Full VT mode today, people! Stats courtesy of ESPN.

Virginia Tech held No. 5 Duke without a field goal over the final seven minutes of the game as the Hokies rallied to upset the Blue Devils. It was Virginia Tech’s third straight win against an AP top-5 opponent dating back to last season and its fourth win against a ranked team this season, the most in a season in school history.

It entered the day with an 80 percent chance to make the NCAA Tournament according to BPI; that improved to 99 percent with the win Monday. Joe Lunardi also moved Virginia Tech “solidly into at-large field.”

– It was its third straight win against an AP top-5 opponent dating back to last season, the first time it’s won three straight such games since 2006-07 under head coach Seth Greenberg.

– It was its 4th win this season against a ranked opponent, the most in a season in school history.

– It’s one of seven teams with multiple wins over Top-5 teams this season (Oklahoma, St. John’s, Providence, NC State, Ohio State, and Michigan State). The Hokies and Sooners are the only teams with multiple wins and no losses against AP Top-5 teams.

– Duke didn’t make a field goal in the final 7 minutes of the game (0-4) Monday. The Blue Devils led the game by as many as 15 points, including a 9-point lead in the 2nd half. Virginia Tech’s win probability dipped as low as 4.7 percent.

Final 7 Minutes Monday:

Duke<<   Virginia Tech

Points     5           15

FG         0-4         5-8

3-pt      0-2         1-2

TO          5             3

>>Led by 9 points with 7 minutes to go

– Virginia Tech outscored Duke 24-6 in points off turnovers, tied for the most such points Duke has allowed all season (St. John’s on Feb. 3).

– Virginia Tech outscored Duke 28-26 in the paint. Duke came into the game averaging 41 paint points per game along with a paint points differential of +11.5 per game, both the best among major-conference teams.


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