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Hokies Journal: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Hokies-Terps tip-off delayed until 7 p.m.

UPDATED | 4:55 p.m. The men's basketball game between Maryland and Virginia Tech has been delayed two and a half hours due to a water main break caused after a catering truck ran into a fire hydrant near Cassell Coliseum,...

By Steve Yanda  |  February 27, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech had a long, tough week

Virginia Tech opened its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with three games, all against opponents ranked at the time. But in their penultimate week of regular-season play, the Hokies also had a taxing week. Virginia Tech played at Duke on Sunday,...

By Mark Viera  |  February 27, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Greivis Vasquez should be tough for Hokies

When Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg was asked recently what concerns him about Maryland, he replied, "Don't have enough time." But one big reason the Hokies' coach is concerned is because of Terrapins guard Greivis Vasquez. With an unconventional style,...

By Mark Viera  |  February 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia Tech hosts Maryland

It's a big Saturday in Blacksburg. Let's get straight to the morning links. Virginia Tech will look to "protect the Cassell," as Coach Seth Greenberg likes to say, with Maryland coming to town for an important test for the Hokies....

By Mark Viera  |  February 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech fans should root for these teams

Virginia Tech will become one of the most interesting teams to follow in final two weeks of the regular season and during the conference tournament time. The Hokies are once again making a push for the NCAA tournament. While the...

By Mark Viera  |  February 26, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech angling for bye in ACC tournament

Virginia Tech might still need to do some work to get into the NCAA tournament. And one important proving ground could be the ACC tournament, where the Hokies could have the chance to secure some needed quality wins away from...

By Mark Viera  |  February 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Terps to challenge Hokies with transition offense

With its tough-to-handle transition offense, Maryland has become one of the most potent teams in the ACC. And that will put stress on Virginia Tech's low-scoring offense while challenging its defense. The Terrapins are averaging a league-best 76.2 points in...

By Mark Viera  |  February 26, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech prepares for Maryland

Happy Friday. Here's some reading to start the weekend early. Virginia Tech takes on Maryland in another huge game for the Hokies. Coach Seth Greenberg sent a message about just how important this game is, in his letter to the...

By Mark Viera  |  February 26, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech's ACC road struggles

It's no secret that it's hard to play on the road in the ACC. But Virginia Tech's 2-5 record away from Blacksburg in conference games could end up hurting it on Selection Sunday. The Hokies are 6-0 in conference games...

By Mark Viera  |  February 25, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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When not in foul trouble, Jeff Allen playing well

When Jeff Allen is on the court, he is playing about as well as any of Virginia Tech's players. The problem: Allen is seeing more time on the bench. As the discussion continues about Allen's persisting foul trouble, the narrative...

By Mark Viera  |  February 25, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Will nonconference schedule hurt Hokies?

Between now and Selection Sunday, Virginia Tech will find itself under the microscope as it becomes one of the most fussed and discussed teams in the country. The Hokies' bid for an NCAA tournament berth will be decided over the...

By Mark Viera  |  February 25, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies need to bounce back vs. Maryland

On Wednesday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney wore a somber countenance. He had a towel over his shoulders, occasionally dabbed his face and spoke softly. "We didn’t play hard today," Delaney said following the Hokies'...

By Mark Viera  |  February 25, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia Tech loses to Boston College

Thursday on a college campus usually means happy thoughts and the start of the weekend. I'm sure that will hold true in Blacksburg on this Thursday, but certainly not everyone in the Virginia Tech can feel happy about things this...

By Mark Viera  |  February 25, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Is Jeff Allen treated fairly by officials?

BOSTON -- Virginia Tech forward Jeff Allen has had problems all season stay out of foul trouble. But plenty of observers and fans have raised the question of whether he is handled fairly by officials. There have been points in...

By Mark Viera  |  February 24, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Hokies need Jeff Allen out of foul trouble

BOSTON -- Virginia Tech needed a third scorer this season to compliment Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen and has received a pleasant surprise in the form of Dorenzo Hudson. But at times, Allen has not been much of a force...

By Mark Viera  |  February 24, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Seth Greenberg for ACC coach of the year?

BOSTON -- Seth Greenberg has led Virginia Tech to its best start in his seven seasons in Blacksburg, and the Hokies are on the cusp of making their second NCAA tournament appearance in the past four seasons. Safe to say...

By Mark Viera  |  February 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Shooting poorly, Hokies turn to flex offense

BOSTON -- Virginia Tech has fashioned a defensive identity, which is a good thing. The Hokies have not been shooting well this season. In ACC games, Virginia Tech is shooting only 40.2 percent, including a league-low 28.4 percent from three-point...

By Mark Viera  |  February 24, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech takes on Boston College

BOSTON -- Hello from Beantown. I'm a short cab ride away from Chestnut Hill, where Virginia Tech will play at Boston College. I'll have more from there later on, but until then, here's some reading. The Hokies have had some...

By Mark Viera  |  February 24, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Seth Greenberg likes NCAA tournament expansion

Virginia Tech finds itself, once again, sitting on the NCAA tournament bubble. But maybe some time soon that won't be the case if the field expands to 96 teams. Earlier this week, Hokies Coach Seth Greenberg said expansion is something...

By Mark Viera  |  February 23, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies trips to Boston College have been crazy

In its quest to reach the NCAA tournament, Virginia Tech cannot afford a slip-up game, so it probably needs to win at Boston College. But the Hokies are 1-7 in Chestnut Hill and have been involved in a few memorable...

By Mark Viera  |  February 23, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech prepares for Boston College

It's a busy Tuesday of travel for me. I'll cut to the chase with some morning reading. After its loss Sunday at Duke, Virginia Tech is preparing to face Boston College, which is coming off a win over North Carolina...

By Mark Viera  |  February 23, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cameron Crazies' cheat sheet on Hokies

After Virginia Tech's 67-55 loss to Duke on Sunday, I was able to get my hands on the cheat sheet distributed in the student section at Cameron Indoor Stadium. So I figured I'd share a few of the funny (and...

By Mark Viera  |  February 22, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Duke owned Virginia Tech on backboards

Virginia Tech played well Sunday night in Durham. But one glaring deficiency in the Hokies' 67-55 loss to No. 6 Duke was its inability to compete with the Blue Devils in the paint. Led by 7-foot-1 center Brian Zoubek, the...

By Mark Viera  |  February 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What does Hokies' loss to Duke mean?

In its final five games of the season, Virginia Tech will be the center of attention as a bubble team in the hunt for an at-large NCAA tournament bid. So, after each game, it's fair to look at how the...

By Mark Viera  |  February 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia Tech loses at Duke

It's Monday so here's some reading to start off the week. Virginia Tech is coming off its 67-55 loss at No. 6 Duke. The Hokies had a good start in the first half but were unable to finish the job...

By Mark Viera  |  February 22, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech confident heading into Duke game

DURHAM, N.C. -- In recent weeks, Virginia Tech has been playing about as confident as it has all season. And the Hokies are feeling good heading into Sunday night's game at Duke. "Right now, the way we’ve been playing, I...

By Mark Viera  |  February 21, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies want fast start at Cameron Indoor Stadium

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cameron Indoor Stadium is considered hallowed ground in college basketball, in part because of the atmosphere created by fans and students who crowd the court with seats that seem as if they were actually in bounds. Part...

By Mark Viera  |  February 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech plays at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. -- Hello from Duke country. Here are some links to start your Sunday. Virginia Tech is coming to here looking to establish its credibility as an NCAA tournament contender against No. 6 Duke. The Hokies are also looking...

By Mark Viera  |  February 21, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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