FSU vs Virginia Tech preview and game thread

When FSU and Virginia Tech last met on January 10th the Noles were reeling and in desperate need of a win. They’d lost 3 of 4 including at home to Princeton and an embarrassing loss at Clemson. The TN fan base was up in arms and the student newspaper published a column calling for Leonard Hamilton’s job. Well, things have changed. Five weeks later the Seminoles are battling for the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament, and barring a complete meltdown will appear in their 4th consecutive NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

The Hokies (14-11, 3-7) have been the biggest disappointment in the ACC. With a good mix of veterans and freshman and the conferences best point guard they were expected to compete in the post Duke-UNC pod for 3rd to 6th place in the conference and an NCAA bid. Instead, they’re fighting to stay ahead of the three teams everyone knew would be horrible. In conference play they have the 9th rated offense and the 9th rated defense. PG Erick Green is their do-everything player, as he leads the team in points, minutes, assists and steals. He makes 37% of his 3s and half his 2s. In the Hokies 63-59 loss to FSU in January, Green scored 21 points. The other player who played well in that game was freshman Dorian Finney-Smith who scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Following the FSU game he promptly went on an 0-25 shooting streak, prompting coach Greenberg to address the media multiple times pointing out that the streak was his fault, and not Finney-Smith’s. He took the blame because the staff had been re-working his shooting motion. Since missing 25 straight shots, Finney-Smith has averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds over his past three games, making 61% of his 2s and 50% of his 3s. He’s finally playing like everyone expected him to play.

On defense the Hokies don’t force turnovers (222nd nationally) and don’t keep teams off the offensive glass (259th). They’ve given up more than a point per possession in six straight games.

The game tips at 7pm from the Donald L Tucker Center, and is broadcast on ESPN2. The Noles are a 9.5 point favorite in Vegas, and Pomeroy has FSU -10.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Tomahawk Nation

You must be a member of Tomahawk Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Tomahawk Nation. You should read them.

Join Tomahawk Nation

You must be a member of Tomahawk Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Tomahawk Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker