas line: State+4, O/U=136

I don’t know about you, yet I am pretty happy with what happened vs. Miami. Namely Virginia Tech won. Namely that Jeff Allen had his best game of the year this side of Florida State on top of that. Further, Jeff has had nine straight games of avoiding the scorers table holding up the red-5 hand card or avoiding the D.Q. Far out just how helpful Jeff can be when he is out on the court for 35.25 minutes on average since the middle of January. In that time span Jeff has been making a run at an N.B.A. second-round draft slot and he has upped his game and taken Virginia Tech along for the ride while he is at it. Also helping out up-front would be the heretofore somewhat quite V.D. or Victor Davila. 13 or more points per game in three of his last five to go along with 6-7 boards and a block per contest are what I’d call improving. Now mix in 6-8 points and the same number of rebounds from T.Bell and you suddenly have a vastly understaffed VT frontline that is inching closer and closer to giving you 30 points and 25 boards per night. That is code for saving my wiry boy MD-2o-2o and the likewise slender E.Green some wear and tear as we get closer and closer to a stretch run in Seth Greenberg’s parable of the season being “…a marathon, not a sprint.”

Up next however we catch the NC.State Wolfpac.

On the one hand, NC.State has won precisely one game since January the eightieth.

On the other hand NC.State has a blizzard of 6`8“ interchangeable guys who can play inside and this basketball game is out on the A.C.C. road.

Or in other words, this is yet another inter-league contest where anything can and prolly will happen. [Read more…]

(12-8) Miami @ (13-6) Virginia Tech:

#60 R.P.I. Miami @ #74 R.P.I. Virginia Tech:

TV coverage: Sunday 5:30pm FSN
Vegas Line: TBA

Pretty disappointing trip to the ATL; wasn’t it?

Seth took one for the Team Rule book and VT could have taken one for the season when we look back and add all of this up. (Academic Violations from Ty and Eddie) I support that. Tough not to as a student-athlete literally myself, and yet what if that left a little something something on the Selection Committee table come March? Nobody every said being principal centered was easy — did they? And the 2010-2011 Virginia Tech men’s hoops season has been anything and everything other than a walk in the proverbial O&M Park.

So now a well regimented Seth Greenberg and company get four days worth of fresh legs and hopefully my boy MD-2o-2o gets some lift and some springs back in his game just in time for Miami. The Hurricanes themselves have dropped five of their last six and may or may not be a top-half of the A.C.C. caliber hoops team. VT is right on that sixth vs. seventh cusp themselves (along with Maryland) right now as well mind you. That said, three of those Miami L’s have been by 3 points or less which makes Miami a frustrated basketball team in my book.

“Frustrated” is a dangerous word in A.C.C. inter-league play. [Read more…]

(13-5) Virginia Tech @ (9-9) Georgia Tech:

R.P.I. #62 Virginia Tech @ R.P.I. #148 Georgia Tech:

TV coverage: Tuesday 9pm RSN
Vegas line: GT+2.5

This is a rather interesting road trip down to the ALT on Tuesday night men.

I’m not here to lie like a rug and tell you that Georgia Tech (GT) will win the A.C.C. this season; however I can straight up tell you that there is more raw talent on this Yellow Jacket hoops team from one to eight than their .5oo record would suggest prima facie.

Some may have been a bit disappointed in a slightly underwhelming win at home on Saturday vs. lowly Longwood. Meh? Not so much. I’m really not all that beat-up by what I saw on Saturday night; as things could have been a whole lot worse.

In my book Seth got exactly what he wanted and precisely what he needed. As Seth pocketed an out-of-conference win in concluding his out-of-conference docket sans the signature V.M.I. or Marshall variety upset for the first time in a long time. Seth also not only managed to get off the Cassell Coliseum court with a win, he managed to get off the count sans any more significant injuries to his remaining Top-8 rotation. He got a look-see at football crossover Tight-End baller Prince Parker and Cassell Guard favorite Paul Debnam, he got a good game out of Manny Atkins –who is showing some real signs of late- and another solid game from Eric Green. What Seth did not get is a lot of O&M chi.

