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Virginia Tech coach tells fans to ‘quit cussing’ in the middle of their upset over Duke

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Virginia Tech coach tells fans to ‘quit cussing’ in the middle of their upset over Duke

College basketball games are one of the most unique atmospheres in all of sports. Trash talking, or heckling, from the fans is not only expected but often highly encouraged.

And when Duke Blue Devils come to town, all bets are off.

Buzz Williams, the head coach of the Virginia Tech, was having none of it though from his student section during the Hokies massive upset over the No. 5 Blue Devils.

With 3:03 left in the second half there was a foul called against VT’s Justin Robinson as Grayson Allen was pulling up for a jumper. Although there initially appeared to be no contact between the two, Allen went to the line in a four-point game. The fans then let the officials have their voices be heard.

That is when Williams marched over to the scorers’ table and grabbed the public address announcer’s microphone.

“Guys, quit cussing. Quit cussing. Don’t throw anything on the floor regardless of what’s happening.”

It must have been a rallying cry for the team too. After Allen went 1-for-2, the Hokies went on an 8-2 run to close out the ball game and essentially lock their position in the NCAA Tournament.

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Hokies stun No. 5 Duke with tip-in final seconds

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Hokies stun No. 5 Duke with tip-in final seconds

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Chris Clarke tipped in a missed shot with 4 seconds remaining Monday night, and Virginia Tech stunned No. 5 Duke 64-63.

The Hokies (21-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) had trailed almost the entire game before Nickeil Alexander-Walker's jumper sailed over the rim and Clarke grabbed it and laid it in.

Alexander-Walker led the Hokies with 17 points, Justin Bibbs had 14 on his Senior Night and Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 13.

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Grayson Allen led Duke (24-6, 12-5) with 22 points, but his 3-point try before the buzzer missed. Wendell Carter Jr. grabbed the rebound, but the clock ran out before his layup went through.

When officials signaled that the basket didn't count, fans streamed out of the stands onto the Cassell Coliseum floor, celebrating another marquee victory that boosts the Hokies' NCAA Tournament prospects. They also have a road victory at No. 1 Virginia and a home victory against No. 18 Clemson.

The Blue Devils used an early 19-3 run to quiet the crowd and open a 29-14 lead, but the Hokies almost immediately responded by scoring 11 straight points with Alexander-Walker getting the first seven and Bibbs the last four. The Blue Devils' lead was 33-27 at halftime.

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BIG PICTURE

Duke: The Blue Devils failed to extend their school-record string of games holding an ACC opponent under 60 points to five, but they weren't far off. They were without Bagley of the first three games of the streak. The Hokies reached 60 points on Chris Clarke's dunk with 1:26 remaining. In Bagley's return against Syracuse, the Orange managed just 44 points.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies didn't get their usual production from Justin Robinson and continued to get almost nothing from Ahmed Hill, who's still averaging 11.6 points despite not having scored more than nine in more than a month. Alexander-Walker helped fill the void, and Clarke scored six of his eight in the final 1:26.

Bracketology Round-up: North Carolina back to a No. 2 seed, Virginia Tech climbing

Bracketology Round-up: North Carolina back to a No. 2 seed, Virginia Tech climbing

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Questioning if the North Carolina Tar Heels were going to make it to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament seems so long ago. This week the Tar Heels knocked off two bubble ACC teams in Louisville and Syracuse on the road to ascend back to one of the top eight teams in the country.

Luke Maye and Joel Berry II are playing like All-Americans, especially over the six-game win streak they are on.

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At the same token Virginia Tech has seen other teams fall, allowing them who are struggling through conference play to get into the tournament. It is now time to question where the Hokies will play rather than if they will make it in.

One of their victims was Clemson, who is now in a tailspin. Once a No. 2 seed, they dropped three straight and are sitting on a No. 4 seed line, barely.

Wichita State is climbing toward the end of the year with other teams falling. The Shockers are up to a No. 3 seed.

The unanimous bubble teams include Syracuse, Louisville, Texas, and USC. Moving ahead of the bubble include St. Bonaventure, Butler, and Florida.

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These projections are based on their latest bracket as of Feb. 26.

