This One Will be Different

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I have attended several ACC tournaments over the years. Contrary to popular belief, it is
not that hard to cop tickets. All you have to do is be friends with a Duke alum whose classmate donated over $250k to
the Iron Dukes and is willing to hand out tournament ticket books to his friends. While that might be tough on short
notice, other methods that have worked for me include getting romantically involved with a nurse at the Duke University
Medical Center whose boss has access to seemingly half the tickets printed. Again, this might be a tough one.

ACC All-Defensive First Team selection Jamon
Gordon and the Hokies are headed to Tech’s
first-ever ACC tournament. (click to enlarge)

If none of the above avenues to ticket procurement work out in the next day or so, I would suggest as a fall-back
position the tried and true method of waiting until after Clemson has played its first game and then buying ticket books
sold by their fans as they head back to South Carolina for football practice. It never fails.

Virginia Tech prepares to participate in its first ACC basketball tournament. For those of us who have spent years
following basketball in the conference, to have Tech playing is another of those magical moments, ranking right up there
with that night almost two years ago when Tech was first voted into the ACC, the exhilarating evening when our
Athletic Director stood on a podium with ACC Commissioner John Swofford and Miami’s AD Paul Dee holding an ACC cap and
polo shirt, the morning last July when a group of Hokies had cake and chatted with Swofford during the ACC’s ‘Welcome
Aboard’ gathering, the sight of the Duke football team taking the field at Lane Stadium for Tech’s first ACC
football game, and the North Carolina basketball one taking the court at Cassell for the inaugural conference basketball
game. Virginia Tech is truly a member of the ACC.

The Tech basketball team that will be playing in its first ACC tournament has become a special one. It is a team