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Virginia Tech Basketball Season Outlook

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BLACKSBURG – The Hokies were a depleted team following the firing of Seth Greenberg and the hiring of James Johnson. Recruits bailed and because of the timing of the hiring Johnson was unable to get a full recruiting class. As he enters his second season as the head coach, Johnson has a lot more in the tank but expectations are low, very low. The ACC media picked Tech to finish dead last in 15th place.

At this point you have to be as optimistic as possible, especially if you're a member of the team and during preseason media day every player reinforced the fact that this team has the right mentality as the season approaches. However, significant minutes are going to be played by youngsters who have yet to prove themselves at college basketball's highest level.

To see interviews with head coach James Johnson and a number of players please click on the video player above. (Interviews will be progressively updated this week (Nov. 5th-8th)).

NOTABLE COMMENTS ON ROSTER

· C.J. Barksdale (G.W./Hargrave) has been suspended by coach Johnson for the first three games of the season for an undisclosed violation of team rules. "He made a bad decision and he's got to pay for it," Johnson told The Roanoke Times. "We expect him to still be a major part of this program." Barksdale will miss the USC Upstate, West Virginia and Western Carolina games.

· Malik Mueller was expected to contribute right away but the freshmen will have to sit out the entire season because the NCAA has deemed him academically ineligible. Mueller, from Germany is allowed to practice but told The Roanoke Times that NCAA took had an issue with two of his courses - a physical education class and a religion class. "There were two classes they didn't accept, which dropped my GPA too low," he said.

· Marshall Wood (Rustburg) should get more playing time after missing a part of last season with an injury. Many fans thought he was too skinny. He knew that and has bulked up, adding noticeable weight to his 6-foot-8 frame.

· Ben Emelogu is only a freshman and yet he has earned the title of team captain. This definitely speaks to his energy and leadership skills but if you're a Tech fan you do have to wonder, how come none of the veteran players have stepped up into that role following the departure of Erick Green.

· Cadarian Raines is going to have to be a force down low if Tech wants to compete on a nightly basis in the ACC. An observer could see he could bring it one night and disappear the next.

No.

Name

Pos.

Height

Weight

Class

Hometown

1

Malik Mueller

G

6' 3"

210

Fr.

Ehingen, Germany

2

Joey van Zegeren

F

6' 10"

225

r-So.

Hoogeveen, The Netherlands

3

Adam Smith

G

6' 1"

170

r-So.

Jonesboro, Ga.

4

Cadarian Raines

F

6' 9"

238

r-Sr.

Petersburg, Va.

10

Marquis Rankin

G

6' 1"

170

Jr.

Charlotte, N.C.

11

Devin Wilson

G

6' 4"

185

Fr.

McKees Rocks, Pa.

14

Greg Donlon

F

6' 8"

230

So.

Midlothian, Va.

15

Ben Emelogu

G

6' 5"

205

Fr.

Grand Prairie, Texas

21

Maurice Kirby

F

6' 9"

235

Fr.

Chandler, Ariz.

22

Christian Beyer

F

6' 7"

200

Jr.

New Bern, N.C.

25

Will Johnston

G

6' 4"

205

Jr.

Midlothian, Va.

31

Jarell Eddie

F

6' 7"

220

Sr.

Charlotte, N.C.

32

Trevor Thompson

F

6' 11"

210

Fr.

Indianapolis, Ind.

33

Marshall Wood

F

6' 8"

230

So.

Rustburg, Va.

42

C.J. Barksdale

F

6' 8"

235

Jr.

Danville, Va.

 

MUST SEE GAMES (FULL SCHEDULE LISTED BELOW)

WVU at VT, Nov. 12th – It's part of ESPN's marathon of college basketball. It's early in the season but since it's against another power conference team it should give fans a glimpse of what to expect for the season.

VMI at VT, Nov. 18th – Media members love matchups between two local teams and VMI could come away with a victory in this one. Stan Okoye has graduated for VMI but the Keydets are capable of surprising the Hokies.

