The 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and televised action resumes on Tuesday, Feb. 25 as Duke University looks to continue its win streak after defeating the top team in the conference, Syracuse, at home. They'll remain at home for Tuesday night to play the Virginia Tech Hokies, a team with just two wins in the ACC this year. Can Duke continue their push for a high seed in the upcoming basketball tournament? The latest televised and live stream NCAA basketball game arrives courtesy of various ESPN sources.
According to ESPN.com in their Feb. 25 report, Duke enters this game ranked at No. 6 in the nation, falling a spot or two since losing to conference foe North Carolina this past week. However, Duke bounced back with a win at home over top-ranked team Syracuse, with the game ending in controversy. Duke’s Rodney Hood drew an offensive charge from C.J. Fair of the Orange, which led to Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim storming the court, and ending up ejected after two technicals. The tirade, over a questionable late call in a close game, led to the Blue Devils winning 66-60.
Duke’s young star, Jabari Parker, finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the game, which was the fourth double-double he’s had in five games. Parker told the media about the recent back-to-back challenges from UNC and Cuse:
"That's the way it's going to be in the ACC tournament and then the NCAA. We've got to play back-to-back competitive games, but I think we're going to get used to it."
Duke currently sports an overall record of 22-6 and an ACC record of 11-4. Their 15-0 home record is the most telling stat, and should serve them well as they look to add on a second-straight victory over what some consider a “lowly opponent” in Virginia Tech. Duke, who averageness 80.1 points per game and is 21st in the nation in scoring, will wrap up their season with a March 5 game at Wake Forest, followed by a March 8 rematch at home versus UNC. While Tech and Wake seem like “easy wins” on the schedule, Duke may want to consider Virginia Tech’s recent near upset of Virginia before taking them too lightly.
Virginia Tech, ranked dead last in the ACC, comes into the game with a 9-17 record overall, and a two-game losing streak. The team is averaging just 65.2 points per game, while opponents average about 3 points more. On the season, the Hokies have only defeated Miami from the ACC, a team that has just five conference wins. However, Tech showed promise in nearly upsetting Virginia in a recent game at the Hokies’ home. Tonight will be much more of a test on the road at Cameron Indoor Stadium with Tech’s 1-5 road record against an undefeated home team looking to take the ACC over.
The Duke Blue Devils will be heavy favorites tonight. Bettors will have to have faith in the team to cover a 21-point spread for the game. The over/under for total combined points in the game is set at 137 points at various books. Virginia Tech guard Ben Emelogu is listed as out for tonight’s game, with no other injuries reported yet.
Tuesday night's Virginia Tech vs. Duke basketball game has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. United States TV viewers can watch tonight's game on ESPNU via cable or satellite television. In addition, they'll be live streaming this game online at the WatchESPN broadband sports network. The network is only available for customers of participating cable or satellite TV companies to log into. See more info here about how to watch online, as well as details about regional or device restrictions.