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January 15, 2007
Week in review: Virginia Tech is for real
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Not many teams can say they beat Duke and North Carolina in an eight-day span. Add the stipulation that the Blue Devils and Tar Heels must have been ranked in the top five - and that the opponent was unranked - and it becomes extraordinarily rare.
All those factors combine to make Virginia Tech's 94-88 win over No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday perhaps the most shocking upset of the season. The Hokies edged then-No. 5 Duke 69-67 in Cameron Indoor Stadium last week.
Indiana didn't pull off any wins near that caliber, but it's clear they are quickly improving. The Hoosiers have won seven of their last eight games, including three in a row against Big Ten teams. They most recently crushed Purdue 73-51 and beat Penn State 84-74.
No team may have been under more pressure last week than Marquette, who started out 0-2 in the Big East and faced a road trip to talented Connecticut and a visit from an upstart West Virginia squad. The Golden Eagles responded by edging the Huskies 73-69 and rolling past the Mountaineers 81-63.
We examine Virginia Tech, Indiana and Marquette and take a look at all the other major developments in this week's edition of A Look Back:
Andrew Skwara is the national college basketball writer for Rivals.com. Click here to send him a question or comment for his Mailbag.