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Virginia Tech had a long, tough week

Virginia Tech opened its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with three games, all against opponents ranked at the time. But in their penultimate week of regular-season play, the Hokies also had a taxing week.

Virginia Tech played at Duke on Sunday, at Boston College on Wednesday and host Maryland on Saturday. Whew.

So far, the Hokies are 0-2 this week. It went 1-2 in its similarly busy week to open ACC play in mid-January, with losses at North Carolina and at Florida State sandwiching a win at home against Miami. These two instances were the only times during the ACC schedule this season when Virginia Tech played three games in a calendar week.

In order to rest his players, Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg gave the team off on Thursday. The team practiced on Friday and was scheduled to have its customary shoot-around on Saturday before squaring off against the Terrapins.

Greenberg surely hopes that the time off will freshen up his players and help them put their first back-to-back losses of the season -- including an unflattering 20-point defeat at Boston College -- behind them as they move toward March.

"We’re just coming in playing hard," Greenberg said on Friday afternoon. "Boston College, we didn't play well; they played well. I don’t want to labor on Boston College. My main focus is just coming out tomorrow and having a great sense of purpose and great energy."

By Mark Viera  |  February 27, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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