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A Weekend of ACC Basketball
by Chris Coleman,

All 12 ACC teams are in action this weekend, with three games played on Saturday and another three on Sunday. This week we'll take a quick look at each game, possible results, and what each result could mean for the teams and the ACC standings.

NC State at Georgia Tech, Saturday, 1:30pm, Raycom

NC State at Georgia Tech is the first game of the weekend, and it probably means less than any other game of the weekend. Georgia Tech is 1-9 in conference play, putting them half-a-game behind Virginia in the standings. In other words, they are in dead last. NC State is 3-6, and though an NCAA tournament bid isn't forthcoming, they still have a good shot at the NIT.

This is really the only game of the weekend that means nothing. No one will notice if Georgia Tech loses, though an NC State loss could harm the Wolfpack's chances at making the NIT.

Florida State at Wake Forest, Saturday, 4pm, Raycom

This is a big game that features two teams ranked in the Top 25. Wake Forest is in the middle of a slide. The Demon Deacons have lost three of their last four games, including an 82-76 defeat at the hands of NC State this past week. Wake doesn't want these losses to start snowballing as we get into the stretch run of the season. They need to hold serve at home, and they'd also like a bye in the first round of the ACC Tournament. If they lose to FSU and drop to 5-5 in league play, things won't look good for that bye.

Florida State was picked to finish 10th in the ACC this year. As it stands, the 'Noles are 6-3 in the conference and tied for third place. They are one of the best defensive teams in the league, and All-ACC guard Toney Douglas can play for anyone. If FSU can go on the road and beat a team like Wake, it could do quite a bit for their image in the eyes of the NCAA tournament committee.

Also, the winner of this game will have an easier road to a bye in the opening round of the ACC tournament. This is probably the biggest league game of the weekend.

Virginia Tech at Maryland, Saturday, 4pm, Raycom

This is another big one. Maryland isn't quite out of the NCAA tournament picture, but a home loss to Virginia Tech would basically put them in that situation. The Terps play Clemson, UNC and Duke in their three games following their contest with the Hokies. If Maryland doesn't beat Tech at home, their NCAA tournament chances will become miniscule.

It's not a must-win game for Virginia Tech, but it would be very big if the Hokies could go on the road and pull this one off. Maryland isn't a Top 50 team, but it would give Tech another road ACC win. The NCAA tournament committee also looks at the road/neutral records of each team under consideration, and the Hokies could help their chances by showing they can win consistently outside Cassell Coliseum. Tech would also stay in the running for a bye in the ACC tournament with a win at Maryland.

Clemson at Virginia, Sunday, 1pm, Raycom

This isn't a big game for Virginia. With a 7-13 overall record and a 1-8 mark in ACC play, they are not going to play in the postseason. The only thing they can do at this point is spoil the season for other teams, and that's what they'll try to do against Clemson.

For the Tigers, a win over Virginia won't help them. However, a loss could hurt them quite a bit. They are still fighting for a very high seed in the ACC Tournament, perhaps even the #1 seed. Clemson also is looking to be at least a #3 seed in the NCAA tournament, and a loss to a bad team at this point in the season could damage those hopes.

Duke at Boston College, Sunday, 5:30pm, FSN

Both of these teams are reeling right now. Duke is coming off a loss to UNC at home, and that came just a week after getting shellacked by Clemson on the road. The Blue Devils aren't playing good basketball right now, and if they want to stay in contention for the top spot in the ACC, they need to win this game on Sunday.

Boston College was picked to finish 11th in the ACC standings this year, but they've already won six league games. However, they have lost their last two games to Wake Forest and Clemson. Their RPI could be higher, and they don't want to start a late-season slide.

This is a big game for both teams. For Duke, it could impact their seeding. For the Eagles, it could be the difference between the NCAA tournament or the NIT.

UNC at Miami, Sunday, 7:45pm, FSN

After starting out 0-2 in conference play, UNC is now 8-2. They easily beat Duke on the road on Wednesday night, and now travel to south Florida for a matchup with Miami. The Tar Heels want to stay ahead of Duke and Clemson in the ACC standings. They hold the tiebreaker over each team at this point in the season.

Miami is 4-6 in the ACC, and three of their last five games are on the road, following the UNC game. They are squarely on the bubble, but a win over a Top 5 team like UNC could enhance their chances for the Big Dance quite a bit. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech at Maryland
February 13, 2009
All games in the ACC are big (that's one of the reasons we love this conference), and the Hokies will get yet another test on Saturday from the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps look like an NIT team right now, but they still have an outside shot at making a run and earning an NCAA tournament berth. They'll be gunning for Virginia Tech with everything they have.

