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ACC Roundup - Hokies Survive Chattanooga

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Not that it was easy

NCAA Basketball: Chattanooga at Virginia Tech
Dec 11, 2019; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Wabissa Bede (3) passes over Chattanooga Mocs guard Maurice Commander (4) in the second half at Cassell Coliseum. 
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Only one Wednesday game as Virginia Tech survived Chattanooga, but just barely.

Virginia Tech was up just three with 6.5 left but the Mocs were forced to foul and freshman Nahiem Alleyne was clutch and hit both to give the Hokies a 63-58 win.

Alleyne had 22 to pace the Hokies. Landers Nolley didn’t shoot well (7-20) but finished with 19.

Freshman Hunter Cattoor, by far our favorite non-Duke ACC freshman so far, dressed but didn’t play due to an ankle issue.

That’s the kind of game you have to be able to get through, especially when you’re building a program. It’ll help the Hokies in the long run.

A couple of alumni coaching notes.

First, former State coach Mark Gottfried’s attorneys have already made it clear to the NCAA that he’s not going down easy. This is another example of UNC’s lesson to programs called before the NCAA. In the words of the Circle Jerks: Deny everything! Deny everything!

The meaning of the UNC Way really has changed, hasn’t it? It’s gone from William Friday’s baby to Wednesday’s Child.

In another note, Jamie Dixon left Pitt for Texas Christian. It’s a move that makes no sense whatsoever other than it being his alma mater. Most people can understand that draw.

Unfortunately, his 2018 class, which was pretty good, has been totally nuked.

With the departure of Russell Barlow, all five are gone.

It’s entirely possible that TCU has just upgraded the talent of the program and those guys couldn’t keep up.

Whatever it is, recruits will notice things like that and it will also lead to negative recruiting.

Speaking of transfers, Georgia Tech looks to lose Kristian Sjolund. He’s redshirting this year but has some potential.

Well redshirting half the year before his transfer anyway.

No ACC games until Saturday but some good ones then as Georgetown and Syracuse renew their faded rivalry, Xavier and Wake Forest have their annual Skip Prosser game and Notre Dame and UCLA wake up the ghosts of 1974’s classic upset.