Previewing Va Tech (10-8, 0-5)

Last time they took the floor, fans saw the shot of the year end the Hokies' upset bid in Cameron. Now the Blue Devils return to Blacksburg in hopes of avoiding a second straight loss inside Cassell Coliseum. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST and the game will be televised on ESPN.


2/2 Duke (17-1, 5-0) vs. Virginia Tech (10-8, 0-5)
Blacksburg, Va. – Cassell Coliseum
7 p.m., ESPN

Program Vitals
Conference: ACC
Nickname: Hokies
Colors: Orange, Maroon & White
Head Coach: Seth Greenberg (3rd year)
Career Record at Virginia Tech: 41-36
Last Year: 16-14 (NIT Second Round)
Last Time:  Duke-77, Va. Tech-75

Projected Starters: 
   Jamon Gordon (6-3, 200, Jr.)  - 10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.8 apg
   Zabian Dowdell (6-3, 200, Jr.) – 15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg,
   Wynton Witherspoon (6-7, 185, So.) – 6.9 ppg
   Deron Washington (6-7, 195, So.) – 10.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg
   Coleman Collins  (6-9, 235, Jr.) – 17.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Key Reserves: 
   Markus Sailes (6-5, 210, Jr.) – 4.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg
   A.D. Vassallo  (6-6, 215, Fr.) – 4.4 ppg
   Cheick Diakite  (6-8, 230, Fr.) – 1.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg
   Chris Tucker  (6-7, 220, Jr.) – 1.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg

Storylines:

- The Hokies enter Thursday's match up with Duke unafraid and certainly un-intimidated by the Blue Devils. That's because Virginia Tech beat the Blue Devils last year in Blacksburg and were it not for Sean Dockery's 45 footer at the buzzer in December, the Hokies would be sporting a two game winning streak over Duke.

During that December match up, Virginia Tech continually exploited their athletic and speed advantage on the perimeter, driving past the Duke defense with little effort, which forced Duke big man Shelden Williams away from his customary post in the paint. This allowed the Hokies' big man, Coleman Collins to have a monster night inside. The 6-foot-9 junior scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds while playing the full forty minutes to lead the Hokies' charge.

Deron Washington added 10 points while Jamon Gordon tallied 11 as the Hokies rallied from a 74-63 deficit to take a one point lead. Then Dockery knocked in his miracle buzzer beater. Shelden Williams added 21 points and 19 rebounds while J.J. Redick scored 18 points, but shot just 6-of-19 from the field and 2-of-8 from the perimeter.

- This game will mark the 38th meeting between the Blue Devils and Hokies. Duke holds a 31-6 advantage in the series, but the Blue Devils were shocked a year ago in Blacksburg, 67-65. Duke is 9-0 all-time against the Hokies in Cameron Indoor Stadium. However the Blue Devils are just 2-1 against Virginia Tech under Coach K; losing in Blacksburg 67-65 while winning in Cameron 100-65 last season and 77-75 this year.

- Virginia Tech welcomed back Wynton Witherspoon against Duke in December after the sophomore forward was sidelined with a broken foot. Meanwhile the Blue Devils are not expected to see sophomore scoring guard DeMarcus Nelson in the lineup on Thursday as the 6-foot-3 California native continues to rehab from a bone bruise suffered against Maryland. Nelson has played in just six of 18 games so far this season.

- 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 fell to 738-247 overall and 664-188 at Duke with the loss to Georgetown. Coach K is just one of nine coaches to win 650 or more games at one school..

- J.J. Redick scored a career-high tying 41 points against the Hoyas while shooting 12-of-24 from the field, 6-of-11 from behind the arc and 11-of-13 from the line. Redick is one of just three players to score 40 twice this season, joining Gonzaga's Adam Morrison and St. Peter's Keydren Clark. The only other player in the NCAA from a major conference to score 40 or more this season is Missouri's Thomas Gardner, who had 40 against Kansas on Jan. 16.

- Redick now has 2,291 career points and moved past Maryland's Juan Dixon (2,269) and North Carolina's Phil Ford (2,290) and into ninth place on the ACC's career chart. Immediately ahead is N.C. State's David Thompson with 2,309. Redick is fourth on Duke's chart just behind Mike Gminski, who is sixth on the ACC chart with 2,323.

- Greg Paulus scored a season and career high 14 points and had four rebounds and four assists against Georgetown. Paulus has reached double-figures in scoring in six games this season, including four of the past five games.

- Sean Dockery scored eight points in the game's final 1:22 and finished the game with 10 points. Dockery has scored exactly 10 points in four straight games and five of the past six. Dockery has nine games this season and 16 in his career with double-figures in scoring and Saturday's game marked the first time in his 16 career double-figure scoring games that Duke has lost.


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