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Virginia Tech takes it easy on off day

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia Tech has had a first-round bye in the ACC tournament four out of the six years it has been a member of the league. The statistic, which might surprise some, is mostly indicative of the program's success in the basketball-centric conference.

But it has also meant that the fourth-seeded Hokies know how to use their time off. And they plan to do so on Thursday when the tournament kicks off at the Greensboro Coliseum.

On Thursday, Virginia Tech is practicing from 11 a.m. through 12:15 p.m. After that, it will be a fairly light day for the Hokies.

Some members of the Hokies' coaching staff will be in attendance for the game between fifth-seeded Wake Forest and 12th-seeded Miami. The players probably won't; they are eating lunch at a nearby mall. Coach Seth Greenberg indicated that he really didn't care whether or not they watched the game.

"They know the teams we’re playing," Greenberg said on Wednesday. "It’s not like you can’t watch TV; I'm taking away your cellphones. They can watch it."

Virginia Tech will meet as a team at 5:30 p.m. and have a walk-through at 6:15 p.m. And after that, the Hokies' day of rest will be nearly concluded as they prepare to take the court on Friday afternoon.

By Mark Viera  |  March 11, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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