"I feel like we can make a run in the NCAA tournament and compete for an ACC championship," Delaney said, "and that's the feeling around Blacksburg."
Can the Hokies hang with the Blue Devils?
"All day," Hudson said. "I definitely feel like my guys can compete with anybody in the league."
And if the Hokies can compete with anybody in the ACC, why not the entire country?
"We're looking to go all the way – the Final Four," Hudson said.
Greenberg doesn't discourage such chatter.
"There's a buzz," he said. "The white elephant in the room is the expectations. We have to address that. It can't be a burden."
The solution to expectations? Embrace, enjoy, exceed.
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