The Virginia Tech Hokies are likely to be dancing on Friday night. That’s because they not only punched their tickets to the first ACC Tournament final in school history, but they also likely punched their NCAA Tournament tickets as well. The Hokies cruised past the North Carolina Tar Heels, 72-59. Chants of “Let’s Go Hokies!” rang out in the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York in the final few minutes of Friday night’s ACC Tournament semifinal game. Their fan base has every reason to be ecstatic. It’s one of the biggest wins in program history.
Keve Aluma dropped 18 points and grabbed four rebounds for Virginia Tech in the upset victory. Darius Maddox also poured in a career-high 20 points for the Hokies, draining 4-of-5 three pointers in the win. He hit the game-winner against the Clemson Tigers in the second round of the ACC quarterfinals a few nights ago.
With the win against North Carolina, Virginia Tech will face the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils on Saturday night in the ACC Tournament Championship Game.
The full 2022 New York Life ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament schedule:
All times eastern
Tuesday, March 8
Wednesday, March 9
No. 9 Syracuse (96) def. No. 8 Florida State (57)
No. 13 Boston College (82) def. No. 5 Wake Forest (77) OT
No. 7 Virginia Tech (76) def. No. 10 Clemson (75) OT
No. 6 Virginia (51) def. No. 11 Louisville (50)
Thursday, March 10
No. 1 Duke (88) def. No. 9 Syracuse (79) (ESPN)
No. 4 Miami (71) def No. 13 Boston College (69) (ESPN2) OT
No. 2 Notre Dame (80) lost No. 7 Virginia Tech (87) (ESPN2)
No. 3 North Carolina (63) def No. 6 Virginia (43) (ESPN)
Friday, March 11
Saturday, March 12
Duke 80, Miami 76
The No. 4 seed Miami Hurricanes gave the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils everything they could handle and more in Friday night’s ACC Tournament semifinal matchup. Duke would go on to win 80-76, but it wasn’t easy. The game was tied at 36-36 at the half, even though Miami led for much of the first half. The largest lead the ‘Canes held in the game was a 18-7 advantage with 13:56 remaining in the first half.
The Blue Devils were able to tie the game up at the end of the half, thanks to a scoring run and a beautifully acrobatic layup by Jeremy Roach. AJ Griffin pumped in 21 points for the Blue Devils, Paolo Banchero had 18 points, and Wendell Moore, Jr. pumped in 17 points in the win. Duke drilled several key free throws down the stretch to seal the win. They connected on 14-of-19 free throw attempts in the second half. They will advance to the finals on Saturday night and play the winner of the Virginia Tech-North Carolina matchup.