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Dorenzo Hudson will try to play on injured foot

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Although guard Dorenzo Hudson, who has been battling a foot injury, said Wednesday that he would likely try to play in Virginia Tech's ACC tournament quarterfinal, the Hokies will have to weigh the expense of such a step before he actually takes the floor.

On Wednesday afternoon, Hudson took jump shots and appeared mobile running around the court at Greensboro Coliseum. He said it still hurt to plant on the foot and to jump off it, but he said it was feeling better than it had been in previous weeks.

"It's feeling pretty good," Hudson said after the workout. "I've just got to take it day by day and see what happens. I’m feeling probably about 70 percent right now. I think I’ll be able to play. I’ve had my up-and-down days when I feel like I can't move sometimes. But other than that, I’m feeling pretty good."

Hudson has battled a stress-related foot injury most of the season, and it has worsened in recent weeks. He missed his first game of the season when he sat out Virginia Tech's win at Georgia Tech on March 6. He has been held out of practice since the Hokies played North Carolina State on March 3.

The decision on how to manage Hudson's injury in this tournament will be in the spotlight before Virginia Tech takes the court against the winner of Thursday afternoon's meeting between fifth-seeded Wake Forest and 12th-seeded Miami. While the Hokies would certainly like to win the ACC tournament, their bigger picture includes a likely trip to the NCAA tournament.

Hudson, the team's second-leading scorer and locker room leader, has been as important a player on Virginia Tech's roster as any, so the status of his injured right foot will be critically important to the Hokies over the next few weeks. Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg on Wednesday did not want to rush to any decisions regarding Hudson.

"His health is going to be the main way I evaluate it, and his feedback," Greenberg said on Wednesday. "We’ve got a relationship where he's going to give me honest feedback. After the N.C. State game, he came to me first thing in the morning and said, 'Coach, I can’t go.' I really believe our relationship is built on trust and what we call straight talk. And he’ll tell me. I really believe that."

By Mark Viera  |  March 11, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
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I can cerainly see why Seth might want to sit him, now that the Basketball World has recognized that the cutoff for ACC atlarge bids is not one notch above the Hokies. Two weeks ago it sounded like only Duke was a lock due to Maryland and Va Tech being, inexplicably, not Carolina, as the 1 and 2 slots are reserved for the Blue Bloods, not some trouble makers from the Nawth. Funny how now that we are getting closer to tournement time, even Ga Tech, at 7-9 in the ACC, is viewed as viable at-large bids. Astonishing.

Given Va Tech is in, short of holing out the ACC tourney, the Hokies probably don't move more than one or two notches in the bracket even with one or twon ACC wins; certainly won't be the five lock that Maryland will be, and certainly no lower than a 9/10. What is the use of risking Scorer Number 2 prior to NCAA's? If he gets worse Friday, it would be a big "Rut Ro, Shaggy." Leave him on the bench.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | March 11, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

If the Hokies are smart they will rest Hudson if he is not 100% healed. VT is already a lock for the NCAA and has the talent to make a run but they will need a healthy Hudson.

He is a legitamite scoring threat who can keep Delaney or Allen from being double teamed. Foot injuries take a long time to heal and are easily reagrivated!

Posted by: sbf845 | March 11, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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