3 biggest ACC women's basketball games this week & how they affect Virginia Tech

Kenny Brooks and his team are on a bye this week, however, these are three games that can affect the 8th-ranked Hokies this week.
Duke v Virginia Tech
Duke v Virginia Tech / Ryan Hunt/GettyImages

After a grueling ACC schedule, the Virginia Tech women's basketball team gets a much-needed bye week after going on the road Sunday and rolling to an 86-70 victory at Louisville. The win was the ninth in a row for the Hokies and cemented their spot at the top of the conference standings at 13-2.

Three games are remaining for Kenny Brooks and his team before the ACC Tournament begins early next month in Greensboro, North Carolina. Despite not playing this Thursday night, there are still three games that can go a long way into affecting Virginia Tech who certainly will be keeping an eye on the results. Here are three big ACC games Thursday night and how they affect the Hokies.

Three games that are of interest to Virginia Tech

Thursday night offer the next to final set of weeknight games and these three games are of big interest to the Hokies.

  • Louisville at Georgia Tech, 6 p.m.
  • Duke at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
  • North Carolina State at North Carolina, 8 p.m.

These three games will have a huge impact for Virginia Tech in terms of the standings. Currently, Syracuse is one game back of the Hokies at 12-3, while NC State is 11-3 and 1.5 games back. Louisville heads to Atlanta to play the Yellow Jackets and that game is not a gimmie. Georgia Tech took NC State to the final shot Sunday afternoon in overtime before losing by one point.

All three teams still have visions of catching the Hokies in the standings, but one common theme against all three teams for Virginia Tech is that they hold the tiebreaker over each team if a tie occurs for the ACC Tournament by the head-to-head meetings.

If the results fall right Thursday night, the Hokies could clinch at least a tie for the ACC regular season title with a win over North Carolina in their final regular season game in Blacksburg with College GameDay on campus. Again, a lot of results will need to fall in place, but anything is possible, and if they don't Brooks and his team control their path to the regular season championship by winning out.