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Tech Talk Live Notes | 12.12.11

  • Seth said you can save your VD/Zo emails.  He talked about how it isn’t “blind loyalty”, that they are doing really good things in practice.  Yes, they can do better in the games and he expects more out of them, but they do belong on the court and getting the minutes they are.
  • Seth then mentioned how Robert Brown needs to play better.  He’s not defending the way he needs to.
  • Coach said this is a big week of practice to get a lot of things in.
  • He mentioned running Jarell off more screens.
  • Coach said he’d like to use Green at the off-guard spot more with Marquis on the floor.
  • Speaking of Rankin, he thinks he’s going to be really good and made mention of how good he is defending on the ball (he constantly praises this and earlier ripped the rest of the D for getting beaten too much on straight up defending).  He said Rankin does a better job advancing the ball up the court (with the pass)… I assume he meant than Green.  Rankin just needs more reps as he makes some errors like bringing the ball up the wrong side.
  • Doe Doe needs to be more aggressive on offense and he keeps emphasizing that.  They’ll look this week at doing that (one way is to play in transition more).  DFS leads all ACC freshmen in rebounds per game, assists, and double-doubles.
  • Raines is playing well but his rebounds were deceiving yesterday – he had 6 offensive rebounds but just 1 defensive.  Needs that effort on both ends.  Seth likes how he’s going up with 2 hands inside to score.
  • Seth said he’s spoken many times with Coach Huggins of wvu about a renewal of the series.  But Huggy Bear wants a neutral-neutral at Charleston, WV and Washington, DC.  Coach Greenberg doesn’t like that, and I can’t blame him.  Charleston is firmly wvu, while DC is split (wvu is actually closer to DC than Tech).  But they are still looking at it.
  • Coach said he’s working on next year’s schedule and did that today — he’s talking with MSG about a tournament (maybe that Holiday tournament we played in three times a few years ago).  Also looking into the 24 hours of basketball in November (VT was in that last year at kansas state).  VT has to go to byu next year.
  • No word on they ‘cuse and (under the arm…) pitt will join the ACC.  The plan is to not have divisions in bball (like the SEC does), just have all 14 competing together… Seth likes this.
  • The schedule will go to 18 ACC games when expansion happens.

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Tech Talk Live Notes 3/15/10

• The team had a great one hour and ten minute practice today plus lifting and a film session on quinnipiac. The team had good focus. A couple of players are still having lingering effects of the NCAA snub and must be turned around, but Coach Greenberg believes everyone will be completely focused by Wednesday night.

• Greenberg talked to arizona state coach Herb Sendek on Monday. Sendek plans on going back and analyzing every at-large team over the last 10 years to look for common traits of each team selected.

• How teams finished up the regular season was not a criteria of the selection committee this year.

• Seth brought up the possibility of the ACC going to an 18 game regular season conference schedule, like the Big East and Big Ten, to even things out more and balance the schedules more. He feels this is really something the conference needs to evaluate.

• The Hokies will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, California next season and “some other exciting things” are in the works for next season’s schedule. penn state comes to Blacksburg and the Hokies should have a much more attractive Big 10 opponent for the ACC-Big 10 Challenge based on their tying for third this season. Greenberg says the Hokies will not play at another power conference team who will not return to Cassell for a home and home series.

• The Tech ticket office had sold 1,400 tickets to Wednesday’s 7:00 PM quinnipiac game in the Cassell. It’s very important that fans who have supported the Hokies all season continue to show they are with the team. As a #1 seed the Hokies could potentially have three home games in the NIT.

• quinnipiac is pronounced kwin-i-pee-ack.

• Seth is good friends with penn state coach Ed DeChellis and consulted with him Sunday night about how he approached last season’s NIT (which they won) after being snubbed by NCAA.

• quinnipiac rebounds an astounding 46% of its shots. Obviously rebounding will be a priority on Wednesday night.

• william & mary’s RPI last year was 245, for everyone saying we should have played them this year. penn state’s RPI dropped from 70 last year to 193 this year. There were much better odds with scheduling a game with penn state that offered a prime time ESPN Saturday night audience. Seth also noted that georgia was coming off an SEC championship when that home and home series was scheduled.

