Previewing Virginia Tech

NC State opens the ACC Tournament with a matchup against Erick Green and Virginia Tech. Here is a quick preview of the Hokies.


    G 11 Erick Green (6-4, Sr.) 25.4 ppg, 3.9 apg
    G 01 Robert Brown (6-5, So.) 8.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
    F 13 Jarrell Eddie (6-7, Jr.) 12.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg
    F 42 C.J. Barksdale (6-8, So.) 5.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg
    F 04 Cadarian Raines (6-9, R-Jr.) 6.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg

    Erick Green -- Green is the best scorer in the ACC and the country... he was just named ACC Player of the Year. He's efficient and can score in a variety of ways.

    Lorenzo Brown will have the tough task of containing Green today.

    Virginia Tech Notables

    About Today's Game
    The 12th-seed Hokies are 13-18 on the season and were 4-14 in ACC play. The fifth-seed Wolfpack are 22-9 overall and were 11-7 in ACC action.

    The winner of this game will play fourth-seed Virginia tomorrow afternoon.

    Wake Forest 90, Virginia Tech 79
    Erick Green tied a career-high with 35 points in the loss at Wake Forest on Sunday. Marquis Rankin set a new career-high with 15 points and Jarell Eddie added 13 points for the Hokies.

    Green Honors
    Erick Green has been named the ACC Player of the Year by ACSMA. He becomes the first Hokie to earn the honor.

    Erick Green has been named first-team All-ACC by ACSMA. He was a second team selection last season.

    Green Notes
    Erick Green leads the ACC and the nation in scoring.

    Green became the 12th player in Virginia Tech history to score 1,700 career points in the Wake Forest game and set a new school record for points in a single season, with 786.

    Smart Guys
    Jarell Eddie and Christian Beyer have been named to the 2012-13 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Men's Basketball team. This is Eddie's second year on the team and the first season for Beyer.

    Odds & Ends
    The Hokies have played in four of the seven overtime games played this season by ACC teams. Tech defeated Georgia Tech and lost at UNC and at NC State in the only ACC conference overtime games this season.

    Heading to The Gate City
    Virginia Tech will make its ninth appearance in the ACC Tournament this week in Greensboro, N.C. ... Tech finished the regular season 13-18 overall and 4-14 in ACC action ... Tech finished the regular season in 12th place ... Tech will play fifth-seed NC State in the first round on Thursday ... The winner of that game will play fourth-seed Virginia at 2:30 p.m., on Friday afternoon.

    The Hokies in Greensboro
    Tech has played in the Greensboro Coliseum 16 times over the years, with a 6-10 record ... Tech is 3-9 all-time in the building against teams currently in the ACC ... Tech's last appearance in the building was on Nov. 19, 2012, when the Hokies defeated UNC Greensboro, 96-87 ... Tech is 2-3 in ACC Tournament games in this arena.

    The Series vs. NC State
    The Wolfpack holds a 36-14 advantage in the all-time series ... The Pack defeated Tech, 90-86, in overtime on Feb. 16 in PNC Arena in the only meeting this season ... NC State has won the last two meetings in the series, but the Hokies had won the four games previous to that ... This will be the second ACC Tournament meeting between Tech and NC State ... The Pack defeated Tech, 72-64, in the semifinal of the 2007 ACC Tournament in Tampa ... The Hokies are 5-8 against NC State since joining the ACC ... Tech and NC State have met once before in the Greensboro Coliseum ... The Hokies defeated No. 7 NC State, 89-65, in the Coliseum on Dec. 3, 1983.

    Tech in Conference Tournaments
    This will be the ninth ACC Tournament for the Hokies and the 10th-straight conference tournament for the Hokies ... Tech is 8-9 in ACC Tournament action ... The Hokies have a combined 32-49 all-time record in postseason conference tournaments ... Tech is 9-16 all-time against current ACC members in post-season conference tournaments.

    The ACC Tournament
    Virginia Tech makes its ninth appearance in the ACC Tournament ... This is the 60th annual ACC Tournament ... This is the Hokies' fourth trip to the Greensboro Coliseum for an ACC Tournament ... Greensboro has hosted 24 ACC Tournaments ... The next most-common venue is Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh (13) ... Of the 10 other arenas to host the event, three, the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, the Charlotte Coliseum and the Omni in Atlanta, are no longer standing.

    Hokies in the ACC First Round Games
    The Hokies are 4-1 in ACC first round games since joining the league ... Tech won its last four first round games.

    Hokies High Points in GSO
    The Hokies defeated UNC Greensboro, 96-87, in the Greensboro Coliseum on Nov. 19 earlier this season ... That is the Hokies' highest point total of the season.

    Virginia Tech athletics contributed to this report.

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