Duke's ACC Tournament Opponent For Tomorrow Is Set

Duke's ACC Tournament Opponent For Tomorrow Is Set

Duke's ACC Tournament Opponent For Tomorrow Is Set

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Despite four season-ending injuries which left the Irish with seven healthy scholarship players (no scholarship guard off the bench), Coach McGraw still guided Notre Dame to the program standard of success.

No. 2 Duke vs. Wednesday 7 p.m. victor (ESPN/ACC Network), 7 p.m.

In what is sure to be one of the most talked-about games in recent Virginia Tech history, the Hokies lost 71-65 to Notre Dame Wednesday in the second round of the ACC Tournament. All the sudden a three from Colson followed by one from Farrell pulled the Irish within 11. Here is Blue & Gold Illustrated's preview of both teams along with a prediction of the outcome. However, Virginia has shown the ability to make big shots at key moments this year and are a better offensive team than they have been in the past. A couple of three-pointers kept the Hokies right in it. The board and bucket ignited Tech for an 8-2 run, forcing a Notre Dame timeout.

As fans angrily expressed on Twitter, there were plenty of questionable whistles for both teams, and no whistle loomed larger than the technical foul called by Raymond Styons on Tech's Chris Clarke for pushing Matt Farrell (game-high 22 points) in a dead-ball situation with 7:45 left. Gibbs and Farrell each scored five points in the stretch to spur the comeback.

Virginia Tech (21-11) led 34-21 at halftime and seemed to have Colson gasping for air as he went 1-for-10 from the floor over those first 20 minutes. (15.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Rex Pflueger (8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg).

Duke ranks 31st in steals per game (7.6) while Notre Dame ranks 164th (5.8).

Deng Adel and Ray Spalding scored in double digits in each of their final five regular-season games, while Quentin Snider finished strong with three 10-plus-point performances against Virginia Tech, Virginia and NC State.

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Colson scored 19 points in 33 minutes and Notre Dame held off Pitt 67-64 in its tournament opener.

Miami will play its first ACC tournament game Thursday night at 9 p.m.

On the season, Duke basketball averages 85.1 points, 42.0 rebounds and 17.5 assists per game. (14.1) and Trevon Duval (10.4).

Freshman 6-foot-10 forward Wendell Carter Jr. provides another force in the post with the 6-foot-11 Bagley. The Irish are 9-2 at Barclays Center. Sophomore forward Javin DeLaurier (4.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG) provides another frontcourt option. Duke has one of the more talented offenses in the country and since switching to a zone defense late in the season, has started to look like the team to beat in College Basketball.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is not used to letting up in the ACC tournament, but if the Blue Devils can avoid a confrontation with the Cavaliers, they might be better off in the NCAA tournament. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish was Matt Farrell who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. But before Nikeil Alexander-Walker's 3-pointer with 28.6 seconds remaining, Tech had gone six-plus minutes without a point.

Can Brey find another way to knock off his boss for the sixth time? CBS Sports Jerry Palm had the Hokies as the 8-seed in the Midwest region, playing their first game in Nashville. Duke will nearly certainly make it to the semifinal round, and if they play the Hurricanes, Miami will find a way to win that game.

The Irish finally had it together when Colson got back into the act.

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