Previewing Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech (16-5, 6-1) has been the surprise of the ACC, as the Hokies sit alone in first place in the conference. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tomorrow's opponent -- tip-off is at 9:00 p.m and the game will be televised on RSN.

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    PROJECTED STARTERS
    F- 13 Deron Washington
    F- 21 Lewis Witcher
    C- 33 Coleman Collins
    G- 22 Jamon Gordon
    G- 01 Zabian Dowdell

    STAR WATCH
    Zabian Dowdell - In earning the ACC Player of the Week award for the second time in three weeks, Dowdell averaged 26.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the 24th-ranked Hokies posted league road wins over Miami and Georgia Tech.

    The Pahokee, Fla., native opened the week scoring a career-high 30 points to go along with five assists and four steals in a 92-85 win at Miami Tuesday. In Saturday's 73-65 victory at Georgia Tech, the senior guard had a game-high 23 points, eight assists and three rebounds. For the week, Dowdell was 14-23 (.609) from the field and 23-26 (.885) from the line.

    Dowdell also won the award for the week ending Jan. 14.

    KEY NOTES
    THE SERIES VS. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
    The Hokies are 10-30 all-time against the Wolfpack and 1-2 in ACC action … NC State has won the last two meetings in the series, including a 70-64 victory against the Hokies in Cassell Coliseum on Feb. 18, 2006 … Tech is 1-1 against State in home ACC games … Tech is 5-9 against the Pack in Blacksburg and 1-2 in games played in Cassell Coliseum … The series has been played in Blacksburg, Raleigh, Lynchburg, Richmond, Durham, Charlotte and Greensboro.

    THE CASSELL GUARD
    Following the win over #22 Maryland, Zabian Dowdell has now scored in double figures in 35 consecutive games in Cassell ... The last time Dowdell did not score double figures in a game in Cassell Coliseum was on Jan. 12, 2005, when he scored eight points in a win over Bethune- Cookman ... He is averaging 18.8 points per game in Cassell Coliseum this season ... His three highest-scoring games of the 2006- 07 season came in a three game stretch in the arena; 21 points against Campbell, 22 points in the win over Richmond and 23 points in the win over #1 North Carolina ... Dowdell played 17 games in Cassell Coliseum in 2005-06 ... He scored in double figures in all 17 games and his 25 points vs. North Carolina A&T were the high point total for the Hokies in the arena last season ... Dowdell averaged 16.4 points per game in Cassell a year ago ... He has scored in double figures in all 19 home ACC games.

    GETTING BETTER AT THE LINE
    At the end of Calendar 2006, the Hokies were shooting 61.1 percent from the line ... Since the arrival of 2007, the Hokies are 158-of-217 from the free throw line, good for 72.8 percent ... The team is now shooting 66.3 percent from the line for the season and 71.2 percent from the line in ACC action (including the December game against Wake Forest) ... In its six January ACC games, the Hokies are 126-of-173 from the line, good for 72.8 percent.

    WINNING ON THE ROAD
    Winning on the Road Virginia Tech has already posted three ACC road wins this season, after winning two ACC road games in each of the team's first two seasons in the league ... Tech has won three straight games, including each of the last two on the road ... The Hokies' now have won back-to-back "true" road games for the first time since 1985 when they resided in the Metro Conference and won at Florida State and South Carolina.

    THE STUDENTS' VICTORY
    In his post-game comments after defeating #22 Maryland, head coach Seth Greenberg made a point to thank the students for their support in the win ... With an ice storm hitting Western Virginia, the Virginia Tech ahtletics administration invited all Virginia Tech students to attend the game, free of charge, since most seasonticket holders would be unable to make it to Blacksburg ... A crowd estimated at 8,000- 8,500 packed Cassell Coliseum, giving the Hokies a unique game environment for this day and age.

    ALWAYS TRUST PEOPLE OVER 30
    In the Hokies' win at Miami, Zabian Dowdell scored a career-high 30 points ... The 30 points is the most points scored by a Virginia Tech player in ACC play, surpassing the old mark of 29 points by A.D. Vassallo at Wake Forest last season ... The last Hokie to score 30-or-more points in a game was Coleman Collins' 32 points at JMU last season ... The last time Tech had more than one 30-point game was the 2003-04 season, when Bryant Matthews had four games of 30-or-more points.

    SHORT TURNAROUND
    Virginia Tech defeated #22 Maryland on Jan. 21 in a game that tipped off at 7:30 p.m. and then 49 and a half hours later, defeated Miami in Coral Gables ... This is the second time this season that the Hokies have played two games in three days ... Tech defeated Seton Hall in Madison Square Garden on Dec. 21 and then defeated Campbell in Cassell Coliseum on Dec. 23 ... After Tech's three games in four days to open the 2005-06 season, the Hokies had one such occurance last season, when Tech lost at home to Duke on Jan. 26 and then defeated Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Jan. 28.

    ACC WINS
    With the win at Georgia Tech, the Hokies are now 6-1 in ACC action ... Tech finished the 2005-06 season 4-12 in league play ... Tech was 8-8 in ACC play in the school's first season in the ACC, 2004-05, and did not win its sixth league game that season until Feb. 17, a 67-65 win in Cassell Coliseum over #7 Duke.

    PHOTO GALLERY

    Zabian Dowdell, Jamon Gordon


    Coleman Collins, Deron Washington


    A.D. Vassallo, Lewis Witcher


    (Photos courtesy AP/Getty)


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