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B2 MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL Wednesday, March 9, 2016 5 Hokies start ACC tourney today against Seminoles al By Mark Berman BH News Media Service WASHINGTON Last year, the Virginia Tech men's basketball team entered the ACC. Tournament on a sevengame losing streak. Two years ago, the Hokies entered the tournament on a. six-game skid: 3 But this time, Tech enters; the tournament on a roll. The Hokies will carry a fivegame winning streak into their ACC.

Tournament second-round game against Florida State at? 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Verizon Center. Tech had a firstround bye. "We're on fire right now and we just want to stay that way. Tech forward Zach LeDay said, after a Monday night practice at the Verizon Center, "It's just very exciting because you can come in with momentum and people.

know not to take you lightly." This is the hottest Tech has been entering a league tournament since Dale Solomon and company took a five game winning streak into the 1979 Metro Conference tournament. The Hokies won that crown. The Hokies have allowed an average of just 65.2 points during their current streak. really confident, guard Justin Bibbs said. "We've been taking pride on stopping players, and that just leads to our offense." Tech (18-13, 10-8) is seeded sixth its highest seed in five years.

Florida State (19-12), which beat Boston College: 88-66 in the first round Tuesday, won eight league games in BH News Media Service Virginia Tech's Justin Robinson dribbles around a Miami defender during Saturday's game in Blacksburg. the regular season and is seeded 11th. Vriginia Tech began its, five-game winning streak, with an 83-73 home victory over FSU: If Tech wins Wednesday, it will face third-seeded and 11thranked Miami, in Thursday's quarterfinals. Tech is coming off a 77-62 home win over Miami last weekend. So the Hokies know how to beat FSU and Miami.

"Anytime you do something once, it gives you confidence to be able to do it again," guard Seth Allen said. "It just shows it's possible for us. Very possible, Bibbs chimed in from in front of the adjoining locker. But coach Buzz Williams isn't putting too much stock into the wins over FSU and Miami. After all, last year Tech lost to.

Wake Forest in the regular season but beat Wake in the first round of the ACC Tournament. you get to thistime of the year, everybody realizes it's a new season, just like we did last year," Williams said. "Good and bad, none of it carries over because everybody's 0-0. The Hokies have defeated some quality foes this season. They have beaten four of the top eight seeds in this tournament (Virginia, Miami, Clemson and Pittsburgh).

But all four of those wins came at Cassell Coliseum, as did that win over FSU. Can the Hokies beat a good team on a neutral court this week? "That's a big step," Bibbs said. our confidence is there, and I think we can really pull it out." "Cassell's been really good to us," LeDay said. "But we're just going to come out here and play as hard as we can, play together, and we feel like we can beat any UVa's Kirven follows steps of previous walk-ons By Doug Doughty BH News Media Service CHARLOTTESVILLE For the span of 31 seconds Saturday night, the five seniors on Virginia's men's basketball team were on the floor together for the first time in their careers. The unlikely star of that cameo appearance, was walk-on Caid Kirven, who perpetuated a tradition that started with his one-time UVa, teammate, Thomas Rogers.

Rogers, also a walk-on, had an equally memorable Senior Night in 2014. It was Rogers' 3-pointer with 30 seconds left that provided the exclamation point as Virginia beat Syracuse to clinch the regular-season. ACC title. Kirven's 3-pointer came with 34. seconds left in UVa's 68-46 romp over Louisville.

of Rogers' 21 career field-goal attempts came from beyond the arc. Kirven, a 6-foot-9, 228-pound forward from Raleigh, North Carolina, had attempted one 3-pointer in 39 appearances before Saturday night. Classmate Anthony Gill said he was reminded of UVa's preparation for its 2014 opener against James Madison. Kirven hit a 3-pointer. while the part of JMU's 6-9 Andrey sem*nov, who had a fondness for shooting outside.

