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  1. Virginia Tech guard Marquis Rankin leaves program

    Dec 27, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT


    After playing just over 19 minutes per game as a sophomore, Virginia Tech guard Marquis Rankin did not see any action for the Hokies this season. Earlier in the season head coach James Johnson stated that Rankin was out due to “personal reasons,” and the issues needed to be addressed before he made a return…

  2. Virginia Tech forward Barksdale suspended three games

    Nov 4, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT


    Virginia Tech forward C.J. Barksdale has been suspended the first three games of the year, head coach James Johnson announced on Monday. The Hokies suspended Barksdale for a “violation of team rules.” A 6-foot-8 junior and former Rivals top-100 prospect, Barksdale averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 points per game as a sophomore and will miss…

  3. Virginia Tech’s Malik Mueller ruled ineligible this season

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    James Johnson

    Virginia Tech was already staring at the cellar of the loaded ACC this season, and James Johnson’s road to relevance got that much tougher on Monday evening. The school announced that 6-foot-3 freshman Malik Mueller would be ineligible to play this season due to an issue with his academics. “I am extremely disappointed for Malik,…

  4. Virginia Tech gets commitment from 2014 wing T.J. Lang

    Sep 16, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    James Johnson

    The Virginia Tech Hokies scored a commitment from 2014 wing T.J. Lang on Monday afternoon as the forward pledged to head coach James Johnson. The 6’6″ Lang is the son of former Duke star Antonio Lang and averaged 17.1 points and 4.9 boards per game in his junior year at McGill-Toolen High School as he was…

  5. Erick Greene played with flu-like symptoms against WVU

    Dec 10, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Erick Green, Markel Brown (22)

    Erick Greene went for a team-high 23 points and 10 assists on Saturday for Virginia Tech in a 68-67 loss at West Virginia. Green was 8-for-19 overall and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. He also did that playing with flu-like symptoms, writes Mark Giannotto of The Washington Post. Greene, a senior, didn’t practice in…

  6. College Hoops Week in Review: Five Thoughts

    Dec 3, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Paul Hewitt, Patrick Holloway

    Is the CAA now overrated?: ‘Overrated’ might not be a fair term to use here, as most expected the CAA to take a hit with VCU leaving for the Atlantic 10 this season. ‘Incapable of getting two teams to the tournament’ is probably the better descriptor here. Only three teams in the league having winning…

  7. College Hoops Player of the Week: Erick Green, Virginia Tech

    Dec 3, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Iowa Virginia Tech Basketball

    Player of the Week: Erick Green, Virginia Tech Virginia Tech wasn’t supposed to have a chance this season. Not only was head coach Seth Greenberg fired at the end of April after his entire coaching staff had left during the offseason, but without Greenberg at the helm, both Dorian Finney-Smith, a rising sophomore, and Montrezl…

  8. Virginia Tech moves to 7-0 with upset of No. 15 Oklahoma State

    Dec 1, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Erick Green, Markel Brown

    We love Oklahoma State here at CBT. We love the team’s grit, the soaring athleticism of LeBryan Nash and the ferocious dunking of Markel Brown. We’re waving the banner of Marcus Smart, who has lived up to his name and his pre-season billing as a fabulous freshman. We haven’t paid much attention to Virginia Tech,…

  9. Your guide to the pre-marathon Monday night games

    Nov 12, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

    Bryant v Indiana

    With a matter of minutes left until the first Monday night slate of the college basketball season, here’s a list of game that you might be interested in before midnight hits and the world completely turns its collective attention to the 24-hours of Marathon Madness. A few games will be of interest for certain players,…

  10. Weekend Preview: Syracuse-SDSU highlights a strong weekend slate

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Steve Fisher, Jim Boeheim

    Game of the Weekend: Sunday, 4:00 p.m. No. 9 Syracuse at No. 20 San Diego State (Fox Sports) Syracuse flies out to sunny Southern California to take on the Aztecs in a game that was postponed from Friday evening due to a rainout. Seriously. With wet weather settling in over San Diego and the Battle…

  11. Conference Preview: ACC topped by Tobacco Road triumvirate

    Oct 22, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Rodney Purvis, Lorenzo Brown

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here. For a…

  12. Top 25 Countdown: No. 11 San Diego State Aztecs

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v San Diego State

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here.…

  13. College Hoops Previews: 2012-2013′s Impact Transfers

    Oct 17, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Harrow

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of The Lists we’ve published, click here. For…

  14. Sacramento connections pay dividends for San Diego State as D’Erryl Williams II commits

    Oct 14, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Tony Bland, Steve Fisher

