The seventh-ranked Demon Deacons, 18-3 overall and 6-2 in the ACC, held off Duke, 92-89, Wednesday night. Sophomore All-American candidate Chris Paul scored 23 points, dished out six assists and had five steals and junior Eric Williams, the ACC Player of the Week, recorded his third straight double-double (19 points, 13 rebounds).
Virginia Tech, 12-7 and 5-3, has been one of the biggest surprise teams in the ACC -- if not all of college basketball. The Hokies, alone in fourth place in the ACC after being picked to finish 10th, have won six out of their last seven games. Tech is coming off an impressive 73-63 road win at Miami Wednesday night. Zabian Dowdell scored 23 points and made five three-point field goals to lead the Hokies.
Saturday's game marks the first ACC battle between the two schools and the 45th meeting overall. Wake Forest leads the series, 24-20. The Deacons won the last meeting, 52-47, on Dec. 12, 1998 in Blacksburg.