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CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Welcome to enemy territory, Hokies fans.

Actually, I saw plenty of Virginia Tech folks out around this quaint college town on Friday night. (And to end the night, in keeping with local tradition here, I had a Gus Burger at White Spot. Simply delicious.)

But Saturday won't be much of a party. In fact, it seems as if this is Al Groh's last stand. "Coaches with schemes but without talent," Groh said when he was introduced as coach in 2001, "quickly become unimportant coaches." Now, as my colleague Zach Berman writes, Groh enters what is likely his final game as head coach, and he could see his words come true.

For the Cavaliers, it is a chance to rewrite their legacy. As Jerry Ratcliffe of the Charlottesville Daily Progress writes: "If Virginia’s seniors -- if the Cavaliers in general -- want to make a statement, want to be remembered for something other than the disappointing 3-8 record they bring to today’s game, then they must win."

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech is buoyed by the intensity of defensive end Jason Worilds. Like most Saturdays, that should help the Hokies, who expect a fired up Virginia team.

And on the hardwood, Virginia Tech's basketball team lost to Temple, 61-50, on Friday in the Philly Hoop Group Classic at the Palestra. In the Hokies' first loss this season, Malcolm Delaney scored a game-high 32 points, making 9 of 21 from the field.

By Mark Viera  |  November 28, 2009; 7:48 AM ET
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