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What got into Virginia Tech?

Virginia Tech Hokies head coach James Johnson removes his jacket against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Pittsburgh won 62-57 in double overtime.
Virginia Tech Hokies head coach James Johnson removes his jacket against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Pittsburgh won 62-57 in double overtime.
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We know the Hokies lost, but can we start out with how impressively they played? Virginia Tech has been losing - getting clobbered by everyone - so to shake all that off and play a Top 25 team to a double OT loss - that's brilliant. Pitt won, but only on the scoreboard. Virginia Tech won in every other sense.

Sunday's Game
Teams Times TV
Clemson vs. Syracuse 6:00 ESPNU
Saturday's Results
  • Virginia 64 Georgia Tech 45
  • Pitt 62 Virginia Tech 57
  • UNC 73 Notre Dame 62
  • NC State 56 Miami 55
  • Maryland 83 FSU 71
  • Duke 89 Boston College 68
#1 Syracuse 9-0 22-0
#21 Virginia 10-1 19-5
#22 Pittsburgh 8-3 20-4
#11 Duke 8-3 19-5
Clemson 6-3 15-6
North Carolina 6-4 16-7
Maryland 6-5 14-10
North Carolina State 5-5 15-8
Florida State 5-6 14-9
Wake Forest 4-6 14-9
Georgia Tech 3-8 12-12
Notre Dame 3-8 12-12
Miami (FL) 2-8 11-12
Boston College 2-8 6-17
Virginia Tech 1-10 8-15
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We feel a little bad for  Jarrell Eddie, who fouled James Robinson on a three pointer when Pitt was down four very late. You can guess the rest.

Remember when Pitt was chortling early on about how easy the ACC was?

Things have changed. Since the Duke game, Pitt's lost to Virginia, gone to overtime with Miami and double OT with Virginia Tech. Next is Syracuse and after that a trip to Chapel Hill.

On the other hand, Pitt has some serious injury issues and Lamar Patterson is playing with a sore thumb while Talib Zanna has a bum ankle. There's not much you can do - injuries happen - but Pitt has seen a bit more of the conference now and it is not quite as easy as it seemed a few weeks ago.

Georgia Tech's season has just about hit the skids.

This is kind of an interesting pattern: Tech has been losing two, winning one, since December 29th.

Most recently the Yellow Jackets lost to State and UNC, then beat Wake, then lost to Clemson and now Virginia.

It was actually close for much of the game, but Virginia went on a 22-1 run in the last 10 minutes or so.

Tech has serious injuries too: we didn't realize that Brian Gregory only had seven healthy players at Clemson last time out.

Good long-term news though: Robert Carter is back. The big man was expected to be out for the rest of the year.

Notre Dame was great in the first half, but UNC was more so in the second and came back to steal a win on the road.

James Michael McAdoo had 18 and Marcus Paige 16 to pace the Heels.

Like Pitt, Notre Dame is down a key player, and like Pitt, is learning that the ACC is unforgiving: Notre Dame is 2-8 in its last 10 games.

State gave it a shot but couldn't give the game back to Miami and won 56-55. TJ Warren scored 27 to continue a sensational year for the Pack.

Miami continues to be a limited team with tremendous coaching. It'll be fun to watch them for the next few years.

Maryland gutted FSU behind an excellent game from Seth Allen, who scored 32 against Leonard Hamilton's vaunted defense.

With the win, Maryland moves back over .500 in the conference.

It may not last long. The Terps have a brutal stretch coming up: at Virginia on Monday, then to Duke. Wake at home is manageable, but then it's Syracuse, a trip to Clemson, Virginia Tech and finally Virginia to end regular season ACC games forever.

If form and rankings hold, Maryland will finish the regular season with 15 losses.

Speaking of Maryland, the university has subpoenaed Pitt seeking evidence of an ACC conspiracy.

Maryland, which was poached by the Big Ten, is accusing the ACC of attempting to poach two Big Ten teams. It's kind of like killing your parents and asking for mercy from the judge because you're an orphan.