ACC Basketball: Key narratives for Duke vs. Virginia Tech in Sweet 16

Iowa Hawkeyes forward Megan Gustafson celebrates as she goes to the line for one free throw after drawing a Mercer Bears foul during the fourth quarter of their NCAA women's basketball tournament first round game at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City

WASHINGTON-For many on Duke's roster, the NCAA tournament will be the last time these Blue Devils play for each other, and Duke certainly played like it was its last day.

The Hokies also can feed its big man in the post in Kerry Blackshear Jr. who averages 14.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Thanks to a third straight year of great success under head coach Buzz Williams, who led his team to a 24-8 regular season record and the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, the Virginia Tech Hokies earned their highest ever seed in the NCAA Tournament and entered March Madness with hopes of a deep run.

Zion Williamson has had a ton of incredible plays throughout his spectacular freshman season at Duke. Of course, the Hokies weren't about to make it easy for the Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils were without Zion Williamson and the Hokies were without Justin Robinson, arguably the best players on their respective teams. The Blue Devils love bossing their opponents down low, and that proved hard in the second round against UCF and their big man Tacko Fall.

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Duke, meanwhile, has stormed back from a halftime deficit to take a five-point lead over Virginia Tech with about eight minutes to play.

However, the Hokies refused to give Duke (32-5) a moment to breathe.

Of Duke's four star freshman, Reddish might be the least impactful. Jones missed the front end of the one-and-one, and the Hokies took control of the final possession. He had not hit more than one 3-pointer in a game since November. And in a stadium split down the middle between Hokies and Blue Devils, the Apple Valley, Minn. native left the building shaking with a steal to an alley-oop to Williamson and eliciting an emphatic floor slap from the Blue Devils. Duke successfully kept it quiet in the buildup to the game. Virginia Tech is an ACC foe and no stranger to the Blue Devils and just might have the right formula.

The victor of Friday night's Sweet 16 game will face No. 2 Michigan State on Sunday in the Elite Eight.

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