Now's the time for Virginia Tech

Thompson leaves a significant void, but Greenberg raved about freshman Jarell Eddie, who at 6-foot-7, 209 pounds, mirrors Thompson's presence. Moreover, Greenberg said Allen is practicing better than ever, and that sophomore reserve guard Erick Green is poised for a breakout year.

"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."

That was the feeling Wednesday, too, when media brainiacs picked Tech to finish second behind Duke.

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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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