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Live from Atlanta: Virginia Tech without No. 2 scorer

3/6/2010

ATLANTA -- Welcome to Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum, the site of maybe the biggest NCAA bubble game in the country on Saturday.

The winner of today's game between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech is probably in good shape for an NCAA at-large bid, but the loser might have to do some work in next week's ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

Just received word that the Hokies will be without junior guard Dorenzo Hudson, their second leading scorer, because of a bone bruise in his right foot. The Charlotte native averages 16.7 points and 3.3 rebounds against ACC foes.

Junior forward Jeff Allen, who has been inconsistent all season, will have to pick up the slack for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech entered Saturday tied with Clemson and Florida State for third place in the ACC standings with a 9-6 record in league play. The Hokies will have to beat the Yellow Jackets to maintain pace with the Seminoles, who were a 61-60 winner at Miami earlier today.

Georgia Tech entered the day in seventh place in the ACC with a 7-8 record. But the Yellow Jackets have a better RPI ranking than the Hokies and played a much more difficult schedule.