When Virginia Tech hosts a Top 10 team at Cassell, bet on the Hokies. The last three teams to come to Blacksburg ranked that high have fallen at the hands of the gobblers. Today’s game was no different. Duke has had Virginia Tech’s number - well, they’ve had everyone’s number - over the last several years, but the Hokies ran the Blue Devils out of the building.
Duke came into this game allowing just 61.8 PPG, but the Hokies surpassed that total midway into the second half on the back of strong performances from their six studs. Clarke, Allen, Bibbs, Robinson, Hill, and LeDay each were in double figures. The Hokies also shot the lights out of the ball, hitting 61.5% of their three-point attempts.
Without Grayson Allen, Duke was forced to rely on the ability of Luke Kennard. He gave the Hokies fits throughout the game, but ultimately could not do the job himself, especially with Virginia Tech putting on a clinic on how to play team basketball. Kennard finished with 34 points on 11-19 shooting.
This is the second straight season the Hokies have won their opening conference game. Say hello to the Hokies, ACC.