IF YOU’RE A VIRGINIA TECH FAN, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE TONIGHT? I’ll assume a win over Duke tops the list, but given the unlikelihood of that (the Blue Devils are a 20.5-point favorite), what other things could the Hokies do that would make you feel better about this season or the future? Or is that not possible for you at this point?
The game’s on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Duke fans surely will be tuning in to see what Ryan Kelly will do for an encore after his huge performance against Miami. The national story is obvious: How good can the Blue Devils be with Kelly back in the lineup consistently? But the Tech angle is less clear-cut.
I’d like to see if Robert Brown can build on his senior night performance and C.J. Barksdale can continue his upward trend. How about you?
THE VHSL STATE SEMIFINALS BEGIN TODAY IN RICHMOND, with the Bassett girls facing Courtland at 7 p.m. and the Salem boys opposing Potomac Falls at 9 p.m. Robert has a feature on Salem junior Troy Mann, who has become the team’s leading scorer and most versatile player.
-Andy checks in with former Tech lineman Vinston Painter, who was pleased with how he handled interviews at the combine.
-Gonzaga takes the top spot in the AP poll for the first time in its history.
-Rory McIlroy says his withdrawal from the Honda Classic was “not the right thing to do.”
-The NRA will be the title sponsor for the Cup race at Texas.
-Have you ever wanted to see the Phillies take on the Dominican Republic? Of course you have. You get your chance at 1 p.m. today on MLB Network.
-Real Madrid hosts Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League at 2:30 p.m. They played to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last month.
-The Heat wins its 15th in a row.
-As expected, R.A. Dickey will start for the U.S. in Friday’s WBC opener against Mexico. Meanwhile, Reds star Joey Votto announces that he will play for Canada.
-USA Today ranks the top 10 conference tournaments. The paper pegs the ACC at No. 2, behind only the Big East, citing Miami and Duke as compelling stories.
NAME THAT TUNE
Now I see the importance of history
Why people be in the mess that they be
Many journeys to freedom made in vain
By brothers on the corner playin ghetto games
I ask you lord why you enlightened me
Without the enlightment of all my folks
He said cuz I set myself on a quest for truth
And he was there to quench my thirst
But I am still thirsty…