    Taking in “Madness on the Mesa” was apparently enough to convince another Sacramento native to commit to San Diego State. 2013 guard D’Erryl Williams II, who is a high school and AAU teammate of SDSU commit Dakarai Allen, made his pledge to Steve Fisher’s program (subscription required) on Saturday after his official visit to the Mountain…

  15. Steve Fisher: “Right now, it’s not the best team we’ve had”

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v San Diego State

    The last time Steve Fisher coached a team with this much hype he was 20 years younger in Ann Arbor and his starting lineup consisted of the Fab Five. Not even in 2010-2011, when his Aztec team went 34-3 and produced two NBA Draft picks, including Kawhi Leonard, has Fisher had a team that entered…

  16. One to watch: Ike Azotam

    Jul 28, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    photo: Quinnipiac Athletics

    It’s a tough year for hoops in the Nutmeg State. The Connecticut Huskies, just two years out from a stunning national title run, have been gutted by APR problems, banned from postseason play and losing top players as a result. That doesn’t mean the state has nothing to look forward to, however. Quinnipiac made a…

  17. Are top 75 prospects Abdul-Malik Abu and Jared Terrell a package deal?

    Jul 19, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT


    Jared Terrell and Abdul-Malik Abu are not only teammates on Boston’s Expressions AAU team, but both players currently ranked in the top 75 in the Class of 2014. Both Terrell, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, and Abu, a 6-foot-8 forward, have offers pouring in and, well, their lists seem a bit similar. Providence, Iowa State, Rutgers,…

  18. Quinnipiac extends contract of head coach Tom Moore

    Jul 12, 2012, 9:39 AM EDT

    Tom Moore Quinnipiac

    Tom Moore, the two-time NEC Coach of the Year at Quinnipiac, has signed a contract extension through the 2016-17 season, the school announced Wednesday. “Tom and his staff continue to elevate Quinnipiac Men’s Basketball with post-season appearances, academic success and community service,” athletic director Jack McDonald said in a statement. “I and the entire Quinnipiac…

  19. SDSU incoming freshman Winston Shepard busted for weed

    Jun 27, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT


    San Diego State had one of the best back courts in the country last season, and with everyone — Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley, Xavier Thames and James Rahon — returning next season, there is no reason to think that the Aztecs won’t have one of the most potent perimeter attacks for the second straight season.…

  20. Report: Former Virginia Tech forward Dorian Finney-Smith commits to Florida

    Jun 14, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    Akil Mitchell, Dorian Finney-Smith

    Depending on who you ask former Virginia Tech forward Dorian Finney-Smith may have been likely to leave Blacksburg regardless of who the head coach was, be it the eventually fired Seth Greenberg or new head coach James Johnson. According to Adam Zagoria of the ACC All-Freshman team member has made his decision as to…

  21. The Morning Mix

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    It’s day-3 of the re-inspired Morning Mix. I feel like I haven’t missed a beat. It’s probably because I haven’t.  Yeah, I said it. – Xavier and Tennessee will begin a home-and-home series. That could be fun – Washington revealed their non-conference schedule for the 2012-2013 season. They will face three 2012 NCAA tournament teams at home, Loyola (Md),…

  22. Steve Smith hired to replace Rick Ray as assistant at Clemson

    Jun 2, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT


    It hasn’t been the easiest assistant coaching search for Clemson since Rick Ray left to become the head coach at Mississippi State. Following a two-month search and one false alarm of a hiring, the Tigers’ bench is now officially set. Clemson has released a statement, announcing that Georgia State assistant Steve Smith will become part…

  23. Cal State Fullerton coach Bob Burton reportedly stepping down

    May 30, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT


    Bob Burton, Cal State-Fullerton’s head basketball coach for the past decade, is stepping down, according to Jeff Goodman of His replacement on an interim basis will likely be associate head coach Andy Newman. In ten seasons with the Titans, Burton amassed a record of 155-122, including guiding the school to one of just two…

  24. The Mountain West: where transfers go to thrive

    May 23, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

    Khem Birch, Anthony Myles

    Last Friday, Andy Glockner of posted a list of the transfers that will have the biggest impact heading into the 2012-2013 season. It’s a thorough list, including just about every name you need to know that will be playing for a new team next season. There are four names, however, who didn’t get enough…

  25. Virginia Tech releases Montrezl Harrell from letter of intent

    May 17, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT


    After one week of waiting for a decision, 6-8 North Carolina native Montrezl Harrell has been released from his letter of intent by Virginia Tech, Norm Wood of the Daily Press is reporting. Harrell signed with the Hokies in November, set to play for then-head coach Seth Greenberg, but Greenberg was fired after the season…

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