The ACC Tournament 2012 offered a promising start for Virginia Tech team which defeated the Clemson University on Thursday, according to Washington Post. The game finished with 68 points in favor of the Hokies against the 63 points scored by Clemson. Dorenzo Hudson’s intervention in the last 15.2 seconds of the game was decisive for the Hokies’ victory.
Virginia Tech exceeded any expectations when they defeated the Tigers during the Thursday game of the ACC tournament 2012. Nobody expected this to happen because the Hokies were missing some of their most valuable players. The backup point guard was unable to play because of an injury suffered this week and two available scholarship players were forced to stay on the bench. The Tigers, on the other hand, had all their players on the field, thus making Hudson’s rescue intervention even more admirable.
The Hokies are now heading towards the quarterfinals where they will face the Duke on Friday. Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg told the press that the team talked to Clemson to convince them to play one more game once the tournament is over. The Tigers did not say whether they agreed with Greenberg’s proposition or not.
This is the 16th time this season when the outcome of a game played by Hokies is determined by a difference of five or fewer points. Hudson declared at the end of the game that the team understood everything was going to rely on one play which is why he made the throw 15 seconds before the end of the match. The Thursday victory has given Virginia Tech players a lot of confidence, according to Hudson and they now feel like they are ready to play harder and make free throws.
Coach Greenberg further stated that the team will most likely continue the tournament without freshman Marquis Rankin. The backup point guard injured his knee in a previous game and is now forced to recover. He was absent at the Thursday game and will most likely continue to sit on the bench during the game against the Duke, as well. This worries Greenberg who is not sure whether the Hokies can compete against the Duke without their backup point guard.