Or energy and that is precisely what Seth will need to amp up a couple of notches in order to beat Georgia Tech on the road Tuesday night. If VT short-circuits energy or effort wise, Georgia Tech can and will steal one in their own backyard. If VT powers up, and throws the proverbial switch; the Hokies A- game (or better) should be enough to win another one as the A.C.C. visitor. On the other O&M hand, if we catch the Hokies B+ (or worse) game … the issue could very much be in doubt. [Read more…]

(11-5) Virginia Tech @ (11-6) Maryland basketball preview:

#75 R.P.I. Virginia Tech @ #90 R.P.I. Maryland:

TV coverage: Thursday 9pm on ESPN2
Vegas Line: Maryland-5, O/U=134

Well, here we go; never mind the glorified scrimmage vs. 14 L Longwood on Saturday night; we are now officially in the heart of the hoops meat grinder otherwise formally known as A.C.C. intra-conference play. This is indeed a dog-eat-dog round-robin of who knows what. Beyond possibly the 11th-12th A.C.C. basketball teams; it truly is anybodies game. As anybody can and will beat or outright upset anybody on the proverbial “any given night”.

That speaks to Margin of Error to me.

For any A.C.C. hoops team not named Duke, the margin of error is slim at home and next of kin to none out on the road. This is precisely where Virginia Tech finds itself this Thursday night up in College Park vs. Maryland in a basketball game that will likely require an A- effort if Seth and company wish to secure an O&M win.

Maryland is good, though Maryland is not quite unbeatable either; although when you look at who has beaten Maryland this year –four ranked teams and two teams who already combine for 25 wins on the season- you can easily see why Maryland is the favorite and you can see why this would be a nifty Hokie upset on the Terrapin’s home court.

Although what you really wanna know is who is gonna win… [Read more…]

(7-10) Wake Forest @ (10-5) Virginia Tech basketball preview:

#253 R.P.I. Wake Forest @ #66 R.P.I. Virginia Tech:

ATV coverage: Saturday, 8pm on RAYCOM
Vegas Line: VT-19.5

That is just about as tough of a 45 hour turnaround as you will ever hope to see folks. Go down to Chapel Hill, play your guts out and then get gut-kicked on a decent enough look from long-range 3-point land that just rimmed out. Then mix in two more lame guys and damn. How many more O&M needles can the Seth Greenberg voodoo doll hold?

Just how much drama, how toxic, how viral can one basketball season get? You can bettcah bottom dollar that this is a campaign that Seth will never ever forget for as long as he lives. Sure would be nice to see us nail down at least one get well game instead of nothing less than being the agony of defeat skier on one of the Blacksburg Country Club hills tumbling end over end.

Now we find ourselves in nothing short of a let-down trap game at home vs. a rather pedestrian looking and A.C.C. last place Wake Forest club that is a wounded three up and six down since the month of December began.

Well at least the students are (getting) back and we do have our old friend the Fourm Guide on our side for this one. That helps, and so would a blow-out homecourt win vs. the cellar dweller in Atlantic Coast men’s hoops terms for this particular year.

So let’s take a look at a game that on paper we are supposed to win, that is if we did not leave too much out on the court down on Tobacco Road on Thursday night. [Read more…]

Virginia Tech @ North Carolina basketball preview:

#62 R.P.I. Virginia Tech @ #20 R.P.I. North Carolina:

TV coverage: Thursday 9pm ESPN
Vegas Line: VT-6, O/U=141, $-Line: VT+22o, UNC-26o

One of my favorite games of the entire VT sporting year — VT vs. Duke or U.N.C. in hoops and VT vs. the french in anything. If big games like this do not get your O&M blood pumping than perhaps you have spent too much time living under a rock; or been hit by a rock. What a wonderful panacea a win in this basketball game this would be for such an illing VT hoops team.

That said; beating U.N.C. down in Chapel Hill is no small hurdle indeed. It is no secret that my boy MD-2o-2o and company are not exactly in love with Duke or U.N.C. Our guys get up to play one of the A.C.C.’s big two each and every time. Such has produced a couple of Hokie upset wins; and several feisty and hotly contested games that could have gone either way; despite the inherit talent advantage that both Duke and U.N.C. enjoy one through twelve alike. All the more so this season vs. a VT hoops squad that will barely be able to scratch out a 8-man trustworthy rotation for this one. Coach Williams knows this and I look for him to attempt to up-tempo and run VT right into the ground. Coach Seth knows this and I look for him to judiciously call timeouts in lieu of substations in order to give his starters a breather, I look for zones zones and even more zoning from us defensively and I look for us to keep the VT clutch set right at second or third-gear as lower-tempo winter driving conditions suggest.

VT does have a shot here; U.N.C. is not unbeatable, if VT and Seth can control the pace. [Read more…]