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How They Could Win

Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page G03

The Hokies surprised everyone in their first season in the ACC. After winning at Miami on Feb. 2, Virginia Tech's conference record stood at 5-3, including a victory at Georgia Tech. Reality seemed to set in with three straight losses, but then the Hokies posted one of the biggest wins in the history of the program, beating Duke, 67-65, on Zabian Dowdell's three-pointer with 15 seconds left.

That win seemed to show that the roster Coach Seth Greenberg has assembled in two seasons has the athletic big men and gritty guards to play with just about anyone.

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The Hokies have three potent back-court scorers in Dowdell, Jamon Gordon and Carlos Dixon. Sophomore forward Coleman Collins is a future star who blocks shots and gets great position on rebounds.

Tech has a pretty deep bench, bolstered by the addition of forward Jeff King, a tight end on the school's football team. Tech is second in the ACC in turnover margin in conference games. Defensively, the Hokies play tough man-to-man and are athletic enough to run a press effectively.

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