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Hokies' Malcolm Delaney vs. Duke's Jon Scheyer

When No. 6 Duke hosts Virginia Tech on Sunday, the meeting will represent a clash between the first- and second-place teams, respectively, in the ACC. But the subplot will pit two of the conference's leading scorers against each other.

Hokies guard Malcolm Delaney leads the ACC with an average of 22.1 points in conference games. Blue Devils guard Jon Scheyer is third in the conference with an average of 18.8 points in league play.

Calling Scheyer a "tough hombre," Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said the biggest similarities between the two players is the intense competitive fire. "They’re both pretty special players," Greenberg said. "And they’re both having magnificent years."

While Dorenzo Hudson has stepped up and made a big difference as a scorer for the Hokies, Delaney, a junior, is the centerpiece of Virginia Tech's team. On a nightly basis, the Hokies ask a lot of Delaney, and he usually delivers.

Scheyer, a senior, is one of Duke's Big Three along with guard Nolan Smith and swingman Kyle Singler. They carry the load for the Blue Devils, with Scheyer running the team with his deliberate pace of play.

Among their similarities, both players have not only shown the ability to score, but to share. In ACC play, Delaney is averaging 4.9 assists per game and Scheyer is averaging 4.5 assists per game.

Both players also get to the free throw line with regularity, although no one does it quite as well as Delaney. The Hokies' guard has attempted more free throws (119) in ACC games than another other player in the top 10 of the free throw percentage rankings. Scheyer is second on that list in free-throw attempts (74).

While Delaney edges Scheyer in points per game in ACC play, Scheyer has him beat in a few other categories.

Both players have good size for guards. Scheyer is listed at 6 feet 5, and Delaney is listed at 6-3.

The Blue Devils' guard is making 2.7 three-pointers per game, while Delaney has recently struggled with his shot as a result of two injured ankles. Scheyer has also has a better assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) than Delaney's (1.5).

But the most important statistics will show up late Sunday night: win or loss. Virginia Tech (21-4, 8-3) will be looking to make a statement against the Blue Devils (22-4, 10-2).

By Mark Viera  |  February 19, 2010; 3:49 PM ET
 
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