GAME NOTES: The Virginia Tech Hokies are desperately trying to put an end to a current eight-game losing streak, and they'll have a tough test ahead of them Wednesday as they travel to face the Florida State Seminoles in Atlantic Coast Conference play at the Donald Tucker Center.
The last time Virginia Tech recorded a win was back on Dec. 31. The Hokies have only beaten Miami, 61-60 in overtime, in the ACC this year. They're coming off an 80-60 clobbering at the hands of Maryland Saturday.
Florida State hasn't had much success lately either, losing each of its last three games and four of its last five. The Seminoles are coming off a terrible offensive showing against Clemson, losing 53-49 and scoring fewer than 50 points for the first time all season.
Florida State still holds the all-time series lead over Virginia Tech, 27-20. This is the first and only time the two programs will meet on the hardwood during the regular season.
Maryland took an eight-point lead into the half against Virginia Tech Saturday and never looked back, running to the 20-point rout in ACC play. Ben Emelogu was the only Hokie to net a double-digit point total in the contest, scoring 21 on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. The Hokies tallied just seven team assists in the game to go along with eight turnovers. The team shot just 37 percent in the game.
Only three players for Virginia Tech have taken the floor for all 21 games, and one of them is Jarell Eddie, the team's leading scorer. Eddie tops the Hokies with a 14.2 ppg average, despite shooting a dismal 37.5 percent from the floor. Emelogu is second at 11.6 and Adam Smith is third at 11 ppg. Eddie tops the squad in rebounding at 5.7 rpg, and Devin Wilson leads the team with 93 assists on the year.
Florida State experienced a bad combination of events Saturday against Clemson, as the Seminoles lost top scorer Ian Miller for the entire second half due to injury, while the Seminoles' defense couldn't find an answer for Clemson star K.J. McDaniels, who tallied 26 points. Miller played just seven minutes before exiting the game. Aaron Thomas led FSU with 13 points, as the team as a whole shot 34 percent from the floor.
Miller's 12.6 ppg average was missed in the four-point loss for Florida State, as other role players weren't able to fill in for the missing scorer. Okaro White is second on the team at 12.6 ppg, right behind Miller's total. White tops the team in rebounding at 6.7 rpg with a second-best 22 blocked shots on the season. Thomas rounds out the double-digit scorers for FSU with 12.5 ppg. The Seminoles as a unit are averaging 71.2 ppg through 21 games played.
Both Florida State and Virginia Tech are struggling at the moment, though Miller's status for Florida State in this contest against the Hokies is uncertain. Still, Florida State should have the edge at home against a Virginia Tech team desperate for any kind of scoring help.
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