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Miami vs Virginia Tech Preview: Can Hokies Continue Upset Streak?

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst IJanuary 25, 2009
Virginia Tech Hokies at Miami Hurricanes

Sunday 5PM
TV: Fox Sports Net

The Virginia Tech Hokies travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes fresh off their road win over No. 1 Wake Forest this past week. Miami defeated FSU earlier in the week at home to move to 3-2 in the ACC and 14-4 overall.

Virginia Tech Players To Watch:
F A.D. Vassallo, G Macolm Delaney, F Jeff Allen

Miami Players To Watch:
G Jack McClinton, F Dwayne Collins, G James Dews

Keys to the Game:

1. Three Point Defense

Miami is the one of the best in the ACC shooting threes at 37 percent on the season. McClinton is shooting near 50 percent from three point land and leads the Canes with 18 ppg. Miami is pretty good on the perimeter defense as well giving up just 31 percent. The Hokies also only give up 31 percent from outside the arc, but will have to do an exceptional job to keep McClinton and Co. under wraps.

2. Free Throws

The Hokies made 22 free throws to Wake Forest's 10 in the upset this week. Virginia Tech needs to attack the basket and draw fouls where they hit 71 percent from the charity stripe.

3. Rebounding

Miami is tops in the ACC with 47 rebounds per game and is especially good on the offensive glass ranking fifth nationally with 16 per game. Virginia Tech has to keep the Canes off the glass if they want another road upset.


All of Miami's losses have come against solid teams. Virginia Tech has been very up and down this season running the spectrum of beating Wake Forest to losing to Georgia. I'll take Miami at home with with their edge behind the three point line.

Miami wins by 5-12 points

Season: 6-5 SU

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