Coach Buzz Williams on Hokies getting out to a fast pace and keeping it.

Virginia Tech by far was the smaller team. That much is also evident by its getting out-rebounded, as it often does. But the Blue Devils couldn't keep up with the Hokies as they consistently pushed the tempo.

From beginning to end, Virginia Tech never trailed on Saturday to Duke, ranked No. 5 by the Associated Press. And really, the game was never in doubt past the opening minutes.

Coach Buzz Williams and the Hokies can credit a lot of that to how they played. Sure, they made plenty of shots, 55.2 percent from the floor for the game. But they also established and maintained a blistering pace.

It isn't quite reflected in the fast break points, where Virginia Tech officially had 15. It's probably more evident in the ball distribution, where the Hokies had 18 assists on 32 made baskets. 

And it was a fact not lost on Williams.

"I think (fast pace) is real important, specific to how we play," he said. "And what is it that we can do and what tweaks are there that we can make that engage our guys physically so that pace is longer, so that pace keeps our rhythm. I think we're a rhythmatic team and no matter what the opponent is doing, what is it that we can do that keeps our pace? I thought our pace was much, much better."

Check out the video above for Williams' full post game press conference.


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