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It's a game day in Blacksburg. Here is some reading to get you ready.

Virginia Tech takes on Miami in another tough conference match up. Eric Prisbell, The Post's national college basketball reporter, takes a look at the Hurricanes in The 65, our new blog maintained by Prisbell and devoted to all things brackets.

So far, Prisbell points out, the Hurricanes (15-1, 1-1) are off to an impressive start but are hurt but a nonconference schedule that ranks 338th out of 347 teams. That means that each ACC game is crucial for Miami, like this trip to Virginia Tech.

But starting on Wednesday at Cassell Coliseum, Miami plays five of its next seven away from Coral Gables. So while the Hurricanes, ranked 23rd, are in the national rankings for the first time in more than a year, there's no guarantee they will remain there.

Finally, raise your hand if you would have guessed Virginia Tech's win over Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 would have been Lane Kiffin's last game as the Volunteers coach? No one? Okay, thought so. As all of you must surely know by now, Kiffin is leaving Knoxville after a year to become the coach of Southern California, where he worked earlier in his career as an assistant coach.

Makes you really appreciate a guy like Frank Beamer, huh?

By Mark Viera  |  January 13, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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The ACC is wide open this year. I can't recall a season in which the difference between the #1 team and the #12 team has been so small. Heck, NC State, regarded by most as likely to be the worst team in the league this year, went down to Tallahassee last night and beat FSU. On any given night, any ACC team is capable of beating any other ACC team. This is a very important game for VT. Hopefully the home crowd will be there in force to support the team.

Posted by: danram | January 13, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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