Saturday, March 6, 2010
Live from Atlanta: Hokies beat Yellow Jackets
By Mark Schlabach
ATLANTA -- Can you leave a team out a team which finished 10-6 in ACC play?
Can you take a team which finished 7-9?
Those are the questions the NCAA selection committee will face next weekend, after Virginia Tech defeated Georgia Tech 88-80 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.
The victory was enormous for Virginia Tech, which won the game despite not having guard Dorenzo Hudson, its second-leading scorer, who sat out with a bruised bone in his right foot. The Hokies finished 10-6 in ACC play, three games better than the Yellow Jackets.
If the Hokies had lost at Georgia Tech, the NCAA selection committee might have been tempted to take the Yellow Jackets over them because of the head-to-head meeting. Georgia Tech also had a better RPI rating and strength-of-schedule ranking coming into the game.
Malcolm Delaney scored 32 points, his fifth 30-point performance of the season. Junior forward Jeff Allen added 17 points, and junior forward Terrell Bell had a season-high 14 points. Bell is from nearby Stone Mountain, Ga.
The Hokies led by as many as 16 points in the second half.
Freshman Derrick Favors had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who might need to win two games in next week's ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., to feel even remotely confident on Selection Sunday.