"Ever since; he hadn't hit a '3' in practice, Gill said Saturday. "Then, tonight, he finally hit one in a game. It was awesome. thought we were going to get a technical foul because everyone pretty much ran on the court when he hit it." Kirven's fellow seniors had checked out of the game when he nailed his 3-pointer after an assist from freshman walk-on Justice Bartley. Like Rogers' 3-pointer, when he appeared to be falling out of bounds, Kirven seemed to be off balance on his 3-point effort from the left corner.

saw later; he was at the game," TECH saw later; he was at the game," Roger Mason is first at 86.88. Forest coach Danny Manning said, offering ACCT Tournament. ACC MEN'S BASKETBALL TODAY TOURNAMENT TODAY NORTH CAROLINA MARCH 8-12 VERIZON CENTER VIRGINIA WASHINGTON.D.C THURSDAY THURSDAY PITTSBURGH Noon. 7p.m CLEMSON Noon 47 p.m. TUESDAY TUESDAY CHAMPIONSHIP SYRACUSE FRIDAY GAME FRIDAY GEORGIA TECH 9.7 p.m.

9 p.m.* 9 p.m. Saturday N.C. STATE NOTRE DAME MIAMI FLORIDA STATE 75-72. N.C. State 2 88-66.

FSU THURSDAY THURSDAY N.C. STATE 2 9p.m. FLORIDA STATE 2 p.m.* 9 p.m. WAKE FOREST BOSTON COLLEGE VT DUKE Denotes approximate start time. VIRGINIA TECH Kirven said.

"We were joking around about how Ithought I had beat him out for my favorate memory. Kirven joined the UVa program as a nonscholarship player after attending nearby Woodberry Forest. "I had talked to and, about his experience, it made me want to come here," said Kirven, sitting courtide at John Paul Jones Arena on Monday. "I remember him hitting that shot and it just exploded in here. Turns out, Kirven was looking for a Rogers-like moment.

I went out there and I was going to shoot it no matter where I was," said Kirven, who entered the game for the first time with 1:16 left. "That was my plan." His only previous 3-point attempt had come against Bradley in November in the Charleston (S.C.) Classic. "It didn't go in," he said, but it wasn't bad. It wasn't a bad shot: I'll take 50 percent for the career. I'd like to think of myself as a 3-point shooter, it's just that a limited number of people have seen that." Among the family members who joined 2013-Kirven for the pre-game introduction was his younger brother, John, a tight end at Wood- berry Forest who was the first player to commit to the Cavaliers football program for 2017.

He'll be challenged to come up with a signature moment to rival his brother's. "Going through the four years of being a walk-on and all the hard work," Caid said, "it was one of those things that validates everything. NOTES: Virginia's victory Saturday. marked 100th at home in coach Tony seven seasons. Louisville's 22-point loss was its most lopsided since Jan.

10,2012. UVa's Malcolm Brogdon had made 42 consecutive free throws before his streak ended Saturday. He finished 9-of-11, dropping into second on. UVa's career list at 86.85 percent. Roger Mason is first at 86.88.

STATE 12 Associated Press NC State guard Anthony Barber (12) drives past Wake Forest guard Bryant Crawford (13) during the first half of Tuesday's ACC tournament game in Washington. Rowan, Barber lead N.C. State past Wake Forest A WASHINGTON (AP) When North Car- "That's the best look we could get at that olina State coach Mark Gottfried first watched point in Manning said. "So you have Maverick Rowan at an event in Chicago, he to take it." told assistant Orlando Early that he wanted Crawford, from nearby Silver Spring, to recruit him. Rowan was ticketed to play at Pittsburgh, but once he decommitted, the race.

was on for the Wolfpack. said, That guy's got a pair of steel ones down there." Gottfried said. "He's not afraid. He's never been." Rowan was not afraid to shoot Tuesday, I and his three consecutive 3-pointers keyed N.C. State's 75-72 victory against Wake Forest in the opening game of the ACC Tournament.

Rowan shot 6 of 13 from 3-point territory for a game-high 24 points as the Wolfpack advanced to play No. 19 Duke in the second round. The freshman swingman said he couldn't remember ever having a more important stretch than his back-to-back-to-back 3s over 1:26 in the second half. Rowan credited ACC leading scorer Anthony "Cat" Barber for setting screens to get him open, and he said he let the game come to him. "May got great looks, and he was knocking them down," said Barber, who scored 22 points including several big free throws down the stretch.

