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Hokies Journal: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Wake Forest's Ish Smith apologizes to Hokies

After Virginia Tech's win over Wake Forest on Tuesday, Demon Deacons guard Ishmael Smith left the court without shaking hands with any of the Hokies' players or coaches. But Smith called Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg on Wednesday to apologize....

By Mark Viera  |  February 20, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jeff Allen won't be fazed by Cameron Crazies

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has said recently that Jeff Allen is having more fun this season. He said the junior forward is enjoying being around his teammates and is putting in the work on the court. "We’re winning more...

By Mark Viera  |  February 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech counts down until Duke game

It's Saturday, so that means we're just one day from Virginia Tech's showdown with Duke. Here's some reading. The Sporting News has a Q&A with Hokie guard Malcolm Delaney, who is leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring because he...

By Mark Viera  |  February 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies' Malcolm Delaney vs. Duke's Jon Scheyer

When No. 6 Duke hosts Virginia Tech on Sunday, the meeting will represent a clash between the first- and second-place teams, respectively, in the ACC. But the subplot will pit two of the conference's leading scorers against each other. Hokies...

By Mark Viera  |  February 19, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dorenzo Hudson shooting lights out in ACC play for Hokies

The evolution of guard Dorenzo Hudson has been one of the biggest story lines of the season for Virginia Tech. But perhaps the most stark illustration of just how far Hudson has come can be seen in his shooting percentage...

By Mark Viera  |  February 19, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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On the recruiting trail with Seth Greenberg

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has said he works with such a single-minded focus that basketball consumes him, perhaps to the point where it's unhealthy. That carries over, apparently, into recruiting. Dave Telep, the national recruiting director for Scout.com, said...

By Mark Viera  |  February 19, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech prepares to play at Duke

It's Friday, so here's some reading to start a big, big weekend. Virginia Tech plays at No. 6 Duke on Sunday. The Hokies are one of the surprise teams of the Atlantic Coast Conference, thanks in part to the play...

By Mark Viera  |  February 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech fans should cheer for Seton Hall

Virginia Tech has an attractive record (21-4), but its NCAA tournament chances are hurt by a nonconference schedule ranked 340th in the Rating Percentage Index. Part of that was its own fault, part of it was the fault of other...

By Mark Viera  |  February 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Poll: Will Virginia Tech make the NCAA tournament?

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Post's Eric Prisbell will host a bracketology chat at noon today. Stop by on your lunch break to ask him questions. The question has been fussed and discussed, here and just about everywhere else on the Internet,...

By Mark Viera  |  February 18, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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After Wake Forest win, Hokies back to work

After surely enjoying some time Wednesday to bask in its win over Wake Forest, Virginia Tech will get back to work on Thursday. So let's get right to some morning links. "Holy Hokie!" writes Tim Gardner USA Today after their...

By Mark Viera  |  February 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech football has 4 on ACC academic team

Four Virginia Tech players on Wednesday were named to the all-ACC academic team. The players were punter Brent Bowden, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, defensive end Chris Drager and defensive tackle John Graves. To be eligible for consideration, a player must...

By Mark Viera  |  February 17, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies raise $7,021 for cancer research

Before Virginia Tech played Wake Forest on Tuesday, Hokies Coach Seth Greenberg presented a check for $7,021 to the American Cancer Society to conclude a fundraiser in honor of a former player, Allen Calloway, who died of cancer. Earlier this...

By Mark Viera  |  February 17, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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J.T. Thompson plays key role for Virginia Tech

In Virginia Tech's 87-83 win over Wake Forest on Tuesday, Hokies forwards Jeff Allen and Victor Davila combined to play only 28 minutes because of foul trouble. And despite playing the jumbo-size Demon Deacons, the Hokies did not miss anything...

By Mark Viera  |  February 17, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies' Terrell Bell has 'monster game' vs. Wake Forest

Virginia Tech has its scorers (Malcolm Delaney, Dorenzo Hudson) and players who get plenty of attention from all parties (Jeff Allen). But what makes the Hokies unique are their unsung heroes. Terrell Bell has been one of the most important...

By Mark Viera  |  February 17, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Malcolm Delaney gets his stroke back for Hokies

In practice, Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney has been the kind of sharpshooting guard that has come to define his career in Blacksburg. But he had not been shooting well in games. That changed on Tuesday. In the Hokies' 87-83 win...

By Mark Viera  |  February 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech gets huge win over Wake Forest

It's no ordinary Wednesday in Blacksburg, so here's some reading to get you caught up on all the Hokie happenings. Virginia Tech is still basking in the afterglow of its 87-83 win over Wake Forest, which was its biggest game...

By Mark Viera  |  February 17, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Video recap: Hokies' 2009 upset of Wake Forest

One of the most memorable moments of Virginia Tech's 2008-09 season happened away from Blacksburg. On Jan. 21, the Hokies won at No. 1 Wake Forest, 78-71, to secure the biggest victory of their season. While Virginia Tech finished 19-15...

By Mark Viera  |  February 16, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech not discussing NCAA tournament

Before the season started, Virginia Tech's players talked openly about their goal of making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. But with March approaching, some Hokies players and Coach Seth Greenberg have said their focus has narrowed....

By Mark Viera  |  February 16, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Malcolm Delaney's shot not at top form

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg has often called Malcolm Delaney a "world-class shooter," and the junior guard has showed why at points in his career. But until very recently this season, Delaney's shot has not been 100 percent as a...

By Mark Viera  |  February 16, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies prep for Wake Forest pack-line defense

Virginia Tech has twice played -- and defeated -- Virginia and its pack-line defense. But now the Hokies are preparing to face Wake Forest's variation of the scheme. And there is, quiet literally, a big difference. "Theirs is about three...

By Mark Viera  |  February 16, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech hosts Wake Forest in big test

Happy Fat Tuesday. So eat, drink and be merry. And the revelry might be even more applicable for Virginia Tech fans by late Tuesday night. Virginia Tech hosts Wake Forest in a game rife with implications for the Hokies. And...

By Mark Viera  |  February 16, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech ranked 27th in AP poll

A team from Virginia was ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll released Monday. But it wasn't Virginia Tech. Richmond is at No. 25 after reeling off six-straight wins, but the Hokies (20-4, 7-3) are sitting at...

By Mark Viera  |  February 15, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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In ACC play, Victor Davila not a threat for Hokies

Virginia Tech has been buoyed by the emergence of guard Dorenzo Hudson as a legitimate scorer and swingman Terrell Bell as a role player who does the dirty work. But forward Victor Davila has not emerged as a threat for...

By Mark Viera  |  February 15, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Malcolm Delaney frustrated by lack of foul calls

Malcolm Delaney has been at the center of much of the discussion lately for Virginia Tech, but not because of his dynamic scoring ability. Instead, the discussion has been about whether Delaney has been acting in order to get fouls...

By Mark Viera  |  February 15, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia Tech prepares for a big week

It's Monday of an huge seven-day stretch for Virginia Tech, which hosts Wake Forest on Tuesday and plays at No. 8 Duke on Sunday. Virginia Tech is coming off its second win this season over rival Virginia. The night will...

By Mark Viera  |  February 15, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Video recap: Virginia Tech 61, Virginia 55

Here's a succinct video recap of Virginia Tech's 61-55 win over Virgina on Saturday night. It was provided by the News Distribution Network....

By Mark Viera  |  February 14, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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