Howell finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack, which will face UVa in the quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Berman’s game story should be up soon, and I’m hoping my column will be as well. I’ll link them. Up next: Maryland-Wake Forest.
HALFTIME: N.C. STATE 38, VIRGINIA TECH 32
Pretty good start for the Hokies until the turnovers started. Tech finished with eight of them in the half, contributing to 17 Wolfpack points.
Erick Green hit a couple of quick 3s early but has struggled ever since. He’s got nine points on 3-of-8 shooting, which isn’t terrible, but he’s missed several of those midrange jumpers that he usually drains. He’s also shown some frustration with teammates when he’s been trapped and hasn’t been able to find anyone running toward him. He has half of Tech’s turnovers.
Richard Howell has dominated inside for State, scoring 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
Jarell Eddie and Cadarian Raines are a combined 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points. Robert Brown is 1-for-5 and has two turnovers.
So the question of whether the Hokies would show up? Yes, they did. Now we’ll see if they can hang around the rest of the way and make it interesting at the end.
Also, really important side note: A.C. Slater (known by some as Mario Lopez) will be the honorary starter for the Martinsville Cup race.
SCORE-ANCE OF OLIVIER: Brilliant performance by Olivier Hanlan, who sets a freshman ACC single-game record with 41 points in an 84-64 Boston College victory over Georgia Tech. He went 14 of 18 from the field, 8 of 10 from 3-point line and 5 of 6 from the line.
Not many times you can lead 15-0 and lose by 20. I don’t know how you’d check that, but I’m going to wager that’s never happened. Hokies up next.
BC has a 10-point lead in the second half of the first game. BC freshman Olivier Hanlan is on a scoring tear. Winner will face Miami tomorrow.
Anybody know how to lock a Prius? I know, I know, telling me would force you to admit you own a Prius, or have at least driven one. But Berman and I — with all that combined intellect — couldn’t figure it out for the life of us. Picture the two of us standing next to this beauty of a car, reading the manual. Still didn’t work. Kept unlocking itself.
The good news is nobody wants to steal a Prius.
About to hit the road for Greensboro, where the ACC tournament opens at noon today with Boston College-Georgia Tech (WDBJ). Berman has a preview of the Virginia Tech-N.C. State matchup (2:30, WDBJ) here. I wrote an “anybody but Duke” column that’s meant to be light-hearted; I realize some (Duke fans or not) will not be amused, and that’s OK too. Here that is.
Night games are Maryland-Wake Forest (7 p.m., WDBJ) and Florida State-Clemson (9:30 p.m. WDBJ).
Miami, Duke, Virginia and North Carolina start Friday.
Also, Berman has a feature on Hidden Valley grad Luke Hancock, who is Louisville’s top 3-point shooter.
I’ll check in with some halftime/postgame thoughts on the Hokies game, as well as any other interesting nuggets that might come up down there. If you missed any of yesterday’s discussion about who will win the tournament (there’s some good BBQ discussion in there too), it’s here. Enjoy the tournament!