Next up for Duke is Virginia Tech, where Buzz Williams is now in his second season and not surprisingly, making some noise.
We're referring to the remarkable upset of Virginia that the Hokies pulled off this week.
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It would've been remarkable enough that a rebuilding Virginia Tech pull off such a big upset, but the Hokies have multiple injuries and were hardly near 100%.
Yet there they were at the end, holding on as Virginia tried to come back. It was an amazing win, a signature win for the program and something you can really hang your hat on.
Could it happen in Cameron? Well, yes. It's unlikely but certainly not impossible. And remember last year, the Hokies took Duke to overtime at their place.
First of all, Williams is a very good coach. You may or may not have heard that he believes himself to be an (undiagnosed) obsessive-compulsive. If so, he's done something very unusual: he's taken a severe psychological disorder and used it to become wealthy and famous.
It's a real accomplishment.
Williams is always extraordinarily well prepared. The reigning ACC champ of being prepared has been Coach K. Williams may be pushing him, at least on a game-to-game basis. The guy really does his homework.
Tech's problems are depth and experience. For various reasons, Ahmed Hill, Chris Clarke and Ty Outlaw are all out.
Virginia Tech has one guy who could be a particular problem: Justin Bibbs is shooting 58.7% from three point range.
And transfers Zach LeDay and Seth Allen have been very helpful as well. LeDay has averaged nearly a double-double despite being just 6-7.
Allen is the third Maryland transfer Duke will see this season. The Blue Devils have already run across Nick Faust (Long Beach State) and will soon see Charles Mitchell with Georgia Tech.
Allen's playing time has yo-yo'd a bit as Williams has tinkered with his lineup.
This should be high-scoring game as both teams like to run and let fly.
Duke will be favored of course, but don't count Virginia Tech out, particularly not right after the Hokies just proved what they could do.
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