Hokies Report: Brewer back under center


Hokies Report: Brewer back under center

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Virginia Tech 3-4, (1-2) in the ACC

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Back under center: Michael Brewer will start for Virginia Tech in their upcoming game against Duke, Frank Beamer announced Monday. Brewer made his first appearance on Saturday since suffering a broken collarbone in the team's opener against Ohio State.

Though he was declared available prior to Saturday's game, the team elected to start Brenden Motley. The decision was criticized after a poor performance by Motley, but it is easy to be critical in hindsight. Prior to the game, however, it made sense. Motley has played reasonably well in place of Brewer, much better than many expected. He was coming off a strong performance against NC State whereas Brewer had spent the week leading up to the Miami game working his way back from the injury. Motley spent the week practicing as the starter. It was not shocking to see him get the nod against the Hurricanes.

With another week of practice under his belt, however, Brewer was the clear choice for this Saturday's game.

Brewer was the team's starter last year and had his struggles, but he looked very strong against Ohio State before leaving the game with the injury.

Newsome suspended: Wide receiver Deon Newsome was charged with driving while intoxicated and public intoxication on Sunday and has been indefinitely suspended from competition, though he is still permitted to practice with the team. The Roanoke Times was the first to report the arrest.

Newsome was also suspended from the Military Bowl last season for violating team rules.

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Last week's game: 30-20 loss at Miami

See the 5 big takeaways from this game here.

It was not the blowout loss from a season before, but the result was still the same as Virginia Tech fell to rival Miami.

Brewer was declared available prior to the game, but Motley was given the start. It was not Motley's finest day as he turned the ball over three times with one fumble and two interceptions which Miami turned into 10 points.

Motley was replaced by Brewer but he was not able to lead Virginia Tech to the win.

Besides Motley's struggles, it was not a terrible day for the offense. Travon McMillian rushed for 99 yards and Isaiah Ford caught four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. The bigger concern going forward is the defense which allowed 395 yards to the Hurricanes. The loss of Kendall Fuller in the secondary seems to be taking its toll.

Next game: Virginia Tech vs. Duke, Sat. 3:30 p.m. ET


A ranked Duke team heads to Blacksburg to face an unranked Virginia Tech team that is having issues on defense. Talk about a role reversal.

Duke sits at 5-1 on the season with their only loss coming to the better than expected Northwestern Wildcats. While Virginia Tech is hoping just to keep their bowl streak alive at this point, the Blue Devils have their sights set on winning the Coastal Division for the second time in three seasons.

Brewer returns as the starter this week and should be a bit better prepared with a full week to prepare as the team's No. 1. Brewer helped lead the Hokies to a 17-14 lead over Ohio State before he suffered a broken collarbone and now has an established running back to hand the ball to. The team has got to get tight end Bucky Hodges more involved, but with its starting quarterback back in the fold, this is a game in which the offense could make real strides, that is if they can figure out Duke's defense.

The Blue Devils defense ranks third in the ACC overall and second nationally against the pass, giving up only 131.2 per game. Granted, Duke's schedule has not been all that daunting to this point, but those are still impressive numbers.

One of the bigger keys of the game, however, is the matchup no one is watching: Virginia Tech's defense against Duke's offense. The Hokies have struggled defensively of late and their true Kryptonite may very well haunt them again in this game. Duke's leading rusher is quarterback Thomas Sirk and we all know how much the Hokies struggle against a mobile quarterback.

Sirk is not exactly Michael Vick when it comes to running, but he is averaging over 12 attempts and 53.5 yards per game on the ground. The Hokies must account for him or he could have a big day.

One more critical point is penalties. A David Cutcliffe coached team does not beat itself and Duke is averaging just under five penalties per game. Virginia Tech is dead last in the conference as they cost themselves an average of 71 yards per game just in penalties alone. That has got to change or Virginia Tech will find itself in a 3-5 hole.

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.

As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.


All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.

The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.

The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.

Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.

It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone the graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:

If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.

Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.

NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

After shocking the world and doing what no other team has done before, the UMBC Retrievers are not done yet.

Yes, UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed. And against a Virginia team that was the only dominant squad in all of college basketball, no one expected it (except Troy Machir).

Remember the Retrievers barely made it to the NCAA tournament with a buzzer-beater from Jairus Lyles.  

Lyles scored a game-high 28 points in their historic upset as the team went 50 percent from behind the arc with 12 three-pointers.

Up next they play No. 9 Kansas State who looked shaky in their First Round win over Creighton. Can the Cinderella run for the Retrievers continue? Either way anything they do would be a first for a No. 16 seed going forward.

Virginia and UNC UMBC will match up on Sunday in Charlotte, NC. 

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:


UMBC vs. Kansas State How to Watch

What: 2018 NCAA Tournament Second Round, South Region

Who: No. 16 UMBC (25-10, 12-4 America East) vs. No. 9 Kansas State (23-11, 10-8 Big 12)

When: 7:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18.

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV Channel: TruTV

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on

TV Announcers: TBA Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Bill Raftery (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops, @KStateMBB


UMBC vs. Kansas State Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: UMBC (Auto-bid, America East Champions), Kansas State (at-large)

Previous Meeting: First Meeting

Next Round: Winner of No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

South Region Bracket:

No. 16 UMBC vs. No. 9 Kansas State
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

No. 11 Loyola Chicago vs. No. 3 Tennessee
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 2 Cincinnati

UMBC vs. Kansas State Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: N/A
Over/Under: N/A
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: UMBC is 4-1 ATS this season, Kansas State is 15-16 ATS.

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