Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest: Full Game Preview

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Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest: Full Game Preview
Virginia Tech
(13-17, 2-9 away)
Wake Forest
(12-17, 11-5 home)
Venue: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, March 10, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Virginia Tech E Green 25.0 C Raines 6.3 E Green 3.9
Wake Forest C Harris 14.8 D Thomas 7.7 C Miller-McIntyre 2.5

On Sunday, Virginia Tech travels to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum to take on Wake Forest. The game gets underway at 2 p.m. EST and you can see it on ACC Network or ESPN3.com. The Hokies beat the Demon Deacons 66-65 on Jan. 19 and are 5-1 against them over the last four years.

Virginia Tech is in 12th place in the conference and has an opportunity to gain ground on 10th-place Wake Forest.

The Hokies fell 85-57 to Duke on Mar. 5. Erick Green finished with 25 points in the loss. He contributes team-best marks with 25.0 points per game, 3.9 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game. For the Demon Deacons, Devin Thomas finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the 81-66 loss to NC State on Mar. 6. He leads the team in rebounds with 7.7 per game and blocks with 1.4 per game. One category in which Wake Forest is especially proficient is free throw rate at 42.9, ranking first in their conference (and 26th nationally).

Wake Forest StatSmack

  • Virginia Tech has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (57.6 percent to 50.0 percent).
  • Erick Green is ranked 1st nationally in points, 7th in the ACC in three-pointers, 6th in the ACC in assists, and 6th in the ACC in steals.
  • Virginia Tech has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Wake Forest (No. 38 vs. No. 53).
  • Virginia Tech is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Virginia Tech is 78.4 inches compared to 77.1 inches for Wake Forest.
  • Virginia Tech has an average margin of victory of 11 over Wake Forest in 10 wins since 1983.
  • The Virginia Tech three-point leader (Erick Green, 55 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Wake Forest three-point leader (C.J. Harris, 50 three-pointers).
  • Blacksburg isn't as congested as Winston Salem (population is significantly lower).
  • Virginia Tech has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Wake Forest ($30,017 vs. $51,910).
  • The Virginia Tech assist leader (Erick Green, 117 assists) has more assists than the Wake Forest assist leader (Codi Miller-McIntyre, 71 assists).
  • Even computers respect Virginia Tech more. Virginia Tech has a better RPI this season than Wake Forest (RPI: No. 158 vs. No. 166).
VT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Erick Green 0 25 4 4 1 0 2
C+ Jarell Eddie 30 12 6 1 0 1 2
C Cadarian Raines 25 7 6 1 0 1 1
C Robert Brown 28 9 3 2 1 0 2
C C.J. Barksdale 22 6 5 1 0 1 1
C- Marshall Wood 16 4 4 1 0 0 1
D+ J. van Zegeren 15 4 3 0 0 1 1
D Marquis Rankin 19 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Christian Beyer 10 2 3 0 0 0 0
D Will Johnston 12 2 0 0 0 0 0
D- Joey Racer 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Marcus Patrick 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Greg Donlon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
WFU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Travis McKie 32 14 7 1 1 1 2
B- C.J. Harris 33 15 2 2 1 0 3
B- Devin Thomas 27 9 8 1 1 1 2
C C. Miller-McIntyre 29 8 3 3 1 0 2
C- A. Adala Moto 16 5 4 0 1 0 1
D+ Tyler Cavanaugh 17 5 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Madison Jones 19 3 1 2 1 0 2
D+ Chase Fischer 14 5 1 1 0 0 1
D+ A. Roundtree III 11 2 2 1 1 1 1
D S. Jennings 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D A. Washington 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
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