Chokies No More..Beat Duke = ACC Contender

R SContributor IFebruary 19, 2010

ATLANTA - MARCH 13:  Malcolm Delaney #23 of the Virginia Tech Hokies drives up court against the North Carolina Tar Heels during day two of the 2009 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 13, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Time has come for the VT to prove its more then a football school. With 21-4 (8-3 ACC) record the Hokies are in prime position to make the BIG Dance. A crucial match up with #6 Duke this weekend is a gigantic opportunity for the Hokies to bolster their Tourney Resume. A win would put them into first place in the ACC.

The VT team is riding a 5 game win streak after coming back in the second half to defeat #23 Wake Forrest 87-83 on Tuesday. They will face a surging Duke team that has also won five in a row. Duke is the gold standard in the ACC, they are a great outside shooting team. Coach K is a great basketball mind, VT with have it hands full with containing Scheyer, Singler and Smith. These young men are the 3 amigos that will lead Duke deep into the Tourney.

The key for the Hokies will be keeping Jeff Allen out of foul trouble. Allen is a strong presence that can win or lose the game for tech. If the Allen that stays on the floor and out of foul trouble shows up, it will make Malcolm Delaney's job a lot easier. Delaney is leading VT in points scored per game. He has shown great leadership at the point position. I expect him to continue his outstanding play like he had when dropping 30+ on the Demon Deacons. He needs to drive the lanes and not settle for jump shots. Free throws will be the key for VT to win the game. 

If Virginia tech pulls off the upset in Durham, it will be the a great week in Blacksburg. The Hokies' resume will have another marquee win and their ticket to the Dance will be closer in hand. GOOOO HOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!