ATLANTA --- The Duke Blue Devils may not have put forth their best performance of the season Friday, but they advanced to the semifinals of the 59th ACC Tournament nonetheless.
The second seed, Duke ousted No. 9 Virginia Tech 60-56 on an evening neither team could find its stride or stroke. Tyler Thornton had perhaps his best game as a Blue Devil scoring 13 points and paying an excellent floor game.
Duke improved to 27-5 while the Hokies dropped to 16-17.
Here are both teams' grades for their performances Friday:
VT offense: The Hokies made just 16 of 53 shot attempts (30.2 percent), yet made half of their 12 3-point attempts. Thus, Tech was 10-for-41 from inside the arc. The Hokies that started combined to convert only 10 baskets in 159 game minutes. Duke played well defensively, but Virginia Tech was just awful on offense. Of course, running poor sets time and time again didn't help, either. Grade: F-.
Duke offense: The Blue Devils weren't a whole lot better than the Hokie...