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Keeping up their guards page 3
Steve DeShazo's column on the Maryland-Virginia Tech game

Date published: 1/22/2007

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The same can be said for the Hokies, who'll be tested many more times. Five of their next seven games are on the road--including their next two (at Miami and Georgia Tech). Still, Tech's battle-tested guards aren't about to back down from anyone--including Virginia's.

Dowdell was preparing for last night's game and missed the Cavaliers' exploits yesterday. His eyes grew big when told that Reynolds had hung 40 on Wake.

He and Gordon didn't combine to match that total last night. But they got what they wanted: an important win.

"It's a rivalry, but we're not big trash-talkers," he said of the Cavaliers, who won both of last year's head-to-head meetings. "There's a great deal of respect, and a lot of competition. Any time you play them--or anyone--you try to outplay them. We're trying to be the best backcourt in the nation."

Whether Tech's is tops in the country, or the ACC, or even the state, is a matter of opinion. But both teams are pretty happy with the guards they have.

To reach STEVE DeSHAZO: 540/374-5443
Email: sdeshazo@freelancestar.com


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