clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Here We Go: Virginia Tech Gets Its Shot at No. 1 When Duke Comes to Blacksburg Saturday

Getty Images

Saturday's game in Cassell Coliseum between Virginia Tech and Duke got an extra layer of intrigue Monday when the Blue Devils were voted the new No. 1 team in the country in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll (Update: The Devils are also No. 1 in the AP poll).

Duke, the defending national champions, will be the fourth No. 1 team to play the Hokies in Cassell and the first since 2007 when Tech knocked off then-No. 1 North Carolina. Overall, the Hokies are 3-7 against top-ranked teams and 2-1 at Cassell Coliseum.

Saturday's game will also mark the first visit from ESPN's College GameDay for a basketball game at Virginia Tech. The show and that night's game will give Hokie fans the chance to show the nation how much they've embraced the basketball program and made Cassell a hostile environment for visiting teams.

As a part of College GameDay, State Farm will donate $1 to Virginia Tech's athletics department for every fan in attendance at that morning's show. So basically, if 12 fans show up, the department gets $12, if 8,012 show up, it gets $8,012. One fan in attendance will also get the chance to attempt a halfcourt shot to win $18,000.

The hype surrounding Duke and GameDay already made this the game Tech fans had circled as the biggest of the season. It's importance to the program and the Hokies' NCAA Tournament hopes is now amplified by Duke's new ranking.

Depending on who the Hokies draw in the ACC tournament, the Duke game could be Tech's last chance to add a marquee win to its NCAA Tournament resume.



PLAY THE MARCH TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND YOU COULD WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO LAS VEGAS! LOOK FOR THE CODE INSIDE SPECIALLY-MARKED PACKAGES 12-PACKS OF BUD LIGHT ENTER CODE AT FACEBOOOK.COM/BUDLIGHT ----- No Purchase Necessary. Open to U.S. residents (except CA & TX) 21+. For a chance to win a Grand or First Prize, Game Period 1 begins 3PM CST on 2/14 & ends 3PM CDT on 3/18. For a chance to win a First Prize only, Game Period 2 begins 3:00:01PM CDT on 3/18 & ends 3PM CDT on 4/30. To participate, obtain a Code from inside specially-marked packages of Bud Light beer or to request a Code without purchase, visit during a Game Period. Limit one (1) free Code request/day/person or email address. To play, text HOOPS to BEERS (23377) & follow prompts or visit & follow instructions. See Official Rules inside package or at for complete details. Void in CA, TX & where prohibited. Enjoy Responsibly – SEE COMPS FOR SPECIFIC FONT FOR THIS ©2011 Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Bud Light® Beer, St. Louis, MO.