This is my problem with "Reply with Quote"I think the better thing to say is that there is no heart for the ENTIRE game. The current group of Hokies that play aren't playing with the heart and tenacity that we have seen knock off top ranked teams in our ACC past. In years past, when the Hokies were starting to fall into a trench, they'd group together, an upper-classman or two would step up and make some big plays, and together the team would propel themselves back into a lead to win the game. This year, especially in ACC play, we tend to get excited that we're hanging with the big boys (UNC and Duke), and then start to rest on our laurels. Frustration sets in, we start making bonehead passes to no one (two blatant ones that I remember from tonight), we start missing man assignments off of screens (mostly because we decided to pursue the ball too aggressively and end up double-teaming, leaving a shooter open) and we start taking desperation shots instead of attacking the basket.
I was supremely frustrated tonight with how many missed opportunities our guys had to catch a pass on the move, turn on a defender who was struggling to keep up, and press into the paint. I don't really know if it is a coaching problem, a confidence problem within the players, or what, but we spend too many precious possessions moving the ball around the perimeter without sending the ball inside. I give guys like Finney-Smith, Rankin, Brown and Barksdale a little bit of a pass because of their youth, but the other guys should be stepping up more in this area. Green does an exceptional job a lot of the time, but only having a single 3-, maybe 4-star basket-attacker isn't going to win you many ACC games. Where is Hudson, the 5th year senior? I can probably count on both hands the number of times this year he's pushed the ball inside successfully. Davila? I hate to say this, but I will be somewhat glad when he's gone. To me, he's just too much of a "you have to take the good with the bad" kind of player. Too many times, when he's trying to catch a pass in the paint, it looks like he has two foam fingers on his hand that are coated with slippery teflon. Also, he seemingly can't make any offensive motion towards the basket without taking a power dribble, even if he's right under the friggin' thing. This gives the defense too much time to recover and block/foul him. If he'd just take the ball, turn and dunk/lay it up, we'd have an extra 5-10 points per game. Raines is another guy who I feel IS making improvement, if not at a minor level. He's obviously not a guy Seth is looking to get the ball to in order to score some points. For being such a big body, he sure gets pushed around when rebounding alot and gets intimidated, offensively, in the paint.
A lot of people on TSL are starting to throw up their hands at Seth and say get rid of him. I think that would be way too rash of a decision by Weaver at this point. I think he's definitely putting the spotlight on himself this year, and not in a good way. The fan attendance is way down (yes, we're selling out UNC and Duke, but only on the day of the game), fan involvement is way down, and the overall energy of the team is way down. If things don't take a marked swing for the better by the end of this year, I think Weaver should put the pressure on him to produce next year, or else he's gone. Also, there's the issue of Seth's current contract in that we'd have to buy him out for the next couple of years. So there's that financial risk (Paul Hewitt, anyone?).
One last opinion I'd like to get out is my general opinion/realization of Seth Greenberg, as a whole, as a coach. I think he has done a tremendous job with our program, bringing it from a Big East embarrassment to a serious threat in the ACC. He has packed the Cassell for the past several years (present year excluded) and emulated a small portion of the excitement that fans have for football with our basketball program. No doubt we owe him an immeasurable amount of gratitude. That being said, I think he's reached his own potential. Where he was/is great at bringing in underdog talent and enabling them to play above their own level, he's not able to take good talent and make them great. I think we're starting to see this lack of coaching ability in him this year. We see it in the general lack of an offensive scheme. We see it in how our players are generally only streaky for a few shots, not entire games. We see it in how we have near record-breaking halves (both offensively amazing and abysmal), but never anything consistent. In fact, in the out-of-conference portion of our season I thought we were a team who came out of the gates slow but finished hard. Now, in ACC play, it's hard to tell which half we'll excel in. The problem with that is how I say "half", and not game like we'd say in years past. I think it's obvious Seth is having trouble with both providing our players with the skill sets they need to compete in all facets of the game and keeping them motivated, concentrated and confident for the entire game. Hopefully it's only a learning process for Seth as he starts reeling in better and better players now that the Hokies are a common name in the national conversation. I sure hope it is the case, that he'll get better towards the end of this season or in the next, and that we'll be able to keep him on to get to an ACC Championship and/or into the NCAAs on a consistent basis. Otherwise, we'll be rolling the dice with a new hire and might suffer several "growing" years as the players and staff adjust to a new coaching style.
Sorry for the insanely long post. I just am a passionate Hokie fan with a lot to say