Don’t expect to see center Victor Davila returning for Virginia Tech on Tuesday against Virginia.
“I’m not Marcus Welby,” Hokies coach Seth Greenberg said after Saturday’s 74-73 overtime victory over Georgia Tech. “But he’s a got a severe groin injury. Severe. Last night when I came into the training room, and Dr. Beato, [team physician Greg], the first thing he said was, ‘This is pretty bad.’ He’d been playing hurt.”
A 6-foot-8 senior, Davila had started 64 consecutive games before missing the last two. He aggravated the condition in practice Monday as Virginia Tech prepared for Thursday’s game at Florida State.
Davila’s averages, 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds, are modest, but he’s arguably the Hokies’ best low-post defender. His absence was glaring Saturday as Georgia Tech’s Kammeon Holsey and Daniel Miller combined for 29 points and 14 rebounds.
“It’s killing the kid,” Greenberg said of having to sit. “The kid’s given us three-and-three-quarters unbelievable years. He’s a great kid. Your heart just goes out to him.”
Davila was playing the best basketball of his career. Four of his eight double-figure scoring games had come in a six-game stretch, including a college-best 16 points against Duke.
“Davila’s good,” Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said after that game. “He’s just a strong, good player. I think anyone in the league would love to have Davila on their team, especially as a senior. He’s been in a lot of wars. I like him, a lot. He’s just a good, hard-nosed, clean player.”
Virginia Tech certainly could use him against Virginia and power forward Mike Scott, an ACC Player of the Year candidate who torched Maryland for 25 points Saturday. Scott scored 10 points, nine off his average, against the Hokies last month.
“I really don’t know,” Greenberg said. “I just know Dr. Beato was not overly optimistic.”
* Virginia Tech, the ACC’s No. 2 free-throw shooting team (73.5 percent) made 15-of-19 Saturday, this after missing 7-of-10 down the stretch at Florida State.
“Those guys really wanted to make those free throws at Florida State,” Greenberg said. “They didn’t. What am going to do, get rid of them? They’re human. It’s just the way it is.
“They’re good kids that are bustin’ their tail that were undermanned, that were all cramping up and they stepped to the line with a will and a purpose to make a free throw. They wanted to make that free throw. They missed. They’re not the first guy that’s (missed) a free throw.”
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Teel Time: Virginia Tech's Greenberg pessimistic about Davila's return from 'severe' groin injury
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