Virginia Tech outruns VMI

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Virginia Tech outruns VMI

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- In Virginia Tech's last game, point guard Erick Green had no idea he needed one more point to top his career high until a teammate told him -- and then Green proceeded to miss two free throws late that prevented him from breaking it.

Heading into Thursday night's game against the Virginia Military Institute, he knew ahead of time exactly how many points he needed to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

"Twitter, man," he said, laughing. "Twitter tells you everything."

Green needed 13 points and easily took care of that, scoring 23 points to help the Hokies to a 95-80 victory over Virginia Military Institute.

The Hokies (3-0), who had five players in double figures, used a 19-3 run early in the first half to break open a close game, take a 28-15 lead and never trail again. A Green 3-pointer started the run in which five different players scored.

Virginia Tech led 46-30 at halftime and then opened the second half with a 12-2 run to build a 26-point bulge. The Hokies, who are adapting to new coach James Johnson's fast-paced philosophies, would later lead by as many as 31.

For the second time in three games, the Hokies scored 80 points or more. A year ago, Virginia Tech scored 80 or more just three times the entire season.

"The guys are buying into it," Johnson said. "They're doing a very good job. When you talk about running and talking about playing fast, everyone wants to play that way. But it's tough to do. I think the guys are buying into it, and I think they're in condition to play that way. I'm pleased with the way it's going so far."

Green, who hit a jumper in that 12-2 run for his 1,000th point, connected on 9 of 13 from the floor as the Hokies shot 52.9 percent for the game (36 of 68). Virginia Tech made 11 of 24 from beyond the 3-point arc.

"I try not to worry about that stuff," Green said of his milestone. "It's a great accomplishment, but I'm just glad we got the win."

Jarell Eddie scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Robert Brown added 11 points, but Virginia Tech also got big games from post players Cadarian Raines and C.J. Barksdale. The 6-foot-9 Raines notched his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while the 6-8 Barksdale added a career-high 11 points. Barksdale, a sophomore, had not scored in double figures in his career.

"The bottom line is they made shots," VMI coach Duggar Baucom said. "They didn't come into the game shooting 46 percent from 3, I can tell you that. They made some unbelievable shots. Eddie in the second half was very good and Will Johnston (a walk-on who hit three 3-pointers) is barely on our scouting report, and he went 3 for 6. Marshall Wood came into the game 0 for 8 and he went 2 for 3.

"So that's 15 points, and it's a 15-point game. I wasn't terribly disappointed in our defense. They broke us down some, but if they shoot it 11 for 24 in the ACC, they'll be good. Really good."

Poor shooting plagued VMI (1-3), which shot just 40 percent from the floor (28 of 70). The Keydets, who used a 16-0 run late in the game against Virginia Tech's backups to cut the final deficit, got a career-high 23 points from D.J. Covington.

Virginia guard Marial Shayok transferring from program

Virginia guard Marial Shayok transferring from program

By Ben Brown

Following a disappointing end to a once-promising season, Virginia guard Marial Shayok and forward Jarred Reuter will transfer to another school, head coach Tony Bennett announced Wednesday. 

"Marial and Jarred informed me today that they are leaving the Virginia basketball program and are looking to transfer to other schools," Bennett said. "I thank Marial and Jarred for their hard work and contributions to our program, and wish them success in the future."

Shayok was the Cavaliers' second-leading scorer at 8.9 points per game, despite playing only the fifth-most minutes and regularly coming off the bench. The Ontario product scored a career-high 23 points in Virginia's win over UNC-Wilmington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Reuter averaged 10 minutes a game and averaged 3.8 points per game. 

Shayok and Reuter transferring comes at the end of a very disappointing season for Virginia. The Cavaliers began the season in the top 10 of the AP poll, and halfway through conference play they were near the top of the standings in the ACC. But that was before the team went into a major funk as they lost four of their last seven games, which dropped them to sixth in the conference standings. 

Virginia lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Notre Dame, and then got blasted by Florida by 26 points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

In addition to the losses of Shayok and Reuter, London Perrantes, the team's best player and leader, is graduating. 

After a rough regular season, Virginia's offseason is off to a rocky start as well. 

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VCU reportedly wastes little time finding Mike Rhoades, Will Wade's replacement

VCU reportedly wastes little time finding Mike Rhoades, Will Wade's replacement

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

Less than 24 hours after VCU saw yet another head coach in Will Wade, take off to a Power 5 school, the athletic department has already found a replacement, according to a report. 

Wasting no time, or allowing any speculation to build, the Rams have hired Mike Rhoades, the head coach of Rice, as Will Wade's replacement.

Rhoades will be the 12th coach of the men's basketball program in VCU history. 

The announcement was first reported by CBS's Gary Parrish:

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Rhoades is a former VCU assistant and associate head coach for five seasons. During his time with the Rams he helped the Shaka Smart led team to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four run in 2011.

After Smart's departure to Texas, many considered Rhoades to be on the short list of coaches that VCU would contact. His familiarity with the program and the culture was exactly what VCU was looking for in order to have continued success at the school. The athletic department went on to hire a former assistant, but instead hired Wade. 

In 2014, he took on the head coaching position at Rice where he has been for the past three years. His overall record with the Owls is 47-52 with this past year being the only one to finish above .500. Receiving a bid to the CBI Tournament, it was the Owls first postseason appearance since 2012. 

If Rhoades does not work out for the Rams, there is only one more assistant remaining from the Final Four team that has yet to take over the program. Mike Jones is currently the head coach of Radford and has been there ever since that season. 

Wade's departure was yet another in a long line of talented, up-and-coming coaches using VCU as a springboard to a high-major position.

Jeff Capel began the trend in 2006, when he left for Oklahoma after returning the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 for the first time since 1996. His replacement, Anthony Grant, led the Rams to two NCAA Tournaments before leaving to take the head coaching job at Alabama. Grant's replacem,ent, Shaka Smart, led the Rams to five straight NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2011. 

Wade led the Rams to two NCAA Tournaments in his two seasons and is now headed to LSU to attempt to revitalize the program.