Pop…pop….pop. We all know the sound, we all know the pain. This sound is the Hokies bubble bursting year after year after year. We can all hear Coach Greenberg at the end of Selection Sunday crying himself to sleep. We all have cried the last three seasons, none hurting more than last years 25 win, NIT season. It has been tough to be a Hokie fan the past few years, and now the expectations are as high as ever, as well as our hopes. After falling to URI in a less than stellar performance in the NIT, the Hokies needed to make a change. Last years 10-6 ACC record found them in 3rd place behind the Duke Blue Devils (national champs), and Maryland. This, however, was not enough to earn the Hokies a spot in tourney. They were forced out early in the ACC tournament with a first round 70-65 loss to Miami. This dropped the Hokies stock, along with an RPI (strength of schedule wins/losses) that was near the worst in the country. Virginia Tech did have some shining spots in their season last year. The Hokies won games at Iowa, at Penn State, home against Georgia, UNC, Wake Forest, UConn, and Seton Hall in Cancun. The Seton Hall game saw a new star emerge on the VT squad. Dorenzo Hudson exploded for 41 points, and this paved the way for the rest of the season. With Malcolm Delaney averaging 20 points a game, Jeff Allen adding a huge presence down low, and JT Thompson adding inspiring performances off the bench the Hokies looked primed for a season that was not to be.
This season is finally here. What is to be this year?
This question will be answered early when Virginia Tech visits Manhattan, Kansas and steps onto one of the most hostile student sections in college basketball to face Kansas State. On December 1st Purdue comes to Blacksburg, and while they will miss their standout forward Robbie Hummel due to injury, it is a huge opportunity for the Hokies to prove that they are for real. The Hokies have even been recognized by ESPN’s College Gameday, and will be coming to Blacksburg for the first time ever when Duke comes to town Saturday, February 26th. The Hokies return starters Malcolm Delaney, a candidate for player of the year, Dorenzo Hudson, Jeff Allen, Victor Davila, and Terrell Bell. They will need huge bench performances from Cadarian Raines, Erick Green, Manny Atkins, and Ben Boggs. The Hokies also returned the hands down crowd favorite in Paul Debnam. The team also saw some huge losses as well. JT Thompson will be out for the whole season after having surgery to repair ligaments in his knee. Allen Chaney, a transfer from University of Florida, was slated to be a part of the starting rotation, but could miss the whole season with a rare virus. This will certainly test the 21st ranked Hokies this season.
The Hokies face off against the Campbell Camels this Friday in Cassell at 7:30 pm
The Hokies are notorious for starting slow in their first game, but not this year
Virginia Tech 85 Campbell 60
About the Author
Written by Logan Cecchine
I am a Virginia Tech undergrad, and plan on graduating with a degree in human development, as well as a minor in leadership and social change. I am a huge fan of all sports, but college football and basketball are on the top of my list. I am a fan of the Boston Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, Denver Broncos, and my Hokies.