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Virginia vs. Duke Basketball: Game and Prayer Thread

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Everyone knows this stare. Everyone gets chills when they see it. Everyone knew this would be the picture I'd choose today.
Everyone knows this stare. Everyone gets chills when they see it. Everyone knew this would be the picture I'd choose today.

What: No. 16/17 Virginia Cavaliers (14-1, 1-0 ACC) vs. No. 6/8 Duke Blue Devils (13-2, 1-0 ACC)

Time: 9:00 p.m.
Date: January 12, 2012
Place: Cameron Indoor
TV: ESPN
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network

Spread: Duke -10.5, Pomeroy: Duke 67-59 (21%)
Last Meeting: Virginia 41, Duke 56
Last Time Out: Duke 81, Georgia Tech 74
Series: Duke leads, 114-48

Not much to say today because we all know what's on the line. This is one of the most highly anticipated matchups between these two teams in a long time. The last time Virginia won in this series was seven attempts ago: Sean Singletary's infamous off-balance fadeaway overtime buzzer beater in Charlottesville on February 1, 2007. That was also the last time Virginia beat a top-10 opponent.

Duke has one of the top scoring offenses in the country, and will be at least challenged by Virginia, one of the stingiest scoring defenses in the country.

ESPN's Eamonn Brennan nails it right on the head:

"Let's briefly reflect on the stakes, which go a little deeper than who will or won't end the season with the second- or third-best record in the ACC. More interesting to me here is the less tangible: Will being at home help Duke solidify its subpar defense? Can Virginia forward Mike Scott -- the subject of a 600-comment thread on Jason King's first Wooden Award projection yesterday, and to date perhaps the most important player to any one team in the country (and also one of the most efficient) -- have his national coming-out party? These are the two storylines heading into this game, and watching them (and others) unfold under the bright lights of Cameron Indoor should be a thoroughly enjoyable experience."

Leave your pre-, in- and post-game thoughts here, and Go HOOS!