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Hokies Journal: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Virginia Tech host 'blackout' for Virginia game

In the lot outside Cassell Coliseum, I parked next to a car with a license plates that said "NoHoos." Yep, this is the Virginia Tech-Virginia rivalry. And to take the Hokies meeting with the Cavaliers here a step further, Cassell...

By Mark Viera  |  February 13, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Terrell Bell relishes role with Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech swingman Terrell Bell was once said to be cut out of the mold of Deron Washington. Although Bell might not be as gifted as the former Hokies standout, he has made an impact for Virginia Tech. Bell is...

By Mark Viera  |  February 13, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Refs warn Malcolm Delaney about 'flopping'

Malcolm Delaney's trips to the free-throw line might be numbered. After getting to the line more often than any other player in the Atlantic Coast Conference through the first half of the season, Delaney said that officials warned him on...

By Mark Viera  |  February 13, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Virginia Tech's profile is rising in the ACC

Happy Saturday. It's a game day in Blacksburg, so let's get right to the reading. Virginia Tech is rising in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and people are taking notice. The Atlanta Journal-Consitution, which has a brief piece about the Hokies,...

By Mark Viera  |  February 13, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies a No. 10 seed in The Post's bracket

It should be a tense few weeks in Blacksburg as Virginia Tech fights for a bid in the NCAA tournament. And a lot it sure to change between now and March, even though it's only weeks away. But The Post's...

By Mark Viera  |  February 12, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Seth Greenberg brings laughs after N.C. State win

It is usually easy to read Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg. After losses, he speaks softly at postgame news conferences and sometimes offers curt responses to questions. After wins, he is articulate, accommodating to reporters and even entertaining. But after...

By Mark Viera  |  February 12, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech solidifying a defensive identity

Since the fall, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has preached defense. He said then, and has repeated since, that the Hokies needed to play tough defensively to win games. Virginia Tech's 72-52 win at North Carolina State on Wednesday provided...

By Mark Viera  |  February 12, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech prepares to host Virginia

A very happy Friday to you. Here's some reading to tip-off the weekend. Virginia Tech is inching ever closer to an NCAA tournament bid, writes Dave Fairbank of the Newport News Daily Press. And the task for college basketball teams...

By Mark Viera  |  February 12, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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With Erick Green in, Malcolm Delaney plays off ball

The development of freshman guard Erick Green has been a promising sign for Virginia Tech. Not only does Green have upside in the coming years, but it has allowed the Hokies to add spice to their sets when he is...

By Mark Viera  |  February 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech has largely avoided turnovers

A key to Virginia Tech’s success has been its ability to win the turnover battle. The Hokies protect the ball and do a good job forcing turnovers to create offense out of their defense, ranking first in the ACC with...

By Mark Viera  |  February 11, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech defeats N.C. State for road win

It's Thursday in the middle of another busy week in the ACC. Here's some reading material. Virginia Tech defeated North Carolina State, 72-52, in Raleigh on Wednesday night. The Hokies swept aside the Wolfpack in a game they simply could...

By Mark Viera  |  February 11, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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What Virginia Tech needs to do to get in NCAAs

Thanks to one of the nation's easiest nonconference schedules, Virginia Tech has no margin for error if it wants to make its first NCAA tournament since 2007. That means the Hokies will likely need to finish 6-2 in their remaining...

By Mark Viera  |  February 10, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Hokies need fast start vs. N.C. State

In two of its most recent road losses, Virginia Tech has gotten off to sluggish starts and never caught up. The Hokies probably cannot afford a slow start at North Carolina State on Wednesday. The Hokies have not won in...

By Mark Viera  |  February 10, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech-N.C. State game now shown on ESPN

Virginia Tech's meeting with North Carolina State on Wednesday will be televised on ESPN in the Washington area thanks to a local blackout of the Duke-North Carolina game also taking place that night. The Hokies-Wolfpack game was initially scheduled to...

By Mark Viera  |  February 10, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech takes on N.C. State in Raleigh

It's a busy Wednesday but not in Blacksburg. I'll be taking off shortly for Raleigh, N.C., where Virginia Tech plays North Carolina State in a very winnable road game. To get you ready, here are some links. It has been...

By Mark Viera  |  February 10, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Snow alters Virginia Tech's travel plans

So far, snow has been the story of 2010 for the mid-Atlantic region. And the threat of another storm is affecting Virginia Tech's travel plans for its game at North Carolina State on Wednesday. The Hokies were set to leave...

By Mark Viera  |  February 9, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech basketball: Where will Hokies finish?

Halfway through the ACC schedule, Virginia Tech is amid a tangle in the league standings and its NCAA tournament picture seems to be changing on a day-by-day basis. The Hokies' fate seems likely to be determined over the final eight...

By Mark Viera  |  February 9, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Erick Green now 'playing my game' as Hokies freshman

Freshman guard Erick Green admitted to still feeling nervous before he enters games off the bench for Virginia Tech. But now, he says, he feels like he is finally confident and up to speed. And it has showed. Green has...

By Mark Viera  |  February 9, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Is Malcolm Delaney 'flopping' on foul calls?

Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney has been getting to the free throw line with regularity. He does a great job drawing contact on defenders -- and embellishing that contact, his teammates say. "Once you set the screen on someone, most...

By Mark Viera  |  February 9, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Catching up with Sean Glennon

Happy Tuesday, everybody. Here's some reading to get the things started. First, we have a nice piece in The Washington Post by T. Rees Shapiro, who catches up with former Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon, now a first-year mortgage consulting...

By Mark Viera  |  February 9, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Malcolm Delaney playing with confidence

Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney seems to have unwavering faith in the Hokies. All season, he has asserted that Virginia Tech "is a good team" in the face of questions about the legitimacy of its 18-4 record. But after Virginia...

By Mark Viera  |  February 8, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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After ejection, Jeff Allen steps up for Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech forward Jeff Allen has been involved with a handful of notable on-the-court incidents, from his bump of an official in a loss at Georgia Tech as a freshman to his middle-finger salute to Maryland fans after fouling out...

By Mark Viera  |  February 8, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies get big win for NCAA tournament resume

What a weekend. There was a blizzard. There was a big win for Virginia Tech. And there was some professional football game on Sunday night. Now here's some reading to make sense of it. The Hokies' victory over Clemson was...

By Mark Viera  |  February 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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