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Virginia Tech loses Chris Clarke to season-ending torn ACL

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 01: Chris Clarke #15 of the Virginia Tech Hokies goes to the basket during Virginia Tech’s game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on February 1, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)

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Virginia Tech took a huge blow to its season on Monday as the team announced that sophomore forward Chris Clarke is out for the season with a torn ACL.

The 6-foot-6 Clarke is a key glue guy who puts up numbers all across the board for the Hokies. Clarke was averaging 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as he was shooting 58 percent from the field. Clarke also brought a certain intensity with him to each game that helps give the team a lift and he’s also one of the team’s better defenders. Clarke played in the Hokies’ double-overtime win over Virginia on Sunday but will now be gone the rest of the season.

Virginia Tech is a balanced team with plenty of weapons but the loss of Clarke will certainly sting for the Hokies. The Hokies will probably be able to withstand Clarke’s scoring loss, since he is fourth on the team, but Clarke’s rebounding will certainly be missed as he was tops on the team in rebounds per game.