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ACC Roundup

We thought there was a chance that Virginia Tech might not win another game this season, but give the Hokies credit - they're competitive. They had a nine game losing streak to Florida State before Sunday.

No Games Until Tuesday
Sunday's Results
  • Virginia 82, Georgia Tech 54
  • Virginia Tech 80, Florida State 70
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Miami 13-1 .929 22-4 .846
Duke 11-3 .786 24-3 .889
North Carolina 9-5 .643 19-8 .704
Virginia 9-5 .643 19-8 .704
NC State 8-6 .571 19-8 .704
Maryland 7-7 .500 19-8 .704
Florida State 6-8 .429 14-13 .519
Clemson 5-9 .357 13-13 .500
Wake Forest 5-9 .357 12-14 .462
Georgia Tech 4-10 .286 14-12 .538
Boston College 4-10 .286 12-15 .444
Virginia Tech 3-11 .214 12-15 .444

But Leonard Hamilton got T'd up in the first half and Erick Green & co. took over. And in the second half, they went on an early 14-3 run and FSU could never get back.

Tired legs? Not this game: Virginia Tech hit 17 of their last 18 free throws. You're not being defended on those of course, but it's hard to hit them when you're really worn down.

Green hit his normal numbers, racking up 25.

FSU's defense, so lethal in recent years, appears to be taking this year off. Latest evidence: Virginia Tech shot 50% and got to the line 30 times.

Jim Larranaga is the odds-on favorite for ACC Coach Of The Year, but Tony Bennett should get at least some consideration. Why Well, consider: he's missed Malcolm Brogdon all year, nursed Jontel Evans back from a stress fracture, developed Akil Mitchell and Evan Nolte into a very formidable pair, replaced Mike Scott, which seemed impossible at the beginning of the season, found a fine big man in Mike Tobey, then rolled on and possibly improved when he went out with an injury.

His adaptations to misfortune have been, truly, brilliant.

You can only imagine if they'd had Brogdon and Evans healthy all year. Toss them in with Mitchell, Evans and the very impressive Joe Harris - a player most never expected to be at an All-ACC level - and it's truly extraordinary.

Given a chance to deliver a little payback to Georgia Tech, Virginia went a step beyond and just crushed Tech, winning by 28.

It's been pretty obvious to us that the guy can coach, even though he's had bad luck with injuries and some transfers. Don't be surprised if Virginia catches fire and makes a deeper run in the tournament than anyone expects.