Sixteen Remain: #1 Duke Takes On #4 Virginia Tech in Washington

It’s barely been over a month, but Duke and Virginia Tech will feel as though they are facing a different opponent than they did in the ACC Regular season. With a trip to the Elite Eight on the line, Duke will get a shot at revenge against the Hokies but not without some serious additions.

Upon the meeting back in February, both teams were missing their most important player: for Virginia Tech, Justin Robinson, and for the Blue Devils, Zion Williamson. Both will have an impact on the game: Zion returned anything but quietly, averaging 27.6 points per game while Robinson has averaged 11 to go with 3 assists. While Zion has returned at full strength, it at least doesn’t appear that Robinson has done so. In the two games in which he’s participated, he’s averaged just 28.5 minutes per game in comparison to 37 against Syracuse in January (the final game in which he played before being injured).

Now you’ve got the emergence of Kerry Blackshear. Blackshear awoke upon the injury to Robinson and hasn’t taken a backseat with his return. He had 19 against Liberty in the Round of 32 and will be a major offensive factor to watch.

Virginia Tech is a good team on either side of the court and is no break.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019

Time: 9:39

Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.


I usually say “Bleed blue”. Tonight, I’m just going to say this.


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