Virginia Tech knocks off No. 5 Duke

Ruben Hill
March 1, 2018

On senior day, The Virginia Tech men's basketball team rallied frenetically past fifth-ranked Duke, 64-63, on Monday night.

Robinson's objective was clear, and Clarke was on the same page.

"It was a 'Are you ready to win this game?' type of feeling", Robinson said of his brief quiet exchange with Clarke.

#6 Kansas 80, Texas 70: Svi Mykhailiuk had 17 points and Devonte Graham added 10 and 11 assists on their senior night for the host Jayhawks (24-6, 13-4 Big 12).

38 - Duke's Grayson Allen leads all current ACC players with 38 career games of 20 or more points ... the Blue Devils are 32-6 when Allen hits the 20-point mark ...

The win over Duke gave the Hokies their fourth win over a ranked team this season, which is the most in a season in program history.

Less than two weeks ago, Duke - without star freshman Marvin Bagley III - handled Virginia Tech in Durham, N.C., 74-52.

Virginia Tech is 3-2 ATS with 5 unders over their last five games.

"I thought it could have gone in", Allen said.

Previous year under Buzz Williams, Tech made the NCAAs with 22 wins and victories over Duke and Virginia. Alexander-Walker helped fill the void, and Clarke scored six of his eight in the final 1:26. After a brief review by officials with 23 seconds remaining, Tech was awarded possession.

Alexander-Walker, a freshman guard who led Tech with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, missed everything on a short jumper from the left side of the basket with six seconds left, but Clarke was waiting for the rebound and converted the stickback. "It's always the second shot", Williams said. The Hokies wet only 1-of-4 on field goal attempts after a post-up or an offensive rebound. There was too much standing around in the zone and not enough plays made. He checked in with 9:03 remaining and stayed on the court for the duration. Nickeil Alexander-Walker's three-pointer with 3:33 to play trimmed the Duke lead to four.

Juicy Landrum matched her career high with scored 20 points, Dekeiya Cohen had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and Baylor completed a flawless Big 12 regular season with a win over West Virginia.

The Blue Devils came out firing, as 19 of their 32 first-half looks came from beyond the arc. He returned, and said after the game he'll get treatment on the injury.

The Blue Devils' loss reassures us that the NCAA Tournament is going to be full of solid teams capable of making a run, but no one dominant team. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 156 points.

West Virginia busted out to a 16-0 lead with Carter scoring seven points and Miles hitting a 3-pointer and feeding Ahmad for a pair of dunks. The change also gave the Blue Devils three starters 6-foot-10 or taller against a team with just one rotation player taller than 6-foot-6. In Bagley's return against Syracuse, the Orange managed just 44 points.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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