• Virginia Tech is still in the infancy of their basketball program and basically 50 years behind the rest of the ACC in building a program according to Greenberg. Seth did not answer when asked if he thought unc would have gotten a NCAA bid with the exact same schedule, record, and resume as the Hokies. (I think we all know the answer to that)

• Seth took great offense to comments made by the “so called experts” on ESPN (Jay Bilas), who after the brackets were announced stated “If your team couldn’t make the NCAA Tournament this year then they’re just not that good.”

• Greenberg has no desire to play old dominion unless it was a nation television game or a single game in Cassell. It’s not in Virginia Tech’s best interest as they go about building and marketing their program.

• quinnipiac has a 23-9 record this season and are the regular season champs of the Northeast Conference. Their coach is Tom Moore, a former assistant to Jim Calhoun at uconn for about 15 years. They are kind of a mini-uconn. They will run when given the opportunity and will also run different sets and lots of ball screens on offense. They are a great rebounding team and the Hokie guards must rebound well.

• “Synergy” is a computer program which records every single televised game played during the season. Through this Greenberg and assistant coach James Johnson have already reviewed several quinnipiac games from this season.

• Malcolm Delaney is human and is going to have a bad game from time to time and is going to miss shots.

• Dorenzo Hudson played most of the second half of this season wearing a boot during the day and taking it off to play at night. Greenberg did not want Zo to practice on Monday but Zo insisted on practicing.

• Virginia Tech got good shots against miami but just didn’t make them. Durand Scott and miami deserve a lot of credit for how they played down the stretch against the Hokies. The canes did not receive a NIT bid despite their performance in the ACC Tournament. Seth talked to miami coach Frank Haith on Monday.

• Seth also mentioned he thought vcu got a raw deal by not getting an invite to the NIT.

• The uga game was originally supposed to be televised nationally by CBS. Seth did not elaborate as to what happened to that.

• Ben Boggs has a grade two ankle sprain that he suffered in practice. He rolled it right at the end of practice when he kind of got caught in a scrum. X-rays taken were negative and Boggs could possibly return for a third round NIT game if the Hokies can advance that far.

• Greenberg has already talked with next year’s seniors about playing a very competitive schedule next season. Everyone is on board.

• At 23-8, this year’s team still has a chance to set the school record for most wins in a season. The record is 25, held by the 1994-95 NIT championship team.

• This is the last Tech Talk Live show of the season.

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Tech Talk Live Notes 3/8/10

• The team has worked hard, has great character and has given great effort and commitment to playing hard and winning. There has been great leadership in the locker room all season.

• Malcolm Delaney was named ACC player of the week on Monday and was named a unanimous selection to the First Team All ACC. Malcolm becomes the second Hokie to be named as a first team selection, joining Zabian Dowdell. A new display will now go up recognizing Malcolm in the basketball facility.

• Dorenzo Hudson went from averaging 4 points per game last season to being named Third Team All ACC this season. A great accomplishment.

• Zo is still in a boot and will remain shut down until at least Wednesday. They are not going to take any chances but are confident he should be ready to go by game time on Friday. Jeff Allen’s shoulder is doing better. Tomorrow’s practice may not even have contact. If it does, Allen may be held out.

• Cadarian Raines had an MRI on his shoulder and it showed no torn labrum which had been feared. There is only a bruise and Cadarian should also be ready to go on Friday.

• The Hokies had a great walk-thru in the ballroom of the team hotel before the georgia tech game. Coach Greenberg had a feeling something special was in store because it was the team’s best walk-thru of the season so far. The team was very focused.

• Seth indicated he got a call from the ACC office after the georgia tech game saying it was the most physical conference game of the season. He did not elaborate further.

• A great example of the team’s focus was Malcolm coming back from being knocked to the floor by Gani Lawal to his a long three pointer the next time he had the ball. He did not lose his composure despite the hard hit by Lawal.

• Hudson did a great job coaching Manny Atkins during the game. Zo was instrumental in Manny having a great game in his first career start.

• Seth will likely continue to take Allen out of the game after he gets his first foul to let him take a second to catch his breath and get re-focused.

• The team will work on improving their game for the next two practices, not on one particular team. They will not deviate from how they have approached games all season.

