IOWA CITY — In four of his team’s five games this season, Virginia Tech point guard Erick Green has led the Hokies in scoring.
Green averages 24.4 points per game and his season low is 21 points. He also leads the Hokies in assists, steals and is second in rebounding. In short, the 6-foot-3 senior does it all for unbeaten Virginia Tech (5-0). The teams meet Tuesday night in Blacksburg as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
“Erick Green is as good as any guard I’ve watched on film in a long time,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. “(Green) really understands how to play, makes shots, makes plays, really understands pace of the game, when to push it, when not to, makes plays defensively and really has control and command of the game. So obviously he’s a big key defensively for us.”
Virginia Tech’s offense is more than just Green, however. Forward Jarrell Eddie averages 18.8 points a game, hits 59.3 percent of his 3-point attempts and has made 90 percent of his free-throw attempts. Eddie, a 6-7 junior, also has seven blocks and grabs 6.6 rebounds a game.
“Green and Eddie are terrific players,” McCaffery said. “They’re multidimensional, starting with the fact that they both make shots. They’re both good athletes, they’re both long, they can both handle the ball, they make plays for each other, for their teammates. (They) really create a lot of problems for any team that’s trying to scheme on how to guard them because obviously they’re the two guys. They’ve got other people who can play as well.”
In five games, the Hokies have 47 3-pointers at a 42.7 percent clip. McCaffery said his perimeter defense is vital for the Hawkeyes’ chances of success.
“It better be good against this team,” McCaffery said. “It’s better than it was last year, but last year it was not good at all. As a matter of fact it was one of our greatest weaknesses. It’s been better this year, but this is a team that will challenge that particular aspect of our defense in a big way.”
Virginia Tech averages 85.4 points per game, but has yet to play a team with a winning record. Four of the Hokies’ wins have come against teams with a combined 4-16 record. The other win was against 3-3 Virginia Military Institute.
While Iowa’s early schedule looked thin before the season, only two of its first six opponents have losing records (Texas-Pan American, Howard). Wichita State (6-0) is unbeaten, while Western Kentucky (4-2) and Central Michigan (3-2) and Gardner-Webb (4-4) have been competitive.
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