VT vs. Michigan State, Nov. 22nd – Michigan State is a top 5 teams and it's on a neutral court in Brooklyn, NY.

Radford at VT, Nov. 29th – It's 14.6 miles from one campus to the other.

VT at Miami, Dec. 8th – The Hokies get an early start on ACC play with a trip south. Miami lost a boatload from its ACC championship team.

VT vs. VCU, Dec. 21st – The game will be played on Richmond's home floor. VCU has the havoc defense and a preseason Top 25 ranking.

VT at UVa, Jan. 25th – The Cavaliers have won three in a row and five out of the last six against Tech. You never want to be the little brother in this rivalry.

VT at Duke, Feb. 25th – The Hokies first face Duke and then return home to face UNC. Fun stuff for coach Johnson.

Date

Opponent

Time

TV

Location

Sat., Nov 9, 2013

USC Upstate

Noon

ESPN3

Cassell Coliseum

Tue., Nov 12, 2013

West Virginia

1 p.m.

ESPN

Cassell Coliseum

Fri., Nov 15, 2013

Western Carolina

7 p.m.

ESPN3

Cassell Coliseum

Mon., Nov 18, 2013

VMI

7 p.m.

ESPN3

Cassell Coliseum

Fri., Nov 22, 2013

vs. Michigan State

9:30 p.m.

TruTV

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sat., Nov 23, 2013

vs. Consolation/Championship

TBA

TruTV

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Tue., Nov 26, 2013

Furman

7 p.m.

ESPN3

Cassell Coliseum

Fri., Nov 29, 2013

Radford

2 p.m.

ESPN3

Cassell Coliseum

Tue., Dec 3, 2013

Winthrop

7 p.m.

ESPN3

Cassell Coliseum

Sun., Dec 8, 2013

at Miami *

12:30 p.m.

ESPNU

Coral Gables, Fla.

Sat., Dec 21, 2013

vs. VCU

5:30 p.m.

NBCSN

Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va.

Sat., Dec 28, 2013

UNCG

Noon

ESPN3

Cassell Coliseum

Tue., Dec 31, 2013

Maryland-Eastern Shore

4 p.m.

ESPN3

Cassell Coliseum

Tue., Jan 7, 2014

Syracuse *

9 p.m.

ACCN

Cassell Coliseum

Sat., Jan 11, 2014

Boston College *

Noon

RSN

Cassell Coliseum

Wed., Jan 15, 2014

Clemson *

7 p.m.

RSN

Cassell Coliseum

Sun., Jan 19, 2014

at Notre Dame *

6 p.m.

ESPNU

South Bend, Ind.

Wed., Jan 22, 2014

Wake Forest *

7 p.m.

RSN

Cassell Coliseum

Sat., Jan 25, 2014

at Virginia *

3 p.m.

ACCN

Charlottesville, Va.

Wed., Jan 29, 2014

at Boston College *

7 p.m.

RSN

Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Sat., Feb 1, 2014

Maryland *

Noon

ACCN

Cassell Coliseum

Wed., Feb 5, 2014

at Florida State *

9 p.m.

RSN

Tallahassee, Fla.

Sat., Feb 8, 2014

at Pittsburgh *

Noon

RSN

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sat., Feb 15, 2014

Miami *

6 p.m.

RSN

Cassell Coliseum

Tue., Feb 18, 2014

Virginia *

9 p.m.

ACCN

Cassell Coliseum

Sat., Feb 22, 2014

NC State *

2 p.m.

RSN

Cassell Coliseum

Tue., Feb 25, 2014

at Duke *

7 p.m.

ESPNU

Durham, N.C.

Sat., Mar 1, 2014

North Carolina *

2:30 p.m.

ACCN

Cassell Coliseum

Tue., Mar 4, 2014

at Maryland *

8 p.m.

ACCN

College Park, Md.

Sat., Mar 8, 2014

at Georgia Tech *

2 p.m.

ESPN / ESPN2

Atlanta, Ga.

 

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