Sharp Bettors Hammering Duke in ACC matchup vs. Virginia Tech 2/14/18


The biggest question heading into Duke's game against Virginia Tech was whether Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III would be available to play Wednesday night.

Duke: The Blue Devils had lost three of four before last weekend's win at Georgia Tech despite not having Bagley.

And if he wasn't available to play, which he wasn't, would Duke be able to put together a similar performance to how it did against Georgia Tech on Sunday when it won 80-69.

Bagley is averaging 21.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils this season. Allen got hot from deep, making back-to-back triples to break the game open and ending the contest 7-of-15 from 3-point land.

While the win is definitely significant on the court, its significant and national attention off of it takes it to the next level as it did when the Hokies' upset Duke in its primetime moment during the Seth Greenberg era. It had beaten current No. 1 Virginia on Saturday in overtime on Virginia's home floor. Grayson Allen had 25 points for Duke, and he was 7-of-15 from three-point range. The Hokies would drop the game 74-52 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Feb. 14, 2018. The Hokies played their best 45 minutes of basketball this season in Charlottesville and shut down a UVA offense that had been relatively efficient despite not being a high-scoring team. He left for several minutes with three fouls barely a minute into the second half. "I thought we managed it OK; statistically I would probably say it was a push when (Robinson) was in and when he wasn't in".

"We are going to have to fight like insane every game", Bennett said. He sat out his second straight game with a right knee sprain. He finished with five points, his fewest since November against Iowa, as Duke shaded its 2-3 zone defense toward him throughout.

Without Bagley, Duke will once again look to struggling senior Grayson Allen to carry a bigger load. He had 19 points and was 5-for-9 from behind the 3-point line.

"You're going to give up something against every team", he said after the game, "but you're for sure going to give up something (against Duke)".

Unlike last season's win over Duke or the 2015-2016 season win over Virginia, this win over the Hoos was the headline story in college basketball even over Michigan State's win over Purdue in what was a showdown of top 5 teams.

Lykes saw 17 of his 19 points coming in the second half as the Hurricanes rallied, but never got closer than a three-point deficit with 14:30 remaining-which in itself seemed a mini-miriacle after Miami's slow start.