New Feature: College Sports Minute
February 13, 2009 is pleased to bring you our first-ever video feature, "College Sports Minute," a presentation of XOS Digital. "College Sports Minute" is a free feature, so everyone can enjoy.

Deep Run Junior Boasts Early Offers
February 12, 2009
As former teammates Antone Exum (Virginia Tech), Jordan Love (Georgia) and Jake Snyder (UVa) signed last Wednesday, Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) junior offensive tackle prospect Conner Davis was busy calling college assistant coaches. The recruiting process is really just beginning for the 6-5, 255-pound first-team all-district performer and he is off to a great start.

Exciting 2009 Schedule for Virginia Tech
February 12, 2009
Football schedules for the 2009 season were released for all 12 ACC schools on Thursday, and it's never too early to look ahead. The Hokies have a big-time September schedule, and in general, making fun of Tech's out-of-conference scheduling philosophy is a thing of the past. We'll discuss that, and also take a look at some of the other ACC schedules.

2009 Football Schedule Released
February 12, 2009
Virginia Tech's 2009 football schedule was released on Thursday. It includes an exciting month of September, a great home Thursday night game in late October, and a November slate that will put the Hokies on the road in three of their four games.

Hokies Down Yellow Jackets 76-71
February 11, 2009
Virginia Tech led the entire game and knocked off Georgia Tech 76-71 in Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday night. The game was tight, particularly late, but the Hokies did enough to move to 16-7 overall and 6-3 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets dropped to 10-13 overall and 1-9 in ACC play.

Miller Discusses Change in Plans
February 11, 2009
Bassett (VA) lineman Andrew Miller fully expected to sign a letter of intent with Virginia Tech's wrestling program this spring, with the plan being to be on wrestling scholarship for one year before moving over to a football scholarship. That all changed about a week before National Football Signing Day and, last Wednesday, the 6-4, 275-pound prospect's name appeared with 20 other prospects on Tech's football signing day list.

Lamont Jones to Play in Jordan Brand Classic
February 11, 2009
Virginia Tech basketball commit Lamont "Mo-Mo" Jones has been selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic in Madison Square Garden on April 18. This is a major tournament filled with some of the top players from around the country. It will also give Tech fans a chance to watch Jones live on national television.

TSL Audio: The Jerry Miller Show, 2/9/09
February 11, 2009
Monday afternoon, Chris Coleman and Jerry Miller talked Hokie hoops and ACC hoops, reviewing the win over NC State and talking about the pecking order of the ACC (MP3 format, approx. 3.7 MB, approx. 13 minutes long).
The Jerry Miller Show appears on The Sports Addict Radio Network every afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm in Blacksburg (1430 AM), Charlottesville (840 AM), and Bluefield (1050 AM), and from 2:00-4:00 in Martinsville (1160 AM).

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech
February 11, 2009
Virginia Tech takes on a struggling Georgia Tech team on Wednesday night in Blacksburg, and the Hokies need to win it. They can not afford a home loss to a team ranked outside the Top 100 of the RPI. A win will also put Tech in a tie in the loss column for second place in the ACC, as either Duke or UNC will lose their third conference game of the year tonight.

Hosley Discusses Decision; VT Offers Jr. WR
February 10, 2009
By all accounts, Atlantic Community (Delray Beach, FL) cornerback Jayron Hosley was all set to sign with the University of South Florida last Wednesday. Hosley-to-USF was the conventional wisdom, but that was before the 5-10, 172-pound senior made an official visit to Virginia Tech on the weekend of January 30th-February 1st. The Florida Class 5A first-team all-state selection kept quiet about his decision until the morning of Signing Day, when he announced he would sign with Virginia Tech.

In ACC Basketball, Things Even Out in the End
February 10, 2009
It seems like we learn something new after every week of ACC basketball. This past weekend, I learned that karma does indeed come back around. There were several examples of this in Sunday's Tech-NC State game, but examples could be found in another ACC game as well.

Hokie Hotline Notes for 2/9/09
February 10, 2009
Seth Greenberg was Monday's guest on the Hokie Hotline. He discussed Sunday's big win against NC State, and looked forward to Wednesday's matchup with Georgia Tech.

Around the ACC: February 9, 2009
February 9, 2009
Every ACC team is finished with at least half of their conference schedule, and as most people expected, North Carolina and Duke sit atop the standings. Behind the Tar Heels and Blue Devils, four teams are in a tie for third place, with Boston College lurking close behind.

Oakton Star Excited About VT Opportunity
February 9, 2009
There is no question that former Oakton (Vienna, VA) standout Cody Grimm has made the most of his recruited walk-on opportunity at Virginia Tech, turning into a key contributor for the Hokies. Tech is looking for similar success with its latest recruited walk on out of Oakton, 6-2, 215-pound linebacker Jack Tyler.
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