Hokies fall in semis | duke (15-3, 29-4) 77, Hokies (11-8, 21-11) 63

The Hokies’ NCAA tournament hopes now rest in the hands of the selection committee. Virginia Tech lost in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC tournament, 77-63, to the No. 2 seed duke.

Senior guard Malcolm Delaney led? Tech with 17 points, while sophomore Erick Green also scored 17. Victor Davila was the only other Hokie in double figures with 11. Jeff Allen was a non-factor, registering just two points and seven rebounds and fouling out in the second half.

Despite only 15 hours of rest since their gut-wrenching and near heart-breaking win over fsu, the Hokies came out strong against the defending national champs and kept it close for most of the first half.

But, with the game tied at 14-14, duke went on a 14-2 run to take a 12-point lead, 28-16, and led 39-28 at the break.

Tech fought stay in the game, but the devils didn’t have the same kind of off-day shooting-wise that they had in a loss in Blacksburg earlier this season, and managed to keep at least a 10-point lead for most of the second half.

Meanwhile, the Hokies played with a great deal of intensity and heart. They wanted this game and it showed. But they were clearly running on empty and struggled from the field, especially from behind the arc. Tech was 0/5 from three point range in the first half.

Tech stands at 21-11 overall and 11-8 in the ACC. Their chances are good for an at-large bid, but there are no guarantees.

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  • RK in Roanoke

    Well it is in the committee’s hands. If Lunardi knows his stuff, i am ok with the 12 play-in. several bad losses (uva 2 x, gt) almost doomed them to another nit. I think they get in. No legs today, no groove. for a team that basically plays 6 winning three in three days us almost impossible. What the selection show put up VT’s bracket last just to torment seth.
    On another note, Hewitt is gone.

  • JT

    Not looking good…. If Boise and dayton pull out wins, we have no shot, but if only 1 of the 2 are able to steal a bid, I think there is still a spot up for grabs — between tech, bama, Colorado, utep, USC, and bc.

    My gut says Colorado ekes it out over bc, with tech the 3rd team out. The fact that we are still even being considered after not getting the job done against duke points to how weak the field really is.

  • LuvzAznChix

    C’mon, dammit! Please be enough, please be enough. Come on, please be enough, dammit. This time, please.

  • http://none Ryan Healy

    dem boys played hard, go hokes! dont wana play a play/in game, but wuld take that over the NIT. NCAA bound!

  • hokiegrad

    Allen is so talented… but sure seems like a terrible person! Guy needs to learn to apologize if something wasn’t intentional (or even if it was?), or at least look like he cares… show a little concern. Delaney has his own attitude issues, though not as bad. I want to love these guys, they’re my Hokies, but time and again they act like selfish pricks and I can’t find it in me. Took my heart out of the game today, watching how they were acting. I hope I’m wrong, and I wish them the best in their pursuit of the NBA dream, but I wonder if maybe our team will be better off without them in some ways. Bad attitudes are infectious and caustic.

  • chrishokie

    RK – UVA finished strong and ended up above .500 overall. I don’t think they will be considered bad losses. At the time yes, but not now.

  • LuvzAznChix

    Good news, both BSU & MSU lost. Bad news, Dayton won & PSU going to little 10(11) final. Hold on to your [butt]s…

  • Blue Collar Hokie

    Big donut was in a mood! And did anyone notice the Hokie Bird sitting there immobile? Was the suit empty?

  • chrishokie

    Big donut was in a mood and I am really tired of him and a bit embarrassed. I thought they should have tossed him when he threw the ball at the guy’s head. Allen is always looking for a way to get away with a cheap shot. Probably our most talented power forward in history (with some competition from Dale Solomon), a great competitor but a terrible sportsman. At the end of the game Coach K tries to speak to each opposing senior and wish them well. This is a legend ib b-ball. Allen doesn’t even look at him. Allen embodies disrespect and his misfortunes are always someone else’s fault. He is part of the Hokie family and we treasure our own but he joins Roynell “personal foul” Whitaker and Marvcus Vick in the black sheep section of our history at least on the field of play. To his credit he has avoided the off-field troubles of many others. Comments welcome.

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