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VT vs Wake Forest ACC Preview

The Hokies take on the Demon Deacons at 3:00pm in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.

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Virginia Tech looks to avenge a 73-70 loss to the Demon Deacons, which occurred early this season. It has been a tough season for both sides and both team's first year head coaches, Buzz Williams and Danny Manning. However, both squads should have a renewed energy going into the ACC Tournament where every team has a 0-0 record.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hokies face Wake Forest in opening round of ACC Tournament: Tech and Demon Deacons meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday in .. <a href="http://t.co/0oPM4gG94v">http://t.co/0oPM4gG94v</a></p>&mdash; VT Men&#39;s Basketball (@VT_MBBall) <a href="https://twitter.com/VT_MBBall/status/575075225496371200">March 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The Deacs are led by Codi Miller-McIntyre, a junior guard, who is averaging 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Miller-McIntyre's running partner is junior forwards Devin Thomas who is averaging  nearly a double-double on the season with 12 points and 9 rebounds per contest. Both of these 3rd-year players will look to attack a thin Virginia Tech frontline on Tuesday afternoon.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>. <a href="https://twitter.com/VT_MBBall">@VT_MBBall</a> takes the floor for New York Life <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ACCTourney?src=hash">#ACCTourney</a> practice! <a href="http://t.co/fEt33RvZLf">pic.twitter.com/fEt33RvZLf</a></p>&mdash; ACC Men&#39;s Basketball (@accmbb) <a href="https://twitter.com/accmbb/status/574996584540340224">March 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Keys to advancing against Wake:

  • Play hard for 40 minutes, if you get the lead work like crazy to keep it because the Deacs are streaky and will take advantage of easy point opportunities.
  • Team-rebound the basketball. Wake Forest averages 38 rebounds per game, which puts them in the top-40 nationally, so make sure you box out and get the ball.
  • Once you get the ball, push it. If the Hokies can get into transition off of missed shot attempts then they can dictate the pace of this game.
Go Hokies!

Television

ESPN2 - Sean McDonough, Shane Battier & Allison Williams

The ACC Network - Tim Brando, Cory Alexander & Debbie Antonelli

Radio

Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network - Bill RothMike Burnop