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Tech Talk Live Notes 3/1/10

• Hopefully this won’t prove to be a bad omen, but tonight’s show was opened with an appearance by David Lowe, chairman of the Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech. The new $5.5 million, 18,000 square foot clubhouse is now completed and the course has been rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest magazine. Virginia Tech’s commitment to this facility – home of the Hokie golf team – shows the school’s overall commitment to improving facilities. Look no further than the Lane Stadium expansion and the new basketball facility.

• Back to hoops, the team is a little beat up after the maryland game. They worked with the Special Olympics on Sunday, which put things in perspective for the team according to Coach Greenberg.

• The terps made plays at the end of the game and Virginia Tech did not do the things necessary to win. Otherwise the team played great.

• The Hokies ran a set play called “elevator” at the end of regulation in which JT Thompson tied the game with a three pointer. On the play, two guys went with Malcolm Delaney leaving JT open and Dorenzo Hudson made a great inbounds pass, and JT made a great shot.

• Pam from Culpeper, a regular emailer to the show, asked Seth if he could do over, would he play a bigger lineup in the second overtime after Terrell Bell fouled out? Basically would he play Lewis Witcher instead of Erick Green. Coach became very irritated and refused to answer the question.

• The electric atmosphere in the Cassell in addition to the Tech players’ familiarity with sight lines and surroundings are the biggest contributing factors to the Hokies’ success at home this season.

• Cadarian Raines did not play versus maryland due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery after the season. It is very difficult to defend against the terps’ flex offense with a bum shoulder due to all the banging. Cadarian should be ready to go Wednesday against n.c. state.

• Playing 50 minutes and guarding Greivis Vasquez the entire game could have played into Delaney missing two free throws at the end of the second overtime. Malcolm is human though and is going to miss free throws occasionally.

• Jeff Allen set a great screen on Malcolm’s game tying drive to the hoop at the end of regulation.

• Tech’s goal was to go inside to Jeff Allen from the start and attack Landon Milbourne and try to get him in foul trouble. The team asks a lot from Allen on defense – defend ball screens up top and then get back inside to block out and get rebounds.

• Vasquez is Seth’s pick for ACC player of the year this season. He played great on Saturday but did take 33 shots. A lot more shots probably became available due to Milbourne being in foul trouble.

• Malcolm is the team’s best on ball defender while Zo is the best off ball defender. T Bell is best at defending shots but must be in position to rebound, preventing him from guarding most perimeter players.

• n.c. state is playing much better over the last week. Gonzales has over 30 points over the past two games and Horner is really rebounding well. The pack is playing more flex offense recently. They also use a lot of ball screens to free Horner for three’s. You can’t switch off Tracey Smith on screens.

• georgia tech’s Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal will likely both be lottery picks after this season. Iman Shumpert could be leaving early for the NBA as well. Greenberg has not decided how he will defend the yellow jackets as of yet.

• Favors shot an astounding 65% from the floor in February.

• The 204 points the Hokies and terps put up on the Cassell scoreboard on Saturday were the most in an ACC game since wake beat unc 119-114 in 2003.

• Concerning next season’s non conference schedule, the Hokies will play in the Disney Classic in Anaheim, CA, with all teams involved being NCAA Tournament teams this season. penn state will visit Blacksburg and should be much improved. The Hokies should play a higher level Big 10 team in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge and the game should be at home. Greenberg is also working to get the Hokies included in the Jimmy V Classic. The coaching staff will investigate opposing team’s rosters more carefully in the future before scheduling games.

• A great environment will be needed Wednesday for n.c. state and as a final send off for Lewis Witcher.

• The Hokies have won 82 games over the last four years and are continuing to build their program while at the same time teams like unc, ucla, and arizona are struggling through bad seasons.

• The Hokies will focus on winning games and not who is on the bubble and who isn’t.

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  • Danram

    Good write-up, but I think Seth needs to get a little thicker skin when it comes to fielding questions from fans. I can certainly understand him being protective of his players (in this case Erick Green, who missed that last shot) and not wanting to second-guess any personnel decisions he made because it might imply that so & so might have done a better job than who was actually in the game at that point. But Pam’s question is a legitimate one and he shouldn’t become irritated about it, IMHO. He can just simply say that he’d rather not get into those types of hypothetical questions.

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