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Goliath Comes To Town

Number 4 Ranked Duke Invades the Cassell

Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Jahlil Okafor and the Blue Devils head into Cassell Coliseum Wednesday night for an A.C.C. battle.  It's a 9 p.m. tipoff and tickets are scarce in Blacksburg.  There is always a buzz when Duke comes to town, and this year is no exception.  A recent scan of stubhub.com put good seats in the $50 range.  Not bad for a Hokies squad that is 10-17 overall, with a dismal 2-12 record in conference. I guess all the "legitimate" seats are taken, as VT hoops are trumpeting this game.

Duke rides in 24-3 overall with an 11-3 record in A.C.C. play.  Coach K seems focused and ready for the next mission as Duke Basketball looks at Virginia Tech .

The Hokies welcome the Devils in a downward spiral. They have lost their last three games and appear to be simply overmatched against A.C.C. competition. Duke comes in on a seven game winning streak, and the only question mark is if Okafor will play. Okafor is THE big man in next year's draft. Many writers have him penciled in as the Naismith Award winner, the basketball equivalent of the Heisman trophy. With Tech's obvious deficiencies on the front line, this is a huge concern.

It doesn't end there. My sister could start at center for Duke, and still get the win. They have McDonald's all-americans on the bench. Do not judge Buzz Williams on this game. Judge Buzz Williams on us hosting Duke in three years. It would be fantastic to see us upset Duke. This is simply not going to happen. It would be an awesome spectacle at the Cassel, but the facts are facts. I have broken down this game, and barring Bimbo Coles and Dell Curry suiting up, the prospects are bleak. All hope is not lost Hokies fans. It's going to get better, just maybe not Wednesday.

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