Joe Lunardi (ESPN):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Texas Tech
No. 4 Tennessee

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Wichita State
No. 4 Gonzaga

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 West Virginia

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 North Carolina
No. 4 Arizona

Last Four in: St. Bonaventure, Syracuse, Louisville, and USC
First Four out: UCLA, Texas, Washington, and Penn State

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Nicholls St./ Savannah State
No. 10: Virginia Tech (South, at-large) vs. No. 7 Nevada

Dave Ommen (NBC Sports/ Yahoo/ Bracketville):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Clemson

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 Texas Tech

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Purdue
No. 4 West Virginia

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Wichita State
No. 4 Gonzaga

Last Four in: Providence, Kansas State, Saint Mary’s, and St. Bonaventure
First Four out: Texas, USC, Washington, and Louisville

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Beathune Cookman/ Arkansas Pine Bluff
No. 8: Virginia Tech (Midwest, at-large) vs. No. 9 Texas A&M

Shelby Mast (USA-Today):

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Kentucky

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Michigan State
No. 4 Tennessee

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Wichita State
No. 4 Texas Tech

West Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Purdue
No. 3 Arizona
No. 4 Clemson

Last Four in: USC, Providence, Washington, and Louisville
First Four out: Baylor, Syracuse, Marquette, and Mississippi State

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Wagner
No. 10: Virginia Tech (South, at-large) vs. No. 7 Seton Hall

Chris Dobbertean (SB Nation) – Updated on 2/23:

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Gonzaga

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Purdue
No. 4 Clemson

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 Texas Tech
No. 4 Wichita State

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Arizona
No. 4 Tennessee

Last Four in: St. Bonaventure, Baylor, Texas, and Syracuse
First Four out: Utah, USC, UCLA, and Louisville

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ)
No. 8: Virginia Tech (at-large)
Maryland (also considered)

Jerry Palm (CBS Sports) – Updated on 2/25:

East Region:
No. 1 Villanova
No. 2 Duke
No. 3 Tennessee
No. 4 Ohio State

Midwest Region:
No. 1 Xavier
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 4 Clemson

South Region:
No. 1 Virginia (No. 1 overall)
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 3 Texas Tech
No. 4 Wichita State

West Region:
No. 1 Kansas
No. 2 North Carolina
No. 3 Purdue
No. 4 Rhode Island

Last Four in: Louisville, USC, Texas, and UCLA
First Four out: Syracuse, Utah, Washington, and Boise State

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (South, ACC Champ) vs. No. 16 Bethune Cookman/ Arkansas Pine-Bluff
No. 10: Virginia Tech (South, at-large) vs. No. 7 Arkansas

Delphi Bracketology (Most accurate bracket projection of past two years):

No. 1 seeds: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, and Kansas
No. 2 seeds: Duke, North Carolina, Auburn, and Purdue
No. 3 seeds: Michigan State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, and Texas Tech
No. 4 seeds: West Virginia, Wichita State, Kentucky, and Clemson

Last Four in: USC, Mississippi State, Saint Mary’s (CA), and Louisville
First Four out: Washington, UCLA, Syracuse, and Baylor

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1 overall: Virginia (ACC Champ)
No. 7: Virginia Tech (at-large)

Local Rundown:

A home win over No. 15 Clemson partnered with a home loss to Louisville just slightly bumped up the Hokies. A week ago, Virginia Tech was hovering between the No. 9/ 10 lines and in some instances was one of the last at-large teams to receive a bye. Now they are between the No.8/9 line and in one bracket is up to a No. 7 seed.

Still they have plenty of work ahead of them with a home contest against No. 5 Duke and a trip to Miami closing their season. Movement for Tech might not be over just yet.

Virginia is in the clear and is now the unanimous No. 1 overall seed across these projections. As long as they win one game in the ACC Tournament, that is not going to change. It would be fair to assume too that even if the Cavaliers loose out, they are sitting as a No. 1 seed.

The rest of the Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) is going to have to rely on upsets in conference tournaments to get more teams in. The list of teams that could provide a surprise team or two continues to dwindle: Old Dominion (22-6, 13-3 C-USA), VCU (16-13, 8-8 A-10), William & Mary (18-11, 11-7 CAA), Radford (19-12, 12-6 Big South), Mount St. Mary’s (18-13, 12-6 NEC), Navy (20-11, 11-7 Patriot), and UMBC (20-10, 11-4 A-East).