Dorenzo Hudson will play vs. Miami
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia Tech guard Dorenzo Hudson, who is battling a stress-related foot injury, will play in the Hokies' meeting with Miami on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, according to trainer Chad Hyatt.
Asked about an hour before tip-off whether Hudson would play, Hudson said in a text message, "Yes."
The fourth-seeded Hokies had to weigh the expense of playing Hudson before he actually prepared to take the floor against the 12th-seeded Hurricanes. Virginia Tech is likely to receive an NCAA tournament at-large berth, so this week's conference tournament is not the last of their worries.
The news that he will play on Thursday could be met with equal parts optimism and concern. While it means that the Hokies' will have their second-leading scorer and an unquestioned leader against Miami, it also means Hudson could be susceptible to further injury or aggravation of the foot. Hudson said Wednesday that his foot felt about 70 percent healthy.
On Wednesday afternoon, Hudson took jump shots and appeared mobile running around the court at Greensboro Coliseum in practice. He said it still hurt to plant on the foot and to jump off it.
Hudson has battled the right 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. Before arriving in Greensboro, he had been held out of practice since the Hokies played North Carolina State on March 3.
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