This weekend the Hokies hosted another top five ranked opponent in Blacksburg. Tech defeat UVA 2 of the 3 games played.
The Hokies lost the home opener on Friday night.
Due to inclement weather coming into the New River Valley on Sunday the teams played a day-night double header to wrap up the series.
The Hokies swept the doubleheader to go on and win the series against the Wahoos’.
The team was led by the starting pitchers for both games who shut down UVA’s high potent offense. Joe Mantiply improved to 4-0 after tossing seven strong innings, allowing only 3 runs. Clark Labitan later came in for the five-out save.
Devin Burke got the start for the Hokies in the rubber game of the series. Burke pitched 7.1 innings, allowing four runs. Burke improved his record to 7-3 on the season.
Andrew Rash had a perfect day at the dish going 3-3 with a triple, a homerun, and 2 RBIs. Jack Joyce came in for the final inning to shut the door on the Hoos.
The Hokies will next play Boston College in Chestnut Hill. The next two ACC weekends will be critical for the Hokies’ ACC tournament hopes.
2013 NFL Draft class was headed by Johnathan Cooper of UNC who was taken 7th overall by the Arizona Cardinals.
In total 31 ACC players were drafted representing 10 schools. The only two schools that did not have a draft candidates were Boston College and Georgia Tech.
Florida State lead this years class with 11 draftees, North Carolina came in second with five.
The Seminoles E.J. Manual was one of the most controversial picks of the draft as he was the 1st and the only QB taken in the first round by the Buffalo Bills with the 16th pick. Most NFL analyst had E.J. with a 3rd round or lower grade and most did not think he was a top 5 QB in the class -- but that goes to show what the analysts grades mean to the scouts.
In a draft where the big uglies took center stage in the 1st round, a lot of these 2nd and 3rd round picks will make rosters for the 2013-14 NFL season. I believe all 5 of the DB's taken will not only make rosters but be contributors on there respective teams.
Cornerback David Amerson may have a great opportunity to get good playing time with a Redskins team that was one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL last season. With their aging secondary Amerson should fit right in and be able to make a significant contribution.
Here is the complete list of the 2013 ACC NFL Draft Class:
The Hokies continued their 120th season of baseball this weekend against the Duke Blue Devils in a three-game ACC series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Hokies completed a three-game sweep against the Blue Devils.
According to HokieSports, Tech (16-5, 4-2 ACC) is also off to its best overall start as a member of the conference (since 2005). The win on Sunday gave Pete Hughes his 500th career win as a baseball head coach.
In the first game Duke (10-8, 2-2 ACC) put its only run on the board in the second frame, as Grant McCabe drew a one-out walk, stole second and then scored on a two-out single by Ryan Munger.
Virginia Tech scored its first run once Swart was taken out of the game. In the eighth, Duke reliever Andrew Istler saw the first batter he faced, Alex Perez. Perez hit a solo home to tie the game 1-1 in the eighth, the first of his career.
Chad Morgan hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the 11th frame to score Tyler Horan and Jake Joyce, who entered the game in the ninth, closed things out for the Hokies as they registered a 2-1 come-back victory over Duke in 11 innings on Friday evening in ACC action.
In the second game against Duke, the Hokies scored five runs in the first and an additional five more runs over the last two frames. Virginia Tech cruised to a 14-7 victory over Duke on Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Horan, who tied a career high with four hits in the game, knocked in the first two with a triple, and Mark Zagunis followed with an RBI single.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Alex Perez singled home two more and the Hokies led 5-0.
Tanner McIntyre (1 IP) and Ricky Hodges (2 IP) finished the game on the mound, with Hodges striking out two, including getting the final out with a caught looking.
The Hokies then went on Sunday afternoon to beat the Blue Devils 6-2 for the sweep.
The Hokies reentered the Top 25 and are ranked #24.
Tech (17-5) prepares to take on ACC rival Miami for a three-game series in Coral Gables Friday evening.
It’s been a season of first for the Miami Hurricanes basketball team: first 13-0 start to ACC play, first time beating a number one overall team, first time winning the ACC regular season, and so on. The Canes added to their impressive resume by finishing the ACC Tournament on top, defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 87-77 at Greensboro Coliseum. The Canes got an early scare when ACC Defensive Player of the Year Durand Scott walked off the court during the first thirty seconds of the game due to a strained back. The Canes missed Scott’s presence, especially on defense as the Tar Heels started off the game on fire. P.J Hairston and Reggie Bullock kept the Tar Heels in the game with their pinpoint shooting from long distance. Instead of slowing the game down as they normally do, the Canes tried beating the Tar Heels at their own game, with Shane Larkin and Trey McKinney Jones matching the Tar Heels shot for shot. The Canes were able to garner a little momentum after Shane Larkin’s floater in the lane with two seconds left put Miami up three going in the half.
