Preview: Duke (6-0) vs. Va Tech (5-2)

Coming off back to back games against top 15 opponents, the Blue Devils will open ACC play against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday night in Cameron. Last season Duke blew Tech out in front of a sold out group of crazies, 100-65. However the favor was returned a month later in Blacksburg as the Hokies upset No. 7 Duke 67-65. TDD previews the match up as the Blue Devils look for revenge.


1/1 Duke (6-0) vs. Virginia Tech (5-2)
Durham, N.C. – Cameron Indoor Stadium
8 p.m., FSN

Program Vitals
Conference: ACC
Nickname: Hokies
Colors: Orange, Maroon & White
Head Coach: Seth Greenberg (3rd year)
Career Record at Virginia Tech: 36-30
Last Year: 16-14 (NIT Second Round)

Projected Starters: 
   Jamon Gordon (6-3, 200, Jr.)  - 10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.0 apg
   Zabian Dowdell (6-3, 200, Jr.) – 14.4 ppg, 2.9 apg,
   Marcus Sailes (6-5, 210, Jr.) – 6.0 ppg, 2.3 spg
   Deron Washington (6-7, 195, So.) – 14.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg
   Coleman Collins  (6-9, 235, Jr.) – 14.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg

Key Reserves: 
   A.D. Vassallo  (6-6, 215, Fr.) – 6.7 ppg
   Cheick Diakite  (6-8, 230, Fr.) – 2.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg
   Chris Tucker  (6-7, 220, Jr.) – 1.7 ppg, 11.6 rpg

Storylines:

- Virginia Tech enters Durham coming off a loss to Ohio State in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, 69-56. This is the Hokies second straight road game of the year, following six consecutive home games to open the 2005-06 season.

Duke enters the game on a six game win streak after beating No. 16 Indiana 75-67 in Bloomington. Duke has also beaten No. 11 Memphis this season.

- Starting Center Coleman Collins has recorded consecutive double-doubles in his last two games with 14 points and 14 rebounds in each game.

- Virginia Tech is holding its opponents to just 59.6 points per game through seven games this season. Seth Greenberg has coached 66 games at Virginia Tech ... Tech has allowed its opponents 60-or-less points in 23 of those 66 games ... Tech is 22-1 in those games.

- The meeting with top ranked Duke will be Virginia Tech's sixth shot at the nation's number one team. In the previous five games the Hokies are 1-4 and 0-3 on the road.

- This game will mark the 37th meeting between the Blue Devils and Hokies. Duke holds a 30-6 advantage in the series, but the Blue Devils were shocked a year ago in Blacksburg, 67-65. Duke is 8-0 all-time against the Hokies in Cameron Indoor Stadium. However the Blue Devils are just 1-1 against Virginia Tech under Coach K; losing in Blacksburg 67-65 while winning in Cameron 100-65 last season.

- Virginia Tech will be without sophomore post player Robert Krabbendam is still about 2-3 weeks away from returning to the Virginia Tech active roster... The 7-footer had knee surgery on Nov. 1. On the flip side, sophomore wing Wynton Witherspoon returned to the active roster Monday night following foot surgery on Oct. 27. Duke will be without wing DeMarcus Nelson, who isn't expected back until the end of the month.

- Last season, Virginia Tech won four straight ACC contests ... The first ACC expansion team, Georgia Tech, did not win four straight regular season conference games until the 1985-86 season, its seventh season in the ACC.

- Last season's upset win over Duke was the first time since 1986 the Hokies had beaten a top 10 team.

- Mike Krzyzewski improved to 727-246 overall and 653-187 at Duke with the win over Indiana. Coach K is just one of nine coaches to win 650 or more games at one school..

- With 29 points against the Hoosiers in Bloomington, senior J.J. Redick has now scored in double-figures 91 times in his career, including all six games this year. Redick's 29 points gives him 1,946 in his career and he moved past Grant Hill (1,924; 1991-94) and into 12th place on the Duke career chart. Immediately ahead is Trajan Langdon, who scored 1,974 from 1995-99.

- Shelden Williams scored 13 point against Indiana, the 72nd time he has hit double figures. Williams also added six blocks to give him a career total of 306, just 39 shy of Mike Gminski's school record (345, 1977-80). He did move past North Carolina's Brendan Haywood and into eighth place on the ACC career chart. Immediately ahead on the ACC chart is Clemson's Elden Campbell (334).

- Duke is now 150-19 when ranked as the nation's number one team since 1986 and 174-24 all time with the distinction.


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