• The Hokies are now 4-1 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. There was great crowd of Hokies on hand in Atlanta on Saturday.

• Ben Boggs’ great work ethic allowed him to play this season and not redshirt as he recovered from his badly broken leg. It’s not surprising he made the ACC All-Academic team.

• Greenberg’s Top 5 wins of the season were 5) The overtime win over delaware that would have been a very bad loss to a team that’s over 200 in the RPI. The Hokies won despite the fact they didn’t play well. 4) At n.c. state – Tech’s first win in Raleigh since 1917. 3) At uva – great comeback from down 11 points. 2) wake forest 1) Saturday’s win at georgia tech.

• Bill Roth’s Top 5 wins were 5) at n.c. state 4) at uva 3) at penn state 2) seton hall 1) at georgia tech

• Seth knew if Virginia Tech played hard for 40 minutes they would beat georgia tech who has a habit of not playing a full 40 minutes.

• There will be no more orange jerseys this season. There could be throwback VPI jerseys at some point next season if approved by Nike.

• Friday’s game will start around 2:30 against the winner of miami and wake forest. The canes will play a 2-3 zone versus wake and try to control Ish Smith and keep Aminu off the glass. They will try to get McFarland and Aminu in ball screens. The deacons want an up tempo. Greenberg thinks wake is more difficult to defend when they play a smaller lineup despite their tremendous height up front.

• Inbounding the ball is a very important job that’s often taken for granted. There is a lot of pressure on the inbounder. It’s usually a 5 on 4 situation. It’s also a specialty the Seth compared to a long snapper in football. Zo is the team’s best inbounder.

• This is a good year for Hokie fans to get good tickets to the ACC Tournament at a good price. Greensboro is an easy location to get to and several teams, such as miami and bc, did not come close to selling out their ticket allotment.

• The Hokies will have a light practice and walk-thru on Thursday night after they know who they will be playing.

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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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Tech Talk Live Notes | 12/7/09

The highlights from tonight’s show:

  • Most of Seth’s air time this week was taken up by Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stoken, who also headed up last season’s ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome.  It sounded like Seth & Stoken are buds of some sort.  Stoken indicated that when he was finalizing the official bowl bid with Jim Weaver, he inquired about how the Hokies were doing in their hoops contest against the dawgs.  When told the Hokies were up by 11 with less than 5 minutes to go, he said he joked with Weaver that if Seth couldn’t hold that lead he should be fired!
  • As we know, vmi plays a run and gun, up tempo style.  The key to slowing down the keydets will be the Hokies defense and the Hokies keeping their defensive responsibilities.
  • VMI forces over 22 turnovers per game, so ball handling will also be important.  The keydets also shoot a lot of 3’s. [see my GAME PREVIEW for more on that]
  • penn state is putting a lot into Saturday’s game.  The are expecting one of the biggest crowds of the year in Happy Valley.
  • penn state is a really good team.  They won the NIT last year and also won at national runner up michigan state.
  • The nittany lions have a great guard in Battle.  Containing him will be very important.  [Tim Frazier is another terrific, lightning-quick guard they have that will present challenges but more on that later this week…]
  • And then they went back to even more Peach Bowl talk.

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Tech Talk Live Notes: Gene Swindle Out for the Season with Knee Injury and More

On Tech Talk Live last night Greenberg stated that 6’11” redshirt-freshman center Gene Swindle would be out for the season with a knee injury.  He had played just 30 seconds through three games.  While this likely won’t hurt the Hokies on the court since Gene wasn’t expected to get many, if any minutes, it is certainly sad this happened.  It will stunt his progress and with Allen Chaney injured even though he couldn’t play this year, it will affect how the Hokies practice.  They will be extremely thin, especially inside, in the low post in drills and scrimmages.

Other notes:

– Look for more 3 guard lineups with Delaney, Boggs, and Green with either JT or Zo and Allen.  Especially against zones.
– Temple has great size – often play lineup with three guys 6’4″ and two 6’10” guys
– Raines still on schedule to be back next week
– Manny Atkins still “work in progress”. But Seth likes his attitude.
– The Palestra has the worst locker rooms in all of basketball.

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