Spread: wake by 5.5.
Updated post-duke: #11 is now 11th on the Hokies’ all time scoring list. Erick Green needs just 15 points to make it into the top 10 on the Virginia Tech all time scoring list! He’ll bump Ace Custis from the top 10 when he does.
The loser of the VT @ wake game will finish as the #12 seed (last) in the ACC Tournament. If VT loses, they will finish all alone in last place.
Spread: duke by 20.
The Hokies close out the regular season with two Tobacco Road games, Tuesday at #3 duke and Sunday at wake forest. The blue devils have owned the Hokies of late, winning 5 in a row and 9 of 10. Conversely, Tech has holds the mortgage on the deacons, paid clean and free. The Hokies are 9-3 against wake since joining the ACC and winners of 9 of 11, including earlier this year in Blacksburg.
This is the 7th time these two teams will have met in the last 24 months and one week (each of the last two ACC Tourneys and home and away the last two years). duke won the first meeting just two weeks ago by 32 in Blacksburg (Tech’s worst home loss since their very first ACC home game back in 2004 vs unc)… And that was without Ryan Kelly who just scored 36 against the c-a-n-e-s on Saturday. Seth Curry had 19 in the first half and duke led 48-28 at the break on their way to an 88-56 win. At one point duke was 9/10 from 3-point land and finished the game hitting 12/17 (71%). Tech was 1/16 from deep (6%).
But the Hokies did take the devils to OT in Durham last year! With two shots to win it at the end (Green and Raines) before fading in OT. So who knows. Just don’t hold your breath.
THE FIRST MEETING:
This might be the last time the Hokies see wake coach Jeff Bzdelik, the worst coach in the ACC. He’s 10-38 in ACC play in 3 seasons (21% win-pct) and 1-23 in ACC road games with a game at nc state pending this week (even Paul Hewitt was better than that… barely – he averaged one road win per year at gt). So Bzdelik is more than on the hot seat.
wake is 0-8 on the road in the ACC this year and Bzdelik is something like 1-42 in conference road games between his time at wake and colorado before that (I’m not making that up). But this game is at wake, where the deacs are 5-3 in ACC play this year including wins over nc state and miami, so this will be a tough draw for the Hokies (aren’t they all?).
THE FIRST MEETING: