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ACC Roundup - Wake Forest, Virginia Tech Win, Improve

A good day for both programs.

NCAA Basketball: Gardner-Webb at Virginia Tech
Nov 9, 2018; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (4) reacts and receives a technical foul with forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. (24) against the Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs in the second half at Cassell Coliseum.
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Both ACC teams in action Sunday won, with Wake Forest defeating Valparaiso 69-63 and Virginia Tech knocking off Purdue 89-83.

Wake Forest finally faced some adversity and handled it well, with the Deacs ripping off a nine point run late to build a lead on Valpo.

Jaylen Hoard, who is a 6-6 freshman, had 16 points and 10 rebounds as Wake Forest moves to a respectable 3-1.

Virginia Tech had its hands full with Purdue but Ahmed Hill heated up in the second half, where he scored 18, as the Hokies took down the Big Ten tough guys and won the Charleston Classic.

It’s a milestone win for Buzz Williams and his program as it’s the first tournament of any kind they’ve won.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker hit for 25 and was named MVP.

The schedule is favorable to the Hokies for a bit: between now and the start of ACC play they should be favored in at least nine of 11 games with Penn State and Washington possible (if unlikely) exceptions.

That would take them to the Virginia game at 16-0. If UVA matches, that would be the biggest game in the history of the rivalry.

On Monday, tournament play continues as Clemson faces Akron in the Cayman Island Classic (Akron is one of those programs you should always be wary of), Duke takes on San Diego State in Hawaii, Canisius travels to FSU to lose, UNC gets to tee up on St. Francis in the Dean Dome, and Wyoming and BC meet in Fort Myers.

Akron vs. Clemson 11:00 AM Nope
Duke vs. SDSU 4:30 ESPN2
Canisius vs. FSU 7:00 ACCNE
St. Francis vs. UNC 8:00 ACCNE
Wyoming vs. BC 9:00 FS1
Sunday's Results
  • Virginia Tech 89 Purdue 83
  • Wake Forest 69 Valparaiso 63

ACC Standings