BLACKSBURG, VA. -- Just got to my courtside seat for tonight's ACC showdown between the 23rd ranked Canes (15-1, 1-1 ACC) and Virginia Tech (12-2, 0-1). It's been a long day of travel. I left my house at 4:30 a.m. and after two flights I arrived in Charlottesville, where I picked up a rental car and drove for 3 hours to get here tonight.
Hopefully, the Canes didn't have such a strenuous venture to the game tonight. I'll provide some thoughts and highlights as this one rolls along. No TV, but Joe Zagacki is sitting two seats to my right and will be broadcasting the game on WQAM. Be sure to follow along.
> Virginia Tech has come out shooting threes early. Hokies have hit 3 of 4 to start the game and have an early 13-4 lead. Funny thing is Canes lead the league in three pointers made and Hokies are 11th out of 12 in 3-point percentage. Go figure.
> Hokies have started this one off red-hot and Miami ice cold. Canes are 2 of 11 and 0 for 6 from three-point range to start. Hokies are 7 of 9 from the field and have an 18-5 lead.
> DeQuan Jones ends UM's 2-for-11 start from the field with a bucket with 11:50 left. Canes trail 20-7.
> This might have been a long trip for nothing. Canes getting blown out 26-8 with 9:11 left in the first half. Yikes!
> Well, the Canes are only down four touchdowns, 35-8. Maybe Jacory can get the offense rolling in the second half.
> Nothing positive you can say at this point for the Canes. They are trailing 48-13. Worst hoops game ever? Feels like it.
> Here's all you need to know: Canes close out the first half with a 7-0 run and still trail 50-23.