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A rough year for battered Delaney

While Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney has been a graceful scorer, it has not been any easy season for him. He has been beat up all year.

On Saturday, Delaney was bothered by a his right ankle after stepping on another player's foot and then injured his shoulder after time expired in the Hokies' 63-62 win over Boston College. But he said afterward that he was fine, although he indicated that he was in some pain on Sunday.

"Ankle n shoulder is killin me," Delaney wrote on his Twitter page on Sunday. "Treatment very necessary today."

Receiving treatment has been a big story of Delaney's season, in addition, of course, to his ACC leading 19.5 points-per-game scoring average. Delaney was nagged by a sprained left ankle earlier in the season and sat out the Hokies' win over Seton Hall on Jan. 2.

But Delaney tweaked his right ankle on Saturday. At the end of the game, Delaney crumpled to the ground after crashing into a Boston College player and then the court in a frenetic final play against the Eagles. As time expired on Virginia Tech's win, Delaney lay on the floor after the collision and clutched his left shoulder.

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg scurried onto the floor after seeing Delaney on the ground. "If you coached this team," Greenberg said, "you'd want to make sure he was healthy, too."

The Hokies will need Delaney, their best player, over the next few weeks as they push for their first NCAA tournament bid since 2007. Virginia Tech (15-3, 2-2) plays at Virginia (12-5, 3-1) on Thursday night.

By Mark Viera  |  January 25, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
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