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Virginia Tech Boosts Reputation, Tourney Chances In One Night With Win Over #1 Duke

Posted By Logan Cecchine On Mar 1 2011 @ 6:50 pm In Virginia Tech | No Comments

When Gameday ended, the fans spilled out of Cassell and went back to sleep, got lunch, or headed downtown to pregame early.  I must say that the noon exit from Cassell gave me 9 hours to think about the main reason we all stayed up through the night and stood outside in the cold for ESPN’s College Gameday.  It was not to get on TV, to show off posters, or to see some famous college basketball personalities.  All of these things made what we were doing there more exciting, and provided further motivation, but for the thousands of fans that were freezing, tired, and anxious, College Gameday provided Virginia Tech with an opportunity to show the country that we are not a one sport school.  Hokies will cheer for almost anything wearing maroon and orange.  Football, basketball, baseball, curling…it doesn’t matter.  We are a proud group, and know when our teams need support.  ESPN recognized our support of Hokie Basketball, and gifted us with a national stage for a whole day.  The Hokies did not disappoint.  In reality, how could they?  Tech has been hindered by injuries all season, and with a short inexperienced bench, Tech really has done well with this season.  The Hokies also have increased the strength of their schedule slating games against Purdue, K-State, OK-State, and UNLV.  The Hokies only managed to win 1 of these games, but took Purdue to OT, and lost to K-State in Manhattan.  The simple fact is that we are proud of this team, and with a win or not we are just happy to host Duke on the national stage.  The good news is that the Hokies came to play, and played well.  From the tip Tech looked inspired to get the marquee victory that finally might get them into the tournament.  Duke started off the game 0 for 5 from behind the arc.  Tech scored 9 quick points, and maintained a lead through most of the first half.  Malcolm Delaney was off to a slow start, and Tech also struggled from the free-throw line.  It would seem that Duke would be ahead by a lot if this were true, but Jeff Allen was on his game, and Victor Davilla played inspired around the rim, collecting rebounds and finishing a lot of shots he usually doesn’t make.  T-Bell also made is very difficult for Kyle Singler to score, and even though he had 22 points, he also struggled from the field.  The second half was a little less dominated by the Hokies, and Duke had a 6 point lead with under 10 minutes to go.  The Hokies stormed back, and after a Davilla slam to ignite the crowd, the Hokies took the ball away from Duke, and Delaney found Bell for a wide open 3 and tied up the game.  The Hokies didn’t look back, and ended up winning the game 64-60.  The remarkable thing is that the Hokies were 7-17 from the free-throw line, and Delaney finished with a mediocre 11 points.  Tech, while struggling from certain areas, stepped up in others.  They held Seth Curry, son of VT great Dell Curry, to 0 points, and after his 4th foul was serenaded to chants of “Who’s your daddy?”.  Seth fouled out after turning the ball over with 1.6 seconds left and almost sealing Tech’s victory.  The crowd stormed the court, and stayed there celebrating with the team as “Enter Sandman” and “Get ‘Em Hokies” blasted through Cassell’s speakers.  Greenberg and the Hokies finally got the win they needed to burst onto the March Madness scene.  They have two games left, both against ACC bubble teams.  The Hokies take on BC tonight in Cassell for Senior night.  This will be Malcolm, Jeff, T-Bell,  and Paul Debnam’s final games in Cassell, and they look to further their tournament resume.  BC will be inspired to beat the Hokies to do the same.  The Hokies also travel to Clemson later in the week to finish off the regular season.

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