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Akil Mitchell scored 19 to lead Virginia, which hasn't reached the semifinals since 1995 — the longest drought in the league.
Green, the nation's leading scorer at 25.4 points per game, finished with 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting for one more frustrating ACC tournament performance in the senior's final game.
Green joins Maryland's Len Bias in 1986 as the ACC's only players of the year to come from teams with losing conference records.
After the Hokies' season started well, it quickly nosedived as their other perimeter scorers all seemed to lose their stroke, and confidence, at the same time. That left it up to Green to score more, but he hasn't been able to carry the team alone.
The stream of early season cupcakes didn't leave Maryland soft and weak Saturday when the Terrapins faced Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Although opponents hadn't offered much resistance as Mark Turgeon's squad reeled off 12 consecutive wins, regular practice sessions made his team hard, strong and hungry to devour a real foe.
Freshman guard Jake Layman scored 18 of his 20 points in the decisive first half, and Maryland rolled past Virginia Tech 94-71 Saturday for its 13th consecutive victory.
Virginia Tech rang in the new year by getting its bell rung. Maryland jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the opening minutes and never trailed, drilling Virginia Tech 94-71 on Saturday at a sold-out Comcast Center.
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On a midspring afternoon, Erick Green's last season at Virginia Tech was plunged into doubt.
After a spring of tumult, James Johnson is Virginia Tech's basketball coach, the rare longtime assistant whose first chance to run a program comes in the ACC. And he brings with him a message, manner and approach all aimed the same direction. "My voice," Johnson said recently, "is opportunistic."
Tyler Thornton scored a career-high 13 points, Austin Rivers hustled for a clinching three-point play and No. 6 Duke survived an ugly performance against cold-shooting Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies 60-56 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Friday night.
Tanner Smith had 14 points including the game-winning foul shots in his final game at Littlejohn Coliseum and Clemson held on to beat Virginia Tech 58-56 on Thursday night.
Austin Rivers scored 23 points, Seth Curry added 19 and No. 5 Duke held off Virginia Tech 70-65 in overtime Saturday.
When Virginia Tech traveled to Chestnut Hill on Jan. 14, it played without Erick Green, its top scoring threat and most accomplished open court player.
"This is every kid's dream — to play against Duke, national TV, prime time and in front of the whole world," Green said Wednesday. "This is a big moment, not just for myself but for the whole team."
"I do know that they will come along," Green said. "I just don't know when."