John Calipari on Virginia Tech: ‘There’s a team that could win the ACC’

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Virginia Tech has never won an ACC championship. Heck, it hasn’t claimed a conference title period since it won its tournament as a member of the Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference under Charles Moir in 1978-79.

But after Saturday night’s impressive duel with No. 8 Kentucky, it’s clear that the Hokies have a team that could be poised to make some noise as a legitimate contender this season. Despite taking a 6-point lead into the half, coach Buzz Williams and company fell behind the final 20 minutes and took a tough 93-86 loss in the always hostile Rupp Arena.

Kentucky coach John Calipari was quick to give Virginia Tech some high praise:

Not quite a member of the top 25 just yet — though it did receive some votes this past week — Virginia Tech (9-2) has enjoyed a strong start to the season in Williams’ fourth year with the program. Already with a pair of blowout wins over Washington and Iowa, it was known that the Hokies had a group of talented players on the floor, and now patrons of the sport have physical evidence that they can match up well vs. a top-10 opponent.

At the very least, it seems as if VT is in line for its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance — something it hasn’t achieved since the mid-1980s.

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