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3 Years Ago Today: HOKIES 64, #1 duke 60

It’s hard to believe it has been three years since that magical night… well, magical day in Blacksburg.  It all started with ESPN College GameDay being on our campus, featuring our program, our players, our coach.  And it culminated with a thrilling victory over the #1 team in the nation, the hated duke blue devils in front of a primetime national ESPN audience.

But no one wanted it to end there, either.  Seemingly the entire sold-out arena rushed the court afterwards to celebrate with the team, making the post-game celebration seem like a parade that everyone got to share together.  Tech had seemingly punched their ticket to the Big Dance.

For me, I was staffed in Milton Keynes, UK (England).  The game started at 2 AM my time and I had to watch on my 21″ iMac screen via the internet and my dongle.  By the time the game ended around 4:30 AM, I couldn’t sleep.  I ended up staying up and watching the replay on ESPN America at 7 AM and making highlights (linked below).


The freefall since that night has swift and hard to swallow.  The Hokies would drop their final two ACC regular season games, Senior Night they were blown out by bc and then lost at clemson.  Two wins in the ACC Tourney, including a replay-aided win over fsu, wasn’t enough and Tech went to the NIT… again.

In the three seasons since Tech has finished tied for last in the ACC (4-12), all alone in last place (4-14), and currently sit along in the cellar this season (2-13) and will enter the ACC Tourney as the last seed unless they win at least two of their final three games.  Overall Tech is 10-41 in ACC regular season games since the win over duke (19.6%), easily the fewest wins by an ACC team over that span of teams that have been in the league the last four years (next lowest is bc and ga tech with 16 each).  Heck, syracuse already has 3 more wins than that and they’ve only been in the league this year.

But forget the negatives for a day, and let’s reflect back on the day the Cassell was magical.

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Niemo is a member of the VT Class of '98. While not a professional journalist by any stretch, Niemo analyzes and breaks down every minute of Hokie hoop action. He also researches topics of interest such as Hokie recruits, program revenue, statistical data on the team, previews VT opponents, and discusses his favorite bourbons/Scotches. In addition to his passion for Hokie hoops, Niemo has attended 126 straight VT football home games (every game since '94), eclipsing the 100 mark in September of '09 and recently attended his 20th consecutive VT/uva game. During the final home basketball game of his senior year, he was brought onto the court and was awarded 2 passes to the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament in Philly during a timeout for being a "Super Fan" during his time at VT. The Hokie Bird made the award on behalf of Athletic Director Jim Weaver. Niemo was known to be in the front row of every home game with his familiar red afro hairdo.

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8 Responses to “3 Years Ago Today: HOKIES 64, #1 duke 60”

  1. deathrow821 says:

    I was there that night. It’s funny because Virginia Tech is this huge football school, but when I graduate in May my best sports memory of my time here will be that night.

  2. Dan E says:

    well done on the highlight reel. I miss Seth in B’Burg, I’m not a fan of his studio work but I was a big fan of his Hokie work.

  3. Les says:

    That would’ve been a hell of a team with Hudson and JT Thompson healthy. The backcourt rotation would’ve been Delaney, Hudson, and Green. Allen, Davila, and Thompson would’ve been the big men.
    I really miss having an injury-free basketball team.

  4. Blue Collar Hokie says:

    i just remember drunkingly singing “ive got a golden ticket” willy wonka style to my non-hokie buddy and him looking at me like i was certifiably insane. when davila calmly sunk those two free throws late in the game i knew we had it.


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