3:00 PM ET, March 12, 2011
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Nolan Smith refused to let a toe injury stop him. Virginia Tech couldn't do it, either.Smith scored 27 points a day after jamming his toe, and No. 5 Duke claimed a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by beating the Hokies 77-63 in the semifinals Saturday."At this stage," Smith said, "no injury is going to hold me back from playing."
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• Nolan Smith scored a game-high 27 points one day after injuring his toe in the conference quarterfinals.
• Duke will make its 30th appearance in the ACC title game, tied with North Carolina for most all-time.
• The Blue Devils will face the Tar Heels for the 20th time in the ACC Finals and lead the head-to-head series 11-8.
• Duke has won eight straight and 13 of its last 14 tournament games at the Greensboro Coliseum.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-57 (.368)||25-53 (.472)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-16 (.125)||5-18 (.278)|
|FT Made-Attempted||19-24 (.792)||22-26 (.846)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|