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Virginia Tech Basketball: Hokies Ranked at 21 in AP Poll

It’s been a while.

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Virginia Tech Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

After the Hokies monumental upset over the 5th ranked Blue Devils, the Hokies finally broke into the AP Top 25. It was the first time in nine years that Virginia Tech beat Duke, which prompted voters to place the Hokies at No. 21, after holding them out for the first eight weeks due to what many believed was a weak non-conference schedule. This marks the first time the Hokies are in the poll since November 2010, and the first time ever both men’s and women’s basketball have been ranked in the same week.

The 12-1 Hokies have wins over Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, and now Duke. Their sole loss came at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies, where Virginia Tech squandered a 17-point lead with eight minutes remaining in the Wooden Legacy Tournament.

Maryland, who ranked one spot ahead of the Hokies in the December 26th edition, fell to Nebraska this weekend, which opened the door for Virginia Tech to jump up five spots in the rankings.

It does not get any easier for the gobblers, as they travel to Raleigh to take on NC State on Wednesday night.