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Duke, Virginia Tech re-ACC-limate themselves in Sweet 16 showdown

Duke, Virginia Tech re-ACC-limate themselves in Sweet 16 showdown
Posted at 9:21 AM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 20:44:27-04

WASHINGTON - For just the third time in program history, Duke will duel with a fellow-ACC foe in the NCAA Tournament.

Jonathan Kabongo of the Virginia Tech Hokies. (Photo by Lauren Rakes/Getty Images)

Friday, in a game to be broadcast LIVE on News 3, the Blue Devils take on Virginia Tech in the NCAA men's Sweet 16. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 9:39 p.m. at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

The Hokies are 11-and-46 all-time against the Blue Devils. However, Tech won the only meeting this season, 77-72, in Cassell Coliseum on Feb. 26. The Hokies have won the last three home games against the Blue Devils, all while Duke has been ranked in the top 5 nationally.

Wabissa Bede of the Virginia Tech Hokies. (Photo by Lauren Rakes/Getty Images)

In the Sweet 16 for the 27th time as a program and 25th time under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 113-and-37 (.753) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, which is No. 1 all-time in winning percentage and third in wins. Coach K’s 96 NCAA Tournament wins are not only more than any other coach in history, they are more than all but five teams and eight conferences all-time in NCAA play.

"They're really good," Krzyzewski said of Tech. "And I said at that time, I thought Buzz really did as good a job as anybody in our league coaching. And they're veterans. They're together. They play -- they don't beat themselves. They do not beat themselves. And I really thought, at the end of the season, that there are five teams from our conference that could win the whole thing and the five that I thought are here, are in the Sweet 16."

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