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Hokies Successful in Canada
by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, TSLMail #498, August 19, 2011

The Virginia Tech men's basketball team beat the University of Windsor in two games earlier in the week. Tech knocked off the Lancers 73-61 in the opening game, and won the second game by a score of 79-63.

Sophomore wing Jarell Eddie did not make the trip because he is suspended for the fall semester. He is eligible to return in mid-December, as soon as the fall semester ends. J.T. Thompson only played the first two minutes of the first game. He had some knee trouble and didn't play for the remainder of the trip. Thompson is coming off a torn ACL that forced him to miss the 2010-11 season.

Here's a quick recap of how some of Tech's key players fared

Erick Green: The junior started at point guard for the Hokies, and also saw a little action on the wing. He averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 assists and 27 minutes per game. Green ran the team well, but did miss all three of his three-point attempts.

Dorenzo Hudson: The r-senior wing played an average of 24.5 minutes per game in Canada. He scored 11 points in the first game, but he struggled in the second meeting with just two points and four turnovers.

Dorrian Finney-Smith: Tech's highly-touted freshman scored 15 points and had eight rebounds in the first game. He finished with 11 points and eight rebounds in the second game. It was a very successful start to his career. Finney-Smith played small forward and power forward, and knocked down 3-of-7 shots from the outside. Seven of his 15 rebounds were offensive rebounds.

C.J. Barksalde: The freshman post player was perhaps the biggest surprise of the trip. He started the second game with Thompson out of the lineup, and he responded with 18 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes. He was 5-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

Robert Brown: Tech's freshman wing came off the bench in both games to average 20 minutes. He scored 7.5 points per game and knocked down 30% of his outside jumpers. Brown should see a lot of playing time in his first year.

Marquis Rankin: Rankin is Tech's freshman point guard, and he averaged 16 minutes in the two games in Canada. He's not a scorer, but he is an exceptional athlete who only had one turnover in two total games in his first college action.

Cadarian Raines: Raines saw extensive action in Tech's first game against Windsor. He scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and he also pulled down eight rebounds in just 17 minutes. Raines is Tech's best rebounder and best post defender. If they can get even a marginal offensive contribution from him this year, it would be a major bonus.

Ty Garland: Garland is a sophomore guard who ran the point and also played off the ball. If the Hokies use any four-out offense this season, Garland is capable of playing on the wing.

Victor Davila: Davila is a proven player who started both games for Tech. He averaged six points and 5.5 rebounds. Davila only averaged 18 minutes as Greenberg wanted to get a lot of playing time for his younger post players.

Joey Van Zegeren: The freshman from Holland played 10 minutes in the second game, scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds. It's unknown how much he will contribute this season.

Shooting and scoring is expected to be an issue for the Hokies this year. They lost Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen, and don't have any proven outside shooters. In two games in Canada, Tech shot 61-of-124 (49.2%) from the field, but just 8-of-32 (25% from three-point range).

 

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