- Virginia Tech owns a monumental result and now the Hokies have a chance for another rewarding experience. A teammate said that Bagley had not practiced with the team as they prepared to host Virginia Tech in Cameron on Wednesday.
Tech's shooting has been a near-constant throughout the season, and it has to be a significant cause for concern for Duke.
So how about a repeat shocker?
Since then, a 5-1 showing in league play, highlighted by wins over North Carolina and U.Va., has vaulted them to No. 59 in the RPI rankings.
Why do we think sharp action is on Duke?
A Sunday matchup at Georgia Tech proved a useful tonic, as the Blue Devils largely dominated an over-matched Yellow Jackets team 80-69. Marques Bolden took Bagley's spot, while freshman guard Alex O'Connell drew the start in the backcourt in place of freshman Trevon Duval. Emery scored 25 points and dished out six assists, her best mark of the season.
An ugly stretch got uglier for the Blue Devils on Thursday, as the team lost again in their first start since a stunning defeat at St. John's, this time to the suddenly surging UNC at the Dean Dome. Forced back into a high-leverage role, Allen seemed to recapture some of his old offensive magic.
Carter Jr. will most likely be a Top-10 pick in June's NBA Draft, but without Bagley, he would need to play like a Top-5 pick. Bagley sat out much of that game with an eye injury. Nothing conclusive came out of Durham, N.C., on Monday or Tuesday regarding Bagley's status, but Williams indicated Monday afternoon he expects Bagley to play.
Bagley has been Duke's best player this season. "One, he's just a big guy". A trip to Duke is often unique.
Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-5) is coming off a 61-60 overtime upset of now No. 1 Virginia this past Saturday.