Fifth-seeded N.C. State ended Virginia Tech’s basketball season today in Greensboro in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Wolfpack defeated the Hokies in an 80-63 rout, and in the process ended the career of Virginia Tech’s Erick Green.
The ACC’s Player of the Year, Green had perhaps his worst performance of the season when it mattered the most. Green went a dismal 5-19 from the field, recording his second-fewest points total this season with 15. Green made one more shot from the field than he had turnovers as well – a result of constant pressure and trapping by the Wolfpack.
In Green’s place, Jarell Eddie stepped up and played perhaps his best game of the season. Eddie scored 21 points on 9-14 shooting. Eddie did most of his work driving to the hole and utilizing his oft-seen self-created shots. Head coach James Johnson will have to pray that Eddie builds off this performance heading into the off-season.
The game began to unravel late in the first half as Erick Green left the court for about 45 seconds in an attempt to rest until the under-four media timeout. The Hokies instead turned the ball over twice and saw a three point deficit extend to seven points. James Johnson had to use a timeout to stop the bleeding and get Erick Green back in the game. A once competitive game had gotten out of hand in less than a minute of Erick Green-less Virginia Tech basketball. If this is indicative of how the team will play next year without Erick Green, it could be a long season for 2013-14.
Today marks the first time since 2006 that the Hokies have lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament. It is also the first time since 2010 that the Hokies have been one-and-done in the ACC Tourney as well, when the Hokies earned a first round bye but lost their first game in the quarterfinals.
The Hokies finish the season a disappointing 13-19 with a 4-14 record in conference. It’s clear that James Johnson’s club is going to have some growing pains moving forward losing one of the best basketball players to ever come through Virginia Tech.
For Erick Green, his eyes now turn toward the NBA Draft process as he attempts to become the only active Virginia Tech player on an NBA roster. We here at FightingGobbler wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and we thank him for his time and effort while at Virginia Tech.