Duke aiming for bounce back game at home against Virginia Tech

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The Duke Basketball team is back in Durham looking for a victory over Virginia Tech after a blowout loss on Wednesday night against North Carolina State.

It’s not often that the Duke Blue Devils lose by 22-points but such was the case on Wednesday night against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Raleigh.

Duke will try and regroup and respond on Saturday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium against the Virginia Tech Hokies, a team the Blue Devils already defeated by 14-points in early December.

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Virginia Tech was the first ACC game of the season for Duke and the two games come at distinctly different times for the Blue Devils.

Back on December 6, Duke was riding high after a win on the road over Michigan State but struggled in the first half against the Hokies, trailing Virginia Tech at halftime.

Saturday Duke will be coming off its worst loss of the season, in terms of points, and trying to get the game in a track meet as the Hokies are coming off of a triple-overtime loss at home to the Miami Hurricanes.

Virginia Tech has played in two other overtime games this season, a double-overtime matchup against North Carolina at home and the Hokies lost its next matchup, on the road against Boston College. That was all followed by an overtime game at home to the Eagles, followed by a win at home against Pittsburgh.

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Duke needs to come out and get everyone involved and start fast.

Getting the taste of everyone’s mouth from Wednesday night will be critical and starting fast is something Duke has struggled with for a majority of the season, even in the win over Virginia Tech earlier in the season where Duke found themselves down by as many as 12 points.

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The Blue Devils and the Hokies will have a primetime tipoff on Saturday night at 8:00pm EST inside Cameron Indoor Stadium and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.

PREDICTION: Duke 93, Virginia Tech 70