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Miracle at Littlejohn

February 26, 2009

It was a must win and we won. I was beginning to think that “must win” is Latin for “sure loss”.

It was a tough road win, but Tech was victorious coming out of (imaginatively named) Clemson, SC with a life saving 80-77 double-u.

Personally, I missed most of the game because I was watching the Red Sox lose to the Twins in Florida (take note NFL network – the MLB network is free, bitches) and I didn’t know the game was televised up here in NY, though I did tune in to watch the last ten or so minutes. And everyone knows those are the most important minutes of the game.

From what I saw, we played a good overall game, but in all honesty, Clemson shit the bed on this one. Not committing a foul in the last 20 or so seconds after we rebounded while they were down by 1 was dumb. They waste about 8 seconds just dicking around and then finally put one of our guys to the line. He makes both of them and now Clemson is down 3 with about 15 seconds left. Then they make a shot that was inept at best, and don’t put anyone under the basket allowing us to rebound, hold the ball, and win.

Now, let me clarify, I know nothing about basketball. Nothing. And I figured that shit out on my own. How does Clemson not figure it out? Anyways, when it comes down to it, we won and they lost, end of story.

The implications this has on our chances of getting into the tourney is great, but we still have a tough road in our last few games, with Saturday being against Duke. I probably won’t watch this one either, but I’ll still be rooting for the gobblers. I always do. You should too.

Your tears sustain me.

Hokie Basketball…

February 19, 2009


So last night’s game against UVA…. Terrell Bell poured in 3 points off the bench… which was 3 points more than anyone else that didn’t start.

You just can’t win many games that way. And we sure as hell had no shot last night. Our team is about as deep as the Alabama gene pool (oh yes, we are starting early).

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Let’s rewind for a second, shall we?

…We’ve just come off a big over time win at Miami. We are 14 – 5. What do we need from there to get in? 5 wins?

We play lights out in the first half against #12 Clemson. Are you feeling good? Because we are feeling good enough to hit on that good looking but not intimidatingly hot girl at the end of the bar.

Then her biker boyfriend showed up. It was all over. We drop the Clemson game in monumental Rich-Rodriguez-esque collapse. The next five games are a combination of mud and puke. Sure, we pulled out two ridiculously ugly wins against NC State and Georgia Tech. But we also dropped three winnable games against BC, UVA, and the Twerps.

Would you like to know how our season finishes??

FSU (twice)
@Clemson
Duke
UNC

With 16 wins, we are at Threat Level: Midnight. We probably need 4 wins now, with those terrible losses to Maryland and UVA. Anyone see 4 wins in there?

Maybe this is the point of Casino Royale where we got cheated. We lost everything. But maybe Felix is waiting in the wings to buy us back in. Is Seth our Felix? Is the NCAA our Vesper? Are these Casino Royale references doing anything for you?

Most likely no, no, and hit or miss.

Good luck boys. You’re going to need it. We’re all going to need it.

GO HOKIES!!!

Basketball Game #25: UVA

February 18, 2009
In between all of the swearing and remote throwing, we haven’t really put anything up about Tech basketball this year. We know. It’s on us. We’ve disappeared like Jeff Allen on offense.

But now the boys need our help. We seem to be squarely on the bubble going into a must win tonight at UVA. And good lord do we love beating UVA.

Anyone else remember chants of “Wait until basketball season” every time we beat them in football? So do we.

We know the hero will help us out. It always does. We also know that the team reads our site. The aforementioned Mr. Allen is shown here doing his best impression of our wave to our dispatched football opponents:

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As for our hero, we have to go with what works. After sifting through the 30 baseball posts by The Northerner, we found our man that took down the Cavaliers during the fall:

GO HOKIES!!!

Hudson can’t hold his Gatorade

February 23, 2008

We know we’ve been out of commission for a while, but we just had to post this. Keep an eye on Hudson (closest to the “A” in ACC):

We rewound this about 15 times. Considering how the game turned out, maybe someone should throw up on the floor every game.

Virginia Tech Basketball Team Thinks Its Football Season

January 16, 2007

Warning: This post is heavily littered with super-happy, holy-crap-I-can’t-believe-we-did-it enthusiasm.


Currently, the Hokies are 13-4. I could have seen this. 13-4 is good, and looking at our schedule, pretty average. The thing is, Tech was 10-4 going into last Saturday. Next 3? Duke, UNC-Greensboro, and UNC (the real one). Now we are 13-4 after the greatest week of basketball ever. We are ranked for the first time since I was 12 years old.

