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Looking ahead to Va. Tech and Duke games

I'll just bet Maryland coaches are not happy that Virginia Tech went up to Boston College on Wednesday night and lost by 20. If you're Maryland, you don't want a good team like the Hokies to be any more motivated than they already are.

Virginia Tech had won five games in a row before dropping its last two to Duke and Boston College, both on the road. Now the Hokies, who host the Terps on Saturday afternoon, return home with something to prove.

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Maryland faced a similar situation when it encountered Clemson in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 31. The Tigers had just lost three in a row and had to face the home fans after losing by 14 at Boston College. Clemson worked harder in that Maryland game than any team I've seen all year.

I'm not saying the Terps can't win -- only that Saturday's contest poses a stern test. The Hokies have the conference scoring leader in Malcolm Delaney and are tied for the lead (with Duke) in turnover margin.

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And speaking of motivation ...

I know you're supposed to take 'em "a game at a time." If I were a coach, they would drum me out of their little club for peering two games into the future. But I can't help but contemplate next week's Duke game. I keep thinking how badly Greivis Vasquez -- who is a sentimental guy -- wants to win his last game at Comcast Center. And then I think how much Vasquez relishes playing Duke and how the Terps have now lost six straight to the Blue Devils. You think Vasquez and the other two seniors want their last memory of the building to be getting bounced again by Duke? Now there's some motivation for you ...

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