Behind Ty Outlaw's three-ball, the Hokies earned their tenth ACC victory and all but punched their ticket to the dance. Outlaw set a Virginia Tech record by sinking eight triples against Miami, and he's 20 of 26 (76.9%) from deep over Tech's last four games. Consider all of that with the fact the 6-6 Roxboro, NC native missed the 2015-16 season due to a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a rare condition that almost ended his Tech career before it started.
He could not practice with the team, or even lift weights until January. He packed on 20 pounds. Outlaw described it as "a nightmare."
"I wasn't supposed to sweat," Outlaw said. "Really, I could do nothing."
Outlaw wore a heart monitor the first few months, began taking blood-pressure medication, fish oil tablets, and dramatically changed his diet. He cut out salt and fried foods, ate more salads and drank more water.
It was May before he was cleared to return to the court. A doctor at the prestigious Mayo Clinic declined to give Outlaw the green light, but specialists at Tech and the University of Virginia agreed to clear him, he said.
"For one calendar year almost, he wasn't allowed to sweat," Tech coach Buzz Williams said. "So for him to be able to be back on the floor, I think his lens on it is a little different than most kids his age."
This calls for GIFTORY.
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Chris Clarke's kiss of approval.
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LeFlop. LeDunk. LeSpike. LeCelebration.
And GIFTORY closes with a scowl that awaits Virginia Tech's first meaningful March basketball in a long time.