The ACC is stacked. The league has 6 groups ranked in the AP Top 25 and after that there’s Virginia Tech, which is No. 20 in the web rankings. If they win versus Duke on Thursday, they Hokies will have a terrific chance to be ranked and be at the top of the ACC early in the season.
To win versus Duke, Virginia Tech will require a huge video game from its star gamer Elizabeth Kitley. That shouldn’t be a high order for her as she’s balancing 18.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per video game. Her supremacy as a huge opens chances for shooters, which is great news for the Hokies, who are shooting 37 percent from 3. A triumph on Thursday would provide Virginia Tech its finest win this season and put it in the discussion as one of the competitors in the conference.
Duke has actually overachieved up until now this season. The Blue Devils were chosen by ACC coaches to end up 8th and were no place to be discovered in the Ap Top 25 to begin the year. They have actually played well in non-conference play and at 9-1 are ranked No. 15 in the nation. Their just loss has actually been a nine-point defeat versus No. 1 South Carolina.
The group’s unexpected success can be credited to their capability to safeguard the 3, their rebounding, and terrific play from gamers like senior guard Celeste Taylor and freshman phenom Shayeann Day-Wilson.
Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3, 1-0 ACC) vs. No. 15 Duke Blue Devils (9-1, 0-0 ACC)
When: Thursday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Blacksburg, VA
How to watch/listen: ACC Network/Go Duke or Hokie Vision
Key to the match: Duke will be aiming to use their combination of Day-Wilson and Taylor early and frequently. If both gamers have an excellent video game it might be a long night for the Hokies. Virginia Tech will be aiming to strongly shoot the 3 ball — it’s plainly its forte. If the Hokies can keep turnovers down and benefit from Kitley’s supremacy as a huge, they can win the fight on the boards, open the flooring for their shooters, and be in control of their fate throughout the closing minutes of the video game. Being in the house doesn’t harmed either. The crowd will be loud and energetic with the group taking on versus Duke.