Stat Pack: Duke 60, VT 56

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Boy, did the Hokies let a great opportunity slip away. Duke was ripe to lose this one, and Virginia Tech couldn’t have picked a worse time to shoot their worst percentage of the season. With a 60-56 loss in the second round of the ACC Tournament, the Hokies are 16-17 on the year, their first losing record since 2005-06 (14-16).

This stat pack will be short. Here are the key numbers from the game:

CLANK. For nearly the entire game, the Hokies were under 30% shooting. Jarell Eddie hit a three-pointer very late in the game to boost the Hokies a smidge over 30% on the night: 16-of-53 (30.2%). That’s Tech’s worst FG percentage performance of the season, barely “beating out” a 30.5% (18-of-59) clunker against FSU at home on January 10th. All this while Duke was stone cold from the three-point line (5-of-26) and begging to lose the game. Three-point shooting is key for the Blue Devils, and that was their second-worst game of the year behind the arc (a 3-of-16 game against Maryland on January 21st was their worst). 60 points was their worst output of the season. They WANTED to lose, and the Hokies just … couldn’t … get … it … done.

What Can Brown Do For You? Be the only player who showed up offensively, that’s what. Robert Brown led the Hokies with 16 points and was the only Tech shooter with a pulse, going 6-of-9 while the rest of the team was 10-of-44. Brown had his usual head-scratching turnovers (3 in this game), but he had six rebounds, second on the team. All that in just 22 minutes. Brown’s 16 points were the most he’s had since he scored 19 against Monmouth way back on November 14th.

The Disappearance of Jarell Eddie: Put out an APB on Jarell Eddie, who had just five points. He had the same number of minutes in this one as Robert Brown, but was nearly invisible. Eddie has scored over five points just once in the last six games. He took just 31 shots in those last six games, and made just 12 of them.

Hokies Again Good From the Line: VT was 18-of-22 from the free throw line, one night after going 17-of-20 against Clemson. That’s 35-of-42 (83.3%) in two games. Erick Green is red hot,