At the beginning of this season, I told pretty much everyone I knew that Tech would be ranked in basketball this year. I wholeheartedly believed. After loses to W. Michigan and Marshall, my preseason hype was looking like an ESPN preseason poll. But the hype was for real. And this team is for real… when they want to be.

Sure we lost 4 games to teams that aren’t the greatest ever. Do I care at all? Does anyone care? No. This team has officially arrived. We aren’t contenders for National Titles, and we don’t expect to be. But with a history of nubbins basketball since the likes of Ace Custis (yeah, that was an Ace Custis reference), we are now ranked. Whether we can stay there is yet to be seen, but with the job Coach Greenberg has done in only 4 years, I have a good feeling we’ll stay solid.

For those that are not familiar with the program, or Hokies that have forgotten their roots, let me recap where we were my freshman year, the 2002-2003 season:

  • We had a UVA grad as a coach.
  • Our record was 12-17, with a 4-12 conference record.
  • We did not make the Big East tournament. Do you know what it takes to make the Big East tournament? Not be last. Too tough of a task for us.
  • Our best player was a 400 pound ex-offensive lineman named Terry Taylor.
  • Our student section sat for 80% of the game.

Now, you can’t get student tickets. It is loud for every game. We are ranked, and the future looks bright. I know the season isn’t over, but some of us were there at the beginning. This team took a big step this past week. Oh, and this happened:

How the Hokies will make the NCAA Tournament

December 18, 2006

Virginia Tech Corner

Virginia Tech has not made an NCAA Tournament since 1996. At this, the 10 year anniversary, it’s time we came back. We have sat through years of Ricky Stokes and Luke Minor, but our time has come. Despite losses this season to Western Michigan, Southern Illinois, and George Washington (who isn’t any good any more), we still have a very doable road to the field of 64.

(On a tangent, we have never beaten Western Michigan. Are you freaking serious? I can understand the first time during the 1976 NCAA Tournament, but 4 straight since 2001? Granted, they have been a 20-win team a few times in those years, but still. It’s directional Michigan. Hell, we have a better record against Duke in that time period.)

So to have a shot at the tourney, a team would need to at least get to 19 wins in the regular season. Disregarding the conference tournament, we will go with 19. Currently, we are 7-3, leaving a need for 12 more wins in our next 20 games. A tough task? You bet, but its can be done.

Despite our record of losing to crappy teams early in the season, let’s assume we become a good foul-shooting team for a few games and can finish off the gimmies. The following 4 should be easy wins:

  • Campbell
  • Marshall
  • Richmond
  • UNC Greensboro

This puts us at 11-3. We also have a game in there against Seton Hall, who is tough to figure out. They are the Pirates, which as a Pittsburgh fan means they suck. (Another tangent: if my team was called the Pirates, I would definitly do my entrance to the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean.)

With the Seton Hall game and 2 against Miami, if we can come out with 2 wins from those 3 games we’ll be at 13-4 As long as Seton Hall doesn’t use the Pirates of the Caribbean Theme and Miami doesn’t stab one of our players, we could come out with 3 W’s.
13 more conference games, 6 wins needed. Let’s assume we lose to UNC twice and Duke once, putting us at 13-7. We’ll need to win 6 out of our 10 remaining games:
  • @FSU
  • Maryland
  • NC State (2 games)
  • @Georgia Tech
  • Boston College (2 games)
  • UVA (2 games)
  • Clemson

Here’s the Blueprint:

  • Beat 2 out of Clemson, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and FSU
  • Split 2 of the home-and-home sets
  • Sweep one of the home-and-home sets
There it is. 19 wins, and a shot at the tourney. An extra win in the season or in the ACC Tournament would all but lock it up. The toughest part will be getting a 2 game sweep over NC State, BC, or UVA, but it can be done. To wrap this all up in a nice neat package:
  • 4 gimmie wins – take care of business
  • 2 out of 3 against the Pirates and Thugs
  • Beat 2 out of Clemson, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and FSU
  • Split 2 of the home-and-home sets
  • Sweep one of the home-and-home sets
All of that equals dancing in March. I don’t even care what seed or how far we go. The first step is to make it… for the first time since it was still called Virginia A & M.