Virginia Tech turns attention to task ahead in ACC


Duke had little trouble despite playing their second straight game without freshman Marvin Bagley III, as the league's leading scorer and rebounder recovers from a sprained right knee.

That loss snapped Virginia's 15-game winning-streak, and was the first loss the Cavaliers suffered at home this season. The school announced this past weekend that he would miss Sunday's game at Georgia Tech for precautionary reasons.

Duke will be without its best player when it takes on Virginia Tech at Cameron Indoor Stadium Wednesday night.

Justin Bibbs scored 15 points for Virginia Tech (18-8, 7-6), which was coming off Saturday's overtime victory at now-No. In the case of tonight's Virginia Tech-Duke clash, it would appear as though the wiseguys are attacking the favorite. (15.1), Grayson Allen (14.6), Wendell Carter Jr.

With Coach K's recent usage of his bench, Duke should look to make this game a track meet, trying to get out in transition anytime they can.

The Blue Devils carried the momentum the team had after a 7-0 run at the end of the first half into the second half, and eventually defeated the Hokies 74-52.

His biggest play came on a fast break midway through the second half, when he threw an alley-oop pass to Javin DeLaurier for a dunk that put the Blue Devils up 56-39 with 11:30 left in the game.

"In many respects", Hokies coach Buzz Williams said, "I thought we played really well defensively".

Duke stretched its lead to 49-36 with less than 14 minutes to play.

It'll be the second game the 6-11, 234-pounder has missed time due to the injury. He finished with five points, his fewest since November against Iowa, as Duke shaded its 2-3 zone defense toward him throughout. Now, without its best player, Duke has found a way to be successful. He played a career-high 25 minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds against the Yellow Jackets.

The Cavaliers open the 2018 season on Friday (Feb. 16) at UCF. Freshman guard Gary Trent Jr. was also good.

No. 18 Tennessee 70, SC 67: Grant Williams scored 22 points and made a big basket in the closing seconds as the Volunteers (19-6, 9-4 SEC) edged SC 70-67 to hand the Gamecocks their sixth consecutive loss.

Unlike last season's win over Duke or the 2015-2016 season win over Virginia, this win over the Hoos was the headline story in college basketball even over Michigan State's win over Purdue in what was a showdown of top 5 teams.