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Aluma, Suffocating Defense Help Hokies Roll Past Virginia

Virginia Tech was outstanding in all phases on Saturday night, and it walked out with another Top 25 win, this time against rival UVa. - For The Key Play

“How ‘bout them Hokies?”

The signature phrase from Mike Young has been emblematic of the Virginia Tech basketball faithful's outlook, particularly of late, and for good reason.

After finishing 16-16 in 2019-20 and being picked 11th in the ACC preseason poll by the media, Virginia Tech is one of eight teams in the country with four wins over AP Top 25 foes, the latest victory coming in its 66-51 Cassell Coliseum rout of No. 8 Virginia.

Only No. 1 Gonzaga has a better resume against ranked opponents at this point in the season. The Hokies and ‘Zags are the only two schools on that eight-team list to have at least one win on a neutral floor and post an undefeated record against the AP Top 25.

To add to that, Young & Co. are 7-2 in the ACC, the best start in the conference since Tech joined the league in 2004, and on Saturday night earned the program’s first win over UVa since Kerry Blackshear’s game winner over the No. 2 Cavaliers in 2018.

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Photo Credit: ACC Pool/Matt Gentry

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