Suspended guard Grayson Allen on Duke bench during loss

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie shoots a free throw against North Carolina during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday Dec 31 2016 in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 75-63

The Virginia Tech football and women's basketball teams are already ranked in the Top 25.

Instead, the Hokies flourished on Saturday.

Virginia Tech's 89-75 win over the Blue Devils on Saturday - in which the Hokies led by as many as 20 and never trailed - showed otherwise. "I said, 'If you are not right, and you are not executing all of the way, through, you will not be successful'. That is why in those games if you can get them, you take them".

Guard Frank Jackson, who started in place of Allen, committed his third foul just seven minutes into the game.

"It's hard to prepare for pace", Seth Allen said.

"Hopefully it's a reality check for us", Jefferson said. Freshman Jordan Ford equaled his career-best with 12 points. "I knew it was going to be hard".

Seniors Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones will continue as co-captains. "That's a reality check". Duke struggled offensively in their first game without junior guard Grayson Allen, and the Hokies were able to dominate in a game where they led from start to finish.

Duke opened up conference play on the road against Virginia Tech today and it didn't go as planned if you're a member of Duke nation.

Two defensive rebounds by Virginia Tech mid-second half led to a quick 5-0 strike that gave the Hokies a 17-point lead.

After Duke cut a 16-point halftime lead to 11, Bibbs ripped off seven straight points after the second-half under-16 media timeout and like his teammates had no problem getting to the lane throughout the afternoon.

Duke basketball dropped its first ACC contest against Virginia Tech, 89-75.

Jayson Tatum was Duke's only other scorer in double figures with 18, but he managed just 1-for-7 shooting in the first half. I thought we had some good practices when we returned from Christmas, but it's not enough. "I should have performed better".

That's just part of what the Blue Devils are missing without Allen.

"Hill will go down as one of my favorite human beings of all time", Williams said. "If he doesn't play, how does it change what we need to do". The Blue Devils are searching for some leadership at this point in the season.

"We haven't played well for three straight games", Krzyzewski said. J.P. Macura added 23 points for the 12-2 Musketeers, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 8:23 remaining.

But if you'd like to adjust your level of Duke confidence in the big picture, and to no longer automatically assume that this will be the best team in America in March? With the physically gifted but controversy-spawning Blue Devil suspended indefinitely following his third tripping scandal, Duke appears to have a lot more holes then anybody was aware of.

Duke (12-1) has won 10 in a row and Virginia Tech holds a seven-game winning streak, setting up an intriguing matchup at Cassell Coliseum, which is sold out for this game in Blacksburg, Va. This was the only scheduled meeting this season. They rank No. 2 in the ACC in points per game averaging 86.2 per outing.

Duke returns to Durham following the loss and will host Georgia Tech Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. That same night, Virginia Tech visits North Carolina State.

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