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Va. Tech at N.C. State

Saturday, February 26, 2005; Page D08

When: 4 p.m.

Where: RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

Records: Hokies 14-10, 7-6 ACC; Wolfpack 15-11, 5-8.

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TV: WDCA-20, WNUV-54

Elimination game: The Hokies could really improve their chances at an NCAA at-large bid by sweeping the season series from the Wolfpack. A victory would ensure Virginia Tech of at least a .500 record in ACC play; a loss would give the Wolfpack a losing record in the league. Entering today's game, Virginia Tech has an RPI rating of No. 111; North Carolina State is No. 86. The Hokies won the first meeting, 72-71, in Blacksburg, Va., on Jan. 19. The Hokies made 7 of 13 three-point attempts in that game. Virginia Tech has won only two of the previous 18 meetings in Raleigh, N.C., losing 16 in a row.

Looking for strong finish: Virginia Tech won four of its last five games last year, its last season in the Big East Conference. After beating Duke and Miami in consecutive games, the Hokies are looking for a similar finish this season. After playing the Wolfpack today, they play at Clemson on Tuesday night and host Maryland in Cassell Coliseum in the March 5 regular season finale. The Hokies already have ensured themselves of consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1994-95 and 1995-96.

-- Mark Schlabach

Today's Other Games

Men

Navy at American, 2

George Mason at Hofstra, 4

Howard at Hampton, 4

Women

American at Navy, 1

Howard at Hampton, 2

Villanova at Georgetown, 2


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