The sixth ranked Duke University Blue Devils and the Virginia Tech Hokies face off today in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The winner will advance to the semifinals of the ACC tournament on Saturday.
You can watch all the action between the Blue Devils and Hokies live online here. Also, here is some video of a previous meeting between the two teams:
And here’s more on this game:
The last time Duke took the court, they were clobbered at home by arch rival North Carolina. An 88-70 home loss was one of the worst of head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s career and the 24-point deficit that the Dukies once had was the third-largest of Coach K’s life. So its safe to say that Duke might have a bit of animosity to take out on the Hokies tonight. Virginia Tech needs a couple more big wins to make it to the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA tournament starts on Tuesday of next week with preliminary games in Dayton, Ohio. The real tournament starts on Thursday at lunch time. The top seeds in the NCAA tournament are likely to be Syracuse, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas.
The winner will advance to the ACC semi-finals on Saturday.
Here’s more on the Va Tech – Duke game tonight, from the Washington Post:
Perhaps next season, when Virginia Tech’s young players are a year older, they’ll look back on their 68-63 win over Clemson in the opening round of the ACC tournament as the moment it all started changing. Because after two months of excruciating losses, these Hokies finally got it all right in Atlanta on Thursday night.
Virginia Tech hit clutch baskets down the stretch – none bigger than back-to-back three-pointers by junior Erick Green and senior Dorenzo Hudson – and even knocked down free throws in the waning moments to set up a quarterfinal matchup with No. 2 seed Duke at 7 p.m. Friday.
Green finished with a game-high 24 points, holding Clemson at bay when it seemed to be mounting a charge. He got some help when Hudson produced a throwback performance with 19 points, the most he has scored against an ACC opponent since the 2009-10 season.