Barber started 2 of 11 from the field before making five of his final 10 shots. Wake Forest coach Danny Manning took pride in how his team held the sophom*ore guard down early before breaking out. "You're not going to stop him, Manning said. "You're not going to keep him from being effective, but I thought we made him shoot some tougher shots in half. Second half he got going, as we expected.

In a back-and-forth game that featured 15 ties and 16 lead changes, Manning lamented turnovers and rebounding as the main reasons his team's season came to an end. The biggest question for the Demon Deacons (11-20) was their last possession. Trailing bythree the plan was to get the ball to Bryant Crawford for a shot; he missed his 3-point attempt and seniors Codi Miller-McIntyre and Devin Thomas missed their last -gasp chances. TOURNEY From Page B1 stand how on-point you have to be in all those areas that are important to us." Virginia did beat North Carolina this season, something Miami coach Jim Larranaga said could be significant if those teams play in the final. He hopes the Hurricanes are there.

but knows the Tar Heels are the team to beat. "I would think Carolina is the odds-on favorite because of winning the regular season and really beating up the top teams for the last two weeks," Larranaga said. "They beat us at home, they beat Duke at Duke and they're playing very, very well." Here are some other things to watch at the ACC Tournament, which begins Tuesday: 'CAT' UNLEASHED: Anthony Barber, who averages a conference 23.4 points a game, and N.C. State get the festivities started Tuesday at noon against Wake Forest with the winner to face Duke on Wednesday. "CatBarber's really Wake Maryland, led Wake Forest with 19 points and helped keep his team in the ganie as Rowan was draining 3s.

But he was more upset about his defense in those situations. "I was just going with the flow of the game," Crawford said. "We were going back and forth. I wish in that stretch I could have got a few. stops, which would have helped for the Rowan was right about the screens making a major difference, and the combination of his 3-point production and defense that held Wake Forest to 37.3 percent shooting has N.C.

State (16-16) still alive. Duke awaits in the second round, and the Wolfpack could all use Rowan's fortitude in preparing for the Blue Devils. "We're not scared," Barber said. "We're not going into this game worried about it. We're going to go back to the hotel, relax and be ready.

I'm just going to keep saying that, we're going to be ready." TIP-INS Wake Forest: Miller-Mcintyre and Thomas combined to shoot 10 of 30... The Demon Deacons haven't won in the District of Columbia since beating George Washington 78-77 on Dec. 6, 1975.... This was Wake Forest's second game at Verizon Center. The first game was in 2005, also an ACC Tournament loss to N.C.

State. N.C. State: Barber clutched his right arm several times after falling to the floor with 5,2 seconds left in the first half. He did not miss any time as 1 result of the fall, playing all 40 minutes. Assistant coach Rob Mox-.

ley received the ACC'sBob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award prior to the game. Moxley, whose life threatening health scare hospitalized him 10 months ago, will transition to director of player personnel for next season. N.C. State improved to 21-11 in March and 8-4 in the ACC Tournament under coach Mark Gottfried. UP.

NEXT N.C. State: Faces No. 19 Duke in second: round Wednesday. the understatement of pre-tournament talk. BUBBLE TROUBLE: The ACC has five NCAA Tournament locks in UNC, Virginia, Duke, Miami and Notre Dame, with Pittsburgh and Syracuse in good standing.

The Panthers and Orange who play Wednesday have this last opportunity to strengthen their chances, and the likes of Georgia Tech, Florida State and Virginia Tech have to make waves to quality for the field. NOT IN THE CARDS: I Louisville is not participating in the ACC Tournament because of its self-imposed postseason ban amid an NCAA investigation surrounding the team's escort scandal. The 15-team league will have a 14-team tournament for the second straight year after Syracuse didn't play in 2015. LARRANAGA COMES HOME: Ten years after Larranaga led. George Mason on one of the most improbable Final Four runs in history, he took the Hurricanes to his old arena for practice: The memories are about Mason, but Larranaga first wants to recapture Miami's 2013 magic when it wont the.

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