Miami hoped that the Tar Heels’ hot shooting from the perimeter was a fluke and that Hairston would cool down after the break. Instead of cooling down, both P.J Hairston and Reggie Bullock heated up even more, giving the Tar Heels the lead for a good portion of the second half. James Michael McAdoo also had some big baskets in the paint for UNC. Yesterday, it was Durand Scott who held off the Wolfpack’s run with his prolific scoring. This time, it was Shane Larkin who willed the Canes back into the lead by doing whatever was asked of him. He hit a big three that cut the Tar Heels’ lead to one late in the second half. Larkin then used his quickness to make the defense collapse and kicked the ball out to Trey McKinney Jones for wide-open three pointers. Larkin helped McKinney Jones score a career-high twenty points on six of nine shooting from the three-point line. When the Tar Heels switched to man, Larkin blew by his defensive assignment for uncontested lay ups or set up Julian Gamble with easy dunks. Finally, Larkin iced the game for Miami, making all eight of his free throw attempts.
Canes Nation was disappointed when the committee passed up Shane Larkin for ACC Player of the Year, instead giving to Virginia Tech senior Erick Green. Larkin made his case again today, finishing the game with a career high 28 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds. Shane’s father, hall of fame shortstop Barry Larkin, looked on proudly as his son earned ACC Tournament MVP honors. Barry still wishes his son followed his footsteps and played baseball but everyone else in Miami is grateful to have Shane leading the Canes as they prepare for the NCAA Tournament.
Miami Hurricanes’ head coach Jim Larranaga refers to shooting guard Durand Scott as the “heart and soul” of the team. Scott displayed his leadership again today, this time by scoring a career high 32 points against a normally stingy Wolfpack defense. The Canes needed every one of his baskets prevent the predicted ACC champion in the preseason from upsetting the number one seed. The Canes came storming out of the gate, jumping out to a quick 16-5 lead in the first ten minutes of the game. Scott helped Miami extend its lead to nineteen with three minutes left in the first half by scoring nineteen first-half points. The Wolfpack rallied back with a run of their own at the end of the first half, led by senior Scott Wood. Wood hit two threes at the end of the first half and shifted momentum towards the Wolfpack as the two teams headed towards the locker room for halftime.
The second half began with the two teams exchanging blows. The Canes had trouble pulling away while the Wolfpack had trouble making a game-changing run. North Carolina State was able to end the stalemate by cutting the Canes’ lead to six. Once again, Scott Wood inspired the Wolfpack run with his pinpoint three-point shooting. It also did not help the Canes’ cause that they were being careless with the basketball and not getting back in transition. Durand Scott came to the rescue again by hitting a big three that shifted momentum back towards the Canes. Backcourt teammate Shane Larkin followed Scott’s lead and scored critical baskets for Miami when they needed it the most. Together, Scott and Larkin combined for 55 of Miami’s 81 points, accounting for 68 percent of the total offense. Not only did Miami’s backcourt get it done on offense, but the two best perimeter defenders in the ACC also led the way on defense, creating five steals between them. Scott and Larkin also forced Scott Wood and Lorenzo Brown into tough shots, making it difficult for NC State to stay in the game.
With less than three minutes left in the game, Durand Scott fouled out. He received a standing ovation from the limited Miami supporters at Greensboro Coliseum. The Wolfpack looked to make another run, cutting the lead to eight with less than two minutes to go. This time, Shane Larkin silenced the crowd with his lightning quick handles, smart decision-making, and clutch free throws. Larkin dribbled the ball at the end of the game, as the Canes celebrated making their first ever ACC Championship game. The Hurricanes will play the North Carolina Tar Heels tomorrow, whom they have already defeated twice this season. They will be favored to win again and take home their first ever ACC Championship.
The nation’s leading scorer, Erick Green, was named a finalist for the Wooden Award Saturday.
The John R. Wooden Award Ballot was announced Saturday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN College GameDay. The award is given to the nation’s best player.
The ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are eligible for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
All players on the ballot have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
The Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Atlanta.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.
Among the student-athletes chosen to the Wooden Award ballot were three players who did not make the Midseason Top 25: Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and Miami’s Shane Larkin. Other notable selections include the nation’s top scorer, Erick Green of Virginia Tech (25.0 ppg), and three freshmen: Anthony Bennett of UNLV, redshirt freshman Ben McLemore of Kansas, and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, according to the John R. Wooden Award website.
Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis won the men’s Award in 2012.
Voting will take place from March 18th through March 25th, allowing voters to account for the first weekend of competition in the NCAA Tournament.
Erick Green and Virginia Tech will conclude their regular season at Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at Wake Forest. The game will be televised live by The ACC Network.
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Virginia Tech’s Men’s Basketball team will take on the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils.
The Hokies will travel to the home of the “Cameron Crazies” to play the Blue Devils after defeating Clemson on Saturday.
The Blue Devils are playing the Hokies after coming off a great win over then-No. 5 Miami. Erick Green, nation’s leading scorer, averaging 25 points per game will play one of his last games in a Hokie uniform.
Last time these two teams met, Duke was coming off a disappointing loss to Maryland. The Duke Blue Devils beat the Hokies 88-56 in Cassell Coliseum.
Green, however, has made several accomplishments as a Hokie. If Green can hold onto the national scoring title sources say he will be the first ACC player to win it since 1957. Green made 29 points in his last home game of his career to beat the Clemson Tigers.
Green will look to come out strong against the Blue Devils but Robert Brown and other key players to Virginia Tech will have to contribute having Senior Ryan Kelly, Duke forward, come back from a foot injury.
Kelly scored a career-high 36 points against the Miami Hurricanes. Duke, who is 25-4 will come off one of their greatest wins this season as the Virginia Tech Hokies make the last push to make the ACC tournament.