VT's Finney-Smith leaving hoops program

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VT's Finney-Smith leaving hoops program

Virginia Tech rising sophomore Dorian Finney-Smith, a top-25 national recruit last season, intends on transferring out of the program according to multiple reports.The decision comes on the heels of the school replacing former men's basketball coachSeth Greenbergwith first-year coach James Johnson. According to Johnson, Finney-Smith's plan to leave Blacksburg was in the works before the coaching change.Former Hokies assistant coach John Richardson, Finney-Smith's primary recruiter, left Virginia Tech this off-season for a similar job with Old Dominion. Adding the springy 6-foot-8 forward and arguably the most highly regarded recruit in the program's history was a coup for Greenberg.Virginia Tech's overall 2011 classranked among the best nationally by some recruiting sites. Finney-Smith earned a place on the all-ACC freshman team after averaging 6.3 points and seven rebounds per game last season. He recorded a double-double in his first college game (10 points and 16 rebounds against East Tennessee State) and early in the campaign, the Portsmouth native was leading the ACC in rebounding. However, his numbers dipped as the season progressed and struggles offensively kicked in.There are no immediate reports on Finney-Smith's future plans. According to the Washington Post, Finney-Smith originally chose Virginia Tech over Florida and Old Dominion, where his older brother Ben Finney played.

Terps jump to No. 22 in national AP Top 25 poll

Terps jump to No. 22 in national AP Top 25 poll

Maryland basketball keeps moving on up.

After landing the last spot in the AP’s Top 25 last week, the Big Ten-leading Terps (17-2 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) continue their climb in the ranks, now sitting at No. 22 as of Monday. However, despite the conference standings, they're still behind No. 15 Wisconsin (16-3, 5-1) and No. 20 Purdue (16-4, 5-2).

Heading into Tuesday’s home matchup against Rutgers, Maryland is riding a four-game win streak with its last loss on Jan. 1 against Nebraska (9-10, 3-4).

Since cracking the Top 25, the Terps played one game last week — an 84-76 win over Iowa (11-9, 3-4) on the road with junior guard Melo Trimble leading the way with 20 points.

Freshman forward Justin Jackson also made waves last week, netting 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds, earning him the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honor, the conference announced Monday.

Maryland takes on the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 1-6) on Tuesday at the XFINITY Center at 7 p.m.

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL:

1. Villanova

2. Kansas

3. Gonzaga

4. Kentucky

5. Baylor

6. Florida State

7. Arizona

8. UCLA

9. North Carolina

10. Oregon

11. Butler

12. Virginia

13. Louisville

14. Notre Dame

15. Wisconsin

16. Creighton

17. Duke

18. West Virginia

19. Cincinnati

20. Purdue

21. Saint Mary's

23. Maryland 

23. South Carolina

24. Xavier

25. Florida

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Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

Virginia Tech deals Clemson its 6th consecutive ACC loss

CLEMSON, S.C. — Seth Allen scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as hot-shooting Virginia Tech held off Clemson 82-81 on Sunday, sending the Tigers to their sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

The Hokies (15-4, 4-3 ACC) shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half and 54.7 percent overall to win for the third time in the past four games. Allen made five of his six shots — including three 3-pointers — in the final 20 minutes and had a critical steal with 90 seconds left to keep Virginia Tech out front.

The Tigers (11-8, 1-6) appeared to take the lead down 70-69 as Jaron Blossomgame's shot with 3:48 left was rolling around and ready to fall in when teammate Sidy Djitte, attempting a tip in, knocked it away.

Chris Clarke soon followed with a three-point play and Allen hit a crushing 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to seal things for the Hokies.

Clemson got within 80-78 with 5.9 seconds left on Blossomgame's 3-pointer. But Justin Bibbs hit two foul shots to seal things.

Blossomgame and Avry Holmes had 20 points each for Clemson, whose ACC losing streak is its longest since dropping seven straight to end the 2012-13 season.

Holmes hit a 3-pointer for Clemson as time ran out to end the scoring.

Zach LeDay had 16 points and Ahmed Hill had 11 for the Hokies.

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