Virginia Tech landed a wild, 80-78 win over in-state rival No. 12 Virginia in double-overtime on Sunday night.
The Hokies were down by 14 points at halftime before rallying back against one of college basketball’s better defensive program to force overtime on a tip-in from Ty Outlaw at the buzzer:
That’s nothing compared to the way that the first overtime ended, where a London Perrantes driving layup ended with the ball sitting motionless on the back of the rim:
This win drops Virginia out of a tie for first place in the ACC standings, putting them a game behind North Carolina in the loss column and opening the door for the likes of Louisville, Duke and Florida State to make a run at the Tar Heels.
But the bigger story is this win for the Hokies, who have put themselves in a position where they will be in the NCAA tournament as long as they don’t do anything stupid the rest of the way. Keep in mind, the ACC is a nightmare. There’s a realistic chance that Buzz Williams’ team could lose five of their last six games and end up on the wrong side of the bubble, but as of today – when they have a pair of top 15 wins and zero sub-100 losses, 17-7 Virginia Tech will be in the dance.